LUBBOCK, Texas – The Big 12 Conference released its 18-game, double round-robin schedule for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday.
Seventeen of the Red Raiders’ 18 conference games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, with the 18th game, Tech’s Feb. 2 tilt at Kansas, set for a 3 p.m. tipoff on CBS.
This marks the eighth-straight season in which each Big 12 member will be play each other, home and away.
Tech begins the conference slate with a trip to Morgantown, W. Va., to face the Mountaineers on Jan. 2. Three of the last four meetings with the Mountaineers have been decided in the final possessions, including both meetings during the 2016-17 season going to overtime.
The home Big 12 slate begins with Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. The Red Raiders will welcome Oklahoma (Jan. 8), Iowa State (Jan. 16) and TCU (Jan. 28, ESPN Big Monday) to United Supermarkets Arena during the month of January, while hitting the road to face Texas (Jan. 12) and Baylor (Jan. 19), followed by the rematch against Kansas State (Jan. 22).
The month of February begins with the aforementioned showdown with Kansas, at Allen Fieldhouse, on CBS, where the Red Raiders took home a convincing 85-73 victory a season ago, the program’s first win in Lawrence.
Tech returns home for the rematch with West Virginia—another ESPN Big Monday contest—on Feb. 4. The Red Raiders then head north for back-to-back road matchups with Oklahoma (Jan. 9) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 13).
From there, Tech has three-straight home games, facing Baylor (Feb. 16) before a Saturday night tilt on ESPN with Kansas for the second-straight year (Feb. 23), and then hosting Oklahoma State (Feb. 27).
The three regular-season matchups in March are a Saturday afternoon date at TCU (March 2), a Big Monday matchup with Texas on senior night (March 4) and the regular-season finale, a March 9 road game at Iowa State.
Tech will be led by third-year head coach Chris Beard, who guided the Red Raiders to arguably the best season in school history during the 2017-18 campaign, culminating in the program’s first trip to the Elite 8. Tech finished the season ranked No. 6 in both the AP and coaches polls, the highest finish in program history.
The Red Raiders return a myriad of key contributors from last season, including Jarrett Culver (11.2 PPG), Brandone Francis (38.4% 3PT), Norense Odiase (4.5 RPG) and Davide Moretti (42 AST), to mix with a cast of talented newcomers, including graduate transfers Tariq Owens (2.8 BPG at St. John’s) and Matt Mooney (18.7 PPG at South Dakota), as well as an extremely talented crop of incoming freshmen.
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