Kansas releases non-conference schedule

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Kansas released its non-conference schedule on Thursday as the Jayhawks have a pretty strong group of games before defending the Big 12 title.

The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a Champion’s Classic tilt against Kentucky on Nov. 14. Kansas also has neutral-court games against Syracuse (in Miami), Washington (in Kansas City), Stanford (in Sacramento) as well as Nebraska (in Lincoln) and the Jayhawks will also host Arizona State at home.

While only one of those teams made the NCAA tournament last season, the neutral court factor should help and Kentucky will be a major early-season test for two teams looking to take hold of No. 1 in an uncertain season.

You can view the complete Kansas non-conference schedule in the tweet below. While the power conference group of teams is a little bit underwhelming, Kansas has some tough mid-major teams like Oakland, Texas Southern and Toledo that they’ll also face in the early weeks of the season.