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Friday, August 21, 2015

Jayhawks’ 2016 Big 12 schedule announced

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) heads up to the bucket against Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) heads up to the bucket against Iowa State forward Jameel McKay (1) during the first half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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For the first time since the 1997-98 season, Kansas University’s basketball team this winter will open the conference campaign with a pair of home games.

Baylor and Oklahoma will visit Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 2 and 4 respectively, the Big 12 announced Thursday in releasing the league slate.

KU, which is seeking a 12th consecutive Big 12 crown, then will hit the road for two games — at Texas Tech on Jan. 9 and West Virginia (Jan. 12), before returning home to play TCU on Jan. 16.

KU then travels to Oklahoma State on Jan. 19, meets Texas at home on Jan. 23 and travels to Iowa State on Jan. 25 before having the conference slate interrupted with a home game versus Kentucky on Jan. 30 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

After that, KU plays Kansas State at home on Feb. 3, travels to TCU on Feb. 6, plays West Virginia at home on Feb. 9, travels to Oklahoma on Feb. 13 and plays OSU at home on Feb. 15.

Then KU has a two-game road trip: to Kansas State on Feb. 20 and Baylor on Feb. 23. KU will meet Texas Tech on Feb. 27 in Allen, travel to Texas on Feb. 29, then have a Senior Day game against Iowa State on March 5.

KU will play four Big Monday games: at home against Oklahoma and OSU and at Iowa State and Texas.

“I think the league will be great,” KU coach Self said recently. “Stop and look at it with the potential of having two or three teams preseason Top-10 (KU, Iowa State, Oklahoma), I don’t think our league will take a step backward at all.”

To highlight the non-conference season, KU will meet Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 17 in Chicago. The Jayhawks will travel to the Maui Invitational Thanksgiving week for games against Chaminade and either UCLA-UNLV, with Wake Forest, Indiana, Vanderbilt and St. John’s on the other side of the bracket.

Also, KU will travel to San Diego State on Dec. 22 and meet Oregon State on Dec. 12 in Sprint Center.

“It’s obviously another solid schedule,” Self said when the nonconference portion was released. “The last two years we played the toughest schedule in the country. This year we feel like, once again, this will be a schedule that will be one of the nation’s best. What jumps off the page is Michigan State, who went to the Final Four, all the possibilities of matchups at the Maui Invitational and the other teams who advanced to the postseason (last year) like Harvard (Dec. 1), San Diego State, Montana (Dec. 19) and UC Irvine (Dec. 29). San Diego State has always been a national power. The Big12/SEC Challenge game, which we will host, and all the others will certainly be great preparation for us going into what will, once again, be a terrific Big 12 Conference slate.”

Every KU game on the schedule will be televised either by an ESPN network, CBS, the CBS Sports Network or Jayhawk TV.

KU’s 2016 schedule

Nov. 4 (Wednesday) – Pittsburg State (exhibition), TBA.

Nov. 10 (Tuesday) – Fort Hays State (exhibition), TBA.

Nov. 13 (Friday) – Northern Colorado, TBA.

Nov. 17 (Tuesday) – vs. Michigan State (Champions Classic), Chicago, 9 p.m.

Nov. 23 (Monday) – vs. Chaminade (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, 8 p.m.

Nov. 24 (Tuesday) – vs. UCLA or UNLV (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, 9 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 25 (Wednesday) – vs. TBD (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, TBA.

Dec. 1 (Tuesday) – Loyola (Md.), TBA.

Dec. 5 (Saturday) – Harvard, TBA.

Dec. 9 (Wednesday) – Holy Cross, TBA.

Dec. 12 (Saturday) – Oregon State (Kansas City Shootout, Sprint Center), Kansas City, 7 p.m.

Dec. 19 (Saturday) – Montana, TBA.

Dec. 22 (Tuesday) – at San Diego State, TBA.

Dec. 29 (Tuesday) – UC Irvine, TBA.

Jan. 2 (Saturday) – Baylor, 3 p.m.

