Season tickets are available only to Williams Education Fund (WEF) members, who will be receiving their ticket applications in the mail in the coming days. WEF members may, however, order tickets even before those applications arrive by visiting www.KUTtickets.com or by calling 800.34.HAWKS. The order deadline is July 7.
The always-rugged Big 12 Conference matchups highlight KU’s home schedule; last year six Big 12 teams earned NCAA bids and TCU won the NIT. KU’s season-ticket package includes games against a couple of Pac-12 opponents – Arizona State in Allen Fieldhouse and Washington at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The home schedule also includes games against two more 2017 NCAA Tournament teams – South Dakota State (Summit League tournament champions) and Texas Southern, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. KU will also host Oakland – regular-season co-champions of the Horizon League and victors over Clemson in the first round of the NIT – and Toledo, which earned a berth in the College Basketball Invitational.
For the last eight seasons Kansas has ranked no lower than fifth nationally in the final Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which is one of the tools the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee uses in selecting the NCAA Championship field. Three of those times – 2010, 2011 and 2016 – the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1. KU’s strength of schedule has ranked in the top 10 in eight of head coach Bill Self‘s 14 seasons. In that span, KU has had the nation’s toughest schedule three times: 2004-05, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Last year, KU ranked first nationally in opponents’ strength of schedule and fourth in RPI among the 351 NCAA Division I teams.