The USA Today/ESPN Pre-Seaon Coaches poll for college basketball is out and, not surprisingly, the Kansas Jayhawks are ranked #1. And, if the pre-season rankings are any indication, Kansas' schedule will help prepare them for post-season play and a chance for a second national championship in three years.
Check out KU's currently ranked opponents, based upon the latest poll:
#3 Texas - KU plays the Longhorns in Austin this year
#11 Tennessee - The Jayhawks go on the road to play in Knoxville in early January
#12 California - The top-ranked team in the Pac 10 comes to Lawrence in December
#15 Michigan - This game in Allen Fieldhouse takes place three days before KU-Cal
#16 Oklahoma - KU won in Norman last year--this year Willie Warren comes to Lawrence
#29 UCLA - December 1 in Pauley Pavilion
#31 Oklahoma State - Always tough in Gallagher-Iba
#32 Missouri - The Jayhawks have dominated this rivalry recently
#40 Kansas State - Can Frank Martin's Wildcats duplicate the 2008 win in Manhattan?
#47 Texas A&M - In College Station this season
#43 Memphis - The Jayhawks play their 2008 national championship game foe in St. Louis
On top of these 13 games, Kansas also plays Belmont, a sometime NCAA tourney team; at Temple; LaSalle at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, and a resurgent Baylor program in Lawrence.
The journey starts next Tuesday evening in Allen Fieldhouse with a pre-season game against Fort Hays State.