It doesn't matter that the Jayhawks lost the seventh overall choice in the NBA draft in Ben McLemore, or a bevy of seniors led by 7-footer Jeff Withey, a second-round pick in April's draft.
In fact, expectations may be higher than ever this season.
The Jayhawks will begin pursuit of their unprecedented 10th consecutive Big 12 championship by leaning on perhaps the most heralded freshman class that coach Bill Self has assembled during his decade-long tenure in Lawrence. It's led by Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit, and includes two other potential one-and-done stars in Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid.
Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., the Jayhawks will face off against Pittsburg State in an exhibition game.
Many fans looking to watch Tuesday night's game may have a hard time finding it on their television dial. A new television deal the university signed made their new Jayhawk Television Network exclusive to a few cable carriers.
According to the Kansas City Star, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and WOW! in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas get to carry the network. This year, two KU football and six basketball games will be broadcast exclusively on those cable providers under the agreement.
As part of the deal, Time Warner Cable and other operators will show more KU sports and original programming, according to the Star.
The Jayhawks open the regular season Nov. 8 against Louisiana Monroe.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press' Dave Skretta contributed to this report.