Dallas Colleges: Big 12 tournament

Big 12 media days live: Day 2

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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Baylor falls to Missouri in Big 12 final

March, 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is leaving the Big 12 on top.

Kim English capped a phenomenal conference tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and eight assists, and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night to win their second championship in the past four years.

The Tigers (30-4), who led from start to finish, will head off to the Southeastern Conference next year savoring a title in coach Frank Haith's first season in charge.

English wound up 29 of 40 from the field in a virtuoso performance in Kansas City. Michael Dixon added 17 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 15 each.

Perry Jones III led Baylor (27-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Heslip scored 14 and Deuce Bello came off the bench to add 13 for the Bears, who were turned away short of their first conference tournament title since 1950.

Top-ranked Baylor women win Big 12 title

March, 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The ticker-tape fell from the ceiling of old Municipal Auditorium, and Brittney Griner and the rest of her Baylor teammates hoisted another trophy as Big 12 tournament champions. Then they filed out of the arena and right back to the locker room.

This wasn't a party, after all.

This was business.

The top-ranked Lady Bears used a season-high 26 points from Odyssey Sims to offset a quiet game by Griner, her All-American teammate, and Baylor cruised to a 73-50 victory over Texas A&M (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) to wrap up its second straight championship and fourth overall.

Now, it's on to bigger things.

"We've been winning all season. We've been successful. This is great," Sims said, "but now we're focused on six games. That's what we're striving for."

That's how many games it will take to win the program's second national title, and the number it will take to become the first men's or women's team in major college basketball to go 40-0.

"These next six games, you know -- we enjoy the celebration. We love the hats and everything," Griner said, "but we have six more games."

Griner finished with a season-low 11 points and three rebounds, while Destiny Williams had 12 points and 11 boards. Jordan Madden contributed 10 points.

Still, Baylor (34-0) beat the Aggies for the third time this year, and also beat them to win the conference tournament in 2009 and last season. Of course, Texas A&M managed to flip the script and beat the Lady Bears in the NCAA tournament en route to the title.

Missouri tops Texas for spot in Big 12 final

March, 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri fans grumbling about not getting to play Kansas in the Big 12 title game will get no sympathy from Kim English.

The Tigers' star guard will not hear of it. After scoring 23 points in a bruising 81-67 victory over Texas in the semifinals Friday night, he's just happy to be in the championship game against anybody as his school bids farewell to the Big 12.

"We would have played Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, anybody," English said. "We just want to win the Big 12."

The second-seeded Tigers (29-4) will meet No. 12 Baylor, which upset No. 3 Kansas 81-72 in the earlier semifinal. The Bears (27-6), swept in two games against Missouri in the regular season, will be seeking the first championship by a Texas team in the tournament's 16-year history.

"We played Baylor my freshman year to win the Big 12 tournament," said English. "Our coaches didn't come here earlier (Friday) to scout Kansas. They came here to see what both teams did. We will prepare to beat Baylor tomorrow."

The Tigers, who are heading to the Southeastern Conference this year, got a career-high 23 points from Phil Pressey and led Texas almost the entire way. Ricardo Ratliffe had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers.

In the second half, English hobbled into the tunnel with a leg injury and Texas' J'Covan Brown, the Big 12's leading scorer, went to the bench after crashing into a cluster of photographers behind the basket. Neither stayed out of the game for long.

Baylor ousts top-seeded Kansas in Big 12 semifinals

March, 9, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep No. 3 Kansas at bay, and Perry Jones III finished with 18 points as the No. 12 Bears beat the Jayhawks, 81-72, on Friday night to reach the Big 12 tournament title game.

Quincy Miller added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Pierre Jackson had 11 points and seven assists for the Bears (27-6), who will play No. 5 Missouri or Texas for the championship.

Baylor lost to the Tigers in its only previous Big 12 title game.

