Entire Kansas Men's Basketball Regular-Season Schedule to be Televised Nationally
Aug. 3, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Six-time defending Big 12 Conference men’s basketball champion Kansas will have will have all 31 of its 2010-11 regular-season games nationally televised, according to the schedule released by the conference Tuesday.
Kansas will appear on three CBS, seven ESPN, four ESPN2, four ESPNU and one Fox Sport Network telecast. ESPN will air two more of KU’s conference games on either ESPN or ESPN2; the network will make those determinations at a later date.
Besides the network and national cable telecasts, three KU games will air on the Big 12 Network, while eight contests will be shown on the in-state Jayhawk Television Network (JTV). The Big 12 Network and JTV contests will be available nationally on ESPN’s Full Court package. Additionally, KU’s two exhibition contests will also air on JTV but will not be shown nationally.
“Ever since I have been at Kansas, year in and year out we rank in the top five nationally in strength of schedule and this season is no different,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “Our league will be as strong as ever and the non-conference games really showcase some national powers.
“The TV exposure we get goes right back to the scheduling, the great tradition at Kansas, the great fans we have and the players,” Self added.
Kansas TV notables:
- Kansas will be making three regular-season appearances on CBS for the second-straight year – at Michigan (Jan. 9), vs. Texas (Jan. 22) and at Missouri (March 5). Under Bill Self, Kansas has appeared on CBS 38 times overall.
- Kansas will have four ESPN Big Monday appearances for the fifth-straight year and 11th time in 15-year history of the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is 38-14 all-time on ESPN Big Monday during the Big 12 era, including 21-1 in Allen Fieldhouse. Under Bill Self, KU is 11-0 at home on ESPN Big Monday and 19-7 overall.
- For the second-consecutive year, KU will be making four appearances on ESPNU. Kansas will be making its 17th all-time appearance on ESPNU since the ESPN family-member’s inception in 2005. The network now reaches more than 80 million homes.
Other Kansas 2010-11 schedule notables:
- Kansas plays a total of 21 games against teams from BCS conferences – four from the Pac-10, one from the Big Ten and the 16 from the Big 12.
- Kansas will play three non-conference teams which won their respective league titles in 2010 – California (Pac-10), Ohio (MAC) and North Texas (Sun Belt).
- KU has the nation’s longest active home court winning streak at 59 games heading into the 2010-11 season. The school record for longest home court winning streak is 62 set from 1994-98.
- Thanksgiving in Las Vegas has been good for KU men’s basketball. The Jayhawks defeated Ball State, 64-46, and then-No. 1 Florida, 82-80 in overtime, to win the 2006 Las Vegas Invitational. This year Kansas will face Ohio and Arizona in the event. Ohio won the 2010 MAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a victory against Georgetown. Arizona has won two of the last three meetings with Kansas, including an 84-67 win in the 2008 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series in Tucson.
- Kansas has had some rough luck in its two appearances in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. In the Jayhawks’ last appearance, Saint Joseph’s edged KU 70-67 during the 2005-06 season. In Dec. 1995, Temple won an overtime battle with Kansas 75-66 in the event. This year’s Jimmy V Classic pits budding rivals Kansas and Memphis. Kansas has narrowly defeated Memphis in its last two meetings – 75-68 in overtime in the 2008 NCAA National Championship game and 57-55 in the Hall of Fame Showcase last season in St. Louis. Kansas leads the overall series with Memphis 5-2.
- Two of the most storied programs in college basketball will meet in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series when UCLA travels to Allen Fieldhouse Dec. 2. Kansas ranks third in NCAA Division I with 2,003 all-time victories, while UCLA is eighth with 1,686. Kansas is 2-1 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series after its 73-61victory against UCLA in historic Pauley Pavilion last year.
- Kansas’ Dec. 22 contest at California will match two conference champions from last season as the Jayhawks won the Big 12 and the Bears the Pac-10. The Bears went 24-11 overall and 13-5 in league play, defeated Louisville in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, then lost to eventual National Champion Duke. The Jayhawks defeated Cal, 84-69, last season in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Kansas is the only school in the Big 12 to have a winning series record against every conference team in men’s basketball.
