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The Big 12 And ESPN Announce Big Monday Schedule
July 25, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

The Big 12 and ESPN announced the upcoming Big Monday schedule Wednesday. The nine showcase contests more than 100 Conference games that will appear on ESPN Networks during the 2012-13 season.

The Big Monday schedule tips off on January 14 with Baylor traveling to Kansas.  The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. doubleheader will take place for the third consecutive season the next week.  Four Big 12 teams will be in action, starting with Oklahoma State at Baylor at 4:30 p.m. The second Big 12 contest that day will have Texas traveling to Oklahoma. 

West Virginia hosts its first Big Monday game as a member of the Big 12 when Kansas travels to Morgantown on January 28.  It will be the first all-time meeting between the schools.  The Mountaineers will host Big Monday for the second straight week on February 4 when Texas comes to town.  The Longhorns have won two of the three all-time matchups between the schools.

A meeting in the Sunflower State Showdown will take place in Lawrence on February 11, followed by Kansas State welcoming Bob Huggins back to Manhattan when WVU plays at K-State on February 18.  Iowa State hosts its first Big Monday game since January 9, 2006 (vs. Texas) on February 25 when it faces Kansas at Hilton Coliseum.  The Cyclones knocked off the No. 5 Jayhawks, 72-64, in Ames a year ago.  Texas hosts Baylor in the final matchup of the slate on March 4.  The two teams have split their last four meetings.   

Here's how Myron Medcalf of analyzed the Big 12's Big Monday matchups.


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