Different cast, same script for the Big 12s basketball schedule on Monday nights.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
ESPNs Big Monday will feature eight-time defending regular-season conference champion Kansas four times, giving the Jayhawks half of the schedule.
Kansas State, in the debut season of coach Bruce Weber, will appear twice.
Mondays have been good to Kansas. The Jayhawks are 45-16 all time on Big Monday, and have won 18 straight home games. Theyre 25-1 overall at Allen Fieldhouse on Big Monday since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
Missouri and Texas A&M have moved to the Southeastern Conference, but West Virginia gets three spots on the slate. The Mountaineers are used to Big Mondays. Theyre coming from the Big East, which opens the double-header with the Big 12.
West Virginia makes its Big 12 debut on Jan. 28 against the Jayhawks, and Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins returns to Kansas State, where he coached in 2007, for a Feb. 18 game.
The ESPN is sticking to a proven winner with a double-header on Martin Luther King Jr., Day. On Jan. 21, Baylor will play host to Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. and Texas goes to Oklahoma for an 8:30 p.m. tip.
Iowa State, which plays host to Kansas on Feb. 25, will make its first Big Monday appearance since 2006 and will seek its first Big Monday victory since 2001.
• Jan. 14: Baylor at Kansas, 8 p.m.
• Jan. 21: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 4:30 p.m.
Texas at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m.
• Jan. 28: Kansas at West Virginia, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 4: Texas at West Virginia, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 11: Kansas State at Kansas, 8 p.m.
Feb. 18: West Virginia at Kansas State, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 25: Kansas at Iowa State, 8 p.m.
• March 4: Baylor at Texas, 8 p.m.