Kansas Basketball: Non-Conference Schedule Announced.
Kansas Basketball: Non-Conference Schedule Announced:
The defending runner-up in 2011-2012 will be plenty battled tested by the time they get to the rough and tough Big 12 portion of their schedule. Last week, the Kansas Basketball Jayhawks announced their non-conference portion of the 2012-2013 schedule. Head Coach Bill Self had this to say about the slate:
“I think it is going to be a really good RPI (Rating Percentage Index) schedule, I don’t think there are as many traditional names on it as we have had the last couple of years. Ohio State and Michigan State will be two of the best teams in the country. Then you throw in the Temples and the Colorados, the Washington States, Oregon States, Richmonds, Belmonts, American; there are some good teams in there that will have really good RPIs that should probably help our RPI.”
Let’s take a look at that schedule. The Jayhawks will begin their season with an exhibition game against their traditional in-state foe – Emporia State. That game is scheduled for October 30th. Following that Kansas will host Washburn and Southeast Missouri State, before the meat of the schedule comes into play.
On November 13th, as part of the Champions Classic in Atlanta, the Jayhawks will play defending Big Ten co-champions Michigan State. The other game that night will feature the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils. Next season, Kansas and Duke will face off in Chicago.
The Jayhawks will then come home and face UT Chattanooga on November 16th, before they head to Kansas City to play in the CBE at the Sprint Center. If Kansas can sneak by Washington State, they could potentially set up a Midwest battle with the Billikens of St. Louis. SLU takes on Texas A+M in the first game.
On November 30th, Kansas is back in Kansas City for a game against the Beavers of Oregon State. Sandwiched in between there is a home game against San Jose State at Phog Allen. The Jayhawks will then welcome former Big 12 rival Colorado to Lawrence on December 8th. A week later, the Jayhawks square off at home against Belmont.
The final four non-conference games will be great test for the Jayhawks as they take on the Richmond Spiders December 18th, before their toughest test; which comes 3 days before Christmas, when they play at Ohio State. This game will be a re-match of the NCAA Final Four game, where the Jayhawks came from behind to knock off Thad Matta’s Buckeyes. Kansas beat Ohio State in Lawrence last December.
December 29th, Kansas will host American, and then await the Temple Owls coming to town on January 6th.
The schedule should be a battle, and one that will help out in the eyes of the tournament committee, come March. The Jayhawks RPI will be one of the best in the country.