CBS Sports reported on Tuesday that Davidson and Kansas would face-off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City as part of both teams’ 2016-17 non-conference schedule. The game will be played on December 17th and will be a huge early season boost to the Wildcats’ RPI. Kansas will likely be a Top 5 team in the nation next season, so this game will certainly be a challenge for Davidson. Though this is technically a neutral site game, the crowd will certainly consist of more Jayhawk fans than Wildcat fans.
Kansas will play Davidson at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on December 17th, sources told @CBSSports.
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Though Kansas loses some valuable talent from last year’s team that lost in the Elite 8 to Villanova, it will bring in enough firepower to have a run at the National Championship this coming season. Guards Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham will be returning along with forwards Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg Jr. In addition, the Jayhawks add some enormous talent with 5 star freshmen Josh Jackson and Udoka Azubuike. 5 star freshman Jarrett Allen has yet to make his decision, and if he commits to Kansas, the Jayhawks will have a case for preseason #2 right behind Duke.
Davidson returns a lot of talent from last season and could be the biggest sleeper in the A-10 this coming season. The Wildcats will have Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge back on the floor to lead the way, and Davidson also returns rising talent in Nathan Ekwu, Jordan Watkins, Rusty Reigel, Andrew McAuliffe, and Oskar Michelsen. The Wildcats will be the underdogs in this game, but if they can get hot from three point range and hold their own in the paint, they could really make this game a contest. Win or lose, this will be a great way for Davidson to see some tough competition before entering Atlantic 10 Conference play.