Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Georges Niang (31) celebrates after cutting part of the net after the win against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 74 - 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 roundup: 87 men's basketball conference games are nationally televised

The Big 12 men’s basketball schedule was released on Thursday, and there’s a huge boom in nationally televised games.

While breaking down Iowa State’s schedule, I said that all Big 12 games would be on ESPN’s family of networks. While that’s true for the Cyclones, that’s not necessarily true for ALL of the Big 12 — three TCU contests will be available on FOX Sports regional networks (because no one wants to watch the Horned Frogs).

Of the national broadcasts, two games will be on CBS and three will be on the Longhorn Network. However, I’d put an asterisk on LHN — since DirecTV still doesn’t have the channel, there’s a significant amount of people that still don’t have access to the network. Basically, it’s hard to call a game that’s shown on any network that’s not on the large satellite service a “natioal broadcast”.

Either way, the removal of the syndicated Big 12 Network gives a bigger platform to all of these games; it’s never had this much exposure on a national level thanks to ESPN turning their old news channel into just another game depository. Basically, just keep it locked in on the major four ESPN networks and you’ll be watching damn near every conference game this season.

Other Big 12 news

— Four Big 12 athletes have made the Manning Award watch list: Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Kansas State’s Jake Waters, Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight, and Texas Tech’s Davis Webb. What exactly is the Manning Award, you ask? I’ll be glad to tell you (via Big 12 Sports).

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

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