NCAA Tournament: How did the Big 12 do during the round of 32?

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Baylor guard Matthew Mayer (24) blocks the shot of Wisconsin forward Micah Potter (11) in the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(KXAN/AP) — The Big 12’s perfect NCAA Tournament first round record was ruined by the Texas Longhorns Saturday night.

With Texas’ shocking loss to No. 14-seed Abilene Christian, the Big 12 finished the first days of the “Big Dance” with a 6-1 record. The Longhorns became just the 22nd team to lose to the No. 14 as a No. 3 seed in the tournament.

Halfway through the second round, the Big 12’s sterling start to the tournament has crumbled. So far, Baylor is the only team to advance out to the Sweet 16. Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia have been eliminated.

Round of 32 matchups

  • No. 1 Baylor (WIN) vs. No. 9 Wisconsin
  • No. 3 West Virginia (LOSS) vs. No. 11 Syracuse
  • No. 6 Texas Tech (LOSS) vs. No. 3 Arkansas
  • No. 4 Oklahoma State (LOSS) vs. No. 12 Oregon State
  • No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 6 USC | CBS | Monday
  • No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Gonzaga | CBS | Monday

Big 12 Results

Baylor dominates to reach Sweet 16

Baylor appears to be back in form after its February/March pause due to COVID-19 protocols. The No. 1-seeded Bears stifled Wisconsin’s offense, winning 76-63 to advance to the Sweet 16.

Baylor finished the first half with a flurry of 3-pointers to grab a 42-29 halftime lead. The second half turned into a bit of a slog, but the Bears maintained a comfortable edge and sealed the game at the free throw line.

Westlake product Matthew Mayer led Baylor with 17 points off the bench. Mark Vital provided the highlight-reel play off the assist from Mayer.

Syracuse stuns West Virginia, eliminating the Mountaineers

Syracuse used another prolific shooting night from 3-point range for a 75-72 win over No. 3 West Virginia. Syracuse’s staple 2-3 zone perplexed West Virginia, which shot 37.1% from the field.

More than half of Syracuse’s baskets were 3-pointers.

West Virginia cut its deficit to one at 60-59 with a Miles McBride 3-pointer with 5:10 remaining, but Buddy Boeheim answered right back to push Syracuse’s lead to four.

Texas Tech misses two layups against Arkansas in final minutes

Justin Smith had 20 points and played a key role in a final-play defensive stop, helping Arkansas beat Texas Tech 68-66 in the NCAA Tournament. That secured the program’s first trip to the Sweet 16 in a quarter-century.

In the final seconds of a tense finish, Smith found himself defending Kyler Edwards beyond the 3-point arc. Edwards drove into the paint with Smith on his hip and missed a layup, with Arkansas grabbing the rebound and running out the clock.

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 20 points for the sixth-seeded Red Raiders.

Oregon State shocks Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

Ethan Thompson scored 26 points and No. 12 seed Oregon State neutralized Oklahoma State and star freshman Cade Cunningham, rolling to an 80-70 upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Maurice Calloo, who transferred from Oklahoma State, scored 15 points and Jarod Lucas also had 15 for the Beavers, who advanced to play eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in a Midwest Region Sweet 16 matchup that few could have predicted.

Cunningham, a first-team All-American and possible top NBA draft pick, scored 24 points for Oklahoma State. But the fourth-seeded Cowboys wasted possessions down the stretch by failing to get him the ball.

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