The Kansas Jayhawks announced their non-conference schedule on Monday. On December 7th, 2019, Kansas will host the Colorado Buffaloes. This is the first part of a home-and-home series, meaning the Buffs will host the Jayhawks in 2020-21.
This is a huge announcement for Colorado, as I’m sure you’re aware. Kansas is the powerhouse of the Big 12 and stopped on Colorado for years and years. Tad Boyle has tried his absolute hardest to schedule quality teams for their non-conference schedule, but teams have apparently avoided the Buffs. CU hasn’t announced their full schedule, but a game at Allen Fieldhouse will test if this Buffs team is for real.
The Buffs have been lauded for returning virtually their entire rotation from last season. Kansas isn’t quite the same as the team that was #1 in the preseason AP Poll a year, but they’re still loaded. It’s unclear who exactly is coming back, but they will have Quentin Grimes, Udoka Azubuike, K.J. Lawson and Silvio De Souza. CU will have their hands full, especially in Lawrence.
In 2020-21, Kansas could look completely different, but we have a good idea of what the Buffs will look like. They’re going to be an upper-classmen heavy team playing in front of a packed CU Events Center, hopefully with NCAA Tournament experience and aspirations to be the best in the Pac-12.
Of note, Colorado has been announced to play against Kansas, Dayton and Xavier thus far. The former two are tier-1 games, meaning they will count the most towards the Buffs’ NCAA Tournament resume. Three significant games, plus a preseason tournament, is plenty good for a non-conference schedule. We just have to hope the Pac-12 won’t be ass again and CU can get quality wins there too.