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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

KU men’s basketball team to play New Mexico State

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Kansas University's men's basketball team has filled its final date on its 2008-09 nonconference schedule with New Mexico State.

The Aggies of the Western Athletic Conference, will meet KU on Dec. 3 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks will not return the game.

New Mexico State, coached by Marvin Menzies, returns no seniors and just one junior off last year's 21-14 team.

"I was out and about on the recruiting trail and I had an opportunity to visit with several coaches. I talked with some assistant coaches at Kansas and then we talked a few times on the phone," Menzies told the Las Cruces Sun-News in explaining the matchup.

"We made some adjustments on our schedule and the next thing I knew, it was done. We were looking for one more high major to play to give us more depth in our non-conference schedule and the hunt for RPI and give our guys some big time games that will help us get ready for conference."

In order to get the Dec. 3 game at Kansas, the Aggies, according to the Sun-News, shifted their home game against New Mexico and moved a home game against Loyola Marymount from Dec. 30 to Dec. 28.

The CBE Classic has an opponent for KU, but has not yet revealed the foe for a first or second-round tourney game either Nov. 16 or 18. It has been revealed KU will play UMKC in one of the tourney contests in Allen.

Kansas Men

Nov. 4 (Tuesday) - Emporia State, 7 p.m. (Exhibition game, Jayhawk TV)

Nov. 11 (Tuesday) - Washburn, 7 p.m. (Exhibition game, Jayhawk TV)

Nov. 16 (Sunday) - O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic first round, 7 p.m. (ESPNU).

Nov. 18 (Tuesday) - CBE Classic, second round, 8 p.m. (ESPNU). x- it is known KU will play UMKC in one of the games Nov. 16 or 18.

Nov. 24 (Monday) - Washington in CBE Classic, 9 p.m., Sprint Center (ESPN2).

Nov. 25 (Tuesday) - Florida or Syracuse in CBE Classic, 6:45 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN2).

Nov. 28 (Friday) - Coppin State, 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV).

Dec. 1 (Monday) - Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU).

Dec. 3 (Wednesday) - New Mexico State, 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV).

Dec. 6 (Saturday) - Jackson State, 1 p.m. (Jayhawk TV).

Dec. 13 (Saturday) - Massachusetts, TBA, Sprint Center (ESPN).

Dec. 20 (Saturday) - Temple, TBA (ESPN2).

Dec. 23 (Tuesday) - at Arizona in Big 12/Pac-10 Harwood Series, 9:30 p.m. (FSN).

Dec. 30 (Tuesday) - Albany, 8 p.m., ESPNU.

Jan. 3 (Saturday) - Tennessee, TBA, ESPN.

Jan. 6 (Tuesday) - Siena, 7 p.m. (Jayhawk TV).

Jan. 10 (Saturday) - at Michigan State, 1 p.m. (CBS).

Jan. 13 (Tuesday) - Kansas State, 7 p.m. (Big 12 network).

Jan. 17 (Saturday) - at Colorado, 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

Jan. 19 (Monday) - Texas A&M;, 8 p.m. (ESPN).

Jan. 24 (Saturday) - at Iowa State 1 p.m. (ESPN).

Jan. 28 (Wednesday) - at Nebraska 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2).

Jan. 31 (Saturday) - Colorado, 3 p.m. (ESPNU).

Feb. 2 (Monday) - at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN).

Feb. 7 (Saturday) - Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

Feb. 9 (Monday) - at Missouri, 8 p.m. (ESPN).

Feb. 14 (Saturday) - at Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

Feb. 18 (Wednesday) - Iowa State, 7 p.m. (Big 12 network).

Feb. 21 (Saturday) - Nebraska, 3 p.m. (Big 12 network).

Feb. 23 (Monday) - at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (ESPN).

March 1 (Sunday) - Missouri, 1 p.m., CBS.

March 4 (Wednesday) - at Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2).

March 7 (Saturday) - Texas, 3 p.m. (CBS).

March 11-14 (Wed.-Sat.) - Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Oklahoma City, Okla., TBA (ESPN).

Summer Exhibition Games

Aug. 30-McGill University, 10 a.m., Central time; at the University of Ottawa's Montpetit Hall; Carleton University, 6 p.m., Scotiabank Place. Aug. 31-Ottawa University, 6 p.m., Montpetit Hall (games on Jayhawk radio network, no TV).

Comments

Timmay97 13 years, 4 months ago

I'll say this......this is FAR from a cakewalk schedule. These young kids are going to be tested and tested early. Coppin State, Kent State and Siena are tough games. KU is going to have to benefit from being able to play these games at home. I'm really looking forward to starting anew this year. We can always hope for the best and suddenly see our boys gel come March and go deep in the tourney. You never know! One thing is for sure......KU will now go into EVERY NCAA tournament with limited pressure now that we have our championship (in the Bill Self era).

jaybate 13 years, 4 months ago

Marvin Menzies is a UCLA grad who apparently did not play college hoops at UCLA, or at least does not mention having done so. Menzies has long, deep recruiting ties to SOCAL, where he spent several years at Santa Monica CC. He's been a recruiter for Steve Fischer San Diego State (recruiting scandal at Michigan), Henry Bibby at USC (reputed recruiting improprieties at USC), and Lon Kruger at UNLV. Menzies jumped east and assisted at Louisville with Slick Rick and Reggie Theus. Marvin quickly followed Theus to Las Cruces, then took over NMSU when Theus moved to the Sacramento Kings. Slick Rick gave Menzies a big endorsement for the NMSU job. Reggie Theus played for UNLV and Tark the Shark, the poster boy for reputed recruiting.Without putting too fine a point on it, Marvin was the man a new head coach turned to when he needed some bodies from SoCal to float a program in a hurry.No doubt Marvin and Mr. West Coast Karl Townsend and Mr. East Coast Joe Dooley have crossed paths. Now Marvin is the man needing those bodies.Scheduling favors among recruiters? Everybody's gotta eat and think about tomorrow.

lee3022 13 years, 4 months ago

Nice work if you can move your in-state rival's game to come play at KU. It is an experience these players will never forget.

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