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Originally published May 2, 2013 at 06:07p.m., updated May 3, 2013 at 12:17a.m.

KU men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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A neutral-floor game against Duke, road battles vs. Florida and Colorado, home contests versus Georgetown, San Diego State and New Mexico as well as an appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas highlight Kansas University’s Kansas University's nonconference schedule released Thursday.

It is a schedule that, on paper, “will rival any we’ve ever played ... especially when you are replacing five starters,” KU coach Bill Self said. “This is probably not the brightest thing I’ve done since I’ve been here, but it is a schedule that will force us to get ready at an accelerated pace.”

KU will play exhibitions against Pittsburg State (Oct. 29) and Fort Hays State (Nov. 5), then open the regular season against Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 8, all in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU then will meet Duke on Nov. 12 in Chicago’s United Center, return home to face Iona (Nov. 19) and Towson (Nov. 22) before heading to the Bahamas for games Nov. 28-30. The Battle 4 Atlantis field consists of KU, Iowa, Villanova, Tennessee, UTEP, Xavier, USC and Wake Forest. Pairings have not been announced.

After the trip to the Bahamas, KU plays at Colorado (Dec. 7) and Florida (Dec. 10), followed by a Dec. 14 game against New Mexico in KC’s Sprint Center, which is on KU’s season-ticket package. KU also plays home games against Georgetown (Dec. 21), Toledo (Dec. 30) and San Diego State (Jan. 5) before starting conference play.

Self said, “no, no, it really wasn’t” when asked if it was intentional to load up with such difficult opponents. The schedule includes 2013 NCAA Tournament teams Colorado, Duke, Georgetown, Florida, Iona, New Mexico, San Diego State and possibly Villanova. Iowa and Tennessee played in the 2013 NIT.

“We knew we were going to play Georgetown and Duke, and I thought New Mexico would be a great game in Sprint Center. Colorado is a return game. San Diego State wanted to play a game here, and (at that point), I’m going, ‘So far, so good,’” Self said.

“That right there is plenty. When you throw in Atlantis ... the Big 12/SEC Challenge came into play, and we lucked out and drew a team that arguably has the personnel to make a run at a national championship (Florida). It’s going to be hard, no question about it.

“You know what? We’ve had hard schedules in the past, and our guys have usually rallied around it and accelerated our preparation a little bit.”

Schedule notes: KU and Duke last met in the title game of the 2011 Maui Invitational, a 68-61 Duke win. ... Iona won the MAAC postseason title and reached the NCAAs for the second straight year. ... Towson went 18-13 after finishing 1-31 in 2011-12. ... KU has won 21 straight against Colorado dating to 2003, including a 90-54 win in Allen last season. CU has made the NCAAs the last two years under former KU guard Tad Boyle. ... KU last met Florida in the title game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 25, 2006. KU won, 82-80, in overtime. Florida has reached the Elite Eight the last three seasons. ... New Mexico has won the Mountain West four of the last five years. ... Georgetown won a share of the Big East. ... Toledo tied Western Michigan for first in the 2012-13 Mid-America Conference West Division. ... S.D. State reached the Sweet 16 last season after beating Oklahoma in the second round. KU will return the game to San Diego State in 2015-16.

2013-14 Kansas Men’s Basketball Schedule (as of May 2, 2013)

Oct. 29 (Tuesday) – PITTSBURG STATE (Exhibition)

Nov. 5 (Tuesday) – FORT HAYS STATE (Exhibition)

Nov. 8 (Friday) – LOUISIANA MONROE

Nov. 12 (Tuesday) – Duke, Chicago, Ill. (Champions Classic, United Center)

Nov. 19 (Tuesday) – IONA

Nov. 22 (Friday) – TOWSON (Battle 4 Atlantis first round game)

Nov. 28 (Thursday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 29 (Friday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 30 (Saturday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Dec. 7 (Saturday) – at Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

Dec. 10 (Tuesday) – at Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Dec. 14 (Saturday) – NEW MEXICO, Kansas City, Mo. (Kansas City Shootout at Sprint Center)

Dec. 21 (Saturday) – GEORGETOWN

Dec. 30 (Monday) – TOLEDO

Jan. 5 (Sunday) – SAN DIEGO STATE

(Home games in CAPS)

Comments

Jeff Worthington 1 year, 4 months ago

What teams are in the battle for Atlantis? That field was loaded last year.

