Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Basketball: Tough Non-Conference Looms for Jayhawks


For the 2013-14 campaign, the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team will field a very good non-conference schedule. This is nothing new for Kansas as they traditionally field a great schedule. This tough schedule computes into a very high RPI, as Kansas has had the fifth highest in the nation the past two seasons. The prior two seasons had the Jayhawks campaign rated as the toughest schedule in the country.

Just a few of the bigger names on the schedule include: Duke, Georgetown, Florida, San Diego State, New Mexico and Colorado. Kansas plays Duke in one of two games for the Champions Classic on Nov. 12th.  Michigan State takes on Kentucky in the other match-up. The Jayhawks are also set to take part in the Battle of Atlantis, where they begin vs Towson on Nov. 20th. Fellow teams scheduled for the tournament include: UTEP, Villanova, Tennessee, Wake Forest, USC, Iowa, and Xavier.

Kansas does face Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State before beginning the non-conference slate. The schedule begins with Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 8th at Allen Fieldhouse. After taking on Duke, Kansas then will face Iona, a team who advanced to the NCAA tournament and did some damage last season before bowing out to Ohio State. Then the Jayhawks take on Towson, followed by a couple of early tests at Colorado and Florida.

New Mexico, Georgetown, Toledo, and San Diego State on Dec. 5th rounds out this portion of the schedule before conference play begins.

 

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