Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones could play four Big Monday games


The tradition of the Big 12’s best matchups on Big Monday during the men’s basketball season continues, and Iowa State could be featured in four of them.

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ESPN released the Big Monday schedule on Monday. Here are the following games that will feature the Cyclones at the normal time of 8:00 PM Central on the four-letter’s primary network:

  • January 26th: Texas at Iowa State
  • February 2: Iowa State at Kansas
  • February 9: Iowa State at Oklahoma
  • March 2: Oklahoma at Iowa State*

*Game could be switched out with Baylor at Texas. If so, game would then be on ESPNU.

That is three straight weeks of Cyclones basketball on Big Monday and a possible fourth towards the end of the season. A date with the Jayhawks generally guarantees Iowa State a spot on Big Monday every year, and having four is just showing how much the team is getting nationally recognized.

The breakdown of potential teams is as follows: Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa State four times, Texas three times, and Kansas State, Baylor, and West Virginia all once.

Formerly a doubleheader of the Big 12 and Big East’s best games on Monday night, ESPN transitioned it to the ACC and Big 12 last year when the traditional Big East conference dissolved.

Here’s the full slate of games courtesy of ESPN’s press release.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
January 57 p.m.Notre Dame at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN or ESPN2
 9 p.m.No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 17 TexasESPN or ESPN2
January 197 p.m.Pittsburgh at No. 2 DukeESPN
 9 p.m.No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 10 KansasESPN
January 267 p.m.No. 21 Syracuse at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN
 9 p.m.No. 17 Texas at No. 16 Iowa StateESPN
February 27 p.m.No. 7 Virginia at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN
 9 p.m.No. 16 Iowa State at No. 10 KansasESPN
February 97 p.m.No. 2 Duke at Florida StateESPN
 9 p.m.No. 16 Iowa State at No. 19 OklahomaESPN
February 167 p.m.Pittsburgh at No. 7 VirginiaESPN
 9 p.m.No. 10 Kansas at West VirginiaESPN
February 237 p.m.No. 8 Louisville at Georgia TechESPN
 9 p.m.No. 10 Kansas at No. 23 Kansas StateESPN
March 27 p.m.No. 7 Virginia at No. 21 SyracuseESPN
 9 p.m.Baylor at No. 17 Texas -or- No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 16 Iowa State (ESPN or ESPNU)