July 25, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Baylor men's basketball will play a school-record three games as part of ESPN's Big Monday platform during the 2013 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday. This year will be the fourth time in the last five seasons the Bears have had multiple Big Monday games.
The Bears travel to Kansas to face the defending champion Jayhawks in the Big 12's first Big Monday game of the season at 8 p.m. CT on Jan. 14. Baylor hosts Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the first game of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. doubleheader, followed by Texas at Oklahoma at 8:30 p.m. The Bears also travel to Austin to face Texas in the final 2013 Big Monday contest at 8 p.m. on March 4.
Baylor went 1-1 in Big Monday games last season with a loss at Kansas and a win at Texas, and the Bears are 2-5 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests. The Bears finished the 2011-12 season with a school-record 30 wins and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in the last three years.
All nine Big Monday games will be televised on ESPN and available on WatchESPN. Baylor's three Big Monday appearances ties West Virginia and Texas for second-most in the league, one behind Kansas with four scheduled games. Eight of 10 Big 12 teams will play at least once on Big Monday.
Baylor played its first Big Monday game in 2001, and the Bears appeared on the platform two times in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Bears have faced Kansas four times (1-3), Texas twice (1-1) and Kansas State once (0-1).
The Big 12 has been ranked among the top three conferences in RPI each of the past five seasons - the only league that can make that claim. In addition, the Big 12 boasts the nation's best winning percentage in NCAA Tournament competition over the past five years. The full composite conference schedule, including games on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, Big 12 Network and ESPN's College GameDay, will be released in the coming weeks.
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.
Jan. 21 - 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.
Baylor's Big Monday History
Baylor 85, Kansas 77 (Feb. 12, 2001 - Waco, Texas)
Kansas 75, Baylor 65 (Feb. 2, 2009 - Waco, Texas)
Texas 73, Baylor 57 (March 2, 2009 - Austin, Texas)
Kansas 85, Baylor 65 (Jan. 17, 2011 - Waco, Texas)
Kansas State 69, Baylor 61 (Jan. 24, 2011 - Manhattan, Kan.)
Kansas 92, Baylor 74 (Jan. 16, 2012 - Lawrence, Kan.)
Baylor 77, Texas 72 (Feb. 20, 2012 - Austin, Texas)