Kansas State will begin the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 12:30 p.m., contest against top-seeded Baylor on Wednesday as the Conference announced game times for next week’s championship Sunday morning.
The Wildcats, who are the No. 8 seed in the championship, will travel to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the sixth-consecutive season. K-State begins Division One play against a Bear squad that went 20-4 in Big 12 play this season, while fourth-seeded Oklahoma and No. 5 seed Oklahoma State round out Division One and will open up the championship with a 9 a.m., contest on Wednesday. Division Two consists of No. 2 seed Texas A&M, No. 3 seed Texas, No. 6 seed Missouri and No. 7 seed Kansas.
The winners of the two games in Division One will meet at 4 p.m., on Thursday, while the two other squads will face in elimination game at 9 a.m.
K-State’s matchup with Baylor will be the fourth in the last five years of the championship. The Wildcats defeated the Bears, 3-2, in 2008 to win their pool and advance to the title game. Kansas State also knocked off Baylor, 9-4, in 2009 before falling to BU, 11-8, in 2010. The Wildcats are 3-1 all-time against the Bears in the Big 12 Championship and will be looking to make amends for a three-game sweep to Baylor earlier this season.
The Wildcats are 2-3 all-time against Oklahoma in championship play thanks to a pair of victories last season. K-State opened the 2011 championship with a 5-4 victory over the Sooners and, after falling to Texas A&M, topped OU by one run again in an elimination game, 4-3. The Sooners won the three-game series against the Wildcats earlier this year in Norman as they took the opener and the rubber match by scores of 5-1 and 4-3, respectively, while the Wildcats won the middle game of the series, 8-7.
Kansas State is also 2-3 in championship play against Oklahoma State and could face the Cowboys in the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 2008. That season, the Wildcats knocked off the second-seeded Cowboys, 3-2, in the opening game en route to their title-game appearance. Just like Baylor, the Wildcats will be looking to rebound against an OSU club that swept the season series in Manhattan in late April.
All-session tickets are available for as little as $87 for terrace reserved seating, while box seating is available for $117 and club-level seats are $202. Additionally, a limited number of weekend passes are also available starting at $67. Single-session tickets will go on sale Monday. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or by visiting www.big12sports.com.
Live action from the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be streamed on the Big 12 Digital Network at www.big12sports.com. Audio from the webcast will be broadcast on SiriusXM Radio, while Sunday’s championship finale will be televised nationally on FSN beginning at 1 p.m.