Headlining the Horned Frogs’ regular season is an 18-game, round-robin conference slate featuring 12 contests against Big 12 teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Overall, TCU will play 13 games against 2012 NCAA tournament qualifiers and at least two others against squads that played in other national postseason tournaments.
Along with the schedule release was a list of those Big 12 games selected to be televised on a network, cable or syndicated basis. TCU will have at least 14 televised contests during the conference season, one on ESPN2, four on ESPNU and nine as part of the Big 12 Network syndicated package. Additional telecasts to be aired as part of TCU’s third-tier package will be released at a later date.
TCU will open its inaugural Big 12 season at home Jan. 5 against longtime rival Texas Tech inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frogs and Red Raiders have played 114 games all-time dating back to the 1930s and in each of the last 12 seasons. The two teams last met in Fort Worth back in December, when TCU posted its second straight victory in the series with a 75-69 win at the DMC.
In addition to Texas Tech, the Frogs will renew two other longtime series against former Southwest Conference foes Baylor and Texas, both of which reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago. TCU’s series with the Bears ranks as the third-longest in program history, while the series with the Longhorns is fifth-longest. The Frogs will play 2012 Elite Eight qualifier Baylor on Jan. 12 in Waco, Texas, and Jan. 26 in Fort Worth. The Longhorns play host to TCU Feb. 2 in Austin, Texas, before traveling to the DMC for the first time since 1996 on Feb. 19.
Among the teams TCU will begin new conference rivalries with this season is 2012 NCAA Tournament runner-up Kansas, which visits Fort Worth on Feb. 6 before later playing host to the Frogs in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 23. Other reigning Big 12 NCAA Tournament qualifiers on the schedule are Iowa State, Kansas State and West Virginia, while the Frogs also will see Oklahoma and Oklahoma State twice during the upcoming season.