UConn men’s basketball team to host Oklahoma State in Big 12-Big East Battle

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - MARCH 17: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the New Mexico State Aggies during the first half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 17, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - MARCH 17: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the New Mexico State Aggies during the first half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 17, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Cowboys are coming to town.

The UConn men’s basketball team will host Oklahoma State in a Big 12-Big East Battle game on Dec. 1, either at Gampel Pavilion or XL Center, the leagues announced on Thursday.

It’s the second year that UConn has been involved in the Big 12-Big East Battle, after bowing at West Virginia, 56-53, last season. Oklahoma State is 1-2 in the three previous games of the Battle, including a loss at home to Xavier, 77-71, last year.

Oklahoma State, under head coach Mike Boynton, posted a 15-15 record in 2021-22, 8-10 in the Big 12, but were ineligible for postseason play. The Cowboys return top two scorers Avery Anderson and Bryce Thompson as well as leading rebounder Moussa Cisse, and have added John-Michael Wright, a transfer from High Point University who was the leading scorer in the Big South Conference, and All-Sun Belt Conference First Team guard Caleb Asberry from Texas State.

Oklahoma State boasts a 2-0 all-time edge over UConn — 80-64 in the Bayou Classic in Lafayette, La., on Dec. 18, 1970, and 98-90 in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii on Nov. 21, 2016.

Television broadcast arrangements for the Big 12-Big East Battle will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is Fox Sports for the BIG EAST and ESPN for the Big 12.

UConn will also play in the PK85 Invitational Nov. 24-27 in Portland, Ore. in a bracket that also includes NOrth Carolina, Alabama, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon, Portland and Villanova. On Dec. 7, UConn will play a non-conference game at Florida. The rest of the Huskies’ 2022-23 schedule will be announced later in the summer.

The full slate of games in the 2022 Big 12-BIG EAST Battle includes:

Baylor at Marquette (Nov. 29)

Providence at TCU (Nov. 30)

Georgetown at Texas Tech (Nov. 30)

Kansas State at Butler (Nov. 30)

Creighton at Texas (Dec. 1)

Seton Hall at Kansas (Dec. 1)

Oklahoma State at UConn (Dec. 1)

Oklahoma at Villanova (Dec. 3)

West Virginia at Xavier (Dec. 4)

St. John’s at Iowa State (Dec. 4)

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