No. 24 Baylor Sticks No. 6 Texas With Overtime Upset In Austin, 80-77

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After Upset Win Over Texas, Look Out For Baylor Come March

After sixth-ranked Texas fell to No. 24 Baylor late Saturday afternoon, the temptation is to focus on the Longhorns' fading hopes for a high NCAA seed. But you might not want to overlook the Bears' chances of rising up the bracket.

The Bears were an 8 seed in my Monday bracket, and they'll probably rise a little in my next projection. (How far, I can't say for sure, especially since they fell at home to Kansas State on Tuesday.)

However, Baylor's remaining schedule is extremely favorable, which suggests they should rise in the coming weeks. They face three teams from the Big 12 North, including weaklings Iowa State and Nebraska, play Texas Tech and Texas A&M and travel to both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, teams they beat easily at home. To close the regular season, the Bears host Texas in Waco.

That's five home games and five away contests that are all fairly winnable.

With a backcourt featuring veterans LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter and a rapidly improving interior presence in Ekpe Udoh, Baylor has the ingredients to be a team you don't want to be paired against in March. Just ask the Longhorns.

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Longhorns Blog: Texas May Have Played Its Way Out Of Big 12 Title Shot

Texas' 80-77 overtime loss to Baylor is sure to knock the Longhorns down the rankings, so disappointment is a given. Our Texas blog, Burnt Orange Nation, has some immediate thoughts on how this impacts the team's season.

[D]epending on the outcome of the Kansas vs. Kansas State game later this evening, Texas may have just played its way out of a run at the conference title. (Pull for the Wildcats tonight.)

This loss hurts, but it will hurt even more if Texas doesn't regroup quickly. How the Longhorns perform over the next ten days will be the difference on Selection Sunday between a protected #2 seed (maybe an AW pipe dream at this point) and a #4 or #5 seed.

Click through to read the rest. And be sure to check back with Burnt Orange Nation for a full game review in the near future.

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In Progress: No. 6 Texas Faces Challenge From No. 24 Baylor

For more, check in with our Longhorns blog, Burnt Orange Nation.

Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Ekpe Udoh missed all 11 of his shots in regulation but poured in six points early in overtime to stake No. 24 Baylor to a lead they would never relinquish, as the Bears dealt sixth-ranked Texas yet another crushing defeat, 80-77, in a key Big 12 tussle from the Erwin Center.

Tweety Carter dropped 27 points for Baylor but nearly gave the game away with two of his seven turnovers coming at critical points in OT. A.J. Walton helped offset the mistakes by hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the extra session, including two with 10.2 seconds remaining to finish with 14 points.

LaceDarius Dunn added a dozen points, and Quincy Acy had half of his eight points come in OT, as Baylor (16-4, 3-3 Big 12) avoided a second straight heart-breaking defeat following a 76-74 decision at home to Kansas State on Tuesday.

Damion James had 20 points and 19 rebounds before fouling out in overtime for the Longhorns (18-3, 4-2 Big 12), who have lost three of their last four games since rising to the top of the polls following a 17-0 start to the season.

J'Covan Brown had five of his 15 points come in OT but missed an attempt at a game-tying three in the final moments. Avery Bradley ultimately had the last look on a set-up play with 1.2 seconds to go, but he too caught only iron.

Dexter Pittman chipped in with 14 points for Texas, whose ultimate undoing was at the free throw line, where they shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31). The Longhorns made just 2-of-4 in their last two trips to the line and were 4-of-8 overall in overtime.

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