Originally published June 2, 2009 at 06:04p.m., updated June 3, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

KU hoops non-conference schedule released

Non-con schedule includes meetings with Memphis, UCLA, Cal and Michigan


KU basketball releases non-conference schedule

Kansas University's men's basketball team might have its work cut out for it with next season's robust schedule.

Trips to UCLA, Tennessee and Temple, home contests against Michigan and California, and a neutral-site game versus Memphis highlight Kansas University’s 2009-10 nonconference men’s basketball schedule, which was released Tuesday.

The UCLA game on Dec. 6 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles is part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Bruins will make a return trip to Allen Fieldhouse during the 2010-11 season.

The Temple (Jan. 2) and Tennessee (Jan. 9) games, also to be played on campus sites, complete a home-and-home series. KU will return the Dec. 19 game versus Michigan and Dec. 22 game against Cal in 2010-11.

The Memphis game on Nov. 17 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis is part of a one-day doubleheader that also will feature Arkansas against Louisville. The DH is part of the Hall of Fame Classic, an event that has KU, Memphis, Arkansas and Louisville playing small to mid-major teams, all in their home gyms. KU’s Nov. 19, 23 and 27 opponents have yet to be announced.

The Jayhawks will play one-time guarantee games at home versus Hofstra (Nov. 13), Alcorn State (Dec. 2), Radford (Dec. 9), Belmont (Dec. 29) and Cornell (Jan. 5). KU will play LaSalle on Dec. 12 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

KU also will play exhibitions against Fort Hays State on Nov. 3 and Pittsburg State on Nov. 11. Late Night in the Phog is Oct. 16.

Teams on KU’s slate that competed in last year’s NCAAs: Memphis, UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan, Cal, Temple, Cornell, Radford, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M.;

Seventh-year KU coach Bill Self, who returns five starters and the top nine scorers off last year’s 27-8 Big 12 title/NCAA Sweet 16 team, applauds the schedule.

“This year’s strength of schedule should certainly measure up with the best we’ve had since I came to Kansas,” Self said. “Playing 13 teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year will be a stiff challenge for what many consider a young ballclub. I’m excited about the possibilities as we will be tested home, away and at the two neutral games (Memphis and LaSalle).”

KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating, who is in charge of scheduling, also likes the slate.

“It will test us,” Keating said. “Michigan will be one of the top two or three teams in the Big Ten — a top 10-15 team overall. Cal will probably be picked to win the Pac-10 and be a top 10 team. Tennessee will be good again. Temple is always strong in their league (Atlantic 10).

“Memphis will be better than people expected,” Keating added of the team KU defeated in the 2008 national title game. The Tigers lost some current players and recruits after coach John Calipari bolted for Kentucky.

“Obviously UCLA will be strong.”

Keating pointed out LaSalle “will be picked as high as UMass last year, who played us tough (beat KU in Sprint Center). Cornell, Belmont and Radford will probably all be picked to win their leagues.

“Radford has a 6-11 pro prospect. Their coach was interested in getting him some good competition.”

Keating was referring to Big South player of the year Artsiom Parakhouski, a 6-11 senior out of Belarus.

He noted that Radford, Belmont and Cornell, “all will win 20-plus games. “Hofstra is in the top four, five of the Colonial League.”

Keating said it was not difficult scheduling one-time “guarantee” games in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Hofstra, for example, called us and wanted to play,” Keating said. “There are coaches each year who want to play at Kansas, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina. This year we were able to schedule teams who wanted to play us rather than have to wait until August (when major powers sometimes have to overpay for guarantee games).”

Jayhawks scheduling notes:

• UCLA, which leads the all-time series, 10-4, beat KU, 68-55, in the 2007 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The Bruins, who lost to Villanova in the second round of the 2009 NCAAs, will be in a rebuilding mode if Jrue Holiday keeps his name in the 2009 NBA Draft.

• Belmont, which went 20-13 last year, has won 20 or more games four consecutive years and five of six seasons. Belmont, 0-0 versus Kansas, finished third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2008-09. The Bruins lost in the second round of the College Insider Tournament to Old Dominion, 70-62.

• KU, 4-2 versus Memphis, last downed the Tigers, 75-68 in overtime, in the 2008 NCAA title game in San Antonio. The Tigers reached the Sweet 16 last year. New coach is Josh Pastner.

• KU, which is in the Hall of Fame Classic this year, will participate in the 2010 Las Vegas Invitational. Format calls for two home games and two in Vegas — one against Arizona and one versus a mid-major. KU will play in the Maui Invitational in 2011 with no tourney yet on tap for 2012.

• Radford, 0-0 versus KU, won the Big South title last year. The Highlanders lost to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAAs.

