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Texas Vs. Missouri Final: Tigers Offense Too Much In 81-67 Loss

The Texas Longhorns battled for most of the game, but they were ultimately unable to withstand Missouri's balanced offensive attack in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Texas lost 81-67 in a back-and-forth and occasionally chippy game between a Missouri team looking to take advantage of Kansas' loss earlier in the day and a Longhorns team trying to move off the NCAA Tournament bubble.

With the loss, Texas will have to hold their breath on Selection Sunday. They are still favored to make the field of 68, but with a 20-13 record, it isn't totally guaranteed.

Despite getting only 2 points and 0-10 shooting from leading scorer Marcus Denmon, the Tigers put on an offensive barrage. Kim English had one of the best games of his career, scoring 23 points on 9-10 shooting while knocking down perimeter jumpers from all over the floor.

Missouri also got huge games from Ricardo Ratliffe, who finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Phil Pressey, who scored 23 points while knocking down 5-7 from beyond the arc.

J'Covan Brown, who had a scary fall in the second half into the bank of cameras behind the basket, scored 21 points but he never got into the flow of the game against the waves of long and athletic Tiger defenders. With Myck Kabongo struggling to keep pace with Pressey, Texas was unable to withstand Brown's 4 turnovers and 8-20 shooting.

Few teams in the country have improved as much as the Longhorns over the course of the season, now Texas will have to wait to see if the selection committee thinks it's been enough.

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