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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Indiana, Duke highlight KU’s 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule

Kansas head coach Bill Self applauds the Jayhawks as they widen their lead during the second half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Kansas head coach Bill Self applauds the Jayhawks as they widen their lead during the second half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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It's that time of year again. Time to discover why the Kansas University men's basketball team once again figures to head into a season with one of the toughest schedules in the country.

KU on Tuesday afternoon officially released the non-conference portion of the Jayhawks' 2016-17 schedule.

Included are high-profile showdowns with some of the best programs in college basketball, starting with Indiana, Nov. 11 in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, and Duke at the Champions Classic, Nov. 15 in New York.

“With this schedule, once again we will rank at the top of the toughest schedules in the nation,” KU coach Bill Self said in a news release. “We’ll get our share of frequent flyer miles right off the bat playing Indiana in Honolulu and Duke in New York City. We're playing 10 of our 12 non-league games against teams which went to the postseason last year, including four NCAA teams. This schedule, like in the past, will help us prepare for the always tough Big 12 season.”

When that rolls around, the Jayhawks, of course, will be looking to make it 13 consecutive Big 12 titles.

Before that, though, the non-con schedule certainly figures to provide plenty of entertainment and headlines.

Here's a quick look at each opponent, courtesy of KU Athletics.

Washburn, exhibition (Nov. 1, Lawrence)

Under 37-year head coach Bob Chipman, Washburn is coming off a 13-15 season in 2015-16, which included an 11-11 MIAA (NCAA Division II) record where the Ichabods tied for fifth. This 40-game series dates back to 1906 and Kansas leads 37-3, including 6-0 in exhibition battles. KU has won 11 consecutive against the Ichabods with the last Washburn victory in 1944.

Emporia State, exhibition (Nov. 7, Lawrence)

Emporia State went 13-16 overall and 10-12 in the MIAA (NCAA Division II) and placed 10th in 2015-16. The Hornets are coached by former Colorado standout Shaun Vandiver who will enter his sixth season at ESU in 2016-17. This 23-game series dates back to 1904 and Kansas leads 20-3, including 7-0 in exhibition contests. Kansas has won 10 straight against Emporia State with the last ESU win being in 1947.

Indiana, Armed Forces Classic (Nov. 11, Honolulu)

Under eighth-year head coach Tom Crean, the 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Indiana went 29-8 last season, won the Big Ten regular-season title with a 15-3 league record and finished ranked 14th by Associated Press. The Hoosiers lead the overall series with Kansas 7-6 but the Jayhawks have won six of the last seven meetings. KU and IU last met in 1995 in Kansas City with the Jayhawks claiming a 91-83 victory on Dec. 16. This series dates back to 1940 with the first two meetings, both IU wins, in the NCAA title game in 1940 and 1953.

Duke, Champions Classic (Nov. 15, New York)

Preseason No. 1 by many for 2016-17, Duke went 25-11 last year and placed tied for fifth in the ACC with an 11-7 record. Under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA Championship and finished ranked No. 19. Duke leads the series with Kansas 7-3 but the Jayhawks have won two of the last three meetings, including a 94-83 win in the 2013 Champions Classic in Chicago. This series dates back to 1985.

Siena, CBE Hall of Fame Classic Host Game (Nov. 18, Lawrence)

Under head coach Jimmy Patsos, who will enter his fourth season at Siena, the Saints went 21-13 in 2015-16 overall and lost in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) to Morehead State (84-80). Siena went 13-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) last season, placing third. Kansas won the only meeting with Siena, 91-84, on Jan. 6, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse.

UAB, potential CBE Hall of Fame Classic opponent (Nov. 21 or 22, Kansas City)

UAB welcomes first-year head coach Rob Ehsan who replaced former KU guard Jerod Haase who went to Stanford. The Blazers were 26-7 last season and won the Conference USA regular-season title with a 16-2 record. UAB fell to BYU, 97-79, in the first round of the 2016 NIT. Kansas leads the series with UAB 2-1. UAB won the first meeting, 50-46, on Nov. 25, 1984, in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. Kansas won the next two: 109-83 on Nov. 15, 1989 in the Preseason NIT and 100-74 on March 26, 2004 in the NCAA Championship in St. Louis.

