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Cade Davis scores 24 as OU wins Big 12 Tournament opener

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma senior guard Cade Davis continued his late-season surge, scoring 24 points to lead the Sooners to an 84-67 win over Baylor on Wednesday night in a first-round Big 12 Tournament game at the Sprint Center.

OU (14-17) will play No. 10-ranked Texas (25-6) tonight in a quarterfinal game.

Playing the best ball of his career the final month, Davis has averaged 21.3 points the past six games.

Considered a longshot team for an NCAA Tournament berth if they made a run in the conference tournament, the Bears played without freshman star Perry Jones III. He was suspended earlier in the day by the NCAA.

Jones, a 6-foot-11 forward projected to be a top five pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, was suspended for the remainder of the season Tuesday for improper benefits when he was a high school player on the AAU circuit.

Baylor (18-13) is appealing the ruling but it would only apply to Jones possibly playing in the NIT since he's expected to turn pro.

Wednesday's box score

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Big 12 Tournament: Oklahoma vs. Texas

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: KOCB-34 (Cox channel 11)

Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7

Webcast: ESPN3.com

Series: OU leads 47-31

Three things to know

*Texas swept the regular-season series, winning 66-46 in Austin, 68-52 in Norman.

*OU senior guard Cade Davis has averaged 21.3 points the past six games.

*The Longhorns are ranked No. 10 in both national polls.

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