Picture this: Four college basketball games in one building ... at the same time. Really.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
It’s a concept that could be coming to the college schedule next season, according to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis. Still in the planning stages, the event, slated for Veterans Day weekend, would feature four games being played simultaneously (yes, AAU style) inside Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. One detail: The starts would be staggered by 15 minutes, a March Madness-inspired schedule unfolding in one venue.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is leading the charge, so the Spartans would be in the fold. But despite Kansas’ relative proximity to Dallas — and the number of KU alumni in the Metroplex — KU officials say there’s no room in the schedule for another marquee non-conference game next season.
The Jayhawks are slated to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas while also taking on Duke in Chicago in the third year of the Champions Classic. Those four games highlight a non-conference schedule that will also include games against Georgetown and San Diego State at Allen Fieldhouse and a return game at Colorado.
KU will also have to hold a spot for a game in a potential Big 12-SEC Challenge. Kansas’ opponent in the proposed challenge, which has yet to be officially announced, is still uncertain. But all signs point to KU not playing Missouri.
And while fellow blue blood Kentucky would seem like a logical opponent, the schools’ involvement in the Champions Classic — KU played Kentucky in New York last season — would likely keep the matchup from happening in a cross-league challenge setting. Still, there are other potential matchups that could be intriguing: Arkansas and former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson is one, while South Carolina and former K-State coach Frank Martin is another.
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