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't remember who else but I"m 100% sure that I remembered seeing that Villanova was going to be in it.

7 of 8 determined - 1 "T.B.D."

Other 6 known so far are:

Tennessee (supposed to be good next season again), USC, Xavier, UTEP, Wake Forest & us.

They had thought at one time that the 8th might be Michigan State, but taht was a "no-go".

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rockchalkchampionship 1 year, 4 months ago

The last team to join was going to be Michigan State but now it will be Iowa rounding out the field. Solid tournament.

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

The field is KU, Iowa, Tennessee, Villanova, Xavier, Wake Forest, UTEP, and USC.

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

So my guess as to how they'd rank them going into next year & set-up the field:

1) Kansas 2) Tennessee 3) Iowa 4) Villanova 5) Xavier 6) Wake Forest 7) UTEP 8) USC

So opening round, you'd have USC vs. Kansas (Enfield gets matchup he was wanting to see in the Elite 8 albeit w/ a different team now), Villanova vs. Xavier and on the other 1/2 or side - Iowa vs. Wake Forest & Tennessee vs. UTEP.

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 4 months ago

Poor mans George Clooney...( note, I wish I was as poor as Jay in looks or moolah)

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flloyd 1 year, 4 months ago

KU coach Bill Self said. “This is probably not the brightest thing I’ve done since I’ve been here, but it is a schedule that will force us to get ready at an accelerated pace.”

Wow, what is Coach smokin' these days?

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Joe Satterwhite 1 year, 4 months ago

anyone know when the tickets go on sale for the Florida game?

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kymock 1 year, 4 months ago

December 10 is a Tuesday, not a Saturday

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

Will we play Florida again in Lawrence in 2014?

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odc213 1 year, 4 months ago

No. The pairings go in a rotation for these 'challenges' not home and home. So I would guess that SEC's Missouri, and Big 12's Kansas have a match up next year. And the home/away alternate. The whole thing actually makes for good BBall. We will be matched with Kentucky at some point as well, and on the southern side, Texas A&M gets matched with their old Big 12 rivals, Texas....

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jayhawkinnc 1 year, 4 months ago

If you have the funds, I highly recommend going to the Battle For Atlantis tournament. I went there 2 years ago for a "work" assignment and it was awesome. It's a well run tournament, the people down there are great, they play the games in this ballroom which is converted into a basketball arena right inside the big fancy hotel there in the Bahamas. Oh, and you'll notice the beautiful scenery there too......just sayin' :)

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Jake Waddle 1 year, 4 months ago

Resort itself is AMAZING... stopped there on a cruise a couple days b4 last year's Battle 4 Atlantis. Already trying to make the funds work (and use my iowa friends who actually have money) to get there!

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Lorena Ben G Solis 1 year, 4 months ago

I guess we get put to the test pretty early next year.hopefully the strong non conference schedule will get or guys ready for March could make or break such a young team.but I have faith we'll come together & fly high like only JAYHAWK'S can RCJH!!!

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Ryan Beddie 1 year, 4 months ago

On paper that schedule looks mighty tuff. Especially for a team that will be young and replacing all starters.

But some of the marquee games will be against teams in similar positions. Florida will replace Murphy, Boynton, Rosario. San Diego st will replace Tapley, Franklin among others. Georgtown will replace porter who is simply going to leave a huge void for them. Colorado loses Roberson, duke 3 starters so a lot of these games will be winnable as long as the new guys gel and buy into the system.

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dylans 1 year, 4 months ago

I bet stupidmichael is still scared. J. Parker to Duke makes up for any loss.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 4 months ago

Jason King on ESPN for next season has Duke #5, Colorado #22, Florida #7, and New Mexico #16. And sure a ranked team or two in Atlantis.

