Originally published August 3, 2010 at 11:22a.m., updated August 4, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

KU men to open Big 12 season at Iowa State

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches the action from the bench during the second half, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches the action from the bench during the second half, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Two ESPN Big Monday games at home, two on the road, a Senior Day contest against Texas A&M;, a season-ending trip to Missouri and the possibility of ESPN GameDay setting up shop in Lawrence highlight Kansas University’s 2010-11 Big 12 Conference basketball schedule, released Tuesday.

All regular-season KU men's basketball games will be nationally televised

Jayhawk fans around the globe will be able to watch every regular season game this season.

The Jayhawks, who open the conference season against Iowa State on Jan. 12 in Ames and conclude versus MU on March 5 in Columbia, have Big Monday home games versus Mizzou (Feb. 7) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 21), as well as Big Monday games at Baylor (Jan. 17) and Kansas State (Feb. 14).

An intriguing possibility is ESPN’s GameDay crew perhaps venturing to Allen Fieldhouse for the KSU game on Jan. 29.

The time listed for that game currently is TBA, meaning ESPN could be considering the Jayhawks and Wildcats for a second straight year. KU spoiled KSU’s GameDay experience last season in Manhattan.

“There’s always a chance,” KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said of KU playing host to the day-long GameDay activities. “The whole conference has several Saturday games left as TBAs right now. It’s a great event for the weekend for whoever hosts it. We haven’t had it for a couple years now.”

KU has hosted GameDay against KSU (2008), Texas A&M; (2007) and Texas (2005).

Earlier this summer, the nonconference portion of KU’s slate was revealed. The Jayhawks play UCLA (Dec. 2) and USC (Dec. 18) at home, travel to California (Dec. 22) and Michigan (Jan. 9) and also play Memphis in the Jimmy V. Classic (Dec. 7, New York) and Ohio (Nov. 26) and Arizona (Nov. 27) in the Las Vegas Invitational.

“I think it’s excellent,” Keating said of the schedule. “I don’t think people realize how good Memphis is going to be. I expect UCLA, Michigan and Arizona will all come back (after so-so seasons). USC will be strong. Cal may be picked to win the Pac-10 again. Our overall schedule is good.”

KU coach Bill Self believes it rates as another demanding slate.

“Ever since I have been at Kansas, year in and year out we rank in the top five nationally in strength of schedule and this season is no different. Our league will be as strong as ever and the non-conference games really showcase some national powers,” Self said.

CBS will televise three games, while seven will be on ESPN, four on ESPN2, four on ESPNU and one on Fox Sports Network. ESPN will air two more of KU’s conference games on either ESPN or ESPN2, which the network will determine at a later date.

Three KU games will air on the Big 12 Network, while eight contests will be shown on the Jayhawk Network (JTV). The Big 12 Network and JTV contests will be available nationally on ESPN's Full Court package.

“The TV exposure we get goes right back to the scheduling, the great tradition at Kansas, the great fans we have and the players," Self said.

KU has the country’s longest active home court winning streak (59 games). The school record for longest home court winning streak is 62 set from 1994-98. KU could tie the record against North Texas (Nov. 19) and set it against Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi (Nov. 23).

  • KU will have four ESPN Big Monday appearances for the fifth-straight year and 11th time in 15-year history of the league. KU is 38-14 all-time on Big Monday during the Big 12 era, including 21-1 in Allen Fieldhouse. Under Self, KU is 11-0 at home on ESPN Big Monday and 19-7 overall.
  • KU plays 21 games against teams from BCS conferences: four from the Pac-10, one from the Big Ten and the 16 from the Big 12.
  • KU will play three league champions: Cal (Pac-10), Ohio (MAC) and North Texas (Sun Belt).
  • Kansas is 0-2 in the Jimmy V. Classic, losing to St. Joe’s (70-67, 2005-06) and Temple (75-66, 1995-96).
  • KU meets UCLA as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. KU beat the Bruins, 73-61, in the series last season at Pauley Pavilion.

The full slate is below.

