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First round of Big 12 tournament shakes out as predicted

By Danilynn Welniak, dwelniak@kwch.com
Published On: Mar 12 2014 11:22:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 11:34:11 PM CDT
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The first round of the Big 12 Championship Tournament in Kansas City played out as most expected on Wednesday. The Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated Texas Tech 80-62 and will face the No. 1 seed Kansas in the quarterfinals Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. The Baylor Bears also defeated TCU 76-68 and will advance to face the No. 2 seeded Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m.

Here are the full releases from the AP:

Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

Marcus Smart left one last impression on Texas Tech, scoring 18 points and leading seventh-seeded Oklahoma State to an 80-62 victory over the ninth-seeded Red Raiders on Wednesday night in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
    
Smart also had seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the Cowboys (21-11), who built a 46-23 lead by halftime and then cruised into Thursdays' quarterfinal against top-seeded Kansas.
    
Markel Brown had 20 points, Phil Forte added 14 off the bench and Le'Bryan Nash scored 10 for Oklahoma State, which has never lost in 10 first-round games at the Big 12 tournament.
    
Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders (14-18) with 20 points. Dejan Kravic added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
    
Their victory also meant first-year Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith finished with a losing record for the first time in 23 seasons, spanning stints at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota.

 Baylor vs. TCU

Cory Jefferson scored 20 points, Isaiah Austin added 18 and seventh-seeded Baylor held on to beat pesky TCU 76-68 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
    
Royce O'Neale added 14 points and 12 boards for the Bears (22-10), who advanced to play No. 2 seed Oklahoma in Thursday's quarterfinals with their eighth win in their last nine games.
    
No. 10 seed TCU (9-22) trailed by as many as 17 in the second half, but behind 19 points from Karviar Shepherd, closed to within 69-63 with 2:32 left to play.
    
The Bears went back to Austin and the 7-footer scored while getting fouled. He made the free throw to restore a 72-63 cushion.
    
Shepherd answered by making one of two free throws for the Horned Frogs, but Austin scored at the other end with just over a minute remaining to wrap up the victory.

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