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KU men’s basketball opens with K-State in 2011-12 conference slate; Self calls sked toughest he’s had at KU

Kansas fans reach out to forward Thomas Robinson as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' 90-66 win over Kansas State during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Robinson scored 17 points in his return to the Fieldhouse after Thursday's funeral for his mother, Lisa Robinson, who died last Friday of a heart attack.

Kansas fans reach out to forward Thomas Robinson as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks' 90-66 win over Kansas State during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Robinson scored 17 points in his return to the Fieldhouse after Thursday's funeral for his mother, Lisa Robinson, who died last Friday of a heart attack.

August 4, 2011, 11:18 a.m. Updated August 4, 2011, 1:16 p.m.

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The Kansas men's basketball team will open the new 18-game Big 12 slate with a home game against Kansas State on Jan. 4.

The conference released the league slate on Thursday morning.

Some other games of note: KU will play at Texas on Saturday, Jan. 21; at Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 4; at Baylor on Wednesday, Feb. 8; at home against Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25; and at home against Texas on Senior night on Saturday, March 3.

KU's full schedule is now complete after the releasing of the Maui Invitational bracket on Thursday afternoon.

“I believe this is the hardest schedule we have played since I’ve been here,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Our strength of schedule and RPI have been in the top 10 almost yearly, but this will be the hardest schedule not only because of Kentucky, the three games in Maui, South Florida, Ohio State, Long Beach State, Davidson and USC, but on top of that you play everyone in the Big 12 twice, which makes the league that much harder.”

Kansas Men's Basketball 2011-12 Schedule

(Home games in CAPS; times are Central; *Big 12 Conference game)

Date (Day) - Opponent,TV, Time

Nov. 1 (Tuesday) - PITTSBURG STATE (Exhibition), JTV, 7 p.m.

Nov. 8 (Tuesday) - FORT HAYS STATE (Exhibition), JTV, 7 p.m.

Nov. 11 (Friday) - TOWSON (EA Sports Maui Invitational), JTV, 7 p.m.

Nov. 15 (Tuesday) - Kentucky (Champions Classic, New York, N.Y.), ESPN, TBA

Nov. 21 (Monday) - Georgetown (EA Sports Maui Invitational), ESPN2, 11 p.m.

Nov. 22 (Tuesday) - UCLA/Chaminade (EA Sports Maui Invitational) TBA, 3:30 p.m./8:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 (Wednesday) - Duke/Tennessee/Michigan/Memphis (EA Sports Maui Invitational) TBA, TBA

Nov. 30 (Wednesday) - FLORIDA ATLANTIC, JTV, 7 p.m.

Dec. 3 (Saturday) - SOUTH FLORIDA, ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 (Tuesday) - LONG BEACH STATE, ESPNU, TBA

Dec. 10 (Saturday) - OHIO STATE, ESPN, 2:15 p.m.

Dec. 19 (Monday) - DAVIDSON (M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout, Kansas City, Mo.), ESPNU, 8 p.m.

Dec. 22 (Thursday) - at USC, FSN, TBA

Dec. 29 (Thursday) - HOWARD, JTV, 7 p.m.

Dec. 31 (Saturday) - NORTH DAKOTA, ESPNU, TBA

Jan. 4 (Wednesday) - *KANSAS STATE, Big 12, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7 (Saturday) - *at Oklahoma, ESPNU, 1 p.m.

Jan. 11 (Wednesday) - *at Texas Tech, ESPNU, 8 p.m.

Jan. 14 (Saturday) - *IOWA STATE, Big 12, 3 p.m.

Jan. 16 (Monday) - *BAYLOR, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 (Saturday) - *at Texas, CBS, 3 p.m.

Jan. 23 (Monday) - *TEXAS A&M, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Jan. 28 (Saturday) - *at Iowa State, ESPN/ESPN2, 1 p.m.

Feb. 1 (Wednesday) - *OKLAHOMA, ESPNU, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4 (Saturday) - *at Missouri, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 (Wednesday) - *at Baylor, ESPN/ESPN2, 6 p.m.

Feb. 11 (Saturday) - *OKLAHOMA STATE, Big 12, 3 p.m.

Feb. 13 (Monday) - *at Kansas State, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Feb. 18 (Saturday) - *TEXAS TECH, Big 12, 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 (Wednesday) - *at Texas A&M, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Feb. 25 (Saturday) - *MISSOURI, CBS, 3 p.m.

Feb. 27 (Monday) - *at Oklahoma State, ESPN, 8 p.m.

March 3 (Saturday) - *TEXAS, ESPN, 8 p.m.

March 7-10 (Wed.-Sat.) - Big 12 Championship, (Sprint Center) Kansas City, Mo.

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