• KU is 0-5 against Michigan. Last meeting was in 1992-93 when the Wolverines prevailed, 86-74. Michigan lost to Oklahoma, 73-63, in the second round of the ’09 NCAAs.

• KU, 14-3 versus California, won the last meeting, 69-56, in 2005-06. The Bears fell to Maryland, 84-71, in the first round of the ’09 NCAA Tournament.

• KU, 6-3 all-time against Temple, beat the Owls, 71-59, last season in Allen. Temple lost to Arizona State, 66-57, in the first round of the NCAAs.

• KU is 2-0 versus Cornell. The Big Red, who won the Ivy League title, lost to Missouri in the first round of the NCAAs, 78-59.

• KU beat Tennessee, 92-85, last season in Allen in the first meeting between the schools. The Vols lost to Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAAs, 77-75.

• The Big 12 will release its schedule this summer. KU’s home foes: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech. Road foes: CU, ISU, KSU, MU, NU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M.;

Kansas Men’s Basketball 2009-10 Non-Conference Schedule (home games in CAPS)

Nov. 3 (Tuesday) - FORT HAYS STATE (Exhibition), Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 11 (Tuesday) - PITTSBURG STATE (Exhibition), Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 13 (Friday) – HOFSTRA, Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 17 (Tuesday) – Memphis, St. Louis, Mo.

Nov. 19 (Thursday) – TBA, Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 23 (Monday) – TBA, Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 27 (Friday) – TBA, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 2 (Wednesday) - ALCORN STATE, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 6 (Sunday) – UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.

Dec. 9 (Wednesday) – RADFORD, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 12 (Saturday) - LA SALLE (Sprint Center), Kansas City, Mo.

Dec. 19 (Saturday) – MICHIGAN, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 22 (Tuesday) – CALIFORNIA, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 29 (Tuesday) – BELMONT, Lawrence, Kan.

Jan. 2 (Saturday) – Temple, Philadelphia, Pa.

Jan. 5 (Tuesday) – CORNELL, Lawrence, Kan.

Jan. 9 (Saturday) – Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.


KUSmurf 12 years, 11 months ago

UCLA threw me off for a second, it said home games in caps but UCLA is always in caps.

Jim Pendleton 12 years, 11 months ago

Wow, this is a great schedule. Many great challenges to look forward to the first couple months. While the ranking at the end of the year is the most important one, it will be interesting to see where we are after the Tennessee game in January. Three tough roadies and a big neutral site game.

Wonder if the St Louis game is a stand-alone, or if it is part of a doubleheader with a couple other teams. Too bad they couldn't have scheduled it at the Dome. Would have been a good rehearsal for when we are back there in March at the Regionals. While both teams will be psyched for that game, you know Memphis is looking not only for payback, but also a shot at the Henry's. Very interesting possibilities.

The team will be well prepared for the rigors of Big 12 play with this schedule. Should be a fun year, not only with basketball down the road but football as well.

kansaspike 12 years, 11 months ago

Love the road games: UCLA, Temple, and Tennessee will test us away from the Phog.

Go ahead put "TBD" on the schedule in Indianapolis for early April LJW!!!!!

Carter Patterson 12 years, 11 months ago

Phenomenal schedule. Good job Mr. Marchiony (I think he's the guy that puts it together)

tdub 12 years, 11 months ago

Tyrel Reed's high school teammate, Geoff Reeves, plays and will probably start for Cornell. I want to see an all Burlington matchup.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 11 months ago

Temple will be a homecoming for the Philly twins, and almost as much for Tyshawn as well. It would be fun to see them all have big games.

irish2255 12 years, 11 months ago

Is the fall semester "over" for the Dec. 19th game against Michigan? It would be nice to have Withey for that one.

Marcia Parsons 12 years, 11 months ago

Last day of the semester is the 10th; last day of finals is the 18th. I don't know how the it's figured officially, but in my opinion he should be eligible to play on the 19th.

Brian Skelly 12 years, 11 months ago

Jayhawkjim80 -

The Memphis game is a double header with I think Arkansas vs. Louisville being the other game.

I think it was Gary Bedore here on the LJW that had that info.

As a St. Louis Jayhawk im looking forward to that one.

If im correct the Midwest Regional is here as well... so hopefully I can see the Jayhawks play several games here in my hometown.

Good overall schedule once again for KU. Nice to see.

jayhawkinnc 12 years, 11 months ago

Sherron and Brady are the only players left who were on the '07 team which lost to UCLA in the Elite 8.

Chris Shaw 12 years, 11 months ago

The Lights, The Glammer, The Stars, The Cosmetic Surgery........LA here I come!!!!!!!!!

