A school-record 17 national television appearances, including the previously announced Big Monday tilt with Kansas, highlight the Big 12 portion of Kansas State’s men’s basketball schedule that was released Thursday.
The Wildcats, who own the second-most Big 12 wins (55) in the last five seasons, will play 14 games against teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago, including seven in Bramlage Coliseum.
In addition, five of the nine home league contests will also fall on a Saturday, including matchups with NCAA tournament participants Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa State. The school is 51-16 (.761) at home in Big 12 play since the 2006-07 season.
For the first time, 17 of K-State’s 18 conference contests will be available on one of ESPN’s family of networks — including nine on either ESPN or ESPN2.
The Wildcats will also play six times on ESPNU, which includes the opener at Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3, while there will be two first-time appearances on ESPNEWS. The lone contest not on the network — at TCU on Feb. 18 — will be carried by FOX Sports Southwest.
The league previously announced that the Wildcats’ home game with Kansas (Feb. 23, 8 p.m.) would be featured on ESPN’s signature Big Monday broadcast. In addition, K-State will play eight other contests on either ESPN or ESPN2, including home games with Oklahoma State (Jan. 24, 11 a.m.), West Virginia (Jan. 27, 6 p.m.), Texas (Feb. 7, 3 p.m.), Oklahoma (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.), Iowa State (Feb. 28, TBD) to go with road tilts at Iowa State (Jan. 20, 6 p.m.), Kansas (Jan. 31, 1 p.m.) and Texas (March 7, TBD).
After opening league play at Oklahoma State on Jan. 3, the Wildcats will play three of their next five games at home, including the home opener with TCU at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 on ESPNEWS. Following a trip to Oklahoma on Jan. 10, the squad will play a stretch of four home games in a five-game span, including Texas Tech on Jan. 14 (8 p.m. ESPNEWS), Baylor on Jan. 17 (TBD, ESPNU), Oklahoma State on Jan. 24 (11 a.m., ESPN/2) and West Virginia on Jan. 27 (6 p.m., ESPN2).
A trip to Hilton Coliseum to face Sweet 16 foe Iowa State is sandwiched between this home stretch on Jan. 20 (6 p.m., ESPN2).
After finishing the month with a trip to KU on Jan. 31 (1 p.m., ESPN/2), K-State will open February with four road tilts in a six-game span, beginning at Texas Tech on Feb. 4 (8 p.m., ESPNU).
Home games with Texas on Feb. 7 (3 p.m., ESPN/2) and OU on Feb. 14 (7 p.m., ESPN2) are separated by a trip to West Virginia on Feb. 11 (6 p.m., ESPNU). Back-to-back road games at TCU on Feb. 18 (TBD, FSSW) and Baylor on Feb. 21 (TBD, ESPNU) follow and precede consecutive home contests against Kansas on Feb. 23 and Iowa State on Feb. 28 (TBD, ESPN/2). After a bye, the Wildcats finish the regular season at Texas on March 7 (TBD, ESPN/2).
The Big 12 Championship will be March 11-14 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The remaining game times as well as the FOX Sports Kansas City TV slate will be released in the coming weeks.