Texas Men’s Basketball vs. Baylor – Preview (Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship)

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No. 3 seed Texas (23-9, 11-7 Big 12) vs. No. 7 seed Baylor (23-10, 9-9 Big 12)

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:30 p.m. Central

Sprint Center (18,972) - Kansas City, Mo.

 

GAMEDAY QUICK FACTS

• TELEVISION: The game will be televised regionally in Big 12 markets on Big 12 Network and nationally in out-of-Big 12 markets on ESPNU. Brent Musburger (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (reporter) will have the call. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the Big 12 Network telecast.

• RADIO: The Longhorn Sports Network and KVET (FM 98.1/1300AM Sportsradio the Zone) broadcast every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game.

• SERIES: Texas leads, 160-82. Last meeting: Texas, 74-69 (Feb. 26, 2014; Austin, Texas)

 

NOTABLES
• FAMILIAR TERRITORY
With its 66-49 win against West Virginia last night, Texas advanced to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship semifinals for the 12th time in 16 seasons under coach Rick Barnes. UT has won five of its last seven Big 12 Championship semifinal contests entering Friday's game.

• DEFENSE WINS

The Longhorns held West Virginia to just 49 points on 30.3% FG shooting (20-of-66) during Thursday's victory. Texas limited the Mountaineers to only 14 points in the first half on 18.2% FG shooting (6-of-33), including an 0-of-8 mark from three-point range. UT improved to 19-0 this year when holding its opponent below 40% FG shooting.

• HOLMES IS EFFICIENT

Junior forward Jonathan Holmes recorded a game-high 20 points (7-of-8 FG, 2-of-3 threes, 4-of-4 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, three assists without a turnover, one block and one steal in just 18 minutes of action during Thursday's quarterfinal victory against West Virginia.

 

TEXAS VS. BAYLOR 
• Texas leads the all-time series with Baylor, 160-82, including a 29-7 mark during the Rick Barnes era.
• The Horns have won 54 of the last 68 meetings between the two schools dating back to the 1982-83 season.
• The series is tied 2-2 when the Longhorns and Bears meet in the Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor is UT's most common opponent in program history. The teams are meeting for the 243rd time on Friday. Texas and Baylor have competed in the same conference since 1915 (SWC and Big 12). The only season Texas and Baylor did not meet since 1906 was in 1908, when the Longhorns did not field a team.
• Baylor was Texas' first opponent in the program's inaugural 1906 season. The Longhorns won the first game of the series, 27-17, on March 10, 1906, in Austin. The Longhorns won all four games played against the Bears that season.

 

Texas in Conference Tournaments
Texas holds a 44-36 (.550) all-time record in league tournament games, including a 23-17 (.575) mark in its 18 trips to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. In 16 appearances during the Rick Barnes era, UT has posted a 21-15 (.583) mark in the Big 12 Championship.

Familiar Territory in the Semis

The Horns have now reached at least the semifinal round in 13 of their first 18 appearances in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Texas has advanced to the semifinals in 12 of its first 16 trips under Rick Barnes. UT has posted a 6-6 mark in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship semifinal games. The Horns have won five of their last seven Big 12 Championship semifinal contests entering Friday's game.

Looking for a Trip to the Finals ... Again

With a win in Friday's semifinal, Texas would advance to the title game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship for the sixth time in the last 11 years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014). Texas has reached the finals of its conference tournament 11 times in the last 23 years, including five times in the Southwest Conference (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996) and six times in the Big 12 (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011). UT has claimed two league postseason tournament titles, both coming during its time in the SWC (1994 and 1995).

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.