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August 10, 2012

Big 12 releases hoops schedule

The Big 12 Conference released its 90-game 2013 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday. Oklahoma, which begins its league schedule Jan. 5 at West Virginia, will have 17 of its 18 conference games televised nationally or regionally.

Two-thirds of OU’s league contests will air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. OU’s 12 national TV appearances are its most ever in regular season conference play (previous high was 10 in 2008-09).

The Sooners will play their nine, league home games Jan. 12 vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN2), Jan. 16 vs. Texas Tech (Big 12 Network), Jan. 21 vs. Texas (ESPN Big Monday), Feb. 2 vs. Kansas State (ESPN2), Feb. 9 vs. Kansas (ESPN or ESPN2), Feb. 11 vs. TCU (ESPNU), Feb. 23 vs. Baylor (ESPNU), March 2 vs. Iowa State (Big 12 Network) and March 6 vs. West Virginia (ESPN2).

OU will play its nine road games Jan. 5 at West Virginia (Big 12 Network), Jan. 19 at Kansas State (Big 12 Network), Jan. 26 at Kansas (ESPN), Jan. 30 at Baylor (ESPNU), Feb. 4 at Iowa State (ESPNU), Feb. 16 at Oklahoma State (Big 12 Network), Feb. 20 at Texas Tech (ESPNU), Feb. 27 at Texas (ESPN2) and March 9 at TCU (television TBD).

The Sooners will play their first ESPN Big Monday game since 2010 when they host Texas on Jan. 21 at 8:30 p.m. OU will also play a pair of Monday games that will be televised by ESPNU (Feb. 4 at Iowa State and Feb. 11 vs. TCU; both at 6 p.m. CT).

In March, the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will continue to be televised on a variety of ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2 and in regional syndication on the Big 12 Network. The championship will begin with two first-round games on Wednesday evening, March 13, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and title contest in successive days.

The Sooners return 88 percent of their scoring, 81 percent of their rebounding and 78 percent of their assists from last year’s 15-16 team. All five starters are back.

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