Aug. 8, 2013
Scott Drew released the 2013-14 Baylor men's basketball schedule Thursday, highlighted by neutral site games against Kentucky and Colorado, and a home game against South Carolina.
For the first time in program history, all 18 of Baylor's Big 12 Conference games will be televised across the nation, including 13 games on the ESPN family of networks. Television assignments for non-conference games will be announced at a later date, and one more game will be added to the non-conference schedule that currently sits at 12 games.
Baylor returns starters Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip, as well as reserves Gary Franklin, Rico Gathers, Logan Lowery, Taurean Prince and Chad Rykhoek from the 2012-13 squad that won 23 games on its way to winning the NIT championship.
That core, as well as five newcomers, will be tested early with a season-opening game against former Big 12 Conference member Colorado (Nov. 8) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Bears then return home to face South Carolina (Nov. 12), which is led by former Kansas State head coach Frank Martin.
Baylor hosts Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 17) in an opening round game of the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Bears then take on Charleston Southern (Nov. 20) before departing for Maui, where they'll open against Chaminade (Nov. 25). Baylor will the play either Dayton or Gonzaga (Nov. 26), followed by one of four teams from the opposite side of the bracket that includes Arkansas, California, Minnesota and Syracuse.
Baylor, which has been ranked in six consecutive seasons, then returns home to host four consecutive games before opening conference play. The Bears welcome Savannah State (Dec. 10), Northwestern State (Dec. 18), Southern (Dec. 22) and Oral Roberts (Dec. 30).
The Bears' first Big 12 game is at Iowa State (Jan. 7) and will be televised on ESPN2. Baylor hosts TCU (Jan. 11; Big 12 Network) and travels to Texas Tech (Jan. 15; ESPNU) before returning home to host Oklahoma (Jan. 18; ESPN/2).
BU's first of two ESPN Big Monday games is at Kansas (Jan. 20), followed by consecutive home games against Texas (Jan. 25; Big 12 Network) and West Virginia (Jan. 28, ESPN2). The Bears then play three of their next four on the road with games at Oklahoma State (Feb. 1; ESPN/2), at home against Kansas (Feb. 4; ESPN/2), at Oklahoma (Feb. 8, ESPN2) and at TCU (Feb. 12; ESPNU).
The Bears then have two home games in three days with Kansas State (Feb. 15; ESPNU) and their second ESPN Big Monday game against Oklahoma State (Feb. 17). Baylor knocked off Oklahoma State when the teams met in Waco for Big Monday last season.
Consecutive road games at West Virginia (Feb. 22; Big 12 Network) and at Texas (Feb. 26; ESPNU) are followed by back-to-back home games against Texas Tech (March 1; Big 12 Network) and Iowa State (March 4; ESPN2). The Bears wrap up their regular season slate with a road game at Kansas State (March 8; Big 12 Network).
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship will be played March 12-15 at Kansas City's Sprint Center. For the third straight season, the championship will begin with two first-round games on Wednesday, March 12, followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game in successive days.
In lieu of an exhibition game, Baylor will play a pair of closed scrimmages against Division I opponents, but those scrimmages cannot be publicized due to NCAA rules.
The Big 12 Network is in its sixth year, with games seen throughout the conference's geographic footprint and produced by ESPN Regional Television. It has been or will be distributed in numerous other markets, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Providence. Among all the televised games, most will be shown as part of ESPN Full Court and available on WatchESPN.
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