Mizzou Leaving Big 12 With Basketball Championship

141128033 Mizzou Leaving Big 12 With Basketball Championship

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10: Ricardo Ratliffe #10 of the Missouri Tigers and Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears vie for position during the championship game of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is leaving the Big 12 on top.

Kim English capped a phenomenal conference tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and eight assists, and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night to win their second championship in the past four years.

The Tigers (30-4), who led from start to finish, will head off to the Southeastern Conference next year savoring a title in coach Frank Haith’s first season in charge.

English wound up 29 of 40 from the field in a virtuoso performance in Kansas City. Michael Dixon added 17 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 15 each.

Perry Jones III led Baylor (27-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Heslip scored 14 and Deuce Bello came off the bench to add 13 for the Bears, who were turned away short of their first conference tournament title since 1950.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • jeff wolfe

    The Big 12 Conference is the best football conference in the nation top to bottom 2011. The Big 12 is the best basketball conference in the nation judged by Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Texas A&M and more. So why has the Big 12 lost 25% of it’s membership in 18 months? Be a real journalist and shine the light of day on the worst conference plan in the history of college sports. The eyes of the nation are upon Texas.

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