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KU, K-State men’s basketball schedules finalized

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 11:54 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.

Men’s basketball schedules

Jayhawk Schedule

Date Opponent TV Time
Oct. 30Emporia St. (exh.)KSNW7
Nov. 5Washburn (exh.)KSNW7
Nov. 9SE Missouri St.KSNW7
Nov. 13x-Michigan St.ESPN6
Nov. 15ChattanoogaKSNW7
Nov. 19y-Washington St.ESPN29
Nov. 20y-Texas A&MTBATBA
or Saint Louis
Nov. 26San Jose St.ESPNU7
Nov. 30y-Oregon St.KSNW7
Dec. 8ColoradoESPN21
Dec. 15BelmontESPNU7
Dec. 18RichmondESPNU7
Dec. 22at Ohio St.KWCH3
Dec. 29AmericanESPNU7
Jan. 6TempleKWCHTBA
Jan. 9Iowa St.ESPN66
Jan. 12at Texas TechTBA3
Jan. 14BaylorESPN8
Jan. 19at TexasKWCH1
Jan. 22at Kansas St.TBA7
Jan. 26OklahomaESPN3
Jan. 28at West VirginiaESPN8
Feb. 2Oklahoma St.TBA3
Feb. 6at TCUESPNU6
Feb. 9at OklahomaESPN/23
Feb. 11Kansas St.ESPN8
Feb. 16TexasESPN8
Feb. 20at Oklahoma St.ESPN28
Feb. 23TCUTBA3
Feb. 25at Iowa St.ESPN8
March 2West VirginiaKWCH1
March 4Texas TechESPNU6
March 9at BaylorESPN5
March 13-16Big 12 TournamentTBA
at Kansas City, Mo.

x-at Atlanta

y-at Kansas City, Mo.

All times p.m.

Nov. 20 game will start at 6 or 8:30 p.m.; Jan. 6 game will start at 12:30 or 3:30 p.m.; TBA conference games will be on KSAS or KSCW

Wildcat Schedule

Date Opponent TV Time
Oct. 30Washburn (exh.)
Nov. 4Emporia St. (exh.)
Nov. 9North Dakota
Nov. 12x-TBA (home)
Nov. 13x-TBA (home)
Nov. 18North Florida
Nov. 21y-TBA
Nov. 23y-TBA
Dec. 2S.C.-Upstate
Dec. 8at George Washington
Dec. 15z-GonzagaESPN28
Dec. 18Texas Southern
Dec. 22a-FloridaESPN27
Dec. 29UMKC
Dec. 31South Dakota
Jan. 5Oklahoma St.TBA12:30
Jan. 12at West VirginiaTBA12:30
Jan. 16at TCUESPNU8
Jan. 19OklahomaTBA3
Jan. 22KansasTBA7
Jan. 26at Iowa St.TBA12:30
Jan. 30TexasESPN28
Feb. 2at OklahomaESPN25
Feb. 5at Texas TechTBA7
Feb. 9Iowa St.ESPN/25
Feb. 11at KansasESPN8
Feb. 16BaylorESPNU6
Feb. 18West VirginiaESPN8
Feb. 23at TexasTBATBA
Feb. 25Texas TechESPNU6
March 2at BaylorESPN26
March 5TCUTBA7
March 9at Oklahoma St.12:30
March 13-16Big 12 TournamentTBA
at Kansas City, Mo.

x-NIT Season Tipoff

y-NIT Season Tipoff at New York

z-at Seattle

a-at Kansas City, Mo.

All times p.m.

TBA conference games will be on KSAS or KSCW

The Big 12 Conference released its 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule Thursday, completing the schedules for Kansas and Kansas State.

K-State and first-year coach Bruce Weber open Big 12 play with a home game against Oklahoma State on Jan. 5. KU opens four days later against Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Games between the Jayhawks and Wildcats this season are Jan. 22 in Manhattan and Feb. 11 in Lawrence.

A look at KU

A breakdown of the Jayhawks’ full schedule reveals what could be a tough nine-day stretch. After opening the Big 12 schedule with Iowa State at home and Texas Tech on the road, the Jayhawks will face a rebuilding Baylor program on Jan. 14 before road games at Texas (Jan. 19) and K-State and first-year coach Bruce Weber on Jan. 22. Escape those road games with two victories, and the Jayhawks should be in good position to make a run at their ninth straight Big 12 title.

Here are four more games with interesting storylines:

On Nov. 13, the new-look Jayhawks — with eight scholarship freshmen — will be tested right out of the gate in the Champions Classic against Michigan State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Spartans lost standout point-forward Draymond Green, but should still be a factor in the Big Ten race.

Jan. 28, the Jayhawks see West Virginia coach Bob Huggins as a new conference opponent. The Jayhawks’ first visit to Morgantown, W.Va., figures to be a rowdy affair.

KU plays at Oklahoma State on Feb. 20 and KU coach Bill Self’s return visits to Stillwater have a tendency to be interesting. And the Cowboys, with highly touted freshman guard Marcus Smart, should have plenty of offensive talent.

Finally, KU makes its first Big 12 visit to TCU on Feb. 6. OK, this probably won’t be close. The Horned Frogs’ basketball program is a work in process. But for years, the Jayhawks would play a quasi-home game in conference play when they traveled to Colorado. That game is gone — but with thousands of Jayhawk alums in the Metroplex — this will likely have the feel of Allen Fieldhouse South.

A look at K-State

It’s not hard to spot the most difficult stretch of K-State games. The opponents, and TV interest, ramp up significantly for the Wildcats on Feb. 9 and don’t let up until March 2, with seven straight games being played on a Saturday-Monday rotation.

ESPN is televising six of the games on one of its networks. TV for a trip to Texas on Feb. 23 hasn’t been announced.

During that stretch, K-State will play in ESPN “Big Monday” games twice. First comes a trip to Allen Fieldhouse against Kansas on Feb. 11. One week later K-State will welcome former coach Bob Huggins back to Bramlage Coliseum for the first time as West Virginia’s coach.

K-State and its fans will surely point to both games as premier matchups, but the games surrounding them will be just as important. Iowa State visits Bramlage Coliseum two days before K-State heads to Kansas, and Baylor comes to Manhattan two days before West Virginia does.

That means the Wildcats will have to be prepare for the Jayhawks and Mountaineers on short turnarounds.

On Feb. 23, K-State heads to Texas and returns home two days later to face Texas Tech on ESPNU. On March 2, K-State ends the grueling stretch with a road trip to Baylor.

How the Wildcats handle those seven games could determine their chances of contending for a Big 12 championship and greatly impact their postseason seeding.

In nonconference play, K-State will be tested on neutral courts against Gonzaga and Florida and on the road against George Washington. And if it can win two home games in the early stages of the NIT Season Tip-Off, it will also face difficult opponents in the final rounds at Madison Square Garden.

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