Ten-time defending Big 12 men’s basketball champion Kansas will appear four times on ESPN “Big Monday” telecasts this winter, according to the schedule for the 2014-15 season released by the cable sports network on Monday.
This will be the ninth straight year the Jayhawks have appeared at least four times in the Big Monday schedule of Big 12 games. Kansas is 52-17 all-time in games broadcast as part ot the ESPN Big Monday hoops package.
And when the Jayhawks play at home at historic Allen Fieldhouse on Big Monday they have been virtually unbeatable. Kansas is 29-1 all-time in Big Monday home dates and 33-9 overall under head coach Bill Self. Oklahoma and Iowa State both get the privilege of playing the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan., in the 2015 Big 12 Big Monday schedule.
The 2014-15 Big Monday broadcast of Big 12 games tips off on Jan. 5 with Oklahoma at Texas. Oklahoma will appear again two weeks later, at Kansas (there will not be a “Big Monday” telecast on Jan. 12 because of the College Football Playoff championship game).
Iowa State will appear three weeks in a row between Jan. 26 and Feb. 9. The Cyclones will play Texas at home on Jan. 26, followed by successive Monday road dates at Kansas and Oklahoma.
Seven Big 12 men’s teams were nationally ranked last season, and the same number of teams participated in the NCAA Tournament, the most of any conference. Also in 2013-14, the Big 12 was ranked No, 1 in RPI (ratings percentage index) during the regular season.
The final Big Monday game will feature a different format. ESPN will have what the network is calling a “flex pick,” choosing between one of two games: either Oklahoma at Iowa State or Baylor at Texas. The standings the weekend before the March 2 air date will determine which game will be aired on ESPN. The other game will be carried on ESPNU.
Complete 2014-15 ESPN “Big Monday” Big 12 Schedule
January 5 – Oklahoma at Texas
January 19 – Oklahoma at Kansas
January 26 – Texas at Iowa State
February 2 – Iowa State at Kansas
February 9 – Iowa State at Oklahoma
February 16 – Kansas at West Virginia
February 23 – Kansas at Kansas State
March 2 – Oklahoma at Iowa State or Baylor at Texas