Here’s the complete schedule, how to watch each game and, if you’re so inclined, the three must-watch games of the week.
Kansas State vs. USC
How To Watch: 9 p.m. CT, Monday, TNT (at Las Vegas Nev.)
T-Mobile Arena will host the Hall of Fame Series with the Wildcats and the Trojans coming into the game with questions marks.
For Kansas State, it’s the indefinite suspension of forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin, something coach Jerome Tang says he’s treating as an “injury” and if he comes back, it’s a bonus. That doesn’t bode well for Tomlin’s future.
For USC, it’s Bronny James, the son of LeBron James. The freshman suffered a cardiac arrest this summer, which was caused by a congenital heart defect that his father said “can and will be treated.”
But, on Monday night, Bronny James will not play.
It should still be a must-watch game. Kansas State reached last year’s Elite Eight and is now led by transfer guard Tylor Perry. The Trojans went to the NCAA Tournament last year and has the nation’s No. 1 prospect in Isaiah Collier.
Baylor vs. Auburn
How to Watch: 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, ESPN (at Sioux Falls, S.D.)
The Sanford Pentagon has become a popular neutral site. Baylor played there last year against Gonzaga, and Tuesday the Bears will face Auburn. Both teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season, so it’s a good measuring stick game.
The Bears get to show off their incredible freshman class, led by Ja’Kobe Walter. But they’ll be led initially by forward Jalen Bridges, guard Langston Love and transfers like RayJ Dennis.
Auburn has a stacked roster once again after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Baylor’s new Big 12 rival, Houston.
UCF at Miami (FL)
How to Watch: 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET), ACCNX
Yes, it won’t be easy to find, but it will be worth it if you’re trying to learn more about UCF, as this will likely be their toughest game in non-conference.
The Knights, led by coach Johnny Dawkins, lost plenty to both the NBA Draft and the transfer portal and will focus on getting offense from returning guard Darius Johnson, transfer guard Shermarri Allen and transfer guard Jaylin Sellers.
Miami is coming off a trip to the Final Four and still has former Kansas State guard Nijel Pack.
Below is the entire Week 1 schedule, with game times (central) and television designations.
Big 12 Men’s Basketball Schedule for Week 1
(all times central)
Missouri State at West Virginia, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Incarnate Word at Texas, 7 p.m., LHN
ULM at Houston, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Green Bay at Iowa State, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
North Carolina Central at Kansas, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Central Michigan at Oklahoma, 7 p.m., ESPN+
FIU at UCF, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Houston Christian at BYU, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Abilene Christian at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
UIC at Cincinnati, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Southern at TCU, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Kansas State vs. USC, 9 p.m., TNT (at Las Vegas, Nev.)
Baylor vs. Auburn, 8 p.m., ESPN (at Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Texas A&M-Commerce at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
John Brown at Baylor, 11 a.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Omaha at TCU, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Lindenwood at Iowa State, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Cincinnati, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Monmouth at West Virginia, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
UCF at Miami (FL), 6 p.m., ACCNX
Manhattan at Kansas, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Mississippi Valley State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m., ESPN+
Delaware State at Texas, 7 p.m., LHN
Bellarmine at Kansas State, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
San Diego State at BYU, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi at Houston, 12:30 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Eastern Washington at Cincinnati, 11 a.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Idaho State at Iowa State, noon, Big 12 Now on ESPN+
San Jose State at Texas Tech, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Sam Houston at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
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