9:30 PM ET, March 8, 2012
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Barnes has believed all along that Texas is safely in the NCAA tournament. That didn't stop him from playing a psychological trick on his team during an impassioned halftime speech Thursday night.The Longhorns were struggling against Iowa State (No. 25 AP), and Barnes told them deep inside the Sprint Center to make their choice: the NIT or the NCAA tournament. They could make their decision over the final 20 minutes, effectively taking it out of the hands of a committee holed up in a board room.
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Big 12 Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-68 (.368)||26-60 (.433)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-15 (.200)||5-18 (.278)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-24 (.750)||8-9 (.889)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|