Big 12 Tournament Preview

The Texas Longhorns will play at least three games during this week's Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. Burnt Orange Beat provides a look at the tournament for the 'Horns in addition to a look back at the regular season, including some postseason awards and honors.

The 2009 Big 12 Conference regular season has finally come to an end. The league's most competitive year ever saw five teams still in contention for the championship when Texas kicked off its series with Texas A&M two weeks ago.

The Texas Longhorns prevailed by just one-half game over the Oklahoma Sooners, although Texas locked up the title during the previous week. UT's Sunday victory over the Aggies—a tight one-run affair—ultimately proved to be the difference in the race.

The '09 regular season had its share of surprises. Both Kansas State and Kansas figure to play in the NCAA Regionals next weekend, and those two clubs combined to go 5-0-1 against the Longhorns.

Texas will see both in this week's Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.

While there were some fun surprises this season, there were some major disappointments.

Entering Big 12 play, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were ranked 11th in the nation and had swept Arizona on the road before splitting a pair of games against Cal State Fullerton.

Despite being one of the nation's more talented clubs, OSU failed to even qualify for the conference tournament, finishing with a 9-16 league record.

The Baylor Bears were just one-half game better than the Cowboys. After a win against that OSU club, Baylor stood at 25-11 and 10-6 in the league, ranked 12th in the country. The Bears appeared to be in contention for a top 8 national seed.

That would be Baylor's last conference win. They went on to drop their last 10 league games, many of them in blowout fashion.

Baylor plays the ‘Horns on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CST.

Previewing the Big 12 Tournament


1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Missouri
4. Kansas State
5. Kansas
6. Texas A&M
7. Texas Tech
8. Baylor

The Big 12 Tournament's round robin format means the eight clubs will be separated into two brackets. The 1, 4, 5 and 8 seeds will play each other on one side, while 2, 3, 6 and 7 go toe-to-toe on the other.

The Longhorns will play three games within their bracket. The team with the best record after those three games advances to Sunday's championship game. Each team gets one day off during the tournament, and Texas' is on Friday.

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. CST

Texas: Cole Green, So., RHP (4-2, 2.85 ERA...72.2 IP, 64 H, 21 BB, 50 K)
Baylor: Logan Verrett, Fr., RHP (7-1, 4.50 ERA...52.0 IP, 67 H, 17 BB, 60 K)

Thursday, 3:00 p.m. CST

Texas: Chance Ruffin, So., RHP (8-2, 2.96 ERA...91.1 IP, 79 H, 19 BB, 85 K)
Kansas: T.J. Walz, So., RHP (8-1, 3.50 ERA...74.2 IP, 69 H, 27 BB, 80 K)

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. CST

Texas: Taylor Jungmann, Fr., RHP (6-3, 1.88 ERA...62.1 IP, 44 H, 24 BB, 73 K)
Kansas State: Todd Vogel, Sr., RHP (4-1, 5.20 ERA...45.0 IP, 49 H, 9 BB, 27 K)

2009 Burnt Orange Beat Postseason All-Big 12 Awards and Team


During our season preview in February, we picked the conference rankings and All-Big 12 teams. Clearly it was a strange year for the Big 12. While we did predict Texas to win the conference, that was about the only projection that held up [Oklahoma State was third and Baylor fourth while K-State and Kansas placed ninth and tenth, respectively].

So, without further ado, let us present our postseason All-Big 12 team.

Player of the Year: J.T. Wise, Oklahoma
Pitcher of the Year: A.J. Morris, Kansas State
Coach of the Year: Brad Hill, Kansas State
Newcomer of the Year: Joe Patterson, Texas A&M
Freshman of the Year: Taylor Jungmann, Texas

C: J.T. Wise, Sr. (Oklahoma)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.375 184 10 17 56 45 2 20 34 .428 .707


1B: Chris Richburg, Sr. (Texas Tech)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.350 197 12 13 58 50 3 37 41 .464 .629


2B: Brodie Greene, Jr. (Texas A&M)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.352 193 11 11 33 42 10 7 24 .398 .591


SS: Bryant Hernandez, Jr. (Oklahoma)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.360 222 12 11 58 62 10 15 48 .406 .590


3B: Tony Thompson, So. (Kansas)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.362 218 22 18 74 51 1 19 34 .420 .711


OF: Micheal Dabbs, Sr. (Oklahoma State)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.335 179 12 13 38 42 11 12 42 .398 .687


OF: Greg Folgia, Jr. (Missouri)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.340 200 15 12 64 52 0 27 48 N/A N/A


OF: Casey Johnson, So. (Oklahoma)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.322 183 10 7 41 39 9 35 54 .432 .536


DH: Joe Patterson, Jr. (Texas A&M)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.364 118 3 10 43 21 1 6 22 .433 .644


UT: Brooks Raley, So. (Texas A&M)

AVG AB 2B HR RBI R SB BB SO OBP SLG
.312 189 17 1 20 39 23 38 30 .435 .439

W-L IP H BB SO ERA
7-2 90.1 69 21 92 3.09


SP: A.J. Morris, Jr. (Kansas State)

W-L IP H BB SO ERA
12-1 100.2 76 24 91 1.61


SP: Chance Ruffin, So. (Texas)

W-L IP H BB SO ERA
8-2 91.1 79 19 85 2.96


SP: Kyle Gibson, Jr. (Missouri)

W-L IP H BB SO ERA
9-3 92.2 86 15 116 3.69


RP: Austin Wood, Sr. (Texas)

W-L IP H BB SO ERA
5-1 57.2 47 8 48 2.18



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