The Big 12 will have games on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. During the mid-week four teams will be off — Houston, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Here’s the complete schedule, how to watch each game and, if you’re so inclined, the three must-watch games of the week in league where frankly every game is a must-watch.
Kansas at Texas Tech
How To Watch: 8 p.m., Monday, ESPN
Texas Tech has turned United Supermarkets Arena into a great homecourt advantage the past several years and new coach Grant McCasland has done a great job building on that. The Red Raiders have lost just one game at home this season. Part of success in the Big 12 is protecting your home court.
There is plenty for both Tech and Kansas to play for, most notably the top four seeds in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. Those seeds come with double byes. If the tournament started today, Kansas would be No. 3 and Texas Tech would be No. 5. That No. 5 seed comes with a single bye, which is nice.
But a double-bye would be sweeter. The winner would remain one game behind the only three-loss teams in the Big 12, Houston and Iowa State. The loser drops closer to the mushy middle of this conference.
Iowa State at Cincinnati
How to Watch: 6 p.m., Tuesday, ESPN2
Cincinnati has been that hard-luck team all season. The Bearcats play great ball just about every night but they find themselves losing winnable game after winnable game. Yet, the Bearcats are seen as a potential NCAA Tournament team. And they should be seen that way.
This home game is a great opportunity to beat a ranked team at home. The atmosphere at Fifth Third Arena is starting to get a lot of praise for its atmosphere. But, then again, Iowa State is used to great atmospheres, thanks to its home arena, Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State is in the race to win the regular-season title. A win in Cincinnati deadlocks the top with Houston as a trip to Houston looms on Feb. 19. If things break a certain way, that could be a de facto Big 12 title game.
TCU at Kansas State
How to Watch: 11 a.m., Saturday, ESPN/2/U
This could be a really interesting game. Kansas State is working to play its way onto the bubble. The win over Kansas last week helped. The loss on the road to BYU did not. Kansas State will have a mid-week off to get rested and trying to figure out how navigate the final seven league games.
It starts with TCU, which is one of the few Big 12 teams that can claim a winning record on the road — 4-3 this season. Only Houston is 4-3 on the road. The Horned Frogs took a drubbing against Iowa State (on the road, no less) and will be coming off a game against West Virginia entering this contest. The Horned Frogs could use a 2-0 week as they try to solidify their NCAA credentials. It could be a dramatic start to a fun day on Saturday.
Big 12 Men’s Basketball Schedule for Week 15
(all times central)
West Virginia at TCU, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Kansas at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN
Iowa State at Cincinnati, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Oklahoma at Baylor, 8 p.m., ESPN2
UCF at BYU, 8 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
TCU at Kansas State, 11 a.m., ESPN/2/U
Texas Tech at Iowa State, 11 a.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Texas at Houston, noon, CBS
BYU at Oklahoma State, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Cincinnati at UCF, 3 p.m., Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Kansas at Oklahoma, 3 p.m., ESPN
Baylor at West Virginia, 5 p.m., ESPN2
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