Kansas men’s basketball team to face Rhode Island in opening round of Orlando Classic

08/05/2014 10:18 AM

08/05/2014 11:18 AM

Kansas fans, set your Thanksgiving schedules accordingly.

KU will open the Orlando Classic against Rhode Island at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, ESPN announced on Tuesday while unveiling a slew of early-season tournament brackets. The Jayhawks’ opening game will be on ESPN2.

If Kansas advances, the Jayhawks would face the winner of Tennessee and Santa Clara, who play an opening game on the same side of the eight-team bracket. The other opening games include Michigan State-Rider and Marquette-Georgia Tech.

Here is the full bracket for the event.

If KU fans are banking on a marquee matchup with Michigan State in the tournament, it would most likely come in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 30th. The semifinals and consolation games are scheduled for Nov. 28 before an off-day on Nov. 29.

Last season, Kansas took part in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Jayhawks are set to return to the Maui Invitational during the 2015-2016 season.

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