Monday, June 3, 2019

Duke, Maui, Villanova headline KU’s 2019-20 non-conference basketball schedule

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) is hoisted up by teammate Josh Jackson as he is congratulated by center Udoka Azubuike and forward Dwight Coleby after Mason hit the game-winning shot to beat Duke 77-75 during the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) is hoisted up by teammate Josh Jackson as he is congratulated by center Udoka Azubuike and forward Dwight Coleby after Mason hit the game-winning shot to beat Duke 77-75 during the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York.


A return trip to Maui, a meeting with perennial power Duke in the Big Apple and December visits to Northern California and Philadelphia highlight the non-conference portion of the 2019-20 Kansas men’s basketball schedule.

Those games, along with the rest of the non-conference schedule, which was released Monday morning, once again have Kansas set up well to face one of the toughest college basketball slates in the country.

KU's strength of schedule has ranked in the top 10 in nine of head coach Bill Self's 16 seasons in Lawrence. During that span, KU has had the nation's toughest schedule four times: 2004-05, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2018-19.

"First, I want to thank Larry Keating for all his efforts making our schedule one of the toughest in the nation in his 16 years at KU," Self said in a news release Monday morning. "Larry is retiring soon and he did it once again for this upcoming year as we will play a solid schedule."

Although a handful of games remain in the yet-to-be-determined category, the bulk of the schedule is now known and it opens with a doozy against Duke on Nov. 5 at the Champions Classic in New York City.

College basketball’s showcase tip-off, which also features Kentucky and Michigan State, will follow a pair of Thursday night exhibition games at Allen Fieldhouse against Fort Hays State (Oct. 24) and Pittsburg State (Oct. 31).

"It starts with Duke in the Champions Classic in New York and then there's a stacked field in Hawaii at the Maui Invitational," Self said. "And it goes on and on, with Colorado coming to Allen Fieldhouse and road games at Villanova and Stanford. The other teams will all be tough as well. We don't know our SEC opponent, but we're sure that will be a prime time game as always. Like in the past, the non-conference schedule will be great preparation for the Big 12."

That group of games will be followed by three consecutive home games against UNC Greensboro (Nov. 8), Monmouth (Nov. 15) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 19) before the Jayhawks head to Hawaii for Thanksgiving.

The field for this year’s Maui Invitational, which will take place Nov. 25-27 at Lahaina Civic Center, includes KU, Michigan State, UCLA, Georgia, Virginia Tech, BYU, Dayton and Chaminade.

KU will be playing in the event for the seventh time and will be looking for its third Maui Invitational title to go along with championships won in 1996, under Roy Williams, and 2015 under current coach Bill Self.

In December, the Jayhawks will welcome former Big 12 and Big Eight foe Colorado back to Allen Fieldhouse for a Dec. 7 matchup and will face Wisconsin-Milwaukee at home on Dec. 10.

After that, the Jayhawks will hit the road for three non-con games to close out 2019, playing UMKC at Sprint Center on Dec. 14 in the Jayhawk Shootout, Villanova at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia on Dec. 21, as the second leg of a home-and-home series with Jay Wright’s squad (and the first leg of the newly formed Big 12-Big East challenge), and yet another matchup with Stanford on Dec. 29 at the on-campus Maples Pavilion.

The Jayhawks also will continue play in the Big 12/SEC Challenge against a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Jan. 25, 2020.

In 2018-19, the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) showed that the Jayhawks played the hardest schedule in the nation among the 353 teams in Division I. Kansas' opponents last season had an average NET ranking of 54th, a figure that led the nation.

2019-20 KU men's basketball non-conference schedule

Oct. 24 – vs. Fort Hays State (exhibition) – 7 p.m.

Oct. 31 – vs. Pittsburg State (exhibition) – 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 – vs. Duke (Champions Classic, New York) – TBD

Nov. 8 – vs. UNC Greensboro – 7 p.m.

Nov. 15 – vs. Monmouth – 7 p.m.

Nov. 19 – vs. East Tennessee State – 7 p.m.

