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March 10, 2012

Tip Time Preview: Big 12 title game


Baylor Bears at Missouri Tigers
Saturday, March 10th 2012 - 5:00 P.M. Central
TV: ESPN (Brent Musberger/Bob Knight) / RADIO: Tiger Radio Network
Missouri Tigers (29-4, 16-4 Big 12)
Streak: Won 4
Last Game: Beat Texas 81-67
G Phil Pressey (Career-high 23 points, 4 assists vs UT) SO 5-10 175
G Matt Pressey (21 points in two games before UT) SR 6-2 185
G Marcus Denmon (18 ppg, 54 pts in last two) SR 6-3 185
F Kim English (20-23 FG, 50 pts in Big 12 tournament) SR 6-6 200
F Ricardo Ratliffe (18 pts, 14 rebs vs UT) SR 6-8 240

Baylor Bears (27-6, 14-6 Big 12)
Streak: Won 2
Last Game: Beat Kansas 81-72
GPierre Jackson (26 pts, 15 assts, 8 rebs in tournament) JR 5-10 180
G Brady Heslip (27 pts, 6-13 3-pt FG in tournament) SO 6-2 180
F Perry Jones III (49 pts, 18 rebs in tournament) SO 6-11 235
F Quincy Acy (21 pts, 13 rebs in tournament) SR 6-7 235
F Quincy Miller (49 points in two games vs Mizzou) FR 6-9 210

Win the Point

Pierre Jackson has 27 points and 15 assists in two games in this tournament. Phil Pressey has 27 points and 16 assists. It is a matchup of the two best point guards in the league and the two most important players to their team. The winner of this matchup may be taking home a trophy.
Get Denmon Going Early

Marcus Denmon hasn't had many nights like he did against Texas. The Tiger senior missed all ten shots he took and scored just two points. Missouri was good enough to beat Texas without much from its leading man. It likely can't have another off night from Denmon if it's going to beat a Baylor team that is playing its best basketball of the season.
Find Brady Heslip

Kansas was making a run and looked poise to take down the Bears. Then Brady Heslip shot them out of the tournament. Heslip hit three of his four three-pointers in the final five minutes as Baylor won going away. He is perhaps the league's most lethal shooter when he is left open. Missouri can't let him beat them three at a time.

Quincy Acy on facing Mizzou

" I mean, we're ready for an away game. We're in their state, we know it's going to be tough. But that's the same with all the teams we've played so far. So it's the same, really"
Kim English on not playing Kansas

"Our coaches didn't come here early to scout Kansas. They came here to see what both teams do. And we were prepared to beat Baylor tomorrow and try our best. We came here just wanting to win the Big 12 Championship, no matter who it was against."

Missouri 84-82

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