Baylor knocks off Texas, advances to Big 12 final

Jerrells and Baylor are one win away from making the Big Dance.

Jerrells and Baylor are one win away from making the Big Dance.

Baylor continued its improbable run towards the NCAA tournament with a 76-70 win over Texas Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Rogers scored 20 points and Henry Dugat added 17 to lead Baylor.  The undersized Bears out rebounded the Longhorns 35-27.

A.J. Abrams scored 20 points to lead Texas.  The Longhorns had won 25-straight games against Baylor.

The Bears will play No. 14 Missouri Saturday in the Big 12 final.  The Tigers advanced to the title game with a 67-59 win over Oklahoma State.

Baylor’s run is certainly surprising, and I expect the Bears to keep rolling all the way into the NCAA tournament.  Baylor is guard-orientated, athletic, and matches up well with Mizzou.

The Big 12 tournament seems to fly under the radar every year, and this year has been no exception.  Most games have been televised on the Big 12 network, which is available only in Big 12 country.  It’s been a great tournament, but not many college basketball fans have had a chance to see it.

Baylor was on the NIT bubble prior to the start of the Big 12 tournament, but will certainly receive a bid if it falls short tomorrow.

Texas limps into the NCAA tournament and will likely be # 8 or # 9 seed.

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