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