KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baylor learned a hard lesson Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
Being the favorite isn't easy. Everybody loves the underdog.
A hungry Colorado team, playing for little more than school pride, shot 72 percent in the first half and then bullied its way to a 91-84 double-overtime victory at Sprint Center.
The Buffaloes became the first No. 12 seed to win a game in the 12-year history of this event. Colorado meets No. 4 seed Oklahoma in today's quarterfinals.
Baylor's Curtis Jerrells had 20 points, and Henry Dugat scored 19. But Colorado's Marcus Hall ran the give-and-go to perfection and piled up 10 assists and 25 points. Buffaloes senior Richard Roby was on the receiving end of those passes and finished with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
"We came out a little flat against a team that wants to win for their seniors," Baylor's Kevin Rogers said. "It came back to bite us."
The Bears hadn't been a No. 5 seed since 1998. They now have to hold their breath Sunday to see if they will get in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buffaloes sliced and diced their way to a 44-31 halftime lead after making 18 of 25 shots. It was the best shooting percentage in a half in Big 12 tournament history.
"We knew that we had to drive the ball and get away from the jump shot and not fall in love with the jumper," Hall said. "That's what got us to shoot 70-something percent in the first half."
Texas A&M 60, Iowa St. 47: Donald Sloan and Dominique Kirk had 12 points each, and the Aggies held the Cyclones to 28 percent shooting. It was an ugly, physical game, with lots of pushing and shoving under the basket and plenty of missed shots. Texas A&M, the sixth seed, smothered Iowa State defensively and did just enough on offense to hang on for its second win in 13 Big 12 tournament games. Brian Davis added 10 points for the Aggies, who move on to face third-seeded Kansas State in the quarterfinals today. Iowa State missed 14 straight shots midway through the first half, then missed seven more at the end, finally getting a shot to fall when Craig Brackens hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Cyclones shot 7-for-33 in the half, managing just 17 points.
Nebraska 61, Missouri 56: Aleks Maric had 17 points and 13 rebounds and muscled inside to make a key block in the final seconds to lead the Cornhuskers. Maric, a 6-foot-11 senior, moved past Tyronn Lue and Erick Strickland into sixth place on the school's career scoring charts with his 38th double double in a conference game, the most by any active Big 12 player.
Okla. State 76, Texas Tech 72: James Anderson scored 18 and hit the clinching free throws with four seconds to go, lifting the Cowboys past the Red Raiders. Texas Tech led by as many as five in the second half, but missed three of its four free throws with about three minutes to go and could not stop point guard Byron Eaton down the stretch. Eaton made a 12-foot jumper for a 73-70 lead with 45 seconds left, then hit a free throw to make it 74-70. After Charlie Burgess sliced the lead to 74-72, Anderson hit two more free throws. The Cowboys face top-seeded Texas today.