#7 Texas edges #3 Kansas 76-56 for the Big 12 title


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The players gathered on the Texas bench, in front of interim coach Rodney Terry and in the middle section of the T-Mobile Center, where they wanted to win the Big 12 crown. Champions Cup.

After the season they’ve had, who can blame them?

It all started under the darkest of clouds with the sacking of their head coach Chris Bird after an incident at home. Terry was tasked with the difficult task of leading the Longhorns through a tough schedule in what many called one of the toughest conferences in college basketball history.

But after finishing as runner-up to Kansas in the regular season, the seventh-seeded Longhorns proved they were champions Saturday night, knocking off the third-seeded Jayhawks 76-56 in the Big 12 final.

Dylan Disu scored 18 points and became the best player of the tournament. Marcus Carr and Sir Jabari Rice, who also landed on the all-tournament team, each had 17. Almost everyone in burnt orange helped stop the Jayhawks, who were chasing their second straight tournament title.

“There probably hasn’t been a tough team in terms of challenges or direction,” Terry said, his voice hoarse for a long time. “There were no nights off. This tournament, we knew it was going to be tough, but we were really excited about it, the attitude and the attitude of these guys – they wanted to be champions and they were.

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