• WHEN/WHERE: 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center
• TV : KMCI (Ch. 38)
• ABOUT TEXAS (22-9) : Texas has reached the semifinals in 12 of 17 Big 12 Tournaments, including 11 times in Rick Barnes’ 15 first 15 years. The Longhorns have played for the title five times, dropping all of the games, including four to Kansas. Texas can defend. The Longhorns lead the Big 12 field-goal percentage defense, limiting teams to 40.1 percent from the floor. They’re also the league’s top rebounding team at 41.8 per game.
• ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (17-14): The Mountaineers, in their second appearance, look for their first Big 12 tournament victory. They dropped a game to Texas Tech at the buzzer last year. West Virginia last won a conference tournament game in 2010, when it swept the Big East championship and advanced to the Final Four. Juwan Staten is one of the league’s top players. He leads the Big 12 in scoring at 18.4 and assists at 5.9, and nobody gets to the free-line more (239 attempts).
• BOTTOM LINE: The Longhorns won both teams in the regular season by double digits. The Texas backcourt played solid defense in the victories, but the Longhorns’ advantage is up front with Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert. It should be enough to push Texas in the semifinal.