Originally published July 24, 2008 at 06:05p.m., updated July 24, 2008 at 09:12p.m.

Jayhawks complete basketball schedule revealed


Home games against Tennessee and Temple, road trips to Arizona and Michigan State and games against Washington, either Florida or Syracuse, as well as Massachusetts in Kansas City's Sprint Center, highlight Kansas University's nonconference men's basketball schedule, which was released Thursday.

A home ESPN Big Monday clash against Texas A&M; and three Big Monday battles on the road (Baylor, Missouri and Oklahoma) highlight the Jayhawks' Big 12 schedule, also revealed Thursday.

"This will be as difficult a schedule as we have played since we've been at KU," said sixth-year coach Bill Self, whose Jayhawks lose all five starters off last year's national title team.

"We've got a great home schedule with Tennessee (Jan. 3), Temple (Dec. 20), UMass (Dec. 13), Siena (Jan. 6), Kent State (Dec. 1), Coppin State (Nov. 28) and Jackson State (Dec. 6), all of whom will be picked at or near the top of their conferences. The Big 12 home schedule will be tough, with Texas A&M; (Jan. 19), Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) and Texas (March 7) from the south, in addition to the north schools," Self added.

The regular season begins with the CBE Classic, which will include a pair of home games Nov. 16 and 18. It has been revealed KU will play UMKC in one of the games, Tourney officials will announce the slate in September. It has also been revealed KU will play Washington in the tourney semifinals Nov. 24 and either Florida or Syracuse the following night, both games in Sprint Center.

KU's game against Arizona on Dec. 23 is part of the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood series and is a rematch of KU's victory over the Wildcats last year in Lawrence. The game at Michigan State on Jan. 10 also completes a home-and-home series with the Spartans.

"Our road schedule, with Arizona and Michigan State and the CBE Classic, makes this about as high-profile a schedule as anyone plays," Self said. "It will be a great test for one of the youngest teams in the country. Certainly we're going to have to grow up fast."

All of KU's games will be on TV, including exhibitions against Emporia State and Washburn.

"Kansas has always received great television exposure, but certainly after winning the NCAA title last year, it gives us a chance for even more TV exposure," Self said of three games on CBS, three on ABC and 21 on ESPN's family of networks. Three games will air on the Big 12 network and six on the Jayhawk Television Network.

KU's three exhibition games in Canada (McGill University and Carleton University on Aug. 30 and Ottawa University on Aug. 31) will only be available on the Jayhawk radio network.

"Our goal in playing in Canada is practice," Self said. "NCAA rules allow us to practice from when school starts (Aug. 21) until we leave. I believe Canada is more important this year than it has been because our practice season does not start until October 17th, so you're looking at almost one less week of preseason practice time than we had last year. With all our new guys, I think the additional time in late August will be beneficial to our team."

KU schedule maker Larry Keating, who still needs to fill one home date (Dec. 3), likes the schedule.

"I think it's significant that several of the teams on our schedule are picked to be at the top of their leagues," Keating said. "Tennessee, Temple, UMass, Kent State, Siena, Coppin State, Jackson State are at or near the top."

Click here for a PDF format of the Kansas men's basketball 2008-2009 schedule.

Future tournaments: KU will play in the CBE Classic this year. Next season's tourney has yet to be selected. In 2010, KU will play in the Las Vegas Invitational. In 2011, KU will enter the Maui Invitational.

"We were originally going to Maui in '09," Keating said. "It got to the point we were playing a lot of the same teams in the field (every trip to Maui). I think four or five of the teams we played last time are going back. This way it won't be the same teams every year."


LAJayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

"...those games will be televised on ESPN-U."Great two more crap-U games.This schedule will be really exciting. No one will be able to say this really young team took it easy....

Ryan2845 11 years, 7 months ago

5 possibly 6 games on ESPNU this year LAJayhawk. DUMB

Jonathan Andrews 11 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone know if the Eastern Washington game (originally scheduled for Dec. 5th) was postponed, or did we buy out the other side of the commitment?

