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FORT HOOD ­— The first half didn’t go quite as Baylor planned Saturday night at the Abrams Physical Fitness Center, but the second made up for it. 

WACO — For two years — including a full season in which he watched Baylor win its first Big 12 title from the sidelines — Johnny Jefferson waited for his chance to contribute in an expanded role for the Bear offense.

WACO — Saturday’s Big 12 men’s basketball contest at the Ferrell Center may have featured schools based in Waco and Norman, Okla., but two of the stars that played a big part in the game had their beginnings in Harker Heights and Killeen. 

After the Big 12 Conference was officially informed last week that it was persona non grata in the inaugural College Football Playoff, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he’d “go back to the drawing board,” do some reviewing, on how his 10-school fraternity should move forward.

WACO — Nearly a year to the day after Baylor saw its national title hopes vanish into the Stillwater air against Oklahoma State, the No. 6 Bears avoided the same fate on a rainy evening Saturday in Waco.