Even after losing All-Americans Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor to the NBA, Kansas will be a serious contender to make a return trip to the national title game this season. For the Jayhawks to fulfill that potential, though, they’ll need to navigate a schedule that features plenty of opponents with Final Four aspirations of their own.
The Michigan State Spartans, who failed to take advantage of a No. 1 seed last season, have reloaded with a backcourt of Keith Appling and star freshman Gary Harris. Never a program to shy away from a tough non-conference foe, they make a trip to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks in December.
Read on for more on the showdown with the Spartans and seven more of the most critical matchups Kansas faces on its potential road to Atlanta this season.