Nov. 25 – Maui Invitational, TBD

Nov. 26 – Maui Invitational, TBD

Nov. 27 – Maui Invitational, TBD

Dec. 7 – vs. Colorado – TBD

Dec. 10 – vs. UW Milwaukee – 7 p.m.

Dec. 14 – vs. UMKC (Jayhawk Shootout, Sprint Center) – TBD

Dec. 21 – at Villanova (Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia) – TBD

Dec. 29 – at Stanford (Maples Pavilion) – TBD

Jan. 25 – SEC/Big 12 Challenge – TBD


Keith Gellar 2 years, 6 months ago

thank god we are playing a zion-less duke.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad we are playing Duke. We might not have the higher ranked recruits but we have a lot more experience and a pretty tough bunch of guys looking for much better results this year.

If nothing else it's an early measuring stick.

Bryce Landon 2 years, 6 months ago

Basketball season keeps starting earlier and earlier.

Also, why are we scheduling Colorado? Why should we give the Fluff-aloes any national exposure after they stabbed the Big 12 in the back? We should boycott them like we do Missouri. But if we are going to schedule them, we might as well kick their ass like we did when they were in the Big 8/Big 12.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 6 months ago

Bryce, my friend, Jayhawk Basketball never ends thus it never's like the stars, the moon and the tides....eternal!!!

Adam Bengtson 2 years, 6 months ago

I never thought Self would schedule back to back road games non-conference again after the debacles of at Florida at Colorado. We’ll I have to go to Villanova to Stanford and you never know the possibility of opening up big 12 play on the road, we shall see.

Dale Rogers 2 years, 6 months ago

Missouri's AD publicly stated that no way would they leave the big 12. Then a few weeks (days?) later he announced they were going to the SEC. That sequence of events is what defines "backstabbing." Colorado just left. They didn't lie about it like Missouri did.

Brad Farha 2 years, 6 months ago

This -- exactly. I give Colorado a (small) pass because it was the first round of realignment when the conference world was hit by a storm. During the 2nd round, the conference was adding new members (TCU and WVU....nearly Louisville) and the Mizzou AD reaffirmed commitment to the Big12. The Mizzou president was even the chair of the Big12 board of directors, and he affirmed the commitment to keeping the Big12 strong. All the while working actively to leave. That's the difference I see between Colorado/Nebraska and Mizzou.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 6 months ago

Is Coach Boyle still at CU? I think we scheduled them a while ago when he, a KU alum, was coaching there. That’s good enough for me.

As for me, that school to the east just seems tainted. I’ll do without the molasses, thank you.

Joe Black 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach Boyle is still at Colorado and I like that name "Coach Boyle" for some reason. It just sounds right.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 6 months ago

When do they schedule the Big 12/SEC Challenge?

We usually get Florida, Kentucky, or Tennessee, but what are the odds we get Auburn? And is there any kind of agreement in play that we won't be matched up against Misswho?

We did play that charity game against them two years ago.

Matt Tait 2 years, 6 months ago

I'll be shocked if it's not Kentucky. We should know later this summer. They've played UK in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge 3 times now and two have been at Rupp. Seems logical to think they'll even that out.

A&M was also mixed in, but I would think Auburn would be a good one for future dates. Probably not this year, though.

Joseph Bullock 2 years, 6 months ago

Dirk Medema, Tad Boyle is still the Colorado coach, and that is why we play them. And Colorado left the Big8 because they could not win-they did not do the Conference dirty, like Missouri did.

Sam Meyer 2 years, 6 months ago

Coach Self said "We don't know our SEC opponent". Ummm...I'll tell you right now it'll be another UK v KU matchup. This season it'll be in AFH.

Mike Riches 2 years, 6 months ago

If we get Kentucky in the SEC challenge, and play Michigan State in Maui, we'd play all the Champions Classic teams in the regular season. I would think that would be a first.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 6 months ago

I am assuming that the game against Duke in NYC is the Champions Classic. At first I thought the Duke game was in Maui, but I had to read it again.

Dee Shaw 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to play Auburn in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Give them a little taste of our medicine in Allan Field House. That beat down we took in the NCAA tournament would be nice to have some revenge in our house.

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