Chris Shaw 12 years, 11 months ago

Rocky Top Here I come! Anybody else a little shocked that KU is 0-5 all time against Michigan? I figured that may be a football record, but not basketball. I remember that 92-93 game against the fab 5. That game was never close. They were bigger and stronger at every position.

jaybate 12 years, 11 months ago

Should be an easy win by forfeit against Memphis.

CRIMSONnBLUE 12 years, 11 months ago

Yes! I can finally go see a game now seeing as they are paying @ Temple. It's rough being a fan in New York State haha.

CRIMSONnBLUE 12 years, 11 months ago

Yes! I can finally go see a game now seeing as they are playing @ Temple. It's rough being a fan in New York State haha.

nicka 12 years, 11 months ago

tdub -

You are officially the only person that wants to see an all burlington matchup

Timmay97 12 years, 11 months ago

CrimsonnBlue -

I live in NJ as well and I can tell you it's not going to be easy to get tickets to the Temple game. Their arena only holds around 10,000......not much more. I was hoping this game would be played at the Wachovia Center, but apparantly not.

I'm gonna try to obtain tickets, however, I don't think it will be easy.

KULA 12 years, 11 months ago

Gotta love this quote in today's LA Times:

"Kansas has two players who would have been NBA lottery picks, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, and they are returning to school," USC Coach Tim Floyd said late Monday night, only hours after hearing about Johnson. "Good for them. Our guys get an offer from Islamabad and they're gone."

Hey Tim, did you ever consider it might have something to do with the type of players you recruit? Delay of gratification takes a certain level of maturity.

jcepp 12 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't think Floyd could pay players to play at USC.

Oh wait . . .

Never mind.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

For what it's worth ...

UCLA's women (and Indiana) are going to play the Kansas women in Allen Fieldhouse this season as well.

Too bad Kentucky couldn't get worked into that mix ...

JayhawkPurist 12 years, 11 months ago

Timmay and Crimson,

As a fourth-generation die hard KU fan living in Maryland, I plan on attending as well. Yes, Liacouras only seats 10,200, but keep in mind that the game is slated for January 2. Temple's fall semester ends on December 19 and the spring semester doesn't begin until January 19. That should free up ticket availability for KU fans.

jaybate 12 years, 11 months ago

Don't be too hard on Tim. He's part of the Okie Baller Mafia--the Don Haskins strand--same as Billy Gillspie. On second thought, go ahead and be hard on him. :-)

Hey, maybe Billy Gillispie will wind up on his bench at USC. You would think either Floyd, or Mike Anderson (Haskins-Richardson-Anderson), or Buzz Williams (a Gillispie assistant at Texas A&M) would find a place for Billy, even if Bill Self is stocked up on Okie Ballers right now. Maybe Billy is just intensely focusing on litigation and plans to coach some more after settling with Contucky.

mlubyRN 12 years, 11 months ago

I am F&@$ing psyched for the '10 Vegas Invitational! I just moved here a week ago. I know its a year and a half away but I cant wait! I'll probly be the only one wearing red and blue but who cares. I'll wear it proudly. Oh, wait, If Russ Rob is still on the Reno D-league team, he might be there too. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!! Oh and there is no way Kentucky will beat KU next year, even with Wall.

Eric Schneider 12 years, 11 months ago

The game that actually scares me the most is Michigan. Manny Harris is a stud. And they have a recent history of pulling off the upset. Though usually at home.

I'm thinking 38-2, and I'll be there to watch the 'Hawks cut down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium. We'll get the single season wins record that Memphis is getting ready to have taken away.

100 12 years, 11 months ago

CBS just came out with this:

Dozier according to Georgia's athletic department, went to Memphis, not Georgia, because of a similar SAT concern (questionable who took his test).

It's gonna get worse for Calipari in the next few weeks, lots of rumors flying around Memphis right now about other players getting very large stipends from Calipari. Too many people south of where he lives now know too many things.

Heck the NCAA hasn't even scraped the surface -- not even a WorldWide Wes story yet.

jchawkfan 12 years, 11 months ago

Have any of you seen the u-tube video on Calipari posted on zagsblog. It was really to funny not to bring over here, plus Coach Self makes a cameo appearence in the video. I apologize if the link doesn't work you might have to copy and paste. If not just search Calipari blue cool aid song.

jaygun 12 years, 11 months ago

That Tim Floyd quote is priceless. Can't wait for the game at Pauley. Revenge is sweet. Revenge on someone else's home court is sweeter.

drpeternate 12 years, 11 months ago

Sweet schedule. Anyone know why Michigan State isn't coming to Lawrence? I thought we had a home and home setup with them?

AsadZ 12 years, 11 months ago

I am looking to buy tickets for Temple game. Does anyone know as to what is the best way to get these tickets for Alumni members?

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