Baylor forward Taurean Prince (21) looks for an opening around the defense of Texas guard Kendal Yancy (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas to meet Baylor in Big 12 tournament opener at 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Posted March 5th, 2016

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The Big 12 regular season came to a close on Saturday, and what lies ahead may be the toughest conference tournament in America.

No. 4 seed Texas (20-11) will face No. 5 Baylor (21-10) in the quarterfinal round at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The winner will likely meet top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals.

Coach Shaka Smart’s club closed out the regular season with a 62-50 win over Oklahoma State on Friday. The Baylor Bears finished the regular season on Saturday with a 69-58 home loss to West Virginia.

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The Longhorns and Bears split the regular-season series this year. Texas won 67-59 in Waco. Then, the Bears came to Austin and walloped the Horns, 78-64.

“At the end of the day, they don’t like us and we don’t like them,” Baylor’s Taurean Prince said on Feb. 20. “But I guess we agree to disagree. We knew they beat us at home, so we had to get one here. We couldn’t let them sweep us.”

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