Campus Corner

Tough late stretch highlights K-State’s Big 12 basketball schedule

It’s not hard to spot the most difficult stretch of games on Kansas State’s newly released basketball schedule.

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 its networks. TV providers for a trip to Texas on Feb. 23 haven’t been announced.

During that stretch, K-State will play in “Big Monday” games twice. First comes a trip to 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.

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.

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.