Got your New Year’s Eve plans decided yet? If not, here’s a thought.
Fans can spend at least part of that Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, where the men’s basketball team opens the Big 12 Conference season against Baylor. Starting time for the game is still to be determined, according to the schedule revealed Friday by the Big 12.
The final Big 12 season before Cincinnati, BYU, Houston and UCF join includes an ambitious January, during which the Cyclones will play five road games — at Oklahoma on Jan. 4, at TCU on 7, at Kansas on Jan. 14, at Oklahoma State on Jan. 21, and at Texas Tech on Jan. 30.
Kansas comes to Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 4. And for fans looking forward to seeing one of last season’s top Cyclone players, conference freshman of the year Tyrese Hunter, he’ll be in town when Texas plays in Ames on Jan. 17.
Coach TJ Otzelberger’s remarkable job last season included inheriting a program that had lost 22 games the previous season under Steve Prohm. He turned that into a 22-game winner and an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant.
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Among the players gone from last season’s team are Hunter, top scorer Izaiah Brockington and post player George Conditt.
Returnees include Gabe Kalscheur, Caleb Grill, Jaz Kunc and Robert Jones.
Iowa State’s season opens at home on Nov. 7 against IUPUI.
Iowa State’s 2022-23 schedule
- Nov. 07: vs. IUPUI
- Nov. 13: vs. North Carolina A&T
- Nov. 20: vs. Milwaukee
- Nov. 24-25, 27: Phil Knight Invitational
- Nov. 30: vs. North Dakota
- Dec. 04: vs. St. John’s (Big 12-Big East Battle)
- Dec. 08: at Iowa
- Dec. 11: vs. McNeese State
- Dec. 18: vs. Western Michigan
- Dec. 21: vs. Omaha
- Dec. 31: Baylor, time TBA, ESPN2/ESPNU/Big 12 Now
- Jan. 4: at Oklahoma, 6 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Jan. 7: at TCU, 1 p.m., ESPNU
- Jan. 10: Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Big 12 Now
- Jan. 14: at Kansas, 3 p.m., Big 12 Now
- Jan. 17: Texas, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now
- Jan. 21: at Oklahoma State, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now
- Jan. 24: Kansas State, 8 p.m., ESPNU
- Jan. 28: at Missouri (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
- Jan. 30: at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
- Feb. 4: Kansas, 11 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2
- Feb. 8: at West Virginia, 6 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Feb. 11: Oklahoma State, 5 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Feb. 15: TCU, 8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Feb. 18: at Kansas State, 5 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Feb. 21: at Texas, 8 p.m., Longhorn Network
- Feb. 25: Oklahoma, 11 a.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
- Feb. 27: West Virginia, 8 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
- March 4: at Baylor, 11 a.m./1 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson embarked on his 50th year of writing sports for the Des Moines Register in December 2021. Reach him at [email protected], 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.