Georgia, potential CBE Hall of Fame Classic opponent (Nov. 21 or 22, Kansas City)

Georgia head coach Mark Fox enters his eighth season at UGA. The Bulldogs went 20-14 last season and tied for sixth in the SEC with a 10-8 record. Georgia went 1-1 in the NIT defeating Belmont, 93-84, before falling at St. Mary’s, 77-65. Kansas has won all three meetings with Georgia in a series which dates back to 1992 with a 76-65 win in Allen Fieldhouse. The next two battles were neutral-site contests with KU winning 89-79 on Dec. 18, 1993, in Atlanta and 88-78 on Nov. 25, 1999, in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.

George Washington, potential CBE Hall of Fame Classic opponent (Nov. 21 or 22, Kansas City)

George Washington won the 2016 NIT defeating Valparaiso, 76-60, in the title game at Madison Square Garden. GW posted a 28-10 record in 2015-16 and finished fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an 11-7 mark. Colonials head coach Mike Lonergan completed his fifth season at GW in 2015-16. Kansas has won all three meetings with George Washington. The Jayhawks defeated the Colonials, 76-70, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 22, 1984, and 94-71 the following year, Dec. 23, 1985, in Allen Fieldhouse. KU also defeated GW, 85-56, on Dec. 11, 1996, in Allen Fieldhouse.

UNC Asheville, CBE Hall of Fame Classic Host Game (Nov. 25, Lawrence)

UNC Asheville and Kansas have something in common in they both lost to eventual NCAA Champion Villanova in the 2016 NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs were 22-12 overall last season and tied for third in the Big South Conference with a 12-6 league record. UNC Ashville won the Big South Championship and entered its fourth-ever NCAA Championship a No. 15 seed. UNC Asheville fell to the second-seeded Wildcats, 86-56, in the two teams’ first game of the tourney in Brooklyn. Head coach Nick McDevitt enters his fourth season guiding the Bulldogs. Kansas is 3-0 against UNC Ashville in a series which dates back to 1994. All three meetings have been in Allen Fieldhouse with the Jayhawks winning 90-44 on Jan. 5, 1994, 105-73 on Dec. 15, 1996, and 102-50 on Jan. 2, 2003.

Long Beach State (Nov. 29, Lawrence)

Long Beach State went 20-15 last season and placed third in the Big West Conference with a 12-4 league record. Having lost in the Big West title game, LBSU competed in the 2016 NIT losing to Washington, 107-102, in the event’s opening round. The 49ers are coached by Dan Monson who enters his 10th season at LBSU. Kansas leads the four-game series with Long Beach State, 3-1. KU won the first two meetings, 69-52 on Dec. 1, 1970, in Allen Fieldhouse and 66-60 on Dec. 7, 1991, in Long Beach, California. The 49ers defeated KU, 64-49, on Jan. 25, 1993, in Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas won the last meeting, 88-80, on Dec. 6, 2011, also in Allen Fieldhouse.

Stanford (Dec. 3, Lawrence)

Stanford first-year head coach Jerod Haase will face his alma mater in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 3. Haase’ 1,264 points rank 32nd on the KU all-time scoring list and he also ranks on the Kansas career lists in 3-point field goals made (11th at 156), 3-pointers attempted (seventh at 461), assists (18th at 343) and steals (11th at 174). Last year the Cardinal went 15-15 overall and finished ninth in the Pac-12 with an 8-10 record. Kansas leads the series with Stanford, 8-3, but the Cardinal have won the last two meetings: 60-57 on March 23, 2014, in the NCAA Championship in St. Louis and 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003, in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, California. This series dates back to 1932 and KU is 4-0 versus Stanford in games played in Lawrence.

UMKC (Dec. 6, Lawrence)

UMKC fourth-year head coach Kareem Richardson hopes to improve the Kangaroos from their 12-19 record in 2015-16. The Roos were 4-10 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) which tied for sixth in the league race. Kansas has won all six games against UMKC in a series which dates back to 1992. The Jayhawks are 4-0 versus the Kangaroos in Allen Fieldhouse with the last meeting being a KU 99-52 victory on Jan. 5, 2011, in Lawrence.

Nebraska (Dec. 10, Lawrence)

These two former conference foes are meeting for the first time since Nebraska left the Big 12 following the 2010-11 season. Husker head coach Tim Miles enters his fifth season and the Huskers are coming off a 16-18 season where they finished 11th in the Big Ten Conference with a 6-12 record. Former Kansas guard Andrew White III will be making a return visit to Allen Fieldhouse. White was a two-year letterwinner for KU in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Kansas leads the overall series with Nebraska, 170-71, and has won the last 17 meetings, from March 5, 1999, to Feb. 5, 2011, and 26 of the last 27 matchups dating back to the 1998-99 season. KU is 88-23 versus NU in games played in Lawrence, including 51-7 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have won the last 12 home meetings with the Huskers.

