Thursday, July 22, 2010

KU men’s basketball to play home-and-home with Ohio State starting in 2011

The Jayhawks basketball team has set a home-and-home series with the Ohio State Buckeyes that will begin in the 2011 season. The Jayhawks will host the Buckeyes and then travel to Ohio the following year.


Kansas University's men's basketball team will begin a two-year home-and-home series with Ohio State starting in the 2011-12 season, KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Thursday.

The Buckeyes would play at KU in '11-12, with KU returning the game to Columbus, Ohio, the following season.

Keating said the signed contract hadn't been returned yet, but both schools had agreed to play. An OSU official told the Columbus Dispatch the series had been scheduled.

KU will be traveling to the Maui Invitational in 2011 and also will play at the University of Southern California. Keating said the Jayhawks likely would be looking for just one more marquee game that non-conference season, likely to be played in Allen Fieldhouse.


richter3 12 years, 2 months ago

I think you meant non-conference, not preseason.

stravinsky 12 years, 2 months ago

Sweet! Always good to get to play against one of the top Big 10 teams and represent Big 12 awesomeness.

jaybate 12 years, 2 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Dateline: Columbus, OH

Slug: Buckeyes rumored leaving Big Ten...

jns stringers in Columbus report a rumor that Ohio State University has decided to jump to the Big 12 in anticipation of a pending Big 12 merger with the Big East. As prelude to the jump the Buckeyes have scheduled KU in a home and home basketball match.

A life form close to the OSU athletic department speaking on deep back ground told jns stringers, "The reason for the move to the B12 is we are just sick to death of playing has-been football powers and has-been basketball powers, and travelling to $@#$% holes like Michigan and iceboxes like UMinn. We want to start playing more games south of the perma-frost line. And we want to be a part of Lew Perkins plan to merge the Big East and Big 12 and produce the first super basketball and football conference spanning east and central time zones." After a hesitation, the life form added, "And the idea of Nebraska in the Big Ten makes a joke out of what the Big Ten once stood for."

(Note: fiction sans malice.)

osugrl79 12 years, 2 months ago

this is no way Ohio State will leave the big 10 They are the Big 10

100 12 years, 2 months ago

Miss the KU-Duke (brief) matchup we had (actually it might have only been one game at Allen Fieldhouse to give Duke a few bucks without a return, but man it was fun even though we lost in overtime).

Also miss the Kentucky home-home matchups which began with Phog & Rupp (and conviently for Kentucky continued with Harp and later Owens). Only did Kentucky finally end this series when Pitino decided to full court press us the entire game which resulted in a 55 point loss to us. Of course there was still the return game to Rupp which we lost. Then finally Self & Smith got it going again for only two years though.

The Kentucky fanbase got so ticked about those results (essentially 3 wins in a row for KU including the tourney win) that their AD wouldn't renew the contract, bringing back memories of Pintino shredding the contract.

Anyhow KU, Duke, UK need to get those series back again, that's what colege basketball needs.

Matt Bowers 12 years, 2 months ago

This is good news for next season. Let's not stop at OSU, the last two times KU won the national championship it played a team from the ACC. 100 it would be great to have a contract with UK as well, especially since Cal is the coach.

Rock Chalk

Chris1955 12 years, 2 months ago

Are we auditioning for joining the Big Ten (12 teams) conference? I think so. Let's see if we continue to see future BB and FB games with Big Ten schools. IMO, this conference is the only one that makes geographic sense for KU. Missouri probably gets in as well.

Jim Pendleton 12 years, 2 months ago

Actually the Duke series you refer to was a home and home. We lost to them in Allen in OT in '88 (but got revenge in the national semi's in KC). We went to Cameron Indoor the next season (Roy's first) and got hammered.

I agree it would be nice to play them once in awhile. However, there are a lot of good programs we could play each year, and as long as we get a few on there each year, that is fine by me. Rock Chalk!!

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 2 months ago

The Big 10/11 is on a flat line and has been for years when it comes to basketball. The glory days are a memory now of when IU was one of the top 10 teams nationally as well as Michigan's program competing with the best of other conferences. Michigan State has been more prominent recently than any other team, but still not on the level of the 80's Big 10 horses.

