The following is a complete list of KU’s 2018-19 non-conference opponents, along with their 2018 postseason accomplishments, according to a KU news release.
Villanova (Dec. 15, Lawrence) won the 2018 NCAA Championship, beating Kansas in the Final Four. Villanova went 36-4, winning its last 11 games en route to the national title. The Wildcats finished second in the Big East with a 14-4 league mark before winning the league tournament and later the NCAA title. In 17 seasons at Villanova, Jay Wright is 421-165 with 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and two NCAA Championships (2016 and 2018), defeating Kansas during both title runs. Dating back to 1968, Villanova holds a 4-3 series advantage and has won the last three meetings. Kansas will return this game on Dec. 21, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Kentucky (Jan. 26, Lexington, SEC/Big12 Challenge) won the 2018 SEC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to Big 12 foe Kansas State, 61-58. Kentucky went 26-11 last season, finishing fourth in the Southeastern Conference regular season. Kansas has won the last three meetings with Kentucky, yet the Wildcats hold a 22-9 series advantage. KU is 4-1 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, including two victories over Kentucky.
Michigan State (Nov. 6, Indianapolis, Ind., Champions Classic) won the 2018 Big 10 regular-season title and reached the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Behind Naismith Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State went 30-5 overall and 16-2 in league play. The Spartans lead the all-time series with Kansas, 7-6, but the Jayhawks have won two of the last three meetings. Kansas is 3-4 in the Champions Classic, which features national powers KU, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky. The Jayhawks have won their last two Champions Classic contests — against Kentucky in 2017 and Duke in 2016. In fact, in the 2016-17 season, Kansas defeated all three of the other Champions Classic participants.
Arizona State (Dec. 22, Tempe, Ariz.) reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament, going 20-12 overall (8-10 in the Pac-12, tied for eighth). This game will be the second of a home-and-home series; ASU won at Kansas, 95-85, on Dec. 22, 2018. The Sun Devils are coached by former Duke standout Bobby Hurley. This series is tied at 5-5.
Tennessee (possible opponent in preseason NIT, Nov. 21 & 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.) was SEC co-champion in 2018 (with Auburn) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to NCAA Tournament Cinderella Loyola-Chicago, 63-62. UT (26-9 overall last season, 13-5 in SEC play) is coached by Rick Barnes, who is used to playing Kansas; he was 7-19 against the Jayhawks as head coach at Texas from 1998-99 to 2014-15.
Stanford (Dec. 1, Lawrence) reached the 2018 postseason NIT. Stanford third-year head coach Jerod Haase will face his alma mater for the third-straight season. Haase’s 1,264 points rank 33rd on the KU all-time scoring list and he also ranks on the Kansas career lists in 3-point field goals made (14th at 156), 3-pointers attempted (ninth at 461), assists (19th at 343) and steals (12th at 174). Last year the Cardinal went 19-16 overall and finished tied for third in the Pac-12 with an 11-7 record.
Marquette (possible opponent in preseason NIT, Nov. 21 & 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.) reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 postseason NIT. Last season, the Golden Eagles posted at 21-14 overall mark and tied for sixth in the Big East Conference with a 9-9 league record.
Louisville (possible opponent in preseason NIT, Nov. 21 & 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.) reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 postseason NIT. The Cardinals are coming off a 22-14 season in which it tied for ninth in the ACC with a 9-9 league record. They are coached by Chris Mack, who enters his first season at Louisville after leading Xavier to the NCAA Tournament eight of the last nine seasons. This 11-game series dates back to 1959; Kansas has a one-game edge over Louisville, 6-5. Kansas has won four of the last five meetings, the last being a KU 98-77 win on Jan. 16, 1993, in Louisville.
New Mexico State (Dec. 8, Kansas City, Mo., Jayhawk Shootout) reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament after winning the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular-season and WAC Tournament titles under first-year head coach Chris Jans. The Aggies lost to Clemson in the NCAA first round, finishing 28-6 overall and 12-2 in league play.
Vermont (Nov. 12, Lawrence, preseason NIT home contest) won the 2018 America East Conference regular-season championship and reached the 2018 postseason NIT, losing to Middle Tennessee State in the first round. Early Bracketology has the Catamounts in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Louisiana (Nov. 16, Lawrence, preseason NIT home contest) the 2018 Sun Belt regular-season champion, played in the 2018 postseason NIT, losing to LSU in the first round. Early Bracketology has the Ragin’ Cajuns in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Louisiana went 27-7 in 2017-18, 16-2 in league play.
Eastern Michigan (Dec. 29, Lawrence) reached the second round of the 2018 Collegeinsider.com Tournament before losing to Sam Houston State. The Eagles are coming off a 22-13 season; they finished second in the Mid-American Conference West Division with an 11-7 league record.
Wofford (Dec. 4, Lawrence) reached the 2018 Collegeinsider.com Tournament (lost to Central Michigan in the first round). Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Wofford is coming off a 21-13 season in which the Terriers tied for fourth in the Southern Conference with an 11-7 league record.
South Dakota (Dec. 18, Lawrence) earned a berth in the 2018 College Basketball Invitational after finishing second in the Summit League with an 11-3 conference record (26-9 overall). The Coyotes lost to eventual CBI champion North Texas in the event’s opening round.
Emporia State (Oct. 25, Lawrence) is coming off a 9-19 season where it went 4-15 in the MIAA, finishing tied for 12th. Kansas is 20-3 all-time against Emporia State, including an 8-0 record in exhibition contests.
Washburn (Nov. 1, Lawrence) head coach Brett Ballard was a two-year letterwinner at Kansas in 2001-02 and enters his second season with the Ichabods. Last season, Ballard guided the Ichabods to an NCAA Tournament appearance, a 22-10 record and a third-place finish in the MIAA (14-5). The Kansas-Washburn series dates back to 1906 with KU leading 37-3.
The Big 12 Conference schedule will be released later this summer.