Tyshawn Taylor had a game-high 20 points for Kansas (26-6), which used a big second-half charge to briefly take the lead. But the Bears hung tough down the stretch.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Saturday, Texas A&M will play in its fifth consecutive Big 12 women's championship game. It will also be the last one for the Aggies.

They are leaving for the SEC after this school year, a decision Texas A&M coach Gary Blair wishes hadn't been made. He has loved his time in the Big 12 -- the rivalries that have been built in women's basketball because of the elevation of the program, and the friendships as well.

However, money, ego and bad blood trumped tradition and geographic common sense, and the Aggies are on their way out. But before they go, there will be at least one more showdown between Baylor and Texas A&M, the schools that have played in two previous Big 12 finals.

Baylor won both of those. In fact, the Lady Bears have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Aggies. The exception, though, was really the biggest: Last season's Elite Eight matchup in Dallas, which Texas A&M won 58-46 on its way to the NCAA championship.

"I think the committee will agree that these two teams should not have to be in the same region," Blair said of the upcoming NCAA tournament. "Last year, it worked to our advantage. This year, I would rather go see [Sydney] Colson in Poland than go to Baylor's region again."

Colson, who's playing professionally overseas, was the Aggies' high-energy, big-personality point guard last season. That job has been more by committee this year, with freshman Alexia Standish and junior Adrienne Pratcher filling the role a lot, along with combo guard Sydney Carter.

In Friday's 79-66 victory over No. 2 seed Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament semifinals, No. 3 seed Texas A&M also got a lift from another guard, senior Skylar Collins. She had 15 points as one of four Aggies who scored in double figures, led by Kelsey Bone with 16.

Bone and the Aggies will have their hands full Saturday (tipoff is noon ET) with Baylor's Brittney Griner, who scored 45 points in the Lady Bears' semifinal win over Kansas State. But Bone, who played her freshman season at South Carolina and sat out as a transfer last year, said Saturday's matchup should not be viewed as a one-on-one battle of premiere centers. Texas A&M will use all its depth at center/forward -- including Bone, Adaora Elonu, Karla Gilbert, Kelsey Assarian and Kristi Bellock -- to counter Griner.

"They are a great defensive team, and Brittney doesn't just control the paint. She controls the whole floor," Bone said. "Everybody on our team has to do their job against them."

Griner and Bone are both from Houston, but didn't face off until they were in high school, when they played twice. Bone played much more often in her prep/AAU days against two other post stars from the Houston area: Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, who on Friday led Stanford into Saturday's Pac-12 final.

"I still remember the first time Brittney and I played against each other, because it wasn't that long ago," Bone said. "There's a lot of hype that surrounds the two of us when we go against each other. But it really doesn't come down to us when we play each other at this level. In high school, it kind of did.

"But at this level, it comes down to the whole cast of players. Brittney is going to get her points. We have to contain Odyssey [Sims] a little more, Destiny [Williams]. If we can do that, we stand a chance. Brittney and I are going to battle, but it will be decided by the entire team that's the best on that day we meet."

That said, Bone acknowledges that it's neat to have this kind of marquee matchup with Griner.

"That's what you play for," Bone said. "I've been playing since I was 10, and growing up, I always saw UConn and Tennessee. There are other rivalries now. And for Brittney and I both to be playing for Texas schools and representing Houston -- that's fun. It's good for the game."

A&M women in Big 12 final for 5th straight year

March, 9, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kelsey Bone's 16 points led Texas A&M (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) past Oklahoma, 79-66, in the semifinals of the Big 12 women's tournament Friday.

The third-seeded Aggies (22-9) will face top-ranked Baylor for the championship Saturday.

Skylar Collins scored 15 points, Alexia Standish 13 and Sydney Carter 10 for Texas A&M, which becomes the first school in league history with five straight appearances in the title game. Kristi Bellock's eight rebounds spearheaded a 38-27 edge on the boards.

