Rock M Nation is in Kansas City covering the Big 12 Championship:
KANSAS CITY—The No. 6 Texas Longhorns took the No. 11 Iowa St. Cyclones’ best shot, battling back and forth for 35 minutes until Texas finally pulled away for a 82-75 win.
Damion James had one of two double-doubles for Texas, leading the Horns with 25 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Gary Johnson had the other, contributing 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Texas now moves on to face No. 3 Baylor in the ESPN2-televised nightcap game tomorrow. Although top-seeded Kansas is the runaway favorite to win the tournament, the ruthlessly efficient Bears have become a trendy darkhorse pick to take the title.
Baylor swept the season series against Texas, sneaking out a win in Austin in January and annihilating the Longhorns in Waco last Saturday.