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Saturday, March 6, 2010
A&M win locks up bye, locks out Texas

By Jeff Caplan

The Texas Longhorns will play on the first day of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Texas A&M earned itself a first-round bye and sealed Texas' fate by taking care of business at Oklahoma earlier this afternoon.

The best Texas can finish is fifth with a win at Baylor. Tip-off is minutes away (3 p.m.) on ESPN.

Of course, the Bears have their own first-round bye to take care of. A win over Texas gives the Bears the series sweep, the No. 3 seed and a first-ever bye in the Big 12 tourney (while Texas would settle for sixth place). Baylor would join No. 1-seed Kansas, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 4 A&M.

If Baylor loses to Texas, Missouri would slide into the No. 4 seed and gain the all-important final bye.

Of course, that five-seed might not be too bad for Texas. The Horns would face No. 12 Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Texas trounced the Huskers by 40 a couple weeks ago in Austin.

Other seeds already set:

*No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10, 6 p.m., Wednesday.

*No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Iowa State, 8:30 p.m., Wednesday.