Whitney Hand's 24 points paced the second-seeded Sooners (20-12), who shot just 38 percent (20 of 53). Aaryn Ellenberg added 13 and Sharane Campbell 11.

An 8-0 run by the Aggies broke a tie and put them ahead 25-17 with 8:18 left in the first half. They never trailed again.

Oklahoma closed within 49-45, but Texas A&M ripped off a 12-3 run for a 61-48 lead with 9:35 left to virtually seal it.

Looking ahead to Big 12 semifinals

March, 9, 2012

Reid Gettys and Dave Armstrong break down Thursday's quarterfinals action and preview Friday's semifinals in the Big 12 tournament.

Texas gets much-needed win over Iowa St.

March, 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas knows enough to rely on J'Covan Brown when the Longhorns need a basket.

The Big 12's leading scorer converted a go-ahead three-point play with 36.3 seconds left, and the Longhorns held on to beat Iowa State (No. 25 AP), 71-65, on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Brown finished with 23 points for the Longhorns (20-12), who reached the 20-win plateau for the 13th consecutive season and likely removed themselves from the NCAA tournament bubble.

Texas will face fifth-ranked Missouri in the semifinals Friday night.

Royce White had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (22-10), and it was his turnaround bank shot with 51.6 seconds left that tied it 65. But after Brown was fouled on a spinning jumper and made the free throw, White lost control of the ball with 22.9 seconds left.

It wound up in the hands of the Longhorns' Jonathan Holmes, who made both free throws for a 70-65 lead. The Cyclones turned it over again on their next possession to seal the outcome.

Oklahoma St. ousts Texas Tech from Big 12 tourney

March, 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Keiton Page scored 20 points, Brian Williams added 19 and seventh-seeded Oklahoma State knocked off No. 10 seed Texas Tech, 76-60, Wednesday night to open the Big 12 tournament.

Cezar Guerrero scored all 16 of his points in the second half for Oklahoma State (15-17), which advanced to play second-seeded No. 5 Missouri in the quarterfinals Thursday night. Markel Brown finished with 12 points as the Cowboys went 16 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Jordan Tolbert had 16 points and six rebounds for Texas Tech, which matched a school record for the most losses in a single season. The 1990-91 team coached by Gerald Myers also went 8-23.

Texas A&M tops Oklahoma in Big 12 tourney

March, 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dash Harris and Khris Middleton drilled key 3-pointers in the last 4 minutes and Texas A&M hit 14 straight foul shots to beat Oklahoma, 62-53, Wednesday night in a ragged opening-round match of the Big 12 tournament.

Eighth-seeded Oklahoma, trailing almost the entire second half, sliced the lead to 47-45 on Romero Osby's four free throws before Harris connected for his second 3-pointer at the 3:55 mark.

David Loubeau hit a bucket for the Aggies that Sam Grooms answered for the Sooners. Then Middleton's 3-pointer gave A&M a 55-47 lead with 1:42 left.

Loubeau and Middleton each had 15 points for the Aggies (14-17), playing their last Big 12 tournament before joining the Southeastern Conference. In Thursday's quarterfinals, they will meet No. 3 Kansas, which beat them twice while rolling to its eighth straight regular-season Big 12 championship.

Oklahoma (15-16) got 17 points from Osby and 13 from Grooms

Lady Raiders rout Longhorns in Big 12 tourney

March, 7, 2012

Texas Tech's Casey Morrison had 21 points as the Lady Raiders beat Texas, 81-58, in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

W2W4: Kansas State vs. No. 11 Baylor

March, 7, 2012

Kansas State faces No. 11 Baylor in the Big 12 men's tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Pat Knight: 'It's not a messy divorce'

March, 9, 2011

Pat Knight discusses his firing as the head basketball coach at Texas Tech.

Big 12 tournament: Who's the dark horse?

March, 3, 2011

Doug Gottlieb chimes in to predict the winner of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City -- and even reveals a dark horse to keep an eye on.