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.


jgkojak 9 years, 11 months ago

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

DrPepper 9 years, 11 months ago

He was back last season if I recall correctly. Huggie was there to congratulate Frank on his 100th win or something.

texashawk10 9 years, 11 months ago

That game was in Wichita at Intrust and I believe West Virginia was the "home" team for that one.

Jeffery Barrett 9 years, 11 months ago

My nephew is a recent ksu alum and we are going to that game. I will be rooting for the cats cause I can't stand huggins!

Lash 9 years, 11 months ago

Can't root for the pussycats no matter who they play!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 11 months ago

You have dis-owned your nephew I assume.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

And the statement will be: Look, Scott just ran past Bill again, so they didn't have to shake. :-)

jakejayhawk 9 years, 11 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.

Phoghorn 9 years, 11 months ago

Careful, you are going to make squawkhawk blow a gasket.

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 11 months ago

I thought it had been reported that Texas@KU was going to be a gameday game right?

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 11 months ago

If I remember right...those aren't always part of Big Monday. A lot of times those are Saturday if I remember right.

Kelly Hanrahan 9 years, 11 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.

texashawk10 9 years, 11 months ago

I believe all 4 of KU's Big Monday games last season were seen in their entirety in real time courtesy of the Big East games all finishing on time.

cool_beans 9 years, 11 months ago

TCU = the Nebraska of Big 12 basketball

John Randall 9 years, 11 months ago

Out of line, CBFL. NU fans have more class than 95% of Div I. They are respectful when they lose, proud but still respectful when they win. Of the four teams who left Big12, I regret losing NU more than the others.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago


Either you're majoring in absurdity, or we need to chip in and get you some aricept.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 11 months ago

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

Hammertoe 9 years, 11 months ago

Maybe that will make up for K-State taking over the student section at Memorial Stadium last year in the the 59-7 game. Now that's embarrassing.

Dan Harris 9 years, 11 months ago

Not as embarrassing as waking up a pussycat follower everyday with nothing to follow except EMAW!

gchawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I doubt that you know this, but the overall KU vs KSU record is 65-39-5 in favor of the good guys. We all know that you've been to a BCS game, but can you name the only school in Kansas who has actually won one? I don't want to suggest that you might have an inferiority complex, you're just plain inferior.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 11 months ago

When was the last time Kansas St won anything of significance? I could wait, but it hasn't happened, so I won't waste my time.

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 11 months ago

And just another reason why I hate what is probably the dumbest fan base in all of college sports.

Sam Constance 9 years, 11 months ago

"Football is the driving bus...yada yada yada"

This is a sentiment that fans of schools with good football teams like to repeat to make themselves feel important. But unfortunately for fans like that, real life is far more complex than a pithy little statement like that.

The reality is that while football--in general--"drives the bus", if you have a program as nationally respected as Kansas is in the SECOND most important sport as it relates to revenue, it doesn't matter.

A part of me is disappointed that KSU fans will never get the reality check that would have come with the dissolution of the Big 12, as KU would have gotten plucked up (perhaps in a less-than-ideal geographic situation) by a major conference for the instant credibility that comes with our basketball program, while KSU fans sat wondering why they weren't a more desirable commodity.

You see, being the one of the best at the SECOND most important sport is better than being kinda good at the FIRST most important sport. Don't you ever forget it.

Hammertoe 9 years, 11 months ago

I understand your embarrassment being irrelevant in the only sport that matters on a national level. October 10, 2009- KU's last Big 12 win. I also understand the envy of watching your rival move to the most prestigious conference in the only sport that matters- Football!

Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 11 months ago

Tell me again what Kansas St has won Jim Bob? Please, i've been waiting.

Sam Constance 9 years, 11 months ago

"the only sport that matters on a national level"

You really believe that, don't you?!? Ha ha ha, okay guy!


KGphoto 9 years, 11 months ago

Irrelevant? We are STILL getting more press than kstate. Just the idea of KU improving under Weis and becoming challengers in the Big 12 is bigger news than you being perennial challengers with Snyder.

