Kansas University’s basketball team will play Temple in a home-and-home series starting with a game next season in Allen Fieldhouse.
The return game will be played not the following season, but in 2014-15 at Wells Fargo Center, home of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
“Temple is a top 25 team and this takes us back to the East Coast,” said KU schedule-maker Larry Keating, referring to fertile recruiting ground.
Coach Fran Dunphy’s Atlantic 10 champs return two starters off a 24-8 team that fell to South Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. KU is looking for one additional marquee home game. A proposed series with Indiana has not materialized.
“We’re talking to a couple of different people,” said Keating.
KU next season will travel to Ohio State and meet Michigan State on Nov. 13 in the Champions Classic in Atlanta. KU will play in the CBE Classic on Nov. 19-20 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., with Washington State, St. Louis and Texas A&M.; No match-ups have yet been set.
The Jayhawks also plan to take a foreign exhibition tour in August. The destination will be somewhere in Europe. KU will release details once tour stops are finalized.
In 2013-14, KU will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Bahamas. No tourney has yet been chosen for 2014-15. KU will play in the Maui Invitational in 2015-16.
Harris visits today: Damontre Harris, a 6-9, 225-pound sophomore who has announced plans to transfer from South Carolina to either KU or Florida, today completes his visit to Gainesville and begins a three-day trip to Lawrence.
Harris averaged 6.8 points off 55 percent shooting and 80.4 percent free throwing and a team-best 5.5 rebounds last season. He was named to the SEC’s all-defensive team after blocking 71 shots in 31 games.
“Damontre wants to get a feel for each school and learn about each program before he makes a decision.” Harris’ mom, Sheronda, told jayhawkslant.com.
Harris was ranked No. 64 overall by Rivals.com as a senior at Trinity Christian High in Fayetteville, N.C.
Jordan offered: Rysheed Jordan, a 6-4 senior-to-be from Vaux Roberts High in Philadelphia, says KU has offered him a scholarship. The No. 12 player in the Class of 2013 is also considering Maryland, Villanova, Temple and others.