STILLWATER, Okla. (http://www.okstate.com) — Oklahoma State will play 12 regular-season games on national television, it was announced today, along with the 2004-05 Cowboy Basketball schedule.
Nine games on either ESPN or ESPN2 highlight a slate which will feature six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including four teams that advanced to the Sweet 16. OSU will also have two games televised by CBS and a third on ABC.
"This will be one of the most challenging non-conference schedules we've faced in recent years," said OSU Head Coach Designate Sean Sutton. "We believe that with a veteran team, it is important for our players to be challenged during the non-conference portion of the schedule to prepare them for what should be an outstanding Big 12 race, as well as the NCAA Tournament."
Oklahoma State opens the exhibition portion of its schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the Pokes host the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma out of Chickasha, Okla. OSU opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 19, as Northwestern (La.) State visits Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Non-conference home games featured in Stillwater this season include a contest against Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 23, a visit from the Pac-10s Washington State Cougars on Dec. 4, and a game vs. the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, who advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, on Dec. 10 on ESPN2.
Oklahoma State will face Syracuse on Dec. 7 in the Jimmy V Classic on ESPN. The game will be played in Madison Square Gardens in New York City, and will follow the Memphis-Pittsburgh matchup.
OSU will play UNLV in the Las Vegas Showdown, a game featured on ESPN2, on Dec. 18. The other game will be Gonzaga vs. Georgia Tech.
Ten days later, the Cowboys will play those same Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Touchtone Energy All-College Classic at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. That game will follow the in-state matchup with Oklahoma and Tulsa, and will be televised on ESPN2.
"We're excited to be a part of three prestigious doubleheaders that will be played during the upcoming season," Sutton said.
Oklahoma State opens Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 8 as the Cowboys travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Other road games include trips to all the Big 12 South Division schools, with three of those five matchups (at Texas Tech, at Texas and at Oklahoma) televised by ESPN, including two Big Monday broadcasts.
OSU will travel to Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas of the Big 12 North. The contest vs. the Jayhawks is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27, and will be televised by CBS. The Cowboys will host Missouri, Iowa State and Kansas State from the North Division, including an ABC-televised game vs. the Cyclones on Jan. 15.
Home games to be played in Gallagher-Iba Arena during the league season include the Sooners in an ESPN Big Monday matchup on Feb. 7, a CBS-televised game vs. the Red Raiders on Feb. 19, and a game vs. the Texas Longhorns to close out the regular season on March 5. That game will be televised by ESPN, and will feature college basketball's version of ESPN Game Day.
"Being one of only 10 schools to have gone to two Final Fours in the last decade has elevated our program to one of the elite in college basketball," said Sutton. "For our team to play 12 games on national television, along with ESPN's College Game Day in its inaugural season, it is a great thing for our program and the future of Cowboy Basketball."
OSU Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Location (TV)
Nov. 9 USAO (exhibition) Gallagher-Iba Arena
Nov. 13 Global Sports (exhibition) Gallagher-Iba Arena
Nov. 19 Northwestern State Gallagher-Iba Arena
Nov. 23 Arkansas-Little Rock Gallagher-Iba Arena
Nov. 27 Sam Houston State Gallagher-Iba Arena
Nov. 29 at SMU Moody Coliseum, Dallas
Dec. 4 Washington State Gallagher-Iba Arena
Dec. 7 vs. Syracuse* New York City (ESPN)
Dec. 10 Alabama-Birmingham Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN2)
Dec. 18 at Nevada-Las Vegas$ Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas (ESPN2)
Dec. 21 Northwestern Oklahoma Gallagher-Iba Arena
Dec. 28 vs. Gonzaga# Ford Center, Oklahoma City (ESPN2)
Jan. 3 at Texas A&M -Corpus Christi AmericanBank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
Jan. 8 at Texas Tech United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, TX (ESPN)
Jan. 11 Missouri Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN+)
Jan. 15 Iowa State Gallagher-Iba Arena (ABC)
Jan. 17 at Texas Erwin Events Center, Austin, TX (ESPN)
Jan. 22 Baylor Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN+)
Jan. 24 at Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK (ESPN)
Jan. 30 at Colorado Coors Event Center, Boulder, CO (ESPN+)
Feb. 2 Kansas State Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN+)
Feb. 5 at Baylor Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
Feb. 7 Oklahoma Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN)
Feb. 12 at Texas A&M Reed Arena, College Station, TX
Feb. 19 Texas Tech Gallagher-Iba Arena (CBS)
Feb. 22 at Nebraska Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, NB
Feb. 27 at Kansas Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS (CBS)
March 2 Texas A&M Gallagher-Iba Arena
March 5 Texas Gallagher-Iba Arena (ESPN)
March 10-13 Big 12 Tournament Kemper Arena, Kansas City (ESPN)
March 17-20 NCAA Touranment TBA
March 24-27 NCAA Tournament Regionals TBA
April 2 & 4 Final Four Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
* Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden)
$ Las Vegas Showdown
# Touchstone Energy All-College Classic
OSU Releases Basketball Schedule
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