July 19, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Baylor men's basketball will be featured twice on ESPN's Big Monday platform for the 2011 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.
Baylor, which won a school-record 28 games and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2010, will host the Kansas Jayhawks in the Ferrell Center in its first ESPN Big Monday appearance on Jan. 17, 2011, at 8:30 p.m. CT. The Baylor-Kansas showdown will be the second half of a unique Big 12/ESPN Big Monday doubleheader as Kansas State will play Missouri at 4:30 p.m. CT in Columbia, Mo. The Bears will then travel to Manhattan, Kan., the following week to face Kansas State on Jan. 24, 2011, at 8 p.m. CT.
"What an unbelievable opportunity it is for us to appear on ESPN's Big Monday in back-to-back weeks," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "Our fans will especially be excited about having a home Big Monday game for only the third time in school history and I know the Bear Pit will be in rare form.
"Big Monday has become one of the premier TV events in college basketball and we are extremely proud of be a part of that," Drew said.
Baylor is 1-2 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests, including a 1-1 mark in the Ferrell Center. Baylor, which is 1-1 all-time against the Jayhawks on ESPN Big Monday, upset then-No. 6 Kansas in Waco, 85-77, in 2001.
The Big 12 was rated as the No. 1 conference in the nation in the RPI last season and placed a league-record seven teams in the NCAA field. Six different teams have advanced to the regional finals over the past three seasons, the first time since the NCAA field expanded in 1985 that a conference has accomplished the feat during a three-year span.
2011 BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE ON ESPN'S BIG MONDAY
All times Central; All games televised on ESPN and available on ESPN3.com
Jan. 17 - Kansas State at Missouri - 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 - Kansas at BAYLOR - 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 - BAYLOR at Kansas State - 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Texas at Texas A&M - 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Missouri at Kansas - 8 p.m.
Feb. 14 - Kansas at Kansas State - 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 - Oklahoma State at Kansas - 8 p.m.
Feb. 28 - Kansas State at Texas - 8 p.m.
BAYLOR'S ALL-TIME APPEARANCES ON ESPN'S BIG MONDAY
Feb. 21, 2001 - Baylor 85, No. 6 Kansas 77; Waco, Texas
Feb. 2, 2009 - No. 21 Kansas 75, Baylor 65; Waco, Texas
Mar. 2, 2009 - Texas 73, Baylor 57; Austin, Texas