Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Missouri took care of its part, winning the
Big 12 Tournament for the second time in four years -- and for the last time.
Now, the Tigers will wait to see if their final Big 12 title means a No. 1
seed in the NCAAs.
Kim English scored 19 points, Michael Dixon had 17 and No. 5 Missouri beat No.
12 Baylor, 90-75, on Saturday.
Ricardo Ratliffe, Phil Pressey and Marcus Denmon all scored 15 points for the
Tigers (30-4), who will likely be vying for a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA
tourney with fellow Big 12 powerhouse and No. 3 Kansas.
The Jayhawks, seeded No. 1 in the conference tournament, split two games with
Missouri during the regular season but lost to Baylor by nine points in the
semifinals on Friday.
At least some of the Missouri coaches and players believe they deserve a No. 1
seed in the NCAAs.
"It's the respect factor. We went 30-4 and finished a game out of winning the
Big 12 outright," said English. "And we eventually came here and took care of
The Bears (27-7) are also a lock to make the NCAAs after a spectacular season,
but their bid for a first-ever Big 12 Tournament title fell short. They lost
to Missouri in the 2009 final.
Perry Jones III had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Baylor and Brady Heslip
"I think it's a good learning experience for our team, and because of this I
think it will prepare us for the NCAA Tournament," said Bears coach Scott
Drew. "And at the end of the day can't dwell about this loss. Gotta shake it
off because tomorrow we find out on who we're playing (and) where we're
Missouri, which is moving to the SEC next season, beat Baylor for the third
time this season, shooting nearly 54 percent from the floor and hitting nine
The second-seeded Tigers have won five in a row overall since a loss to Kansas
on Feb. 25. They finished 2-3 all-time in Big 12 championship games.
Forced to play catch-up after Missouri opened the game on a 12-4 run, Baylor
never led. The Bears cut their deficit to one point near the midway point of
the first half, but Ratliffe's three-point play was followed by English's trey
for a 26-19 Missouri lead.
The Tigers carried a 43-37 lead into the break, then built a 14-point
advantage with less than 4 1/2 minutes gone in the second half on Pressey's
Later, Baylor was within five on Quincy Acy's free throws with 2:20 left, but
Pressey also made two at the other end and Pierre Jackson turned the ball over
for the Bears, leading to two Dixon foul shots and quickly increasing Mizzou's
lead to nine at 81-72.
It reached as high as 15 points down the stretch.
Baylor's top-ranked an undefeated women's team captured the Big 12 tournament
title earlier Saturday with a 23-point win over Texas A&M.
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