Historically, Kansas is considered one of the blue-ribbon programs in college basketball. And the Jayhawks have been able to back up that claim and make perception equal reality with repeated conference championships and nationally ranked teams for the past quarter century and even long before that.
The Jayhawks’ schedule last season was rated as the toughest in the country and the 2014-15 schedule looks every bit as imposing. The nonconference portion of the Kansas Basketball schedule next season includes matchups with traditional college powers Kentucky, Florida, Georgetown, Utah, Temple and UNLV.
The nonconference schedule for Kansas includes six teams that played into the postseason a year ago (four in the NCAA and two in the NIT).
In addition, Kansas could catch nationally ranked teams like Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Marquette, depending on how certain tournament pairings work out.
And that doesn’t include the Big 12 schedule. Last season the Big 12 had the highest RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) of any conference in the country.
“Obviously, next year’s nonconference will be very challenging,” Kansas men’s coach Bill Self said in a statement issued by the university’s Sports Information department. “We always play a good schedule, but this past year was rated by many to be about as tough of a nonconference schedule that a team has played in years.
“Certainly next year’s schedule will be one of the better nonconference schedules that anyone in America plays, as well,” he said.
The Jayhawks will open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 with a home game against UC Santa Barb at historic Allen Fieldhouse, celebrating its 60th year of operation this season.