Nobody wants kstate on their front page, because you have no brand. Everywhere I go I meet KU fans. I got off the plane in NY a few weeks ago and my wife got a "Rock Chalk" for her shirt before we got to the baggage claim.

You don't, and never will get that.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

KU students, listen up, how about conducting a mock funeral of Bruce Weber conducting a mock burial of Frank Martin?

Or how about everyone bringing signs that read "Bruce Who?"

Or "Bruce Weber...WTF?"

Or t-shirts with "Bruce Weber, Interim Coach"

Or t-shirts with this quote: "I can win with your'n, or lose with my'n."--Bruce Weber

Or "Bruce Weber: Gene Keady's Love Child."

Or this quote: "It was either KSU, or high school ball."

Or: "Bruce Is Keady's Revenge on KSU."

Or just: "Bruce < Frank."

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 11 months ago

or maybe "Oh boy, someone else's recruits!" -Bruce Weber

Ted Hume 9 years, 11 months ago

gotta agree:many winners here, but "Interim Coach" is a true keeper. beautiful! somebody on this board please run with this. pretty-please even. I want to see these signs in the seats en masse on ESPN.

thanks 'bate-

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

It was down to Justin and Cole Aldrich .. I am perplexed as to why Cole didn't get picked.

If anyone has seen the exhibit in the fieldhouse, Cole actually had a wider wingspan than Wilt. I was a bit surprised by that. No word as to whether Cole has had as many conquests as Wilt.

texashawk10 9 years, 11 months ago

Wilt had many years to achieve those conquests, give Cole some time to catch up.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

CrimsonandBlue: Wow .. thanks, there. That helps and explains a lot for me.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of which, hopefully Jayhawk Nation will step up and see this project realized. Only one week left!!! Let's rally, Jayhawkers!!!!

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

I was kind of hoping they would cast against type and let Scott Pollard play Phog Allen.

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

And in the stretch of her career, Lynnette Woodard IS Dick Harp!

KGphoto 9 years, 11 months ago

Good to see a couple Texas schools get hosed.

cool_beans 9 years, 11 months ago

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

Ron Franklin 9 years, 11 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?

Curtis Stutz 9 years, 11 months ago

64-40-5 in football (according to KSU) 183-91 in basketball 171-168-1 in baseball (if you average the KU/KSU record books) 418-299-6 between the 3. Can't say the facts support your statement in any way, shape or form. Also, who are you quoting?

Ron Franklin 9 years, 11 months ago

I wasn't talking about football, baseball, & basketball. I'm talking about the entire athletic department.

Regarding the quotes; read through the comments above. Frankly, I'm embarrassed so many of our posters have to be so hateful with their words. I have degrees from both universities. I was born and raised, a Jayhawk. I consider myself a Jayhawk and not a Wildcat. And I'm up for some good hearted fun too. But I think it can be done without using the hateful slurs.

KUFan90 9 years, 11 months ago

BlownJay 12 hours, 52 minutes ago : "Im pretty sure KSU owns KU in everything except basketball..."

BlownJay 2 hours, 18 minutes ago "I wasn't talking about football, baseball, & basketball..."

Inconsistent much?

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 11 months ago

So why did you get a worthless degree from KSU?

jaybate 9 years, 11 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 9 years, 11 months ago

I don't understand why you didn't utilize a homophobic or racial slur to articulate your point a little more clearly? :)

jaybate 9 years, 11 months ago

KSUers are speciesphobic. They don't like mating with humans.

texashawk10 9 years, 11 months ago

What's this I hear about animal husbandry being the most popular major at KSU.

jaybate 9 years, 11 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 9 years, 11 months ago



Uwe_Blab 9 years, 11 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?

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

konkey: We should always try to improve our team. Don't get hung up on offers. We have many more offers out there than scholarships available. They are conditional offers. On Barber, likely no conditions. But if you saw, we offered Demetrius Jackson, a point guard. We have offered Barber. We have a commit from Frankamp. We have Tharpe. We might have Barber, Jackson, and Frankamp .. we might. Unlikely. But if we do, either Doyle/Adams/Tharpe will pack their bags and a scholarship magically appears.