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 7 months ago

ESPN-U? That is just pathetic. Thanks Lew!

NH_JHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately, for those of us who live outside of the Midwest markets, the CBS and ABC games are not usually shown. So to say it's "nationally televised" is a bit misleading since the networks tend to show regional contests in favor of ratings. Hopefully I'm wrong and the MSU, Texas, and OU games will indeed be shown (I usually get stuck with the likes of BC, UConn, and Syracuse....ugh!)Thank goodness for the Lazer online and YOU posting on the gamethreads!

kranny 11 years, 7 months ago

Keithmiles,What gives with ESPNU? These are nationally televised games whereas Jayhawk network games aren't. Cripes, the Hawks are on the TV. Upgrade and get ESPNU. Would you like a little cheese to go with your whine.

Larry Smith 11 years, 7 months ago

What is this big 12 network you speak of?

Ryan2845 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey, can you do some investigating for us wondering fans...Where did Belmont go? reported multiple times we would be playing Belmont on Nov 21st at allen? Is that now the CBE game on the 18th?

joedavis 11 years, 7 months ago

If College Gameday comes back to Lawrence this year...It could only be when Tennessee comes into town. It'd be the earliest Gameday ever (By 3 days)...Another good Gameday matchup would be @ Michigan State

joedavis 11 years, 7 months ago

Big 12 Network is ESPN+ essentially...And if you don't like ESPNU, go to the games

Ryan2845 11 years, 7 months ago

@Kranny: Unless you are one of thousands of fans on Comcast, which does not carry ESPNU (at least not in KC). not to mention that not everyone has the disposable income to just upgrade their cable service.

JayViking 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey since Gary isn't from Mizzou, this must be INSIDE information!!!SWEET!!

Larry Smith 11 years, 7 months ago

In the past, anything on ESPN+, was listed as such. JayhawkTV is also espn+ isn't it? For a moment, my hopes were that there would be an actual big12 network. The big10 has it's own channel that has big 10 sports 24/7. I can only hope....

Kusportsshould Notrequirethis 11 years, 7 months ago

FYI,For those of you that live in/around Lawrence and have Sunflower Cablevision. You can order ESPNU on the day the game is shown and cancel as soon as the game is done. I did it last year and it cost about 50 cents for the day, far less than the cost of gas to get you to the bar. You just order the sport tier or whatever its called.

Jayhawk_fan_25 11 years, 7 months ago

If you don't have ESPNU go to the official Jayhawk Website go to schedule and go to gametracker

Lance Hobson 11 years, 7 months ago

They did a recount and moved KU ahead of UNC. I guess they mis-counted the number of conference titles.

Cary Ediger 11 years, 7 months ago

The voting deadline is Sunday at 11am so vote ASAP! We should win this award because we are the best town!!Go Hawks! VOTE VOTE VOTE! Voting has begun for TitleTown USA ! Just click on the link below and choose Lawrence to be voted TitleTown. We are much smaller than most of the other cities so pass this on to as many Jayhawk fans that you know so we can rack up some votes.. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Chris Weaver 11 years, 7 months ago

agreed ralster -the only teams i can't stand more than mu are carolina and duke - last year's beating of the baby blue boys was next to the memphis game - my most cherished moment of KU fandom. who knows - maybe we'll get a chance to give coach k a jayhawk beat down this year.

kansaspike 11 years, 7 months ago

Nice link JayCeph.Think if Roy could have finished the deal just once!!!Nice to see us listed in the top 5 where we belong.

