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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

KU announces a few non-conference match-ups for 2017-18 season

The Jayhawks come together during a timeout in the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center.

The Jayhawks come together during a timeout in the second half, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Sprint Center.

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Although they won't fly to Hawaii or the Bahamas for any competitions next season, the Kansas men's basketball team still will get an opportunity to play one game in the shadows of palm trees and the beach.

Kansas and Syracuse will square off on Dec. 2 in Miami, in the showcase game of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena.

The official announcement of that game highlighted a handful of non-conference contests scheduled for next season.

"We are looking forward to playing in the Hoophall Invitational and taking our team to Miami next season," KU coach Bill Self said in a news release. "Year-in and year-out, Syracuse has been one of the best programs in the nation. Playing Syracuse in an NBA arena will be great exposure for our program."

ESPN has partnered to televise the event, which also will include a game between Miami, Fla., and Princeton, with game times and tune-in information to be released at later date.

The game between Syracuse and Kansas will be the culmination of a multi-team event in which both teams will each host Oakland, Toledo and Texas Southern on their campuses. The Jayhawks will host Texas Southern on Nov. 21, Oakland on Nov. 24 and Toledo on Nov. 28 inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Toledo game will mark a homecoming of former Lawrence High standout Justin Roberts, the son of Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts.

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Hoophall Miami Invitational via Ticketmaster.com or by contacting the American Airlines Arena box office.

Comments

Daniel Kennamore 4 years, 8 months ago

We also match up with Kentucky at the Champs Classic if I'm not mistaken.

Any other non-con games we know of?

Matt Tait 4 years, 8 months ago

Correct. KU-UK at the United Center in Chicago in November. There's also the SEC-Big 12 Challenge but we don't know KU's opponent yet. Because of the Champions Classic, it won't be Kentucky. My guess is Florida.

Also home vs. Arizona State, at Nebraska and vs. Stanford in Cali.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 8 months ago

I'd love to see us get South Carolina. Clearly the Gamecocks program is on the rise, so as long as we are playing tough opponents, may as well play them.

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh, right on, Bryce. I'd like to see FrankMartin vs coach Self again. It's always fun to see Martin's face turning to lava. But I have respect for that guy. He seemed to have a magic touch on bringing a school's team to another level.

Vernon Riggs 4 years, 8 months ago

Do you think there is any chance of playing MethZoo with Porter Jr., Tilmon and maybe Knox? Not sure Kansas has any say in the match-up. Will enjoy beating UK for the third straight year.

Pius Waldman 4 years, 8 months ago

SEC-Big 12 matchup should be a home game for KU as they played away this season.I guess Mizzou being a SEC team might be picked but I doubt that Self would encourage that. If it happens would be exciting.

Austin Breding 4 years, 8 months ago

I doubt it will be Florida as that's who Kansas played in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

John Brazelton 4 years, 8 months ago

A tough schedule for an inexperienced team. Self always manages to turn out a competitive team every year.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 8 months ago

Boy, how I hate Syracuse! I'd love to see us beat them for once!

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 8 months ago

Melo memory.. that's the last time I recall KU played the oranges.

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