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How To Watch Big 12 Basketball Games For Week 10: Baylor vs. BYU, Oklahoma vs. Kansas

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The Big 12 men’s basketball season starts Week 10 of the season after Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship game as the entire sport goes dark for the night.

The league picks back up on Tuesday with five games, along with two on Wednesday and a full slate of seven games on Saturday.

Here’s the complete schedule, how to watch each game and, if you’re so inclined, the three (or in this case, four) must-watch games of the week.

 

Houston at Iowa State; Houston at TCU

How To Watch: (Iowa State) 6 p.m., Tuesday, ESPN2; (Houston) 5 p.m. Saturday, ESPN

I’ve talked to several radio outlets about the Big 12 gauntlet and how the new teams are going to have to get used to it. After starting their season at home against West Virginia, the Cougars are going to get their first real taste of it.

First, it’s a trip to Hilton Coliseum to face Iowa State, a team with one of the stingiest defenses around and features a revitalized game from the 3-point line. I’ve never been more confident about Iowa State’s offense since T.J. Otzelberger took over (their downturn against Oklahoma felt more like aberration but we’ll see). Then, the Cougars go to TCU, where they’ll have to play at TCU’s frenetic pace on offense, something they’re more than capable of doing.

I’m really interested to see how the Cougars do. I’ve been telling people for weeks they’re already built like a Big 12 team. But now you have to prove it. I’ll be in Fort Worth on Saturday. It should be a fun one.

BYU at Baylor

How to Watch: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Big 12 Now on ESPN+

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Speaking of a “prove it” game, here is one for BYU after starting the league slate losing to fellow newbie Cincinnati (which goes to Baylor on Saturday, by the way).

The Cougars are a team I believe are firmly in the NCAA Tournament unless they just crater in league action. The way this team is built, I don’t see that happening unless it suffers some injuries — and the Cougars just got Fousseyni Traore back from injury.

 

As for Baylor, the Bears are still a Big 12 and national title contender, at least in my eyes. But after faltering against both Michigan State and Duke, it’s time for the Bears to get back to doing what they do if getting to the Final Four is their intent.

Kansas State at Texas Tech

How to Watch: 3 p.m., Saturday, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Not every important game has Top 25 implications. If you’re trying to sort through which of these two teams is NCAA Tournament-worthy in March, the result of this game could matter. Both of these teams won double-digit games in non-conference and I believe they only need to get to 20 wins before the Big 12 Tournament to get into March Madness (the data says so).

But what if they’re both worthy and on the bubble? Those that put the tournament field together may look at the result of this game and make a determination of who goes to the NCAAs and who goes to the NIT.

 

Big 12 Men’s Basketball Schedule for Week 9

(all times central)

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Tuesday

Houston at Iowa State, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Kansas State at West Virginia, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Texas at Cincinnati, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN+

BYU at Baylor, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Wednesday

Kansas at UCF, 6 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Oklahoma at TCU, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday

Oklahoma at Kansas, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

BYU at UCF, 3 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Kansas State at Texas Tech, 3 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

Texas at West Virginia, 5 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 5 p.m., ESPN2

Houston at TCU, 5 p.m., ESPN

Cincinnati at Baylor, 7 p.m., ESPN

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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