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Pac-10 games highlight KU’s non-conference men’s basketball schedule

Kansas head coach Bill Self grabs the attention of his players during the second half against UCLA, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion. Self is about to embark on the recruitment trail for most of the month of July.

Kansas head coach Bill Self grabs the attention of his players during the second half against UCLA, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion. Self is about to embark on the recruitment trail for most of the month of July.

May 24, 2010, 12:13 p.m. Updated May 25, 2010, 12:00 a.m.


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Home games against Pac-10 teams USC and UCLA, road battles versus Michigan and California, as well as appearances in the Jimmy V Classic and Las Vegas Invitational highlight the Kansas University men's basketball team's 2010-11 non-conference schedule, which was released Monday.

“Once again, this schedule will be as competitive as any in the country,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We have some great trips for our team and fans.”

The first trip is to Vegas, where the Jayhawks will meet Ohio University on Nov. 26 and Arizona on Nov. 27 in Orleans Arena. KU has two home games in the event — Nov. 15 against Valparaiso and Nov. 23 versus Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi.

KU will travel to New York on Dec. 7 to face Memphis in the one-day Jimmy V Classic twinbill at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse will meet Michigan State in the other contest.

The Jayhawks will play UCLA on Dec. 2 and USC on Dec. 18 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU heads to Cal on Dec. 22 and Michigan on Jan. 9. This year’s games against UCLA, Michigan and Cal conclude home and home series. KU will travel to USC in 2011-12 to complete that deal.

One-year, guarantee games will be played at Allen against Longwood (Nov. 12), North Texas (Nov. 19), UT-Arlington (Dec. 29), Miami of Ohio (Jan. 2) and UMKC on Jan. 5. KU will meet Lawrence High grad Dorian Green’s Colorado State team on Dec. 11 in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

“I think it’ll be a good schedule. If you look at RPI, UCLA and Michigan are typically top 30. Last year they were in the 130s,” KU’s senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said of rare down years by the two programs. “I suspect they’ll both be back in the top 50. Arizona will be good as usual. Cal will be picked 1 or 2 in the Pac-10. Memphis will be ranked top 10, 15 nationally. USC will likely be top four in that league. Colorado State is a good game, Miami and Ohio have traditionally had good records in the MAC,” Keating added.

There was no master plan to schedule home guarantee games against the three Texas schools, Keating said.

“Corpus Christi is part of the Vegas tournament. They brought them to us,” Keating said of Vegas Invitational officials. “Arlington was a game we scheduled early. North Texas was added last week. We weren’t trying to specifically look to schedule more Texas schools (in addition to Big 12 partners).”

Keating said he’d be looking for two home games against high major teams and possibly one away game for the 2011-12 season to go with the USC contest.

“We go to Maui (Invitational), so I’m not sure if we’ll play another away game,” he said. “I believe Duke, Georgetown, UCLA and Michigan are in it (and possibly Tennessee). It should be one of the strongest fields ever.”

Notes: KU, which has won 59 straight home games, is three shy of the school-record homecourt win streak of 62 set from 1993-98. KU could tie the record by beating Longwood, Valparaiso and North Texas. The record-setting victory could come against Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi as early as Nov. 19. ... KU’s game against UCLA is part of the Big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. KU beat the Bruins, 73-61, last year at Pauley Pavilion. ... KU and Arizona split games during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. ... KU will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the first time since 1985. KU beat the Wolverines for the first time in six meetings, 75-64, last season. ... KU has won five straight against USC, including a 2-0 mark in the Bill Self era. ... KU topped Memphis last season, 59-57, in St. Louis. ... Cal won the Pac-10 title last season. KU beat the Bears, 84-69, in Allen Fieldhouse. ... Ohio U won the MAC tourney title and North Texas the Sun Belt regular season and postseason tourney titles before falling to Kansas State in the NCAAs. ... Longwood is an independent located in Farmville, Va. ... KU is 2-0 versus Valpo with the last meeting in 2002. ... KU has never met Corpus Christi or Arlington. ... KU will play exhibitions versus Washburn (Nov. 2) and Emporia State (Nov. 9). Late Night is Oct. 15.


LJ Whirled 6 years, 10 months ago

Glad to see the 'Roos on the slate. Sleeper: Watch out for A&M-Corpus on a Tuesday night in November in Vegas.

areyousure 6 years, 10 months ago

A&M Corpus will be in Allen - only the games Thanksgiving weekend will be in Vegas.

rse1979 6 years, 10 months ago

Too bad Colorado State is at Sprint Center; would have liked to have seen Dorian Green to get to play at the fieldhouse.

braverthanu 6 years, 10 months ago

Watch out for Lawrence High's Dorian Green on Dec 11. He will be very inspired....prediction...he drops 30 on the hawks

MyName 6 years, 10 months ago

He very well could drop 30 on the hawks, and have Colorado State still losing by 20.

hawkman8950 6 years, 10 months ago

i can wait until basketball season, got baseball and football to focus on first

JHawkInLA 6 years, 10 months ago

"billybob1 (anonymous) says… Four Pac-10 teams. Is this a test-drive?"

Great comment! and interesting thought........

DRsmith 6 years, 10 months ago

Traditional that is funny. Been a while since any of those teams have been any good. Can't imagine any of those teams being anything more than a walk in the park for KU.

Scruggsy 6 years, 10 months ago

Beavis: "He said Longwood" Butthead: "hu-hu-hu-huhhh. That was cool."

Steve Jacob 6 years, 10 months ago

Trying to find a link why we are playing Longwood, and I don't see any. No local players, head coach seems to have no connection to Bill Self.

Anyway, they are Division I, but they played Maryland, South Carolina, and Virgina Tech last season and got killed.

independent_rebel 6 years, 10 months ago

It seems like we play too many games vs. Pac 10 teams. It's been that way for 20 years actually when Roy shut us off from recruiting east of the Mississippi River. I'd love to see different teams come in that we just don't see. How about a home and home with Syracuse, Duke, Florida, Ohio State, or Gonzaga? I just don't get excited about seeing the Pac 10 teams anymore, especially UCLA and Arizona.

Jayhawk0405 6 years, 10 months ago

I have heard that Dorian has picked up some really bad habits while in Fort Collins. It wouldn't surprise me if he comes into his sophomore year with a gut and bad's a shame that such a promising young athlete has gotten into these activities. Hope for the best from him though!

betti81 6 years, 10 months ago

Jayhawk0405-where do you get your information about Dorian? Do you have actual evidence?

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