For the first time since the 1997-98 season, Kansas University’s basketball team this winter will open the conference campaign with a pair of home games.
Baylor and Oklahoma will visit Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 2 and 4 respectively, the Big 12 announced Thursday in releasing the league slate.
KU, which is seeking a 12th consecutive Big 12 crown, then will hit the road for two games — at Texas Tech on Jan. 9 and West Virginia (Jan. 12), before returning home to play TCU on Jan. 16.
KU then travels to Oklahoma State on Jan. 19, meets Texas at home on Jan. 23 and travels to Iowa State on Jan. 25 before having the conference slate interrupted with a home game versus Kentucky on Jan. 30 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
After that, KU plays Kansas State at home on Feb. 3, travels to TCU on Feb. 6, plays West Virginia at home on Feb. 9, travels to Oklahoma on Feb. 13 and plays OSU at home on Feb. 15.
Then KU has a two-game road trip: to Kansas State on Feb. 20 and Baylor on Feb. 23. KU will meet Texas Tech on Feb. 27 in Allen, travel to Texas on Feb. 29, then have a Senior Day game against Iowa State on March 5.
KU will play four Big Monday games: at home against Oklahoma and OSU and at Iowa State and Texas.
“I think the league will be great,” KU coach Self said recently. “Stop and look at it with the potential of having two or three teams preseason Top-10 (KU, Iowa State, Oklahoma), I don’t think our league will take a step backward at all.”
To highlight the non-conference season, KU will meet Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Nov. 17 in Chicago. The Jayhawks will travel to the Maui Invitational Thanksgiving week for games against Chaminade and either UCLA-UNLV, with Wake Forest, Indiana, Vanderbilt and St. John’s on the other side of the bracket.
Also, KU will travel to San Diego State on Dec. 22 and meet Oregon State on Dec. 12 in Sprint Center.
“It’s obviously another solid schedule,” Self said when the nonconference portion was released. “The last two years we played the toughest schedule in the country. This year we feel like, once again, this will be a schedule that will be one of the nation’s best. What jumps off the page is Michigan State, who went to the Final Four, all the possibilities of matchups at the Maui Invitational and the other teams who advanced to the postseason (last year) like Harvard (Dec. 1), San Diego State, Montana (Dec. 19) and UC Irvine (Dec. 29). San Diego State has always been a national power. The Big12/SEC Challenge game, which we will host, and all the others will certainly be great preparation for us going into what will, once again, be a terrific Big 12 Conference slate.”
Every KU game on the schedule will be televised either by an ESPN network, CBS, the CBS Sports Network or Jayhawk TV.
Nov. 4 (Wednesday) – Pittsburg State (exhibition), TBA.
Nov. 10 (Tuesday) – Fort Hays State (exhibition), TBA.
Nov. 13 (Friday) – Northern Colorado, TBA.
Nov. 17 (Tuesday) – vs. Michigan State (Champions Classic), Chicago, 9 p.m.
Nov. 23 (Monday) – vs. Chaminade (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, 8 p.m.
Nov. 24 (Tuesday) – vs. UCLA or UNLV (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, 9 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 (Wednesday) – vs. TBD (Maui Invitational), Lahaina, Hawaii, TBA.
Dec. 1 (Tuesday) – Loyola (Md.), TBA.
Dec. 5 (Saturday) – Harvard, TBA.
Dec. 9 (Wednesday) – Holy Cross, TBA.
Dec. 12 (Saturday) – Oregon State (Kansas City Shootout, Sprint Center), Kansas City, 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 (Saturday) – Montana, TBA.
Dec. 22 (Tuesday) – at San Diego State, TBA.
Dec. 29 (Tuesday) – UC Irvine, TBA.
Jan. 2 (Saturday) – Baylor, 3 p.m.
Jan. 4 (Monday) – Oklahoma, 8 p.m.
Jan. 9 (Saturday) – at Texas Tech, 8 p.m.
Jan. 12 (Tuesday) – at West Virginia, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 (Saturday) – TCU, 1 p.m.
Jan. 19 (Tuesday) – at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.
Jan. 23 (Saturday) – Texas, 1 p.m.
Jan. 25 (Monday) – at Iowa State, 8 p.m.
Jan. 30 (Saturday) – Kentucky (Big 12/SEC Challenge), TBA.
Feb. 3 (Wednesday) – Kansas State, 8 p.m.
Feb. 6 (Saturday) – at TCU, 11 a.m.
Feb. 9 (Tuesday) – West Virginia, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13 (Saturday) – at Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
Feb. 15 (Monday) – Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
Feb. 20 (Saturday) – at Kansas State, 5 p.m.
Feb. 23 (Tuesday) – at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 (Saturday) – Texas Tech, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Feb. 29 (Monday) – at Texas, 8 p.m.
March 5 (Saturday) – Iowa State, TBA.
March 9-12 (Wed.-Sat.) – Big 12 Championship.