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.


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)


Bryce Landon 11 months, 3 weeks ago

How do we keep getting stuck playing Towson?


McMurphy 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Ku needs to show some balls and schedule WSU.


KanKu 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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


Joan Kalivoda 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Ku ranked #21 and Wichita ST #11. Wichita ST. leads the way with basketball again like they did last year. Best coach and knows how to recruit.


mahkmood 11 months, 3 weeks 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).


Scott Smetana 11 months, 3 weeks 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!


prairiechalk 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Brett Forreal 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


otaKU 11 months, 3 weeks 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...


Rob Bedford III 11 months, 3 weeks ago

KU may finish the Champions Classic 0-3.


bennybob 11 months, 3 weeks 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


Rob Wempe 11 months, 3 weeks 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


Michael Luby 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Ralster Jayhawk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

All those skeptical fans who question Bill Self are actually to be commended (for giving Jayhawk nation a short list of things to 'judge', and for giving Self a notion to debunk/prove wrong), because when (not if) Self shows his team(s) can overcome a cited deficiency, then making the skeptic (i did not say 'heretic') a true believer becomes a how-sweet-it-is moment. All good, even if I think Self doesnt need much more motivation (than not making the Final4) than he already has as an intense, fiery competitor...but its all good. So, to all the critique-Hawks out there, keep up your critical thinking-->it may do everything some good, including balance this board. RCJH.


Tony Bandle 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Phoghorn 11 months, 3 weeks 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?


skijamin 11 months, 3 weeks 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...


Alex Wishart 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


woowoowoo01 11 months, 3 weeks 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!


Jim Pendleton 11 months, 3 weeks 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!!


Phil Leister 11 months, 3 weeks 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".


texashawk10 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Daniel Kennamore 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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


Steve Jacob 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Ryan Beddie 11 months, 3 weeks 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.


Ben G Solis 11 months, 3 weeks 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!!!


jayhawkinnc 11 months, 3 weeks 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' :)


Boouk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Will we play Florida again in Lawrence in 2014?


kymock 11 months, 3 weeks ago

December 10 is a Tuesday, not a Saturday


Joe Satterwhite 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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


Jeff Worthington 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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


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