More clues about what the 2020-21 Kansas basketball schedule might look like
So much for this year’s potential KU-Virginia matchup in the regular season.
According to multiple reports, including those from CBS Sports reporters Matt Norlander and Jon Rothstein, Kansas will face Boise State in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Orlando on Nov. 25.
UCLA is expected to play Seton Hall in that day’s other matchup, with the two winners playing the following day and the two losers playing on Nov. 26 in the consolation game.
Losing Georgetown and Virginia from the event originally scheduled for Nov. 26-27 in Anaheim, Calif., certainly takes some of the shine off of the event. But it also allows KU the potential to ease into the season a little more, with the Dec. 1 Champions Classic matchup with Kentucky looming less than a week later.
According to a recent report from Norlander, Virginia has opted out of the Wooden Legacy event and instead agreed to face Florida on Nov. 27 at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, a site that is expected to host dozens of college games in a controlled environment throughout the first month of the 2020-21 season.
Nothing official has been announced about KU’s 2020-21 scheduled, but the earliest it can begin, per a recent NCAA ruling, is Nov. 25.
If KU does in fact head to Orlando for the Wooden Legacy tournament, the expectation is that the Jayhawks would remain in Orlando (instead of returning home) until their Dec. 1 game and they could possibly look to play another game in the time between the Wooden event and the Champions Classic.
Planning for the rest of the 2020-21 schedule remains ongoing.
While there remains a ways to go in finalizing the entire thing, the 2020-21 Kansas basketball schedule continues to slowly come together.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on Wednesday that Seton Hall has been pegged as the “likely” replacement for Georgetown in this year’s Wooden Legacy tournament, which was originally scheduled to include KU, Virginia and UCLA, as well.
Georgetown opted out because of travel restrictions put in place in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While nothing official has been announced about the Wooden Legacy tourney, it sits on the list of ESPN-sponsored events that are likely to be moved to Orlando, where the NCAA is planning to take advantage of an NBA-like set up to get in a bunch of early-season, nonconference games.
Included on that list is the Champions Classic — Kansas vs. Kentucky and Duke vs. Michigan State — which has been slotted for Dec. 1, according to multiple national reports citing sources close to the situation.
If Seton Hall’s inclusion means the Wooden Legacy event will go on, it’s possible, perhaps even likely, that the two-game tournament will take place before the Champions Classic.
KU was already scheduled to be in California for the Wooden Legacy tourney over Thanksgiving, so putting those games at the front end of the Jayhawks’ trip to Orlando would make a lot of sense.
Besides, KU then could get a game in against either Seton Hall or UCLA before jumping in to face the likes of Virginia and Kentucky, both fringe Top 10 teams in most of those preseason college basketball rankings.
UCLA also has appeared in several of those preseason Top 25s, but sits closer to the 20-25 range.
Playing the Wooden event first, during the middle of that last week of November, also would create the potential for Kansas, if it so desired, to play one more game in Orlando on Saturday or Sunday before the Champions Classic.
It also would open up the first week of December for the Jayhawks to play games at Allen Fieldhouse and would give Kansas more time to spread out the remaining nonconference games on the docket throughout what promises to be a busy month.