The Longhorn side of the double elimination bracket includes the Cowboys, Aggies and Huskers, all teams which Texas took two of three from during the regular season. If the Horns win Wednesday, they will face the winner of the OSU-A&M game at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening with the winner of that one in the driver's seat to make Sunday's championship game. A Texas loss to Nebraska on Wednesday would pit the Horns against the loser of the Cowboys-Aggies contest in a 1 p.m. elimination game on Thursday.
Texas has won the last two conference tourney titles, sweeping through the field after losing the opener in '02, culminating in a championship game win over Nebraska, and then fighting through the loser's bracket again last year to face and beat Baylor in 10 innings for the title.
Heading into the tournament, UT's overall record of 48-11 is better than either of its last two championship squads (43-13 in the national title year of '02 and 38-16 in '03). Despite Sunday's regular-season ending, 7-1 setback to A&M in College Station, the Horns also earned their best ever conference mark at 19-7. The '02 club, which also won the regular season conference crown, finished at 19-8.
Since the inception of the Big 12 ('97 baseball season), UT and A&M are tied for the third-most tournament victories with 12 each. Nebraska, which took three straight tourney titles from 1999-2001 with a 14-2 mark, leads the pack with Oklahoma No. 2 with 14 wins.