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Kansas to Face North Texas in ESPN Events Invitational

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Kansas will reportedly face North Texas in the first round of the 2021 ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando later this year, according to Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today.

The inclusion of Kansas in the event was previously reported.

Along with Kansas facing North Texas, Miami of Ohio will face Dayton, Drake will face Belmont and Alabama will face Iona. The tournament begins Nov. 25 and ends Nov. 28.


Kansas and North Texas both won an NCAA Tournament game last year, but lost in the second round. Kansas won this tournament in 2014 when it was the Orlando Invitational.

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Kansas had previously released its entire 2021-22 non-conference schedule.

That schedule includes a renewal of its storied rivalry with  Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The two programs played each other practically every year until Mizzou left the conference for the SEC. This will be the first meeting between KU and MU in regular-season play since Feb. 25, 2012.

Kansas will open the season on Nov. 9 in New York City for the Champions Classic, where they’ll face the Michigan State Spartans.

In other non-conference games, Kansas will face St. John’s on Dec. 2, in its Big East-Big 12 Battle game. Kansas plays its traditional regular-season game at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, where the Jayhawks will face UT-El Paso. And, Kansas will host Kentucky on Jan. 29 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

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