Big 12 Announces OU Men's Basketball Conference Schedule

The Big 12 Conference released its 90-game 2016-17 men's basketball schedule Thursday, completing Oklahoma's slate for the upcoming season. The Sooners will begin their league schedule at home against Baylor on Friday, Dec. 30, and will have all 18 of their conference games televised nationally on an ESPN network.

Head coach Lon Kruger's Sooners will play their other eight league home games Jan. 10 vs. Kansas (ESPN2), Jan. 14 vs. Texas Tech (ESPNU), Jan. 21 vs. Iowa State (ESPN or ESPN2), Jan. 30 vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN Big Monday), Feb. 8 vs. West Virginia (ESPN2), Feb. 14 vs. Texas (ESPN2), Feb. 25 vs. Kansas State (ESPNU) and March 4 vs. TCU (ESPNEWS).

OU will play its nine road games Jan. 3 at TCU (ESPNU), Jan. 7 at Kansas State (ESPNEWS), Jan. 18 at West Virginia (ESPN2), Jan. 23 at Texas (ESPN Big Monday), Feb. 4 at Texas Tech (ESPNU), Feb. 11 at Iowa State (ESPN2), Feb. 18 at Oklahoma State (ESPNU), Feb. 21 at Baylor (ESPN2) and Feb. 27 at Kansas (ESPN Big Monday).

The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship will be played March 8-11 (Wednesday-Saturday) at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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Of the Big 12's 90 league contests in 2016-17, 85 matchups (94.4 percent) will be seen on a national platform - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or CBS Sports. The televised conference games are being carried as part of a multi-year agreement with ESPN that runs through the 2024-25 season.

The Big 12 is coming off its third straight campaign of sending a nation-leading seven teams to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, five of those seven teams were seeded fifth or better in the tournament, the most of any conference.

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The announcement of the conference contests completes Oklahoma's 2016-17 season schedule. The Sooners will open the regular season on Nov. 13 by hosting Northwestern State. OU's non-conference play is highlighted by home games against Memphis (Dec. 17) and Florida (Jan. 28), a meeting with Wichita State at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Dec. 10) and a road contest against Wisconsin (Dec. 3). The Sooners will also participate in the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, P.R., (Nov. 17-20).

OU is coming off its fifth trip to the NCAA Final Four and its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Sooners return starting guard Jordan Woodard, a senior, and starting forward Khadeem Lattin, a junior.

OU's entire 2016-17 schedule appears below. Dates and times are subject to change.Season tickets are now on sale here. For additional ticket information, contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office by phone at (800) 456-4668 or by email at outickets@ou.edu.
2016-17 OU Men's Basketball Schedule (all times Central)
Nov. 8Washburn (Ex.)Norman7 p.m.TBD
Nov. 13Northwestern StateNorman2 p.m.TBD
Nov. 17vs. Tulane #San Juan, P.R.6 p.m.ESPN2/U
Nov. 18vs. Arizona State/Northern Iowa #San Juan, P.R.TBDESPNU
Nov. 20vs. TBDSan Juan, P.R.TBDTBD
Nov. 25Abilene ChristianNorman2 p.m.TBD
Nov. 29Northern ColoradoNorman7 p.m.TBD
Dec. 3WisconsinMadison, Wis.TBDTBD
Dec. 7Oral RobertsNorman7 p.m.TBD
Dec. 10Wichita State $Oklahoma City3 p.m.ESPN2
Dec. 17MemphisNorman11:30 a.m.CBS
Dec. 21Auburn ^Uncasville, Conn.TBDTBD
Dec. 30BaylorNorman6 p.m.ESPN2
Jan. 3TCUFort Worth, Texas8 p.m.ESPNU
Jan. 7Kansas StateManhattan, Kan.NoonESPNEWS
Jan. 10KansasNorman8 p.m.ESPN2
Jan. 14Texas TechNorman7:30 p.m.ESPNU
Jan. 18at West VirginiaMorgantown, W.Va.6 p.m.ESPN2
Jan. 21Iowa StateNorman1 p.m.ESPN/2
Jan. 23at TexasAustin, Texas8 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 28Florida %Norman1 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 30Oklahoma StateNorman8 p.m.ESPN
Feb. 4at Texas TechLubbock, Texas6 p.m.ESPNU
Feb. 8West VirginiaNorman8 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 11at Iowa StateAmes, Iowa5 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 14TexasNorman8 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 18at Oklahoma StateStillwater, Okla.7 p.m.ESPNU
Feb. 21at BaylorWaco, Texas6 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 25Kansas StateNorman5 p.m.ESPNU
Feb. 27at KansasLawrence, Kan.8 p.m.ESPN
# Puerto Rico Classic (field also includes Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Tulane and Xavier)
$ Played at Chesapeake Energy Arena
^ Birthday of Basketball event
% SEC/Big 12 Challenge
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