DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points and Missouri (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) ended Baylor's surprising run through the Big 12 tournament, grinding down the Bears 73-60 to win their first postseason conference title in 16 years.
LaceDarius Dunn hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining and Baylor ended a 24-game losing streak against Texas, advancing to the Big 12 championship game for the first time with a 76-70 victory Friday night.
Curtis Jerrells scored 19 points and Kevin Rogers had 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Baylor dominated on the boards and beat Nebraska 65-49 Wednesday in the opening game of the Big 12 tournament.
Defending a national championship is hard enough, but try doing it without a single returning starter and with seven newcomers. That's Bill Self's problem this season, and improving Oklahoma and Texas teams look ready to knock off the Jayhawks.