The No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks start their season Friday against Towson in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The 7PM Central home game will be televised on the Jayhawk network, whose affiliate in Kansas City is KSMO.
Despite their lofty preseason ranking, Kansas has undergone a massive personnel shift since last season's No. 1 team lost in the Elite Eight.
Two talented upperclassmen -- senior PG Tyshawn Taylor and junior PF Thomas Robinson -- are expected to have much bigger roles for Bill Self's Jayhawks this year.
Taylor was an elite high-school recruit who has been plagued with discipline problems in his first three years in Lawrence, while Robinson is considered one of the best big men in the country after serving as the Morris twins' understudy for two years.
The Tigers should not be a huge test, as they went 4-26 last year in the Colonial Athletic Association. Regardless of the outcome of the game, Kansas will advance to the championship round in Maui in two weeks, where they could face teams like Duke, Georgetown, UCLA and Memphis.
It won't take long for the Jayhawks to get an idea of how they stack up with the nation's elite, as they travel to New York City to play No. 2 Kentucky on Nov. 15.
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