2010 KU men's basketball conference schedule

Wed., Jan. 12 — at Iowa State, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Sat., Jan. 15 — Nebraska, 1 p.m., ESPNU

Mon., Jan. 17 — at Baylor, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Sat., Jan. 22 — Texas, 3 p.m., CBS

Tues., Jan. 25 — at Colorado, 7 p.m., Big 12

Sat., Jan. 29 — Kansas State, TBA, ESPN

Tues., Feb. 1 — at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Sat., Feb. 5 — at Nebraska, 3 p.m., Big 12

Mon., Feb. 7 — Missouri, 8 p.m., ESPN

Sat., Feb. 12 — Iowa State, 3 p.m., Big 12

Mon., Feb. 14 — at Kansas State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Sat., Feb. 19 — Colorado, 1 p.m., ESPN

Mon., Feb. 21 — Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Sat., Feb. 26 — at Oklahoma, 1/3 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

Wed., March 2 — Texas A&M;, 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

Sat., March 5 — at Missouri, 11 a.m., CBS


Carl O'Hair 9 years, 6 months ago

In looking at that schedule, who needs a tough non-conference schedule? That one looks very tough for those other 11 teams.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 6 months ago


At Oklahoma, at Texas Tech, home against Texas, Okie State and Texas A&M...the only problem I see is at Baylor


Annual Home and Way blood baths at Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa State. Leaves potential splits with K-State and Mizzou.

Worst case scenario in this, the last season of the true Big 12, 13-3 and another title!!!

stravinsky 9 years, 6 months ago

And hey, the Colorado and Nebraska games will actually be exciting this year! I'm looking forward to the games against those two more than I ever have.

Over/under on points margin / time elapsed before we can make Tom Osborne cry?

Split against KSU is definitely possible, they're going to be very good this year, but I think we'll sweep Mizzou again. I certainly wouldn't expect them to win in Allen, and I'd think that our guys would be extra motivated in Columbia for the last game of the conference season as well as potentially title clinching. Course you never want to call an away game against a conference rival six months in advance...

Chris Shaw 9 years, 6 months ago

I think KU will be better "Team Wise" than last year's squad by Mid-Feb. We as fans better home they are better or KU could be another early exit.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 6 months ago

KU is 33-2 against K-Sucky since the inception of the Big XII and only lost once in what 21 years in the "Octagon of KU victories". I don't think you can call it the "octagon of doom" when you are 1-20 against what they consider their "biggest rival".

Not too mention the win at their last home game ever in Ahearn Stadium, a one point victory. Oh what sweet memories Jayhawks have when playing against KSU.

twinjays 9 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know how to get this years schedule into iCal?


Ed Brown 9 years, 6 months ago

Click on the link above: "The Kansas men's basketball team's full conference schedule" and there is a link to subscribe to iCal

Chris Shaw 9 years, 6 months ago

In my opinion, at first glance and this being August, I think KU loses 1 neutral site game and 1 one of it's road marquee games. I will go out on a limb and say KU beats Zona in Vegas, but loses to Memphis in New York (Only because I am going). I think KU beats Michigan in Michigan, but loses to California at Berkley.

I think during the conference slate KU loses to:

Baylor at Baylor

Kansas State at home to break the winning streak-KU avenges the loss in Manhattan later in the season.

At Texas Tech

Overall I have KU going 26-5 heading into the Big 12 tournament

Trap Games:

1) Valpo: I could see KU getting a scare very early in the season against Valpo. Valpo returns everybody except 1 player and they only lose their 3rd leading scorer in Brandon McPherson from Austrailia. Valpo will be much improved on their 10-8 Horizon record, but they still have to go through Butler.

2) Texas A&M Corpus Christi-They lose 4 seniors, but only 1 of those seniors started. They will compete for the Southland conference title.

3) UCLA and Zona- Not really trap games, but everybody knows that their programs were down last year. Zona is on probation and UCLA had a miserable year last year. As we saw against UCLA last year, KU played lackluster the entire game. It became a constant and consistent theme the rest of the year so I wouldn't underestimate either one of these schools.

4) Colorado at Boulder-I think it happens almost every year. However, with a new coach in Boulder although the same talent returns, KU could be looking past this game. They seem to do this every year it seems like.

5) Nebraska- Very similar with Colorado above, Doc Sadler always plays KU tough in their house. With that said, the summer that Nebraska put KU through with all the conference realignment talk I think miffed Bill Self pretty badly. Expect KU to be up or very complacent against the Huskers. I think they will be "Jacke Up" to send Nebraska on their way to the lackluster Big 10.

6) Becareful of Miami (OH) because they will be gearing up for an Mid-America conference title.

Lindsey Buscher 9 years, 6 months ago

HA! Excellent!!! Not a single bigtime game will go un-nationally-televised this year, unlike last year's KU v. KSUck Top-5 rematch showdown in Lawrence on senior night that wasn't nationally televised. That was complete BS!