Ohio State shouldn't be considered a "marquee" opponent. I doubt if our RPI would be affected significantly either way by this arrangement with OSU, win or lose.

If HCBS ever scheduled Illinois, that would be a higer rated game just because of the history. But, that won't happen in the regular season, only hope is for a tournament matchup.

dls1966 12 years, 2 months ago must not watch much baskeball. The BigTen has had some pretty successful runs in the NCAA tournament this decade. Certanly better than the Big12 and probably ahead of the BigEast....despite having 5 fewer teams.

MelWill 12 years, 2 months ago

Memhawk you must not remember what Mich St. has done the last 10 years, particularly the # of Final 4s, all-Americans and pro selections. Ohio St. has had a number of all-Americans and are said, by some, to have one of the top 5 recruiting classes if not the top for this year; and they did win the Big Ten League and Tournament last year. Pre-season polls have Ohio St. in the top 5 and at this time noone has KU in the top 10. I think this is a good series and KU's RPI will be helped by this matchup. ESPN analysts have three Big 10 schools in the top 5 for preseason. By the way I think they are crazy; to not have KU in the top ten is bizarre, this will probably all change by the time the season gets here but that's the present reality. Rock Chalk

Martin Rosenblum 12 years, 2 months ago

Josh Selby's 2010/11 Jayhawks WILL be a top ten team when the preseason polls that matter are revealed.

MSU has been their claim to fame in recent years, as I mentioned. I just hate to give them credit for being a threat to the balance of power that KU has been consistent with for such a long time.

As far as OSU having a top 5 recruiting class, I've heard of at least 10 schools who claims to having a top 5 class. It's a matter of opinion and spinning of stats to promote such claims which are irrelevant to how the end of the year will turn out, ie. KY.

Tony Bandle 12 years, 2 months ago


What a great idea...... can you imagine the ratings and ticket sales for a Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina preseason round robin tournament benefiting breast cancer research, held in the Jerry Jones Dome in Dallas on Thanksgiving weekend??!!!!!

Doubleheaders two nights in a row KU vs Duke and UK vs North Carolina then UK vs Duke and KU vs North Carolina

It would be epic.......and of course, since it is such a good idea, the NCAA would never allow it!

jaybate 12 years, 2 months ago

What the heck! Play it in Manilla, Oak.

Seriously, it is a very good idea.

osugrl79 12 years, 2 months ago

As an ohio state fan living 30 min from lawrence I think this will be great

Rick Arnoldy 12 years, 2 months ago

As a Jayhawk living 45 min. from Columbus I'm already planning on tickets.

Mike Kendall 12 years, 2 months ago

I work with an Ohio State grad. It will be fun to rub it in (in a respectful way) to this person when the Jayhawks show the Buckeyes how to play college basketball, especially at AFH! Rock Chalk!

jaybate 12 years, 2 months ago

Another scheduling change to make would be to drop the exhibition games with PSU and Ft. Hayes and replace them with exhibitions against pro teams with our former players.

KU vs. the Miami Heat.

KU vs. OKC Thunder

And so on.

Talk about taking the cockiness out of the frosh!!

jhwk215 12 years, 2 months ago

or you could just buy tickets to the Heat vs. Thunder game at the Sprint Center in KC on October 8th.

osugrl79 12 years, 2 months ago

there are ALOT of Ohio State fans in kansas city. To be 800 miles from home... you can always run into a buckeye... any given day any given team can win dont be to cocky KU fans... I seem to remember a game last year that you all should have won but again any given day any given team can win.

hailtoku 12 years, 2 months ago

That's very true. Any team can beat any team on any given day... unless the game is in Allen Fieldhouse. In which case, it is scientific fact that KU will win. Games in Allen Fieldhouse aren't so much competition as they are 40 minutes of celebration.

Chris Kraner 12 years, 2 months ago


This will be great, being a KU fan and them coming to town! I come out to the games during Winter break at the fieldhouse every few years, but this will be a real treat when they come here!

Went to a game between KU and Ohio State last time they came to Columbus with my father and it was a great time!


Colin Fernandes 12 years, 2 months ago

I live in Cincinnati, with Ohio State alum all over. Would love to wear my jayhawk colors when we play them

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