Kansas' 2014-15 men's basketball schedule potentially includes 13 opponents which advanced to the 2014 postseason (10 NCAA, three NIT), including five foes that won their way to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 or farther as the Big 12 announced its schedule Thursday.
Season ticket sales for KU's 18 home games, the 17 in Allen Fieldhouse and the Dec. 13 game against Utah in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., are now on sale. To order tickets fans must be active members of the Williams Education Fund, which can be done by making a minimum gift pledge of $100.
The 10 NCAA participants on the KU schedule for 2014-15 include Big 12 foes Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kansas' non-conference opponents which went to the NCAA Tournament are Florida and Kentucky and, potentially, Tennessee and Michigan State. Kentucky and Florida each advanced to the 2014 Final Four, while Michigan State went to the Elite Eight and Iowa State and Tennessee the Sweet 16. Big 12 member West Virginia participated in the 2014 NIT as did KU non-conference opponents Georgetown and Utah. Tennessee and Michigan State are potential opponents in the 2014 Orlando Classic, Nov. 27-30.
KU released its non-conference schedule in May and Thursday'sconference slate has finalized most of the TV contests for the Jayhawks in 2014-15. Kansas will have three games televised on CBS, marking the 14th straight year the Jayhawks will appear on CBS at least twice in a season, beginning in 2000-01. It is the 20th-consecutive year KU will have at least one regular-season game on CBS, starting in 1994-95. KU will host UNLV onSunday, Jan. 4, play at Texas Jan. 24 and host Baylor Feb. 14. All three will air on CBS.
Besides the Dec. 10 contest at Georgetown on Fox Sports 1, every other Kansas game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. In addition to its four ESPN Big Monday games announced Aug. 11, Kansas will be on the main ESPN platform against Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis onNov. 18, versus Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 5 in Allen Fieldhouse and versus Utah on Dec. 13 at the Kansas City Shootout at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The ESPN family of networks will televise every game in the Orlando Classic, Nov. 27-30, with KU's opening bracket game versus Rhode Island on Nov. 27 airing on ESPN2. There are five Big 12 contests that will either appear on ESPN or ESPN2 for the Jayhawks as the conference will announce those specific stations closer to the dates. Kansas will have three league games on ESPNU.
In June 2013, 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 Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Kansas City and across the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk TV Network. ESPN3 will deliver those 50 events nationally outside that territory. In addition to the Nov. 3 vs. Washburn and Nov. 11 vs. Emporia State exhibition contests, the other Jayhawk TV men's basketball games include Nov. 14vs. UC Santa Barbara, Nov. 24 vs. Rider in the opening home-round game of the Orlando Classic, Dec. 20 vs. Lafayette andDec. 30 vs. Kent State.
Kansas went 25-10 in 2013-14 and won its unprecedented 10th-straight Big 12 and NCAA-leading 57th regular-season conference championship. Head coach brings back 10 letterwinners, including two starters, from the team that advanced to the round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Losing the No. 1 and No. 3 overall selections in the 2014 NBA Draft, Self looks to reload for 2014-15. Kansas has been ranked as high as third in preseason rankings, returning starters , a junior forward, and , a sophomore guard. Ellis is KU's leading returning scorer at 13.5 points per game in 2013-14, and rebounder at 6.7 boards per contest. Selden averaged 9.7 points per game his rookie season at KU and both he and Ellis were named to the 2014 All-Big 12 squad with Ellis a third-team selection and Selden at honorable mention. Other key returnees include junior forward (4.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 2013-14) and sophomore guards (5.5 ppg), (2.5 ppg) and (2.4 ppg).
Self welcomes four newcomers to the roster, including McDonald's All-Americans and . A power forward, Alexander was the 2014 Naismith High School National Player of the Year. Highly-rated guards and round out the KU freshmen for 2014-15.
Kansas has won five of the last eight 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 11-14 and NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday will beMarch 15.
Kansas Schedule Notables:
--This will mark the fourth-straight year of Big 12 round-robin competition to determine one true champion in men's basketball. KU went 16-2 in winning the title in 2012, tied Kansas State going 14-4 in 2013 and won it outright going 14-4 in 2014. The Jayhawks have won 10-straight Big 12 regular-season titles.
--For the ninth-straight year, and the 15th time since the inception of the Big 12, KU will be featured on ESPN's BigMonday four times: Jan. 19 vs. Oklahoma, Feb. 2 vs. Iowa State, Feb. 16 at West Virginia and Feb. 23 at Kansas State. Kansas is 52-17 all-time on Big Monday (29-1 at home, 23-16 on the road), including 33-9 under head coach .
--KU will make multiple regular-season appearances on CBS for the 14th-straight year hosting UNLV on Jan. 4 and Texas on Jan. 24. Under Self, the Jayhawks have appeared on CBS 53 times, amassing a 39-14 record (11-2 home, 9-5 away, 19-7 neutral).
--For the fourth-consecutive, year the Jayhawks will play as part of the Champions Classic when they go up against Kentucky in Indianapolis on Nov. 18. The last time KU and Kentucky met was in the 2012 NCAA title game in New Orleans. Michigan State will play Duke in the other Champions Classic contest.
--In May 2013, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced an annual men's basketball challenge that began during the 2013-14 season. KU and Florida will meet for the second time in the challenge with this season's contest in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 5.
--Kansas is the only school in the Big 12 to have a winning series record against every conference team in men's basketball.
--Kansas is first in the conference in wins with a 245-49 record in Big 12 regular-season games. Texas is next at 194-102. Including the Big 12 tournament, Kansas is tops at 281-58.
--Big 12 basketball has been ranked among the top five conferences in final RPI (post-NCAA Championship) for seven-straight seasons and 12 of the last 13 years (since 2002). In 2013-14 the Big 12 was No. 1 in overall RPI.
|2014-15 Kansas Men's Basketball|
|Nov. 3||Washburn (exhibition)|
|Nov. 11||Emporia State (exhibition)|
|Nov. 14||UC Santa Barbara|
|Nov. 18||vs. Kentucky (at Indianpolis)|
|Nov. 27||Rhode Island (Orlando, Fla.)|
|Nov. 28||Tenn./Santa Clara (Orlando, Fla.)|
|Nov. 30||TBD (Orlando, Fla.)|
|Dec. 10||at Georgetown|
|Dec. 13||Utah (Sprint Center, Kansas City)|
|Dec. 22||at Temple|
|Dec. 30||Kent State|
|Jan. 7||at Baylor|
|Jan. 10||Texas Tech|
|Jan. 13||Oklahoma State|
|Jan. 17||at Iowa State|
|Jan. 24||at Texas|
|Jan. 28||at TCU|
|Jan. 31||Kansas State|
|Feb. 2||Iowa State|
|Feb. 7||at Oklahoma State|
|Feb. 10||at Texas Tech|
|Feb. 16||at West Virginia|
|Feb. 23||at Kansas State|
|March 3||West Virginia|
|March 7||at Oklahoma|
|March 11-14||Big 12 Championship|