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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

KU basketball’s Big 12 schedule features 4 Big Monday dates, opens Jan. 4 vs. West Virginia

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) soars in to block a shot from West Virginia guard Jermaine Haley (10) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) soars in to block a shot from West Virginia guard Jermaine Haley (10) during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas men’s basketball team’s quest to begin a new Big 12 title streak officially will get under way on Jan. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse against West Virginia.

The Jayhawks' NCAA-record streak of 14 straight Big 12 regular season titles came to an end last season, when Kansas State and Texas Tech shared the title, two games ahead of KU, which finished third.

KU's clash with West Virginia in early January will kick off the ninth consecutive season of the Big 12’s round robin format, which Kansas coach Bill Self told the Journal-World was always a positive part of his team’s typically tough schedules.

“The great thing about the round robin format is that everyone plays a home and home (series) with everyone else,” Self said Wednesday afternoon. “So no matter who we played, or when, it would be a hard schedule.”

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday released the complete schedule for the 2019-20 season and the Jayhawks, as usual, are featured in some of the conference’s most visible games this season.

For the 14th consecutive year, KU will play in four Big Monday games, — the highest number allowed for a single team — traveling to Oklahoma State on Jan. 27, playing host to Texas (and former strength coach Andrea Hudy) on Feb. 3, welcoming Iowa State to Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 17 and playing host to Oklahoma State on Feb. 24.

All four Big Monday games will tip off at 8 p.m. on ESPN. KU has a total of seven 8 p.m. tipoffs this season.

One new wrinkle with the Jayhawks’ 2019-20 schedule is the existence of the Big 12 Now/ESPN+ platform, which streams games exclusively online, which one needs an ESPN+ subscription to view

In all, 10 of KU’s 2019-20 games will be shown by Big 12 Now/ESPN+, including four conference games — the opener against West Virginia, Game 2 at Iowa State on Jan. 8, the West Virginia road game on Feb. 12.

The Jayhawks have won 14 of the last 15 Big 12 regular-season titles and 18 of the 23 since the inception of the league in 1996-97. KU’s 61 overall conference season titles are an NCAA record.

Kansas released its non-conference schedule in June. It features contests against perennial power Duke to open the regular season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the Champions Classic, and its seventh appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, Nov. 25-27.

In addition, the Jayhawks will host UNC Greensboro (Nov. 8), Monmouth (Nov. 15), East Tennessee State (Nov. 19), Colorado (Dec. 7) and UW Milwaukee (Dec. 10) in Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas City (Dec. 14) at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. KU will also host Tennessee in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 25.

KU will officially tip off the 2019-20 season with the 35th annual Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 4, in Allen Fieldhouse with festivities slated to start at 6:30 p.m. That event also will be televised by ESPN+.

KU's 2019-20 Men's Basketball Schedule:

Oct. 24 - vs. Fort Hays State (exh), 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Oct. 31 - vs. Pittsburg State (exh), 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Nov. 5 - vs. Duke (Champions Classic, NYC), 6 p.m., ESPN

Nov. 8 - vs. UNC Greensboro, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Nov. 15 - vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Nov. 19 - vs. East Tennessee State, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Nov. 25 - vs. Chaminade (Maui Invitational), 8 p.m., ESPNU

Nov. 26 - vs. BYU/UCLA (Maui Invitational), TBA, ESPN Networks

Nov. 27 - vs. TBA (Maui Invitational), TBA, ESPN Networks

Dec. 7 - vs. Colorado, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Dec. 10 - vs. UW Milwaukee, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Dec. 14 - vs. Kansas City (Sprint Center), 4 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Dec. 21 - at Villanova, 11 a.m., FOX

Dec. 29 - at Stanford, 2 p.m., ABC

Jan. 4 - vs. West Virginia, TBA, Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Jan. 8 - at Iowa State, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Jan. 11 - vs. Baylor, 12 p.m., CBS

Jan. 14 - at Oklahoma, 8 p.m., ESPN Networks

Jan. 18 - at Texas, 1 p.m., ESPN Networks

Jan. 21 - vs. Kansas State, 6 p.m., ESPN Networks

Jan. 25 - vs. Tennessee, 3 p.m., ESPN Networks

Jan. 27 - at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Feb. 1 - vs. Texas Tech, TBA, ESPN Networks

Feb. 3 - vs. Texas, 8 p.m., ESPN

Feb. 8 - at TCU, 11 a.m., ESPN Networks

Feb. 12 - at West Virginia, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

Feb. 15 - vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m., ESPN Networks

Feb. 17 - vs. Iowa State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Feb. 22 - at Baylor, 11 a.m., ESPN Networks

Feb. 24 - vs. Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Feb. 29 - at Kansas State, 12:30 p.m., CBS

March 4 - vs. TCU, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now / ESPN+

March 7 - at Texas Tech, 1 p.m., ESPN Networks

March 11-14 - Big 12 Tournament, Kansas City, Mo.