Assuming Self does not want both, Barber's offer is probably without conditions. Jackson though is likely .. we are offering you, but let us know if you want to accept. If Jackson does that, then Self goes to Barber and says we're taking Jackson unless you commit. It happens all of the time. Or we roll the dice on Barber, lose Jackson, and wait. That's what happened with Tarc .. we had offered other players, but Self rolled the dice, banking on Tarc, and got burned. Consolation prize was not at Top 50 4 man, but a barely top 150 Landen Lucas. Remember Josiah Turner .. he committed to AZ, we then got the Tharpe commit. Tharpe was likely waiting, Self said now that Turner is gone, we want you, period.

This goes back to Merv Lindsay, and to the conversation that was had on Doyle -- though many could not conceive that Doyle wasn't a four year keeper from day one. One or two scholarships are not a concern. Players get nudged out all the time. Some folks here still dispute that it occurs. Some think it was all Merv Lindsay's doing. It ain't pretty, and there are a lot of subtle ways to move a guy out.

That's why, for example, I posted the suggestion that it may be a battle between Adams and Doyle for one scholarship next season. Heck, that might include Tharpe .. three guys competing for 2 scholarships. Self will improve this team at every opportunity. Would he nudge out a player heading into his senior season? Likely not. But the first and possibly second year guys? No doubt.

You've heard it. And one of them "has decided to transfer to another university, though his destination is not determined. (insert name) suggested he would like to get closer to his home in (insert home state) and thanked coach Self and all of the Kansas fans for a wonderful experience, "I wouldn't trade this one season for anything" (insert name) said, "All of the coaches were great. I wish them the best of luck." You know the drill.

We will not run out of scholarships before we get a big man as is your concern. If the right big man is available, insert the loser of the Traylor/Lucas/Peters sweepstakes in the hypothetical quote above if we are "out" of scholarships as you suggest could happen.

You are right, we need bigs. But if a top guy comes along, and a guy on the roster, particularly a first year guy stands in the way, the scholarship will appear.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 11 months ago

JayDogger: Thanks the kind comments. Good discussion.

I see your point. But consider Self's history of carrying big men .. post guys .. on his roster. Never more than 5:

2006-07: 5 - Jackson, Kaun, Wright, Arthur, Kleinmann 2007-08: 5 - Aldrich, Kaun, Jackson, Arthur, Kleinmann 2008-09: 5 - Aldrich, Morris, Morris, Thomas, Kleinmann 2009-10: 4 - Morris, Morris, TRob, Withey 2010-11: 4 - Morris, Morris, TRob, Withey 2011-12: 4 - TRob, Withey, Wesley, Young (and is Young really a 4?)

Self is more than happy to let a true 3 sub at the 4 spot .. see Mario Little.

For argument's sake, let's assume in the post we'd have for 2013: 1. Ellis 2. New Recruit we expect 3. Lucas 4. Traylor 5. Wesley .. and Peters is low guy on the totem pole. Hypothetically. Do you think Self keeps 6 post men on the roster? I don't.

Here's a scenario where you could be right .. when Releford leaves, Ellis may move to the three, and then we have 3 post players. That would create even a bigger logjam in the back court. It will depend on Ellis skill set, and Ellis and Self's priorities .. Ellis' pro career will be more as a 3 I'm sure.

I definitely think that history is against 6 post men on the roster. Maybe Wesley goes. But I doubt it -- he's a convenient emergency body that expects no PT. Good to have that. The 5th post man is in no man's land as far as PT. Wesley would stay as the 5th post and either Lucas/Traylor/Peters wouldn't (also, reminder, Traylor is a freshman this season .. he got a redshirt last season).

I agree .. the bigger logjam is in the backcourt. But I think it's reasonable to think that these guys are player for scholarship if we land a top post player for 2013. Survival of the fittest.

wrwlumpy 9 years, 11 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.

Ron Franklin 9 years, 11 months ago

I hope he gets a good financial advisor and doesn't let his family and friends take advantage of him. Both are easy things to do.

Kansas1241 9 years, 11 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

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