Kansas announces non-conference basketball schedule

Kansas announced their non-conference basketball earlier this week. It is going to be an incredibly difficult schedule. It was quite possibly Self’s hardest non-conference schedule while he has been at Kansas. It is entirely possible Kansas will go into the conference schedule with more than a couple of losses. While at Kansas, Coach Bill Self has had three seasons where the Jayhawks lost three or more non-conference regular season games.

2013-14 Kansas Men’s Basketball Schedule (as of May 2, 2013)

Date (Day) – Opponent, Site (notes)

Oct. 29 (Tuesday) – PITTSBURG STATE, Lawrence, Kan. (Exhibition)

Nov. 5 (Tuesday) – FORT HAYS STATE, Lawrence, Kan. (Exhibition)

Nov. 8 (Friday) – LOUISIANA MONROE, Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 12 (Tuesday) – Duke, Chicago, Ill. (Champions Classic, United Center)

Nov. 19 (Tuesday) – IONA, Lawrence, Kan.

Nov. 22 (Friday) – TOWSON, Lawrence, Kan. (Battle 4 Atlantis first round game)

Nov. 28 (Thursday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 29 (Friday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Nov. 30 (Saturday) – TBD, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Battle 4 Atlantis)

Dec. 7 (Saturday) – at Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

Dec. 10 (Tuesday) – at Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Dec. 14 (Saturday) – NEW MEXICO, Kansas City, Mo. (Kansas City Shootout at Sprint Center)

Dec. 21 (Saturday) – GEORGETOWN, Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 30 (Monday) – TOLEDO, Lawrence, Kan.

Jan. 5 (Sunday) – SAN DIEGO STATE, Lawrence, Kan.

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The following is a breakdown and series information of the 2013-14 Kansas non-conference opponents:

–Louisiana Monroe (Nov. 8 in Lawrence) did not have a senior on its 2012-13 roster and will be KU’s season opener. Kansas won the lone meeting with ULM 107-78 on Nov. 9, 2007, in Allen Fieldhouse.

–Duke (Nov. 12 in Chicago at the Champions Classic) went 30-6 last season and won the Battle 4 Atlantis. The traditional powers are meeting for the first time since the title game of the 2011 Maui Invitational, when the Blue Devils edged the Jayhawks 68-61. Duke leads the series 7-2 and this will be the eighth time in its 10 meetings these two teams have met on a neutral floor.

–Iona (Nov. 19 in Lawrence) went 20-14 in 2012-13 and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference post-season Championship.. The Gaels have gone to two consecutive NCAA Tournaments. They lost to Ohio State, 95-70, in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Kansas leads the series with Iona, 2-1, with the last meeting at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 29, 1988, a 100-67 KU victory.

–Towson (Nov. 22 in Lawrence, first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis) had the largest turnaround in NCAA history, going 18-13 last season after finishing 1-31 in 2011-12. Towson’s 18 wins were its most since going 21-9 in 1993-94. KU is 2-0 against Towson, with both wins in Allen Fieldhouse: 87-61 on Nov. 19, 2006 and 100-54 on Nov. 11, 2011.

–Colorado (Dec. 7 in Boulder) went 21-12 last season and posted its third consecutive 20-win season for the first time in school history under head coach and former Jayhawk Tad Boyle. Kansas is 123-39 all-time against its former conference foe, including a 40-26 record in Boulder. The Jayhawks have won 21 straight against the Buffaloes dating back to 2003, including a 90-54 win in Allen Fieldhouse last season.

–Florida (Dec. 10 in Gainesville) won the 2013 SEC regular-season champions with a 14-4 record (29-8 overall). UF has advanced to the last three NCAA Tournament Elite Eights. This matchup will the first meeting between KU and Florida since the Jayhawks defeated the then-No. 1 Gators 82-80 in overtime in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 25, 2006.

–New Mexico (Dec. 14 in Kansas City) won both the Mountain West Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2012-13 going 29-6 overall and 13-3 in conference play. The regular-season title was its fourth in the last five seasons. The KU-UNM Kansas City Shootout game in the Sprint Center will be the schools’ first meeting since 1964, a  59-40 KU victory in Allen Fieldhouse. UNM won the only other matchup the season before, 102-51, in Albuquerque.

–Traditional power Georgetown (Dec. 21 in Lawrence) won a share of the 2012-13 Big EAST Conference regular-season title going 25-7 overall and 14-4 in league play. The conference title was the third for head coach John Thompson III. The KU-Georgetown series is tied at 1-1, with Georgetown winning, 70-57, in the 1987 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky., and Kansas edging GU, 67-63, in the opening round of the 2011 Maui Invitational.

–Toledo (Dec. 30 in Lawrence) tied Western Michigan for first in the 2012-13 Mid-America Conference West Division with a 15-13 overall and 10-6 league record. KU won the lone meeting with Toledo, 68-58, on Dec. 9, 2006, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

–San Diego State (Jan. 5 in Lawrence) is coming off a 23-11 season in which it advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Big 12 foe Oklahoma in the second round. The KU-SDSU series is tied at 1-1, yet the two teams have not faced each other since 1979, a 79-66 KU win in Allen Fieldhouse. San Diego State won the first meeting the season before, 81-69, in San Diego.