Tigers advance to Big 12 championship after beating Texas 81-67

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 11:20 p.m. CST; updated 11:53 a.m. CST, Saturday, March 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY — The No. 5 Missouri men's basketball team advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game after beating Texas 81-67 on Friday night.

It was Missouri's third win against Texas this season. The Tigers are 9-0 this season against schools from the state of Texas.

Phil Pressey scored a career-high 23 points in the win, and he also had four assists.

Kim English also had a career day, shooting 90 percent from the field. English suffered a leg injury about midway through the second half but returned to the game to a large applause from the crowd. He scored 23 points.

Missouri now has a chance to win its second Big 12 tournament championship in four years. The Tigers beat Baylor in the championship game in 2009. The two teams will rematch in this year's championship game at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Missouri beat No. 12 Baylor twice this season, once at home and once in Waco. No team from the state of Texas has ever won the Big 12 tournament.


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