A few thoughts on K-State’s Big 12 schedule

The Big 12 announced its full men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season Thursday morning.

Here is what the slate will look like for Kansas State:

Jan. 4 (Sat.) vs. Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on ESPNU
Jan. 7 (Tue.) at TCU at 7 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Jan. 11 (Sat.) at Kansas at 1 p.m. on ESPN
Jan. 14 (Tue.) vs. Oklahoma at 6 p.m. on ESPN2
Jan. 18 (Sat.) vs. West Virginia at 12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Jan. 21 (Tue.) at Texas at 6 p.m. on ESPN2
Jan. 25 (Sat.) at Iowa State at 12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Jan. 28 (Tue.) vs. Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Feb. 1 (Sat.) at West Virginia at 12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Feb. 8 (Sat.) vs. Texas at 12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Feb. 10 (Mon.) vs. Kansas at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Feb. 15 (Sat.) at Baylor at 6 p.m. on ESPNU
Feb. 19 (Wed.) vs. TCU at 8 p.m. on ESPNU
Feb. 22 (Sat.) at Oklahoma at 3 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate
Feb. 25 (Tue.) at Texas Tech at 6 p.m. on ESPN2
March 1 (Sat.) vs. Iowa State at 6 p.m. on ESPNU
March 3 (Mon.) at Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. on ESPN
March 8 (Sat.) vs. Baylor at 12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network affiliate

A few quick thoughts: K-State fans will have to get used to the Big 12 Network and afternoon games. The Wildcats will play 8 conference games between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. They will also play on syndicated television eight times.

The schedule starts off hard with games against league favorites Oklahoma State and Kansas right off the bat, but easier games against TCU, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas will allow K-State to stay above .500 early on even if it loses to the Cowboys and Jayhawks.

K-State’s bye during the conference schedule comes at a good time, before taking on Texas and Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum in a Saturday/Monday turnaround. The more difficult turnaround will come in early March, when the Wildcats have to play Iowa State and Oklahoma State back-to-back.

I am surprised K-State’s February trip to Texas Tech will be televised on ESPN2, while K-State’s season-finale against Baylor is on the Big 12 Network. But the Big 12 likes to hold some of its better games back on its own network. Perhaps that explains that decision.