Kansas’ 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule potentially includes 15 opponents which advanced to the 2013 postseason (12 NCAA, three NIT), including six foes that either won its regular-season or conference tournament titles last year as the Big 12 announced its schedule.
The 12 NCAA participants on the KU schedule for 2013-14 include: Colorado, Duke, Georgetown, Florida, Iona, Iowa State, Kansas State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State and possibly Villanova. Baylor won the 2013 NIT while Iowa and Tennessee, like Villanova, who are in the Battle 4 Atlantis event, also played in last season’s NIT.
The Jayhawks will have 19 of their 31 regular-season games televised on the ESPN family of networks, four contests on Jayhawk TV, three on the Big 12 Network, three on either NBC Sports Network or AXS TV and two each on CBS. In addition, the Jayhawks’ two exhibition games will appear on Jayhawk TV in the Kansas City area and in the state of Kansas (and on ESPN3 elsewhere).
Kansas released its non-conference schedule in April and it is loaded. The Jayhawks will face Duke in the Champions Classic, encounter Wake Forest in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, play at former Big 12 foe Colorado and at Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. KU will host national powers Georgetown and San Diego State in Allen Fieldhouse prior to Big 12 competition. KU will then open conference play at Oklahoma on Jan. 8 on ESPN. As released Aug. 7, for the eighth-consecutive year, Kansas will be featured in four contests on ESPN’s Big Monday in 2013-14.
In June, Kansas Athletics announced an agreement under which Time Warner Cable will annually air 50 KU contests – including two exhibition and four non-conference men’s basketball games – exclusively on Metro Sports in Kansas City and across the state of Kansas. ESPN3 will deliver those 50 events nationally outside that territory. In addition to the Oct. 29 vs. Pittsburg State and Nov. 5 vs. Fort Hays State exhibition contests, the other Jayhawk TV men’s basketball games include Nov. 8 vs. Louisiana Monroe, Nov. 19 vs. Iona, Nov. 22 vs. Towson and Dec. 30 vs. Toledo.
Kansas went 31-6 in 2012-13 and won its unprecedented ninth-straight Big 12 and NCAA-leading 56th regular-season conference championship. Head coach Bill Self brings back 10 letterwinners, but no starters, from the team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.
Reloading in a hurry, Self and his staff welcome eight newcomers to the 2013-14 roster, including the nation’s No. 1 recruit in guard Andrew Wiggins. Together, KU’s class of 2013 comprises the second-ranked recruiting class in the country. KU is ranked as high as fifth in the 2013-14 national preseason polls.
Kansas has won five of the last seven Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships including the 2013 title. This year’s event will again be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., March 12-15 and NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday will be Sunday, March 16.