Thursday, Mar 11, 2010, 8:30 PM CST
Big 12 Tournament - Quarterfinals - Sprint Center (18,897) * Kansas City, MO
TV: ESPN2 (Musburger & Knight) * Radio: KVET
Ken Pom Ratings: Texas #13 / Baylor #12
Ken Pom Predictor: Baylor 75-74 (71 possessions)
Texas has seen Baylor twice already this season and suffered losses both times. Baylor won in Austin 80-77 OT in January and embarassed the Longhorns, 92-77, in Waco just last Saturday.
People always say that it is difficult to beat a team three times in the same season. I've never understood that. If you already won twice against a given team, haven't you proven two times that you are probably the better team and likely to be the better team no matter how many times you play. Anyway, I hope that old drop of sports wisdom comes true tonight, and Texas gets revenge against Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears.
Quickly and once again, here's how the 'Horns would do it--
1) On defense, cut off dribble penetration, stick to shooters like Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn, box out and keep Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, and Ekpe Udoh off the offensive glass, and get back in transition.
2) On offense, attack the weak Baylor zone from the high post, run the offense through Damion James, and don't waste possessions with turnovers or quick shots.