Led by Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor enters its matchup in the women’s NCAA Tournament against Iowa as confident as ever.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is already talking about the NCAA Final Four that will be played two years from now in Dallas, about 100 miles from the Waco campus.
TaShawn Thomas powered his way to 18 points inside and versatile Buddy Hield added 15 to lead third-seeded Oklahoma past Albany 69-60.
The Big 12 spent all season puffing out its chest. The league pointed to its RPI, that mercurial number that only seems to take on meaning in March, and the number of teams it had in the Top 25 as evidence of its superiority.
R.J. Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor
Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday
With Big 12 player of the year Nina Davis and national assists leader Niya Johnson, the fifth-ranked Lady Bears will open the NCAA Tournament at home for the fourth time in five years.
The Big 12 again has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament.
An 18-foot jumper capped a dramatic 12-0 closing run, giving the Cyclones a 69-67 victory over the Longhorns in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Buddy Hield scored 22 points, TaShawn Thomas added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 15 Sooners took advantage of an early second-half run to beat Oklahoma State 64-49 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Taurean Prince scored 18 points off the bench, Royce O’Neale added 16 and No. 16 Baylor pulled away late to beat No. 18 West Virginia 80-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Behind the inspired play of its flashy point guard and bruising forward, the seventh-seeded Longhorns put away Texas Tech 65-53 on Wednesday night to help its NCAA tournament hopes.