Chris Weaver 11 years, 7 months ago

ralster -i was mentioning carolina and duke as they are the two teams ranked ahead of us, and it looks as if they will be in the national championship picture next year. duke won 28 games last year, and they only lost one productive player, and have added elliott williams. because you don't know -fox sports - duke #4'09espn bracketology - duke #1 seed sports power rankings - duke #4

LAJayhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

hmm, and Florida is no where to be found on that list.I wonder where GoGators is on this one??

kansaspike 11 years, 7 months ago

I think Florida was banned from any and all lists of this type for the following performance....

kc_wildfire 11 years, 7 months ago

If we would have avoided just one of those first round losses to Bucknell or Bradley we would have ended up in second, just ahead of UNC.

JayhawkPurist 11 years, 7 months ago

No games further east than Michigan? Why not capitalize on KU's increased national exposure by playing at least one game on the East Coast (i.e. NYC early season tournaments)? I think I recall that KU's slated to play in Philadelphia next season, but why not make the trip East at least once a year? That way, KU fans on the East actually have a chance to see the team live, which would serve as consolation for the fact that, as others have pointed out, most of KU's games on network TV aren't seen on the East Coast.

Dick Murdock 11 years, 7 months ago

I guess I'm blind... I see KU as two and NC as three on the ESPN list. Also, misery - 37

jerhawk 11 years, 7 months ago

jeez, self really has a tough road toooo hoe. once again, the hawks have reloaded- i'm exeited for the season too start. go hawks- the mythical bird-

ralsterKUMed95 11 years, 7 months ago

Im asking any of you who may know (because I do not...)--what did afilmer mean above when he posted "everyone's high on Duke"? What exactly has Coach K got coming in to Duke? The ONLY thing missing last year was that we did not get a chance to play the Dookies--and a Royal Beatin' it would have been...! Duke is a sad shadow of what it was a few years ago.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

http://schedulinghorror.comWarning: this schedule will bust our young team in the chops.Good: MSU lost Nietzel. 'Zona is a FEMA disaster area even though Budhinger is back.Bad: 'Cuse has the usual zone bodies to expose our lack of the trinity. Florida lost their big, but they've got a full class with a year under its belt--exactly the experience we lack--plus incomings. Washington has even more experience and plays Bennett ball guarrantied to frustrate our youth that have not seen it before. Ugly: Tennessee--not sure what they lost, but they were the best team from neck down last year and Bruce P has added to the mix.Assessment: TOUGH! We need it. Every kind of ball. We need it. Exactly what a bunch of frosh big heads, plus media and fans with unrealistic expectations needs to re-introduce them to reality. Post Script: Why don't the Canadians wake up and stage a Naismith Tourney? Jimmy was a Canuck after all.

yates33333 11 years, 7 months ago

Jaybate. I have always admired your posts and liked all before this one. I hope this is the time you are dead wrong. Unfortunately, as usual your comments are very rational. They make sense.

ralsterKUMed95 11 years, 7 months ago

Funny! Thanks, afilmer for the links. I just was not very impressed with Duke ball last season, except maybe the win AT UNC--but that was a 1-dimensional win with outside shooting, then Duke loses at home to UNC. Not any strong inside game. Last year Duke was like a good mid-major... Boy, I wish we could have played them (kick em when they're down...).

Chris Weaver 11 years, 7 months ago

i love those prestige rankings JayCeph. what a great way to rank teams over the past twenty some odd years. i know that NC is the odds on favorite to win next season, and everyone's high on duke, but i'd put money on head coach bill self's ability to bring us a couple more national championships in the next five years. after that, maybe the rest of the country will know what we already have learned - there's no better place to be than lawrence, KS.

