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Slot to Kansas Links The college basketball season is coming up soon. As the Jayhawks look to rebound from the first season in which they failed to capture a Big 12 title since , they'll have a loaded roster filled with four- and five-star talent and potential early departures at just about every spot.
Over the next few weeks we'll be previewing the season here at Phog. This year, the men's and women's basketball kickoff event is slated for Oct.
Here are 10 games to look forward to on the KU basketball schedule in chronological order : Champions Classic: KU basketball vs. It was three years ago in the Champions Classic, and Frank Mason drilled the game-winning shot and went on to have one of the all-time great seasons in KU history.
The Blue Devils should again have a loaded roster, bringing in four top recruits including two former high-priority KU targets in Matthew Hurt and Cassius Stanley. Vernon Carey is Duke's top-ranked prospect in the class, and Tre Jones is back for his sophomore season. Yes, once again, the Blue Devils will be loaded.
Maui Invitational: KU basketball vs. Michigan State has a pair of top freshmen in Rocket Watts , a toprated combo guard, and Malik Hall , a four-star do-everything wing out of Sunrise Christian in Wichita who was recruited by the Jayhawks. KU basketball vs. However, Colorado basically brings everyone back.
Namon Wright was the lone senior on last year's team, and this year's squad has nine juniors and two seniors.
Not to mention one with a former Jayhawk as coach in Tad Boyle. These teams played last year in Allen Fieldhouse, and the Jayhawks escaped with a three-point win thanks to a point eruption from Lagerald Vick and a point, rebound double-double from Dedric Lawson.
This has the potential to be a fun one. He wasn't able to play in the game due to injury, but he will get his chance at revenge this season.
After squaring off against Villanova and breaking for the holidays, they'll return to action against Stanford. Daejon Davis is back after averaging Last year, the Jayhawks needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Vick just to get to overtime against Stanford.
KU won that game, , behind 51 combined points from Vick and Lawson. Tennessee is losing major contributors in Grant Williams , Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone , but the Volunteers return two double-digit scorers, plus they're bringing in five-star combo guard Josiah James , the No.
Bill Self. Who doesn't want to see that?
In that road KU meeting, the Jayhawks fell behind from the jump, and it just kept getting worse. Texas Tech went up , then , then and went into the half up The lead reached 31 with to go in the second half and finished at Texas Tech lost several notable pieces from last year's team, most prominently Jarrett Culver , but the Red Raiders should still have a top ranked squad and the environment should still be raucous as two of the best coaches in the Big 12 square off.
The Wildcats, of course, also went on to clinch a share of the Big 12 title, so there are plenty of storylines at play between the two in-state rivals. I thought about picking that return meeting as one of the 10 games, but the environment in Austin was so lackluster that the meeting between the two teams will probably be a little more fun in Lawrence.
This game will mark the return of Andrea Hudy, who spent a decade-and-a-half with the Jayhawks before departing for Texas during the offseason. KU will almost certainly have some sort of a thank-you message or video package prepared for the former strength coach, who received credit from several current and former Jayhawks for her work with the team.
Second, there's another bit of psychology at work, as two years ago the Oklahoma game in Norman was the most prominent instance of a coach intentionally fouling KU big man Udoka Azubuike.
The Sooners were able to come back and defeat the Jayhawks after the big man made only one of eight free throw attempts on the game.
That included a stretch where he bricked six-straight attempts within two minutes. Azubuike missed the return meeting due to injury last season, but his free-throw shooting was again an issue in his junior campaign.