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colreader 1 year, 4 months ago

Jeez Louise - I looked it up and we're picked at #21!

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

I think most have Tennessee ranked at least. Iowa was around 26th - 30th in expanded rankings.

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dylans 1 year, 4 months ago

Tennessee #17 and Iowa #25 per Jason King, but what's he know?

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Daniel Kennamore 1 year, 4 months ago

So we play in Boulder on Saturday, then Gainsville the following Tuesday? Yikes.

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Steve Gantz 1 year, 4 months ago

What, you think these D-1 athletes go to class or something?

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texashawk10 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that no other major conference team is playing a tougher non-conference schedule next season.

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Phil Leister 1 year, 4 months ago

Kentucky actually does have a pretty tough non-con schedule as well. They've got Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina. All should be preseason top 10 teams. The only reason I know this is because it was a headline on CBSSports. Give me a freakin break CBS.

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texashawk10 1 year, 4 months ago

Kentucky's schedule is nowhere near the quality of KU's schedule.

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LAJayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

We'll definitely have the top 5, if not the number 1 strength of schedule next year. Brutal non-con. I love it.

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Phil Leister 1 year, 4 months ago

Note to LJW, is it possible to change captions on pictures? That caption is a bit dated. And it's a bit painful to read "1 seed".

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Phil Leister 1 year, 4 months ago

I know. Was just wondering if it's possible to change the caption. No big deal either way.

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

The photographer writes the caption, and it becomes a part of the image. You literally write it into the file.

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Jim Pendleton 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow, if I have counted right, we will only have 18 home games next season, usually 20. Only nine non-con home games, which includes two exhibitions, one at Sprint, and six at AFH. In fact we go nearly a month between games at AFH from Nov 22 to Dec 21. Add the nine conference games and that makes 18. If we get a high seed next year, they will have really earned it with this schedule! Rock Chalk!!

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woowoowoo01 1 year, 4 months ago

That gets me thinking. If we have 18 home games, lets say worst case, they go 16-2 at home, 2-1 in Bahamas, lose at CU and FLA. 5-4 on the road in conf play, 1-1 on neutral courts, 2-1 in Big 12 tourney. That's still about 26 wins, give or take a few games since I don't know the total neutral court games. Throw in the Bill Self factor in the regular season, as he's good for a few wins we don't think we will get and we could have close 30 wins again. Just thinking out loud, but 30 wins isn't too shabby. I'm thinking a 4 seed, and that would be awesome!

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Hawk8086 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't think that gets you to 30 wins, depending on how you think we will do on the road in the conference. 30 wins probably also gets us higher than a 4 seed with that schedule. I understand your point, though. I am also thinking this team feels like about a 4 seed.

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Alex Wishart 1 year, 4 months ago

This non con schedule has "prepare us to win a tenth straight" written all over it. If we can hang in most of these games and even win a few our new guys will be battle tested for the big 12 season. This might be ugly early but I think the payoff is ten in a row.

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Michael Pannacciulli 1 year, 4 months ago

That okie state team looks formidable but if we stay healthy and all of our talent gels...i can see it.

On an unrelated note...I hear Orlando really wants BMac. He and Coach Vaughn can crack jokes about how nasty the Towers were...while they sit poolside of one another's mansions. Ahhh the good life.

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

I could see it. SG's their biggest weakness.

PG: J. Nelson SG: ? SF: Tobias Harris (did REALLY good in that Reddick trade in getting him) PF: Gl. Davis C: Vucevic

Could possibly improve at PG too.....something tells me if they make it to Top 3 they'll get Mc. If they fall out of the top 3, then they might to the PG route & take Burke. Just a hunch on my part.

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skijamin 1 year, 4 months ago

Once again, Bill Self is a genius. He knew that losing all 5 starters, he would be in danger of losing his conference title streak and consecutive NCAA tourney streak. By playing a schedule this difficult, we will have a leg up on the competition next year if (God forbid) we end up on the bubble. Self also knows that this schedule will prepare the team for the conference season and give us the best chance to ten-peat. Now, if can just get Wiggins...

