Kansas to Take on St. John’s in Big EAST-Big 12 Battle

Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts in the first half during a first round men's college...
Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts in the first half during a first round men's college basketball game against Northeastern in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)(WKYT)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:18 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU media release) - The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team will take on St. John’s in the 2021 Big 12-Big East Battle, the conferences jointly announced on Tuesday, to be played December 2, 2021 at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.  

Matchups were jointly determined by the two conferences and will be played in December. The home school has the right to determine the venue of its game. Broadcast arrangements for the games will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is ESPN for the Big 12 and FOX Sports for the BIG EAST.  

This will be the third Big 12/Big East Battle with Kansas defeating No. 8 Creighton in the last meeting, 73-72, inside Allen Fieldhouse on December 8, 2021. The Jayhawks are 1-1 all-time in the Big 12-Big East Battle, with Kansas’ sole loss coming at No. 18 Villanova, 55-56, on December 21, 2020. 

The matchup with St. John’s will be the 14th in the series history, which dates back to 1950. Kansas has won the last two meetings, including four of the last five, with the most recent game resulting in an 82-74, KU victory on November 10, 2000. The four-year agreement between the two conferences will continue through the 2022-23 season with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year. Television designations will be announced when available.   

2021 BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle Schedule

Dec. 1              Texas Tech at Providence 

Dec. 2              Kansas at St. John’s                 

Dec. 4              Iowa State at Creighton 

Dec. 5              Xavier at Oklahoma State 

Dec. 7              Butler at Oklahoma 

Dec. 8              Marquette at Kansas State 

Dec. 8              Connecticut at West Virginia 

Dec. 9              Texas at Seton Hall                                          

Dec. 12            Villanova at Baylor

Dec. 18            TCU at Georgetown