Michael Auchard 11 years, 7 months ago

Florida finished 21st place. To see the whole rankings, just go to the Mens Bball page on There are various links to different parts of the list.

kc_wildfire 11 years, 7 months ago

We are now! The original standings had KU at third. There is a note at the bottom of the article stating some incorrect figuring lead to the adjusted rankings.

jaybate 11 years, 7 months ago

yates33333,First, thanks for the kind words.Second, Self is so cagey. I've been trying to figure out his scheduling strategy. I know our quality of schedule seemed a little low the last two years, but usually coaches weaken the schedule with extremely young teams--not strengthen it. I figure there are at least four explanations.a. Strategic/Quantitative--the NCAA has made strength of schedule the dominant criterion, so load up with name programs likely to finish high in their conferences to ensure a good result from the NCAA seeding formula; b. Strategic/Pragmatic--with early departures increasingly the norm (as his talent improves), Self figures there is no point to pad a schedule to build confidence in a young team, i.e., he has to toughen even a young team for the post season ASAP, rather than build for next year;c. Tactical/Pragmatic--with early departures increasingly the norm, he has to make good on his promise to play an away game near the new east coast players' families ASAP, and to make money and get TV exposure doing it, he might as well play the best teams he can schedule in all these locales; andd. Unintended Consequence/irrational exhuberance--the excessive strength of this schedule was an accidental (and so unintended) combination of prior commitments to the B12/Pac10, desire to leverage recruiting after the title with TV exposure in the East; and need to play away games for families of new recruits back east.I'm guessing its some of all four. Maybe someone else will come up with more fitting explanations, but these are the best I can do.

OutlawJHawk 11 years, 7 months ago

If you do not live in Lawrence or even in Big 12 country anymore or do not have ESPNU to view a game, there are so many options. And we are lucky we can now watch almost every game everywhere!!! Unlike some of you idiots that obviously did not graduate, I put my KU degree to use, and have figured out how to view almost every game. Get off your butt, leave your studio apartment or your parent's basement occasionally, and think outside the box. And if you love the Hawks like you should, you find a way like me to watch EVERY game.First,1) Get your tail off your couch and go to any sports bar, order a beer (you should be really good at this if you did not graduate, and even if you did) and ask them to put the game onOR2) Join a KU Alumni group at a sports bar in most large cities (for you poor KU fans, drink water at the bar and take the bus (LTA in Lawrence) if you don't have a car or can't afford gas)OR3) Order pay per view...I spend $14.95 with COX on pay per view when the games are not nationally televised, and that is cheaper than a ticket to the game (for you poor fans, get a bunch of people together and split the cost)OR4) Make some friends with other KU fans who are more successful and wealthier than you and carry ESPNU or are willing to pay for the pay per view games(I thought most of you complainers would be better at bumming free stuff from people)The most important things are: Stop whining about the program or Lew placing games on a variety of networks (which helps bring in more money to make our program even better). And stop making assinine excuses about not being able to "afford" to watch a game. It is your own fault if you can't figure out how to cheaply view a game. It is also your own fault that you do not make enough money to view all of the games.If it means enough to you, you will find a way to support and watch every game. If not, you are cheap and not deserving of calling yourself a true blue KU fan as evidently the program is not a high enough of a priority in your life.My final suggestion to some of you is to continue living at home in your parent's basement in Lawrence, but go back to KU and finish getting your degree, even if you are 40.

jdhawk97 11 years, 7 months ago

jaybate, a couple of corrections/additions to your prior post:1. KU is playing the Washington Huskies (head coach Lorenzo Romar) not the Washington State Cougars (head coach Tony Bennett). The Huskies were middle of the road Pac 10 last year and did not make the NCAA tournament.2. Tennessee lost Chris Lofton, one of the best shooting guards in the country last year. But they will no doubt have a good recruiting class and will be at the top of the rankings again.I agree that, since many of the tough non-con games come somewhat early, that there will be some lumps taken. But I think it will come together in time for Big 12 play, and a I think a top 2 finish is not out of the question, largely due to the lack of firepower in the North which we get to play twice.

GoBadgers 11 years, 7 months ago

Please everybody, for your safety, watch this YouTube video. Badgers are not to be messed with. I'm just trying to get the word out. Since you kU fans support a team with a fictional bird as a mascot, I feel you don't fully appreciate the danger of a real live tearing-sh*t-apart machine like the badger.

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