Mark Modrcin 9 years, 6 months ago

Should be a nice test before a run in the NCAA tournament, especially the Baylor game. KU should contend again for the conference title, but will have lost a lot of experience from last year so the non-conference games will be crucial.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 6 months ago

Shaw--- What happened to Jeff (What's his name at Colorado?) Is Tad Boyle the new coach at Colorado? Just tryin' to remember--too many Coronas--LOL.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 6 months ago

Jeff Bzdelik is at Wake Forest now. Yes, Boyle is the new coach.

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 6 months ago

Monday, Feb. 14 vs. KSU!

What a dilema. Valentines Day. How do we approach this guys? My wife is a fan too, but, c'mon, V-Day? Any suggestions?

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 6 months ago

Have a fancy dinner of some kind delivered and eat in front of the TV.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 6 months ago

1] Put in a call to "Clones R US", have a double stand in for you while you go to a bar and watch the game. [Word of caution-make sure your sweetie doesn't end up loving the clone more than you.]

2] Wear advanced tech Secret Service ear plugs tuned to the game, keep smiling and every once in a while say "Yes Dear". [ Word of caution - try not to yell "Sit the F$#% down Martin!!"}

3] Go old school, tape the game and watch it later after she falls asleep after a passionate night of romance. [Word of caution - don't you be the one to fall asleep and she stays up and watches the replay]

4] Buy her off with the promise of a shopping spree [ Word of caution - I don't think I have to enumerate the risks, you know already]

5] Tell her it's a new shopping network and that your thinking of buying Kansas gear and you want to watch it in action. [ Word of caution - If this works, you have the greatest wife in the world ]

Good Luck!!!

Disclaimer: the author accepts no liability if for some unGodly reason you actually try one of these options. :}

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 6 months ago

And as it is asked, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" Not a marked differnce from the norm, in doing that!

Kent Wells 9 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like your screwed! How about a box of KU's Used Jimmys? I almost have all of the manufacturing defects ironed out. Wait, those are for Anthony.

You better do it right. 24 crimson roses (does she need to know they aren't red?) and something blue and sexy. Not for you, dummy. Her! Avoid purple things. Send me your cell number and I'll text you score updates. Just don't get caught peeking at your phone. Otherwise, it is only KSuck and you better not make any mistakes showing who you really love!

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 6 months ago


Are there such things as "crimson" roses? And, why couldn't the "something blue and sexy" be for me? I am planning on some purple, but in a different sense. After all, it's the holiday aka "Steak and BeeJay Day"!

Thanks for the input guys!

JHAWKNPHX 9 years, 6 months ago

My girlfriend, whom I have converted into a JHAWK fan, noticed that date before I did. I had to tell her we are going to do V-Day on Sunday or Tuesday. Her response... That's what I thought you would say... If your wife is a fan too, a KU "W" is a lot more sexy than roses!!!!!!!

Brady Swenson 9 years, 6 months ago

Fortunately my wife thinks this is a perfect valentine's date.... love you sweetie!

dynamitehawk 9 years, 6 months ago

I can't wait to tap the hardwood series.

Scott Smetana 9 years, 6 months ago

Dang... the final game at Boulder is on a Tuesday. Looks like we'll only fill 60% of the stadium and only bring about $1 Million in cash to Boulder businesses.

I'm sure they can't wait to bring in the hordes from the West Coast.

Tom Gillaspie 9 years, 6 months ago

Have you ever noticed that KUSports website lists the games on the schedule backwards? Every other schedule I have seen has the home team last and the visiting team first. It reads visiting team at home team. So the March 2nd game would be Texas A&M vs. KU, which would read Texas A&M at KU. I realize this may be nitpicking, but why would the people who set up this site make the schedule the opposite of every other schedule you see? Confusing.

Scott Smetana 9 years, 6 months ago

CU is trying to get out next summer. I think they're too embarrassed to stick around longer. An insider told me the CU Athletic Director (KU Grad) called Beebe to possibly get back in the Big 12, but Beebe told him no thanks. CU gambled and lost big time by bailing from a ship that didn't sink.

Hey, at least CBS got rid of Packer.

VegasJhawk09 9 years, 6 months ago

Regarding the "At home win streak" KU will blow the record away this season. By just how many games remains to be seen but it will be alot!

JNewell, wheres the Flashback posts at!?

DocBean 9 years, 6 months ago

They just said on the radio that Josh Selby hasn't been cleared to play, and that his amateur status is under question. CRAP!

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