Kansas State will host Marquette in the inaugural Big 12/BIG EAST Scheduling Alliance in December 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum, the two conferences announced on Thursday (April 4).
The game will be one of 10 contested between the two conferences, which will give Big 12 schools at least 20 high-major games a season (including 18 conference games and scheduling agreements with the BIG EAST and SEC). Dates for the other nine matchups as well as start times and television information will be released later.
Broadcast rights for the games will be determined by the conference national television rights of the home team with the Big 12 rights controlled by ESPN and the BIG EAST’s rights controlled by FOX Sports.
The K-State/Marquette matchup was one of four previously scheduled home-and-home series between schools of the two conferences, including Kansas at Villanova, Oklahoma at Creighton and Texas at Providence. The other games include Butler at Baylor, Seton Hall at Iowa State, Georgetown at Oklahoma State, Xavier at TCU, Texas Tech at DePaul and West Virginia at St. John’s.
The schools have a long history with the 2019 meeting serving as the 12th meeting in a series that dates back to 1953. K-State owns a 7-4 advantage in the series, including a 3-0 mark at home. Marquette posted an 83-71 win the first meeting between the schools in 30 years on December 1, 2018 at Fiserv Forum to snap a 4-game skid in the series. It marks the first time the schools have met in back-to-back seasons since 1986-87 and 1987-88.
The schools share unique parallels as K-State hired future Hall of Fame head coach Fred “Tex” Winter in 1953 after a two-year stint at Marquette (1951-53), including leading the then-Warriors to the 1952 National Catholic League Championship. The Golden Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 67-66, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals en route to winning the 1977 NCAA Championship under famed head coach Al McGuire.
Both teams are coming off 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2018-19.
K-State (25-9, 14-4 Big 12) won a share of the Big 12 regular-season championship for the second time in head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure and posted consecutive 25-win campaigns for the first time in school history en route to advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season.
Led by All-American Markus Howard, Marquette (24-10, 12-6 BIG EAST) collected a 20-win season for the third time in the last four seasons under head coach Steve Wojciechowski and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles finished second in the BIG EAST standings with a 12-6 mark.
The four-year agreement between the Big 12 and BIG EAST will continue through 2022-23 with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year.