- The Big 12 is coming off a historic season in which it ranked No. 1 in the RPI, had seven teams with 22 or more victories and had seven teams advance to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. This with Kansas winning the 2010 Big 12 regular-season championship with a 15-1 record.
- The two winningest programs in Big 12 history will square off when Texas visits Allen Fieldhouse for a CBS contest on Jan. 22. Kansas is first in the conference with a combined 215-44 record against Big 12 competition (regular-season and league tourney play), while Texas is next at 172-84. Kansas has won the last six Big 12 regular-season titles, yet Texas tied KU for two of those in 2006 and 2008 and the two teams met in three of the last five Big 12 Championship title games, all won by the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks return two starters – Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor – and 14 letterwinners from last year’s 33-3 team that won the Big 12 regular-season title with a 15-1 record, the postseason Big 12 Championship and was the No. 1 overall seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Not included among the starters is redshirt senior guard Brady Morningstar who started 34 games in 2008-09.
Kansas has won four of the last five Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships, including the 2010 title. This year’s event will be at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., March 9-12 and NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday will be Sunday, March 13.
Kansas Men’s Basketball 2010-11 Schedule
(Home games in CAPS; times are Central; *Big 12 Conference game)
Date (Day) – Opponent, Site, TV, Time
Nov. 2 (Tuesday) – WASHBURN (Exhibition), Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 (Tuesday) – EMPORIA STATE (Exhibition), Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 (Friday) – LONGWOOD, Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 (Monday) – VALPARAISO (Las Vegas Invitational), Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Friday) – NORTH TEXAS, Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 (Tuesday) – TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI (Las Vegas Invitational), Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 (Friday) – Ohio University (Las Vegas Invitational), Las Vegas, Nev., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 (Saturday) – Arizona (Las Vegas Invitational), Las Vegas, Nev., ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 (Thursday) – UCLA, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Dec. 7 (Tuesday) – Memphis (Jimmy V Classic), New York, N.Y., ESPN, 6 p.m.
Dec. 11 (Saturday) – COLORADO STATE (M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout, Sprint Center), Kansas City, Mo., ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 (Saturday) – USC, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN, 11 a.m.
Dec. 22 (Wednesday) – at California, Berkley, Calif., FSN, TBD
Dec. 29 (Wednesday) – TEXAS-ARLINGTON, Lawrence, Kan., ESPNU, 8 p.m.
Jan. 2 (Sunday) – MIAMI (OHIO), Lawrence, Kan., ESPNU, 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 (Wednesday) – UMKC, Lawrence, Kan., Jayhawk TV, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 (Sunday) – at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., CBS, 12:30 or 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 (Wednesday) – *at Iowa State, Ames, Iowa, ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Jan. 15 (Saturday) – *NEBRASKA, Lawrence, Kan., ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Jan. 17 (Monday) – *at Baylor, Waco, Texas, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 (Saturday) – *TEXAS, Lawrence, Kan., CBS, 3 p.m.
Jan. 25 (Tuesday) – *at Colorado, Boulder, Colo., Big 12, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 (Saturday) – *KANSAS STATE, Lawrence, Kan., TBD
Feb. 1 (Tuesday) – *at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, ESPNU, 8 p.m.
Feb. 5 (Saturday) – *at Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., Big 12, 3 p.m.
Feb. 7 (Monday) – *MISSOURI, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN, 8 p.m.
Feb. 12 (Saturday) – *IOWA STATE, Lawrence, Kan., Big 12, 3 p.m.
Feb. 14 (Monday) – *at Kansas State, Manhattan, Kan., ESPN, 8 p.m.
Feb. 19 (Saturday) – *COLORADO, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN, 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 (Monday) – *OKLAHOMA STATE, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN, 8 p.m.
Feb. 26 (Saturday) – *at Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., ESPN or ESPN2, 1 or 3 p.m.
March 2 (Wednesday) – *TEXAS A&M, Lawrence, Kan., ESPN or ESPN2, 8 p.m.
March 5 (Saturday) – *at Missouri, Columbia, Mo., CBS, 11 a.m.
March 9-12 (Wed.-Sat.), Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship (Sprint Center), Kansas City, Mo.