Originally published July 25, 2012 at 11:04a.m., updated July 26, 2012 at 12:02a.m.

KU men’s basketball to be on ESPN’s Big Monday four times

Kansas University senior Bryce Kellerman, Kansas City, Kan., and Michael Jolley, Overland Park senior, go crazy for an ESPN camera prior to tipoff against Missouri on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University senior Bryce Kellerman, Kansas City, Kan., and Michael Jolley, Overland Park senior, go crazy for an ESPN camera prior to tipoff against Missouri on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University’s basketball team will play four ESPN Big Monday games during the 2012-13 season — most of any team in the Big 12 Conference — the league announced Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, who will be featured on Jan. 14 versus Baylor, Jan. 28 at West Virginia, Feb. 11 versus Kansas State and Feb. 25 at Iowa State, have been scheduled four appearances for the seventh straight season.

Baylor, Texas and West Virginia will play three Big Monday games, Kansas State two and Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State one. TCU and Texas Tech will have no Big Monday appearances.

KU has played KSU and Iowa State four times and Baylor three times on Big Monday in the Big 12 era.

KU is 45-16 all-time on Big Monday — 25-1 at home and 20-15 on the road, with a 26-8 record under coach Bill Self. KU has won 18 straight Big Monday games in Allen Fieldhouse, with a 14-0 mark under Self.

This marks the fourth straight season KU will have had two Big Monday games at home and two away. In 2009, KU had one home and three away.

2013 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Schedule on ESPN’s Big Monday

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.

The Big 12 is expected to release its full slate of league games in August.

Dooley lauded: Hoop Scoop has named KU’s Joe Dooley the No. 1 college men’s basketball assistant coach in the country. KU’s Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend were tapped Nos. 3 and 7 respectively by the magazine, which recognized the top 100 coaches.

Self on the road: KU coach Bill Self attended Wednesday night’s AAU Super Showcase showdown between Virginia Boo Williams and the Houston Defenders in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Houston, which was led by twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, rolled to a 73-54 victory.

Boo Williams has a pair of KU targets: Anthony Barber, a 6-2 point guard from Hampton (Va.) High, and Allerik Freeman, a 6-4 shooting guard from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. Barber is ranked No. 9 and Freeman No. 39 nationally by

Of Barber, ESPN’s Paul Biancardi wrote: “His nickname is Cat because he is quick with the ball. Barber has outstanding end-to-end speed and is tremendous in transition, where he can take it all the way to the basket or drop off an assist. He understands how to change speeds and directions with the ball to be even more effective driving to the hoop, and the time invested to improving his shooting has paid off. He is becoming a dangerous threat in pick-and-roll action. Defensively, he can stifle opponents as he gets right up on them with his quick feet and active hands. One of the elite point guards, Barber is hot and heavy among Alabama, Kansas, Louisville, N.C. State and SMU and others.”

Of Freeman, Biancardi wrote: “Freeman has excellent athleticism and a strong build, which help him draw contact and score old-fashioned three-point plays. He can make open shots out to 3-point range, but his percentage is tied to his shot selection. The more selective he is, the more effective he is. When he gets in the paint, he is a nightmare for opponents. Overall, Freeman can be a bit streaky, but he is tough to stop when he gets on a roll. His top five are Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, UCLA and Villanova.”

KU is also now recruiting Boo Williams’ Troy Williams, a 6-6 small forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Barber and Williams have talked about attending the same college as a package deal. Williams is ranked No. 41 nationally.

No. 2-ranked Julius Randle, a 6-9 power forward from Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas, is also competing at the Super Showcase for the Texas Titans.

No. 2 Class: currently ranks KU’s recruiting class of 2013 No. 2 nationally behind North Carolina. KU has received commitments from No. 28-ranked Conner Frankamp, 6-1 combo guard out of Wichita North, and No. 31 Brannen Greene, 6-7 small forward from Tift County High in Forsyth, Ga.


Kansas1241 1 year, 8 months ago

Love the main picture!! We looked good Bryce we're famous now!! That game wasn't this past year, but it was the year before against Mizzou on Big Monday during an interview with the one and only Holly Rowe! #kubball


wrwlumpy 1 year, 8 months ago

Tyshawn Taylor is with the right team at the right time and after scoring 29 in the first summer league he is now temmporarily rich. Have fun in the League and take the #3 train back to Penn then get the Hoboken transfer. I glad you decided not to go to Marquette.


Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, since nobody commented on it, I will:

We must be really hard up to land Cat Barber if we're offering to Troy Williams. Not that there's anything wrong with either player, and getting both of them would be stellar, but how badly do we need more Guards/Wings vs Bigs? If we Barber/Williams as a package, we're out of schollies. We can always encourage somebody to take a hike, and I suppose that would be the plan, but could this also be an indication that Self is confident enough in our bigs that he isn't concerned about landing a top 50 for 2013? Still, Semi must be tearing his hair out.

With Walker out of the picture, we're no longer in a position with any big where we're at the top or in a two man race. In fact, I think we're trailing or tied all around in every other recruiting battle we've got for bigs. KU keeps getting mentioned as a possible destination for Randle by analysts, but the kid himself keeps talking about Duke, UNC, and most recently UK. Marcus Lee is only interested in playing somewhere with year-round warm weather and has been visiting Texas schools. I think it's still possible to change Aaron Gordon's mind about Washington. I'm pretty sure the last 5 star big to verbal there ended up playing somewhere else. Some kid named Jones, I think.

As for the others: Beejay Anya, Karviar Shepherd, Austin Nichols, Jordan Mickey, Tyler Roberson, and Jermaine Lawrence; none of them appear to be leans, though Lawrence does appear to be seriously considering us. Out of that group, Nichols is the least likely get. There's also two guys that have considered us, but we haven't offered to in Jarrell Martin from LA (the state), and Akoy Agau from Omaha. I think Lawrence is our next best bet at landing a stellar big and he's a 2 - 3 year player to boot. He does like to shoot 3s a lot, though, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Morri loved to take the trailing 3. That might be enough to tempt him. He's not being recruited by anyone that would let him take too many outside shots anyway.

If we do run out of schollies before getting a big man, it's not all bad, though. Brennan Greene has the right kind of size to play the small 4. He might be able to give us a Royce White type option, though not so much a point forward as a power forward that can drive. We used Mario Little in the post from time to time, so it's not unthinkable.


CrimsonAndBlueForLife 1 year, 8 months ago

What would it take for the LJW to ban Hammertoe and BlownJay from this site?


Uwe_Blab 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm surprised no one has commented on having 3 top ten assistant coaches. Or maybe it's not that big of an honor from Hoop Scoop?


jaybate 1 year, 8 months ago




jaybate 1 year, 8 months ago

"Some Problems Weber Can Expect at KSU His First Season"

∞ Bio weapons lab exposure.

∞ Experimental barn love.

∞ Comparisons to Ernie.

∞ Genetically modified cheer leaders.

∞ Cattle growth hormones at training table.

∞ Riding in combines to games.

∞ Landon Lectures.


jaybate 1 year, 8 months ago

KSU has sunk so low with Weber that Jim Cameron is talking about shooting a documentary about the wreck called "The Purple Abyss."


Ron Franklin 1 year, 8 months ago

Im pretty sure KSU owns KU in everything except basketball and Most Embarrassing Scandals over the last decade. Not bad for a bunch of "inbred farmboy Spanish speaking gay staters"

Who's arrogant, racist, homophobic, and ignorant again?


cool_beans 1 year, 8 months ago

I wonder if the new ksu coach had to take spanish class over the summer?


KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Good to see a couple Texas schools get hosed.


CrimsonAndBlueForLife 1 year, 8 months ago

Has anyone heard about that new movie about Wilt the Stilt that's being made? Jayhawkers. Justin Wesley - yes, our Justin Wesley - is playing the role of Wilt.


Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Its going to be nice to embarrass Kansas State on national television.


cool_beans 1 year, 8 months ago

TCU = the Nebraska of Big 12 basketball


53jayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

I just hope they allow us to see the entire game - not the "joined-in-progress" situation we have endured throughout the years.


jakejayhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

How cool is it to have a brand like KU Hoops? Makes me so proud to see the national recognition. And how about the games themselves? There have been so many great matchups in the Big Monday games year in and year out. ESPN knows what it has and loves it. And this helps to develop the national following enjoyed by Jayhawk Basketball. That translates to revenue from licensed merchandise and a broad recruiting base. RCJHGKU!!!

Now to nail down that Game Day for this season.


jgkojak 1 year, 8 months ago

Love they have Huggie coming back to Manhattan on the sched.


Joe Satterwhite 1 year, 8 months ago

Jan 14 vs Baylor = STATEMENT GAME


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