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

So true. This is the best possible scenario for conference title preparation, and for tournament selection.

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otaKU 1 year, 4 months ago

And yet, you never hear WSU fans complain about K-State not playing them. Inferiority complex.

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dfybaby21 1 year, 4 months ago

You clearly don't pay attention.

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Why do the WSU fans want to play us? Are they just up for an annual dose of humility?

We are KANSAS - we've played everyone (and won most of the time).

I'd like to play them for a while just to shut them up. Although, I am about ready to put an end to the KSU " rivalry " (snicker, snicker). It's getting harder and harder to get amped up about playing a team that we spank on a regular basis.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 4 months ago

No Topeka YMCA? Leaving them off the schedule just gives our opponents a reason to diss us for not scheduling a local powerhouse. I can hear them now!

Purple Team: KU did not play at Topeka YMCA this year. A tough environment like their gym might have prepared the Jayhawks to play in our 3 Dimensional Stop Sign.

Black and Gold Team: How in the world could KU turn its back on such a great rivalry as Topeka YMCA? Maybe we can invite Topeka YMCA to Mizzou Arena seeing as KU won't come here anymore.

Some National Sports Network with an East Coast Bias: Okay, so KU is good but WHO HAVE THEY PLAYED? They need to play Topeka YMCA and join the ACC to gain our respect.

Ah well. Is it too late to schedule the Shockers?

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 4 months ago

If you look at it from a different perspective, this schedule might be the best case scenario for this uber-young Jayhawk Squad.

1] Very challenging opponents home, away and neutral, thus giving the kids exposure to home/away conference games and post season neutral site games.

2] Attractive match-ups will provide high exposure for the KU Program.

3] Because of the "Youth-Driven" pre-season ranking in the low 20's, there is less pressure from expectations [relatively speaking of course since Kansas Nation never lowers the bar very far].

4] As pointed out earlier, it's not like all of our opponeents have five starters returning either.

5] With Perry, Naadir, Jamari and AW3 we are adding the #2 ranked recruiting class of 2013.

6] Remember....the head coach is Bill Self.

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Michael Luby 1 year, 4 months ago

Id love to see KU play Wichita St. In fact, Id love it if they'd join the Big 12. Purely from a Basketball perspective.

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otaKU 1 year, 4 months ago

This would be a terrible addition to the Big 12.

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Rob Wempe 1 year, 4 months ago

I would love to see 1 game a year on the west coast! I think it would also really help recruiting in California. My .02

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

They played TOO MANY PAC-12 teams last year. I could see them have to play a return trip game at San Diego State in that arrangement. Then again it COULD help in recruiting S. Zimmerman too (for '15/'16) so.... :)

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bennybob 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm now officially writing of any posibility for another 30 win season next year.

Too many tough opponents too early in the season for Self to get his freshmen playing at the level he'd need to beat them.

I see 5 Ls in that schedule

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

Really?!?!?!?!

I think realistic would be 3.

Duke in Chicago, at Florida & Championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

MAYBE a loss at Colorado, but with Roberson leaving would seem less likely.

Georgetown? No Porter & at home.

New Mexico? Lost their coach & in K.C.

San Diego State? Lost 3 good to great players and game's in Lawrence.

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Rob Bedford III 1 year, 4 months ago

KU may finish the Champions Classic 0-3.

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Steve Gantz 1 year, 4 months ago

That would be a bad loss, 1 game counts as 3 losses. In other words how do you go 0-3 in 1 game?

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otaKU 1 year, 4 months ago

I think he meant overall we could finish 0-3. Lost to Kentucky (2011), lost to Mich. St. (2012), and possibly Duke (2013).

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

And there was talk of it being renewed with the same 4 teams.

I was a little surprised that they wouldn't just go with another 4 different traditionally good to great teams like Indiana, UCLA, North Carolina & Georgetown or something like that.

With maybe 3 new venues as well - say San Jose, Dallas & Minneapolis.

