The Texas Longhorns blew a 10-point halftime lead, or if you prefer the Baylor Bears overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win 77-72. Baylor outscored Texas 51 to 36 in the second half to get a much needed win.
In the second half Baylor kept chipping away at Texas' lead and finally took their first lead of the second half when Perry Jones III hit a jumper with 7:03 left in the game to give Baylor a 56-55 lead. Baylor then took the lead for good when Quincy Acy made a layup to give Baylor a 67-65 lead with 3:37 left in the game.
The Baylor Bears are trying to recover from their recent struggles where they have lost three of their last four, but the way the game against the Texas Longhorns is going that losing streak may continue. Texas is leading Baylor 36-26 at the half and Baylor is lucky that the margin is not larger as they are shooting 26 percent compared to Texas' 50 percent from the field.
Texas is certainly on the bubble for NCAA Tournament consideration, but which side is still to be determined. At 17-10 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play entering tonight's game against Baylor, the Longhorns are without a signature win to boost their at-large resume. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News mentions this scenario, and barring an upset against Kansas, Baylor could be Texas' last shot at an impressive win:
So the Longhorns find themselves with one more win-and-in, lose-and-out game against Baylor, which has concerns of its own. Conventional wisdom says Texas needs to beat Baylor or Kansas to have that elusive signature win to impress the selection committee, barring a Big 12 tournament run. In Texas' defense, it's a much better team now that the group that lost to North Carolina State and Oregon State in November and even better than last month. The young players seem to be responding to Rick Barnes and could be an even tougher out in the NCAA Tournament than the last couple of Texas teams.