Davidson, Jayhawk Shootout (Dec. 17, Kansas City)

Under 27-year head coach Bob McKillop, Davidson is coming off a 20-13 season where it placed sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-8 record. The Wildcats advanced to the NIT losing at Florida State, 84-74, in the event’s opening round. This two-game series (1-1) has had drama. Kansas defeated Cinderella Davidson, 59-57, in the NCAA Championship Elite Eight in Detroit, Michigan, on March 30, 2008. The Jayhawks would go on to win the 2008 NCAA National Championship in San Antonio. Davidson returned the favor with an 80-74 win on Dec. 19, 2011, in the Kansas City Shootout at Sprint Center. Later that season, KU would advance to the 2012 NCAA Championship game in New Orleans.

UNLV (Dec. 22, Las Vegas)

Marvin Menzies begins his first season at UNLV heading to Las Vegas after nine seasons at New Mexico State. Menzies inherits a team that finished 18-15 overall and tied for sixth in the Mountain West Conference with an 8-10 league record. Kansas is 5-0 against UNLV and this will be the first meeting between the two schools in Las Vegas. The series dates back to 1989 when KU defeated UNLV, 91-77, in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in New York City. Kansas went on to win the event defeating St. John’s two days later. The next meeting was also part of a KU Preseason NIT title on Nov. 21, 1997, in Allen Fieldhouse, a KU 92-68 victory. Kansas defeated UNLV, 75-56, on March 22, 2008, in Omaha, Nebraska, en route to the 2008 NCAA National Championship. The last meeting was a Kansas 76-61 win in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 4, 2015.

Kentucky, SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Jan. 28, Lexington, Kentucky)

Under Hall of Fame coach John Calipari, Kentucky is coming off a 27-9 season where it tied Texas A&M; for the SEC title with a 13-5 record. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship falling to Indiana, 73-67. The upcoming SEC/Big 12 Challenge will mark the eighth meeting between the two schools in the Kansas head coach Bill Self era at KU. The Jayhawks hold a 4-3 advantage in that span and Kentucky leads the overall series with Kansas, 22-7. Last season, with ESPN College Gameday originating from Lawrence, No. 4 Kansas defeated No. 20 Kentucky, 90-84 in overtime, at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 30 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Kansas Men’s Basketball 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule

Nov. 1 – Washburn (exhibition)

Nov. 7 – Emporia State (exhibition)

Nov. 11 – vs. Indiana (Armed Forces Classic, Honolulu)

Nov. 15 – vs. Duke (Champions Classic, New York City)

Nov. 18 – Siena (CBE Hall of Fame Classic Home Game)

Nov. 21 – UAB/Georgia/George Washington (CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City)

Nov. 22 – UAB/Georgia/George Washington (CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City)

Nov. 25 – UNC Asheville (CBE Hall of Fame Classic Home Game)

Nov. 29 – Long Beach State

Dec. 3 – Stanford

Dec. 6 – UMKC

Dec. 10 – Nebraska

Dec. 17 – Davidson (Jayhawk Shootout, Kansas City)

Dec. 22 – at UNLV

Jan. 28 – at Kentucky

Comments

Bryce Landon 5 years, 6 months ago

Definitely playing college basketball royalty. Not sure why the UNCA game comes after the main event has already been played, though.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 6 months ago

1 RPI in the making! Great to see Jerod Haase coming back to KU as the Stanford coach. Also, Andrew White from Nebraska.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 6 months ago

Duke and UK both have great schedules as well. Exciting high profile games are on tap for College BBall.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 6 months ago

The academic requirements at Stanford will not make Jerod's job any easier BUT he won't be plagued nearly as much by OAD's. Mike Montgomery was able to pull it off, hopefully Coach Haase will also.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 6 months ago

Great schedule for a great first year playing under the Original Rules Memorial in place.

This is the best and most glamorous schedule ever for a Kansas Basketball team, highlighted by three deep blue blood games (UK, Duke and IU) held in prestigious locals....Pearl Harbor and NYC's Madison Square Garden. Then we get great second tier level games with Stanford, Nebraska, UNLV and Davidson. The Stanford and NE games will be special with two KU fan favorites, Haase and AWIII, returning to AFH.

Big Big year for Kansas Basketball!!

Colby Hebert 5 years, 6 months ago

"highlighted by three deep blue blood games (UK, Duke and IU) " - Suzi

Glad to see Indiana called a blue blood, to me they are. I still think Indiana is one of those schools coaches would have trouble saying no to unless they are already at Kentucky or Kansas or Duke or North Carolina..

