KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: J'Covan Brown #14 of the Texas Longhorns grabs a loose ball during their semifinal game against the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Big 12 Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Kansas Waits For A No. 1 Seed In NCAA Tournament After Defeating Texas, 85-73

This will be the last Big 12 Tournament for the Colorado Buffaloes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Big 12 Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Kansas Defeats Texas, 85-73

The No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks beat the No. 10 Texas Longhorns, 85-73, to capture the 2011 Big 12 Tournament championship. Kansas held the lead for almost the entire game, which the Morris Brothers helped create. The brothers combined for 31 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

All five starters for Kansas scored in double-digit points, led by Tyshawn Taylor's 20. Taylor and Brady Morningstar combined for 11 assists. Thomas Robinson scored all 10 bench points for the Jayhawks and pulled down nine boards as well. Kansas shot 56.9 percent from the field.

On the opposite side, Texas shot only 40.9 percent in the loss. Jordan Hamilton led the team with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting (1of-8 from beyond the arc), and J'Covan Brown added 17 from off the bench, making four of his eight threes.

Kansas is likely headed to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns could wind up as a 3-seed, though we won't know about either for certain until Sunday night.


Big 12 Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Kansas, Texas Play For Conference Championship

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns, two of the top teams in the nation, will take the court against each other on Saturday night for the 2011 Big 12 Basketball Tournament Championship. In their only regular season game of 2011, the Longhorns defeated the Jayhawks, 74-63. Texas' J'Covan Brown scored 23 points coming off the bench, while the Jayhawks shot below 36 percent from the field.

The Jayhawks, at one point the No. 1 team in the country, defeated Oklahoma State and Colorado to advance to the championship round. Texas, as high as No. 2 in the country a couple of week ago, defeated Oklahoma and Texas A&M to face the Kansas in the final game of the tournament.

ESPN will air the game at 4:00 p.m. MT.

Here are the results to reach this point:

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 10

No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks def. OSU

Colorado def. No. 4 Kansas St. Wildcat

No. 2 Texas Longhorns def. Oklahoma

No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies vs. Mizzou

Semifinals: Friday, March 11

Kansas def. Colorado

Texas def. Texas A&M

Championship game: Saturday, March 12

Kansas vs. Texas, 4:00 p.m. MT, ESPN


Big 12 Basketball Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Texas, Texas A&M Advance, Will Face Each Other In Semis

The Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies advanced to the semifinal round of the 2011 Big 12 Tournament on Thursday night and will face each other on Friday night.

The Longhorns cruised to a 20-point victory, 74-54, over the Oklahoma Sooners, who had beaten a Baylor team missing Perry Jones III the previous night. Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson led the way with double-doubles. The former had 22 points and 10 rebounds while the latter added 13 points and 11 boards. J'Covan Brown scored 11 of Texas' 23 bench points. Oklahoma on the other hand had only 10 points. Cade Davis led the Sooners with 17 points.

Texas A&M had no trouble with the Missouri Tigers in the last game of the night, winning 86-71. B.J. Holmes and David Loubeau led the Aggies with 20 points each. Holmes made four treys. Marcus Denmon's 22 points (3-of-5 on threes) was one of three double-digit performances for Tigers.

The Aggies and the Longhorns play the late game on Friday, and the winner takes on the Kansas-Colorado victor.

The remaining Big 12 Tournament schedule:

Semifinals: Friday, March 11

Kansas vs. Colorado, 7, ESPN3

Texas vs. Texas A&M, 9:30, ESPN3

Championship game: Saturday, March 12

Semifinals winners, 6, ESPN


Big 12 Tournament Bracket Update 2011: Kansas Squeaks By Oklahoma State, 63-62

The Kansas Jayhawks are the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, but they escaped an Oklahoma St. Cowboys upset with a 63-62 victory. Oklahoma State's Jean-Paul Olukemi got off a bad shot with one second left on the clock to keep his team from advancing to the semifinals.

Marcus Morris, the Big 12 Player of the Year, led Kansas with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nine of the 11 came on the offensive glass. His brother, Markieff, added 10 points and five boards. The bench added 18 points, though Oklahoma State's Olukemi nearly outscored them with his own 17 points off the bench. Kansas' Thomas Robinson grabbed eight boards coming off the bench.

Overall, it was a tough day shooting for both teams. The Cowboys came out ahead with 40 percent from the field, while the Jayhawks managed only 35.9 percent. State's Keiton page shot 6-of-12 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line for a game-high 23 points. Matt Pilgrim pulled down 10 boards for the Cowboys.

Here is the remaining schedule for today:

No. 4 Kansas State vs. Colorado Big 12 Network 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. Oklahoma Big 12 Network 5:00 p.m.
No. 3 Texas A&M vs.  Missouri ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

2011 Big 12 Tournament Bracket Update: Missouri Outlasts Texas Tech, 88-84

The Missouri Tigers will play Texas A&M on Thursday night after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 88-84. Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 20 points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds. However, the Tigers blew a 13-point lead that they built early in the second half, making the game much closer than it should have been.

Michael Dixon and Kim English added 17 points and 15 points, respectively, for the Tigers. They and the rest of the Tigers were able to hold off John Roberson's 28-point, 7-assist performance. All five starters for Texas Tech scored at least 10 points, while the bench added only five. Knight , who took over for his father in Feb. 20008, finished with a 50-61 overall record after tonight's game.

Tech head coach Pat Knight, son of Bobby Knight, coached his last game for the Red Raiders as he was fired earlier in the week.

Here is the Thursday schedule:

Thursday, March 10    
No. 1 Kansas vs. Oklahoma St. ESPN2 10:30 a.m.
No. 4 Kansas State vs. Colorado Big 12 Network 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. Oklahoma Big 12 Network 5:00 p.m.
No. 3 Texas A&M vs.  Missouri ESPN2 7:30 p.m.

2011 Big 12 Tournament: Oklahoma St. Edges Nebraska, 53-52

The Nebraska Cornhuskers would have liked a fonder farewell to their time in the Big 12 following today's opening round loss to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys, 53-52. The Huskers also lost their regular season finale to the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Cowboys led for the entire first half of the game, but started to lose the lead midway through the second half. Down 48-44 with 4:50 Keiton Page hit back-to-back threes to put the Cowboys back in the lead, 50-48. Eventually taking a 53-52 lead, State's Nick Sidorakis stole the ball with two seconds left to give the Cowboys the victory.

Paige had a team-high 16 points, while Matt Pilgrim was around the board all afternoon long for 12 rebounds. For Nebraska, Lance Jeter scored 17 points, grabbed four boards, dished the ball out for four assists, stole the ball twice and blocked one shot. Toney McCray and Brandon Ubel each added 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.

The Cowboys will face the Kansas Jayhawks, the conference's No. 1 seed, on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MT. ESPN 2 will televise the game.

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