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Kansas releases non-conference schedule

Purdue v Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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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.