Sooner hoops conference schedule released

NORMAN, Okla. — Basketball season is still a few months away, but the Sooners now know how they'll open up their 2012 Big 12 Conference slate.

The schedule was released Thursday morning, and the Sooners will start things off on the road Jan. 5 at West Virginia to welcome the Mountaineers to the Big 12 with their first ever conference matchup.

After that, the Sooners have a week off before the first Bedlam matchup of 2013 on Jan. 12.

They play host to Texas Tech Jan. 16, then travel to Kansas State Jan. 19.

The season's first edition of the Red River Rivalry takes place Jan. 21 at Lloyd Noble Center before OU makes trips to Kansas and Baylor on Jan. 26 and 30, respectively.

OU has a home contest against Kansas State for the teams' second meeting Feb. 2, then goes to Iowa State Feb. 4.

Two home games follow that, including Feb. 9 vs. Kansas and Feb. 11 against TCU.

Then comes the second Bedlam battle Feb. 16 before OU heads to Texas Tech Feb. 20.

The Sooners face Baylor at home Feb. 23 before their penultimate road conference contest at Texas Feb. 27.

OU hosts Iowa and West Virginia on March 2 and 6, respectively, and finishes up the conference slate at TCU March 9.

This schedule includes 12 nationally televised games, the most ever for OU.

All 18, with the exception of the final game of the season, are already either nationally televised or broadcast on the Big 12 Network.

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