K-State’s Big 12 basketball schedule has lots of afternoon games

08/08/2013 12:30 PM

08/08/2013 12:30 PM

The Big 12 announced its men’s basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season Thursday morning.

A few quick thoughts: K-State fans will have to get used to the Big 12 Network and afternoon games. The Wildcats will play eight conference games between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. They will also play on syndicated television eight times.

The schedule starts off hard with games against league favorites Oklahoma State and Kansas right off the bat, but easier games against TCU, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas will allow K-State to stay above .500 early on even if it loses to the Cowboys and Jayhawks.

K-State’s bye during the conference schedule comes at a good time, before taking on Texas and Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in a Saturday/Monday turnaround. The more difficult turnaround will come in early March, when the Wildcats have to play Iowa State and Oklahoma State back-to-back.

I am surprised K-State’s February trip to Texas Tech will be televised on ESPN2, while K-State’s season-finale against Baylor is on the Big 12 Network. But the Big 12 likes to hold some of its better games back on its own network. Perhaps that explains that decision.

Here is what the 2013-14 schedule will look like for Kansas State:

Date Opponent Time TV
Nov. 1 PITTSBURG STATE* TBA TBA
Nov. 8 NORTHERN COLORADO TBA TBA
Nov. 13 ORAL ROBERTS TBA TBA
Nov. 17 LONG BEACH STATE TBA TBA
Nov. 21 vs. Charlotte** 9:30 a.m. ESPNU
Nov. 22 vs. Georgetown or Northeastern** TBA TBA
Nov. 24 vs. TBA** TBA TBA
Dec. 1 CENTRAL ARKANSAS TBA TBA
Dec. 5 MISSISSIPPI TBA TBA
Dec. 10 SOUTH DAKOTA TBA TBA
Dec. 15 TROY TBA TBA
Dec. 21 vs. Gonzaga (Wichita) 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
Dec. 28 vs. Tulane*** TBA TBA
Dec. 31 GEORGE WASHINGTON TBA TBA
Jan. 4 OKLAHOMA STATE 11 a.m. ESPNU
Jan. 7 at TCU 7 p.m. Big 12 Network
Jan. 11 at Kansas 1 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 14 OKLAHOMA 6 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 18 WEST VIRGINIA 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Jan. 21 at Texas 6 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 25 at Iowa State 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Jan. 28 TEXAS TECH 7 p.m. Big 12 Network
Feb. 1 at West Virginia 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Feb. 8 TEXAS 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Feb. 10 KANSAS# 8 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 15 at Baylor 6 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 19 TCU 8 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 22 at Oklahoma 3 p.m. Big 12 Network
Feb. 25 at Texas Tech 6 p.m. ESPN2
March 1 IOWA STATE 6 p.m. ESPNU
March 3 at Oklahoma State# 8 p.m. ESPN
March 8 BAYLOR 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Network

Home games in CAPS at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

*Preseason; **Puerto Rico Tip-Off; ***at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; #ESPN’s “Big Monday”

Note: Big 12 Network airs on KMCI (Ch. 38) in the Kansas City area

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