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January Big 12 showdowns highlight 2015-16 ‘Big Monday’ schedule

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Wednesday afternoon the matchups for ESPN’s “Big Monday” were announced, with for the third consecutive season the ACC in the 7:00 p.m. Eastern time slot and the Big 12 in the second half of the doubleheader. Of course some of the nation’s top teams will be on display, with North Carolina and Duke making three appearances apiece in the ACC and Kansas getting four games in the Big 12 portion of the slate.

Iowa State and Oklahoma, expected by many to be the biggest threats to Kansas’ current streak of 11 straight Big 12 regular season titles, will make three appearances apiece as will Texas under first-year head coach Shaka Smart.

In regards to the Big 12 schedule, it shouldn’t take too long to get a feel for the conference race with the Jayhawks, Cyclones and Sooners being featured during the first three weeks of the schedule. Kansas will host Oklahoma January 4, with the Sooners taking on Iowa State in Ames January 18 (the 11th is taken by the College Football Playoff title game) and Kansas visiting Iowa State January 25.

As for the ACC portion of the schedule, either North Carolina or reigning national champion Duke will be in action during each of the first five weeks beginning with the Tar Heels’ trip to Florida State January 4. Duke will host Syracuse January 18 and then head to Miami the following Monday, with the Tar Heels taking on Louisville February 1 and the Blue Devils hosting the Cardinals February 8.

Two-time ACC regular season champion Virginia gets two appearances, as they’ll host another expected contender in NC State February 15 and visiting Miami February 22. Below is the full schedule for “Big Monday” during the 2015-16 season.

January 4
7 p.m. North Carolina at Florida State
9 p.m. Oklahoma at Kansas

January 18
7 p.m. Syracuse at Duke
9 p.m. Oklahoma at Iowa State

January 25
7 p.m. Duke at Miami
9 p.m. Kansas at Iowa State

February 1
7 p.m. North Carolina at Louisville
9 p.m. Texas at Baylor

February 8
7 p.m. Louisville at Duke
9 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma

February 15
7 p.m. NC State at Virginia
9 p.m. Oklahoma State at Kansas

February 22
7 p.m. Virginia at Miami
9 p.m. Iowa State at West Virginia

February 29
7 p.m. Syracuse at North Carolina
9 p.m. Kansas at Texas ESPN

Big 12 Tournament to remain in Kansas City through 2020

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Since the Big 12 came into existence in 1996, 14 of its men’s basketball tournaments have been played in Kansas City with Kemper Arena hosting seven and the Sprint Center hosting seven with an eighth scheduled for next season. Thursday afternoon the Big 12 announced the sites for multiple conference championships, which includes the decision to leave the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City through 2020.

The league’s contract with the Sprint Center was due to expire after the 2016 edition of the event.

“We are thrilled to announce the future sites for the championships,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in the release. “Every city that submitted a bid did a phenomenal job – making our decision very difficult. We look forward to growing the success of our men’s basketball championship in Kansas City, while also exposing fans throughout our footprint to our postseason competitions.”

The Big 12 tournament has been well-attended during its time in Kansas City, with the conference noting in the release that the average per session attendance for tournaments at the Sprint Center have exceeded 18,000. Of the 14 Big 12 tournaments played in Kansas City, Kansas has been the most frequent winner as the Jayhawks have won seven of them.

Iowa State, which has won the last two Big 12 tournaments, has won three (2000, 2014, 2015) of the 14 staged in Kansas City with Oklahoma (2001, 2002) winning two and Oklahoma State (2005) and former member Missouri (2012) winning one apiece.

Big 12 reprimands Kansas State for security issues following Monday’s win over Kansas

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With the conversation regarding whether or not fans should be allowed to rush the court following big wins, the Big 12 has reprimanded Kansas State for its issues following the basketball team’s win over Kansas Monday night. With there being multiple security issues surrounding the fans’ rushing onto the court, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated that the interactions were “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Also of note in the statement is the fact that the conference presidents have plans to discuss the possibility of instituting conference-wide protocols for situations such as the one that occurred on Monday. Included in this is the conference not having rules regarding vulgar chants, which also occurred Monday night in Manhattan.

“The Big 12 Conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators entering playing areas of our contests,” Bowlsby said in the release. “We also do not have policies governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues. I have asked that discussions on both of these topics be placed on the agendas for the next meetings of the ADs and of the CEOs.

“In the meantime, all conference institutions are reminded to reassess game management procedures in order to effectively and uniformly ensure the integrity of our contests, the security of the student-athletes and coaches, and the safety of the spectators, Bowlsby continued. “Maintenance of a sportslike environment around our contests is among the most important responsibilities shared by our members and enforced by the conference office. The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us.”

Wednesday afternoon Kansas State Police Department announced that Nathan Power, the student who ran onto the court and intentionally bumped into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor, has been issued a notice to appear in court on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Regardless of which side of the court-storming argument folks belong to, there are some issues to address when it comes to the safety of all who are on the court at that time. The SEC currently fines schools when fans rush, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Big 12 considered making a similar move in the near future.