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Baylor Vs. Missouri Final: Bears Defense Implodes In 90-75 Loss

Baylor's defense was helpless before Missouri's offensive onslaught in the Big 12 Championship Game, rendering a strong offensive effort meaningless in a 90-75 loss in Kansas City.

The 1-3-1 zone created huge driving lanes for Phil Pressey and Marcus Denmon, who took turns penetrating into the heart of Baylor's defense.

Five different Tigers scored at least 15 points, with Michael Dixon running the offense off the bench while Kim English and Ricardo Ratliffe worked off their teammates to knock down wide-open shots from all over the floor.

English was the difference in the game, as he was able to battle Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller into a draw in the paint as well as knock down 5-8 three-point attempts en route to scoring a game-high 19 points.

The Bears defensive collapse overshadowed a strong and balanced offensive effort which featured huge contributions from the inconsistent bench duo of AJ Walton and Deuce Bello, who combined for 21 points and 10 rebounds.

With Jones, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, playing his best basketball of the season, Baylor will be a tough out for anyone in the country. However, they'll need a much stronger defensive effort to make it out of the first weekend, much less make a run to the Final Four.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.