Comments

Doug Roberts 1 month ago

No KU Big Monday at K-State must mean K-State is supposed to really suck this year? Because of the refs, of course.

Joe Ross 1 month ago

The headline makes it sound like we will play no games at all until January...

Matt Tait 4 weeks, 1 day ago

It does. Or did. Thanks for pointing that out. It's updated now with "Big 12" in the headline.

Daniel Kennamore 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I knew we struggle for some reason in KC but now we're literally just playing the Sprint Center straight up? :)

Greg Ledom 4 weeks, 1 day ago

LOL........UMKC is now just Kansas City. In case your comment wasn’t in complete jest.

Bryce Landon 4 weeks, 1 day ago

"The Kansas men’s basketball team’s quest to begin a new Big 12 title streak officially will get under way on Jan. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse against West Virginia."

All well and good, but shouldn't the focus be on getting to a 16th Final Four and bringing home that elusive fourth NCAA title?

As for the schedule, I find it irksome that other big time programs get multiple appearances on CBS, but we get only two. Interesting that one of our CBS games is at Kansas State! The only other instance I can think of that CBS aired a KU-KSU game was the 1988 Elite Eight, but someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Last of all, what is this "Big 12 Now" that I am seeing on the schedule? What happened to the Jayhawk Television Network? Is J-TV no longer a thing?

In any case, October 24 can't get here soon enough!

Bryce Landon 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Sorry, I skipped over the part in the article that explains what Big 12 Now is. My bad. But still, has J-TV gone by the wayside?

Joe Ross 4 weeks, 1 day ago

What's Iowa doing on October 24th?

As far as what the focus for Kansas is this season, I don't know why you're concerned either way. Aren't you the "ON IOWA" guy?

Steven Haag 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Forgive my lack of technology.....but ESPN+(online streaming). I’m assuming this isn’t free? You used to be able to watch KU football games and basketball games that were being covered by Jayhawk TV, which was channel 22 on Cox. I guess that is gone. I used to be able to watch EVERY KU basketball game. Sounds like I will have to listen to them on the radio. What the he$$ happened to Tier III Jayhawk TV.

Bee Bee 4 weeks, 1 day ago

You have to have a subscription for E S P N plus. 4.99 a month. The days of local tv for games is over. $$$

Bryce Landon 4 weeks, 1 day ago

$5 is a cheap price to pay to be able to watch the Jayhawks. :)

RJ King 4 weeks ago

ESPN+ usually works out to be only a couple dollars per game. The trick is that once the game begins, you have to watch it live.

So if you miss the start, and want to watch the game from the beginning, you'll have to wait for it to be uploaded and available as a replay - usually takes 30-60 minutes after the end of the game.

Steven Haag 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I checked out ESPN+. Since I have Cox cable, then Hulu, x-box and all that other stuff is out the window, at least for me. I could pay the $5 a month and watch it on my 6 inch iPad...... no thanks. Looks like I’m going to the bar to watch the games that aren’t nationally televised. 🍺🍺🍺

Shannon Gustafson 4 weeks ago

Most bars don't have ESPN+ so good luck with that.

Roger Ortega 4 weeks, 1 day ago

For those of you who've "cut the cord" aka no cable and are streaming only, if your provider doesn't offer CBS, most do, you'll have to subscribe to CBS online to watch the games on CBS. You've also got to make sure your provider offers ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU. Mine offers ESPN & ESPN2 but I'm gonna have to upgrade for ESPNU for a couple months. I think its worth it to upgrade then downgrade. Still way more cost effective than cable. I was literally paying $300+ for cable for years and have cut that in half. As long as you have something like Amazon fire stick or fire tv you can watch all these games on your tv and those aren't expensive at all. Eh, to each his own, Rock Chalk.

Shannon Gustafson 4 weeks ago

I get all of the games except ESPN+ for $130 a month with AT&T.

Barry Weiss 4 weeks, 1 day ago

In past years it seemed like 90% or more of the basketball games were on my direct TV account that included the sports package. I now have the espn+, it can be a bit sketchy, so I wonder if all those games that were previously on some other ESPN channel will now just be on espn + or on both?

Shannon Gustafson 4 weeks ago

It won't be both, it's either on TV or it's streaming. Only way it may be on TV as well is if a local KC channel airs it somehow (not likely but possible).

Brian Skelly 4 weeks ago

ESPN+ is a paid streaming service. It's 4.99 per month, and you can just do it monthly.

If you have a streaming stick/device/Smart TV you shouldn't have trouble streaming it.

I probably watch at least 2-3 games a week with it, and that's not counting Jayhawks stuff.

I was able to watch the Coastal Carolina debacle on it.

Get it for 2 months and watch those games and you can cancel. In the scheme of things makes it pretty easy to do so.

All that said, I think it's insane -- "way to go Big 12" -- to not have all the conference games broadcast on ESPN. Even if its on ESPNU or something. I get it for the lower quality home games though.

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