Jan. 4 (Monday) – Oklahoma, 8 p.m.

Jan. 9 (Saturday) – at Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

Jan. 12 (Tuesday) – at West Virginia, 6 p.m.

Jan. 16 (Saturday) – TCU, 1 p.m.

Jan. 19 (Tuesday) – at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.

Jan. 23 (Saturday) – Texas, 1 p.m.

Jan. 25 (Monday) – at Iowa State, 8 p.m.

Jan. 30 (Saturday) – Kentucky (Big 12/SEC Challenge), TBA.

Feb. 3 (Wednesday) – Kansas State, 8 p.m.

Feb. 6 (Saturday) – at TCU, 11 a.m.

Feb. 9 (Tuesday) – West Virginia, 6 p.m.

Feb. 13 (Saturday) – at Oklahoma, 1 p.m.

Feb. 15 (Monday) – Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.

Feb. 20 (Saturday) – at Kansas State, 5 p.m.

Feb. 23 (Tuesday) – at Baylor, 7 p.m.

Feb. 27 (Saturday) – Texas Tech, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Feb. 29 (Monday) – at Texas, 8 p.m.

March 5 (Saturday) – Iowa State, TBA.

March 9-12 (Wed.-Sat.) – Big 12 Championship.

Comments

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

This schedule sucks for me. None of the games in Texas are on days or time I can get to. I guess this'll be the first time in 13 or 14 years I haven't gotten to see KU in person. They damn well better Final Four this year because that's going to be the only way I can make it to any game this year.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't give up on them yet!!!! There are some Houston, TX dates, April 2 & 4, we all hope will be added to the schedule.

Overall the schedule sucks for the KU team because two of the biggest home conference games (v Baylor and OU) come during the break when the students are away.

The games @TCU, Baylor and UT work well for me.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 6 months ago

Anyone know whether the Jayhawk TV games will also be on ESPN3? We don't get JTV on the west coast!

Travis Clementsmith 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, usually if it is broadcast on JayhawkTV, the rest of the country gets the game via ESPN3.

David Steward 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes ESPN 3. Unless of course you live within a couple of hours of KU. Then blackout on ESPN 3. The athletic leadership at KU screwed anyone who doesn't have Time Warner.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Dale,

Eventually there will be a schedule on the KU Athletics Department official website that shows all of the television information. Last year, all of the conference games were on one of the ESPN channels or a national channel such as CBS. The ESPN games could be on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Also, ESPN3 will probably have them. Finally, for those very few games that aren't on television, e.g. the exhibition games and perhaps one or two of the non-conference games, you can access free radio broadcasts with Bob Davis and Greg Gurley from the KU Athletics Department official website. You used to have to subscribe to this, but now it is free. Good luck!

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 6 months ago

Dale, et. al.,

The KUAthletics.com website has an updated schedule with the current television listings. Go to the drop down arrow for "Sport" and then click on Men's Basketball Schedule.

As I suspected, you will see that all of the conference games will be on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, or CBS. Also, a number of non-conference games will be televised such as the Maui Classic, the Michgan State game, the Oregon State game, the Kentucky game, and perhaps one or more others. However, there are several games, Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State, Northern Colorado, Harvard, Loyola, UC-Irvine, and some others that apparently will only be televised on the Jayhawk Network. However, as I mentioned above, the radio broadcasts will be available for all of these games, free of charge. All you have to do is hit the drop down arrow for Fan Central and click on Audio - Live and On Demand.

Often what I do, even on the televised games, is to watch the game and then go to the radio broadcast for the post game shows and interviews with Bill Self and others.

Have fun!

Glen Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

If Diallo is ruled ineligible (which seems highly likely), then I would tend to agree. We don't have much front court depth and you know we play through our bigs. Self SAYS he trusts his guards to score and run the offense through them, but I will believe it when I see it. I have a lot of questions about this team. The potential is monsterous, National Title worthy....... but there is also the chance of the same let down we've endured the past few seasons.

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