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

It will be fun to see White's return, but a huge stretch to call NU a second tier team unless those are pretty massive tiers. Miles has done better than many of his predecessors, but they're not even a tourney team.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 6 months ago

I hope AW3 will have a great game (just not too great) in his return to Lawrence. White - who graduated - was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection. White reached double figures in a team-high 28 games, including a pair of 30-point performances. White withdrew from the NBA Draft to finish his college career at Nebraska.

I think White has that blue collar work ethic and enough talent to make an NBA roster next year.

Len Shaffer 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the info., and I'm excited to see KU play against so many tough opponents, but sheesh, the writing is so poor that it looks like something a junior-high student would write.

A few examples:

"Kansas won the next two: 109-83 on Nov. 15, 1989 in the Preseason NIT and 100-74 on March 26, 2004 in the NCAA Championship in St. Louis."

You also refer to them playing another game in the "NCAA Championship in St. Louis." That makes it sound like KU was playing in the championship game (would that it were true). How about listing something basic like, say, the round that KU was playing in? You did that in other descriptions so I know you're capable of it.

"Kansas leads the overall series with Nebraska, 170-71, and has won the last 17 meetings, from March 5, 1999, to Feb. 5, 2011, and 26 of the last 27 matchups dating back to the 1998-99 season."

Wow, I hadn't realized that KU played NU 11 times in the 1998-1999 season. That seems like an awful lot of games to be playing against one opponent, doesn't it?

"The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship falling to Indiana, 73-67."

There's something you may have heard of called a comma. This is one of countless examples of not using a comma when it needs to be there. Common, guys, you're supposed to be professional journalists. How about a little basic English, just for the hell of it???

Tony Bandle 5 years, 6 months ago

My fellow Jayhawks, don't be shocked at a 10 and 4 non-conference record with the three toughest games outside of the friendly confines of Allen and one in Sin City. This is the toughest non-con sched I've seen in a long time. That Honolulu to NYC trip is a killer. Trust me, I've done it and I didn't start it off by playing a nationally ranked opponent!!

A question for all of you. If you could only have one win against IU, Duke or UK, which school would you pick????

Greg Ledom 5 years, 6 months ago

UK, no question. As much as I can't stand Duke, I'd much rather stick it to Cal. IU a distant third.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 6 months ago

Duke since they are unanimous pre-season #1, it is in NYC's Garden, and the Hawks are only 1-4 in the Champions Classic.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 6 months ago

Good points, but UK still has the most W's.

Better though is that I think we win all 3.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 6 months ago

I'd be shocked at a 10-4 non conference record because KU only plays 13 non conference games. They only play 2/3 of GW, UAB, and UAB.

Also, KU will be better than Indiana and Duke will have a bunch of new pieces to integrate and will still be a young team at that point. And if KU struggles against UNLV, that's a bad sign because UNLV sucks right now. 18-15 last year and they have had 2 head coaches this offseason after the guy they hired to replace Dave Rice left for Texas Tech.

10-3 is worst case scenario for KU and if they go 10-3, then a national title is probably not in the picture this year.

Colby Hebert 5 years, 6 months ago

I wanna see our guys make Coach K throw tantrums, so I pick Duke if only 1 win.

Dan Mangan 5 years, 6 months ago

I'd be okay with losing to Duke and IU on neutral courts if we can just beat UK in Lexington. Although, I think we will win two of these three. Duke in NYC feels like the most likely loss.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe but Duke will really need their Freshman players to come up big early in the season.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 6 months ago

Sorry folks for the large print in my first print. It wasn't my fault. I'm not savvy enough to even know how to do that. The LJW gremlins seem to be at work.

Dee Shaw 5 years, 6 months ago

The only schedule I care about is when the bracket comes out in March. That's the only schedule that matters. Win 6 games in March and it's all good. Rock Chalk.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 6 months ago

Seems a little short sided Dee. The schedule in March may be the most important one, but it isn't the only one. Disregarding the regular season as nothing more than a prelude to March is like putting all your eggs in one basket.

My guess is that you don't really disregard the regular season and were simply trying to make a statement about the importance of March. That's fine. I'm sure the fans at UK and Duke feel the same way. However, conference championships are still a very good thing.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 6 months ago

Indiana on 11 Nov in Hawaii then Duke 4 days later in NYC. That is going to be very, very hard spanning 6 time zones in that short amount of time. They will need to go straight there after Honolulu to acclimate. That's a tremendous distance to travel. These guys are going to rack up some frequent flier miles for sure!

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