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otaKU 1 year, 4 months ago

Why does Calipari's young bucks get a pass despite their tough schedule yet KU's young blood are going to be terrible and barely put together 20 wins? Its not like we have chop liver coming into the program. I guess maybe because we don't have as much coming back as Kentucky...

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Kevin Huffman 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's say they don't get Wiggins. The really interesting battle in playing time will be for all but the "1" & "4" spots where An. Harrison & Ju. Randle would seem to have those easily nailed down.

"2" - Aar. Harrison or J. Young? "3" - J. Young or Poythress? "5" - Dakari Johnson or Cauley-Stein?

***In my opinioin I bet J. Young > Aar. Harrison. BUT I bet Harrison gets to start the year at the "2".

I'm betting their starting 5 would be:

An. Harrison

Aar. Harrison

Poythress

Ju. Randle

Dak. Johnson

not much in the way of backup PG - some have said that Aaron might see some time there. James Young will be the primary backup at the "2" OR "3". Wiltjer could backup "3" or "4" - but in either case is 3rd-string at both. Marcus Lee will be the primary backup at the "4" w/ Cauley-Stein the backup at the "5".

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Alex Peekeaton 1 year, 4 months ago

Aaron Harrison will be the starting SG the day he sets foot in Lexington. Young has repeatedly stated he will bring a lot of enery and offense off of the bench which will be similar to the role Darius Miller played last year. Cauley-Stein will probably be starting at the beginning of the year because of his experience. Both will play equal minutes. Jarrod Polson has earned the backup point guard position and has been solid in his limited minutes.

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 4 months ago

Cauley-Stein was projected as a late lottery pick before he decide to come back. No way he stays unless he had an agreement with the squid to start and play major minutes to improve his draft stock.
Poythress' stock, on the other hand, had dropped considerably and was projected a late first to early second round; I am sure he did not get the same assurances, and I would be surprised if he starts over one of the young guns.

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Alex Peekeaton 1 year, 4 months ago

The only experienced player transferring is Harrow and he already did to Georgia St. (he also ties into being "uncoachable"). Wiltjer, Cauley-Stein, and Poythress will be back.

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Brett Forreal 1 year, 4 months ago

Since Kentucky talk is going on, read in a Time for Kids that this eleven year old phenom name Julian Newman plays on a varsity team for his dad in Orlando, Florida. Both mom and dad were point guards early in life. HIs video on YouTube has 3.3 million hits. Haven't seen it yet. But as you probably have already guessed......he was stated saying he wants to play at Kentucky for the slime Calipari.

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Rob Bedford III 1 year, 4 months ago

Calipari mentioned only "coaching" at UK for 10 years. He may not be there when this kid is a Freshman in college.

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prairiechalk 1 year, 4 months ago

Has anyone thought about the fact that with only 18 home games (part of the season ticket package), prices will go up. I am sure KU will advertise that the ticket prices will remain the same for 2013-14, but with 2 less games it is really a 11% increase in ticket costs. We'll see what the season ticket prices are when they get published, but I would bet anything that they aren't going down. So... at least an 11% increase for 2013-14. I like the schedule, but not the sneaky increase.

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Scott Smetana 1 year, 4 months ago

Whoo Hooo..... The CU/KU game in Boulder is on a Saturday!! You can get a season ticket for the Buffs in General Admission for $60! Lawrence West here I come!

Less than 5 months til late night!

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mahkmood 1 year, 4 months ago

Good non-con schedule, but very short of spectacular. CU, New Mexico, and SDSU are all over-rated because of playing weak schedules resulting in large number of wins, but none of these teams are top-tier. I only see 3 high quality teams: Duke, Georgetown, and Florida. Then KU gets its average schedule in Big12 play. Would really like to see Syracuse, Louisville, MSU, UNC or Kentucky on the schedule... to make the new boys into men (win or lose).

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KanKu 1 year, 4 months ago

Run wild......good to see another bandwagon shocker fan coming out. When Marshall leaves, wsu will go back to being irrelevant.......as will your worthless comments

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Bryce Landon 1 year, 4 months ago

How do we keep getting stuck playing Towson?

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