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KU carries torch for conference yet again

Jayhawks own three of league’s six all-time Final Four appearances

The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

April 2, 2008

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2008 NCAA Tournament
The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

The Jayhawks hoist the Midwest Regional trophy following their victory over Davidson on Sunday in Detroit. Kansas is trying to become the first league school in the Big 12 era to win a national championship.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self's April 1 pre-Final Four press conference

KU coach Bill Self met with the media in Hadl Auditorium Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Final Four, in which his team is part of history, with all four one-seeds having advanced to San Antonio. Self talked in-depth about gameplanning for North Carolina, plus again denied rumors that he will leave Kansas the end of the year to take over at his alma mater for Sean Sutton, who resigned earlier in the day as the Oklahoma State men's basketball coach.

2008 NCAA Tournament

Get your March Madness fix at KUSports.com.

If Kansas were to capture its third national championship this season, it wouldn't be a stretch to say it would be the most prominent victory in the history of the Big 12 Conference.

Since the Big 12's inception in the 1996-97 season, here's a list of national champions, starting in 1997: Arizona (Pac-10), Kentucky (SEC), Connecticut (Big East), Michigan State (Big 10), Duke (ACC), Maryland (ACC), Syracuse (Big East), Connecticut (Big East), North Carolina (ACC), Florida (SEC) and Florida (SEC).

All major BCS conferences are accounted for on that list, with the exception of the Big 12.

The conference certainly has had its chances. Since 1996-97, six Big 12 teams have made the Final Four.

In fact, that's more than any other conference in the nation.

Kansas (2003, New Orleans) is the only Big 12 team to have played in a national title game.

Here are the other five Big 12 teams, to go along with the 2008 Jayhawks, to reach the Final Four:

2004 Oklahoma State Cowboys (2 seed)

Lost to: Georgia Tech, 67-65, semifinals

Key players: Tony Allen (Boston Celtics guard), Joey Graham (Toronto Raptors guard/forward), John Lucas (Houston Rockets guard)

Record since Final Four: 82-52 (.612)

2003 Kansas Jayhawks (2 seed)

Lost to: Syracuse, 81-78, finals

Key players: Nick Collison (Seattle Sonics forward), Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls guard), Keith Langford (NBADL), Aaron Miles (Europe), Jeff Graves, Michael Lee (KU graduate student manager)

Record since Final Four: 140-32 (.814)

2003 Texas Longhorns (1 seed)

Lost to: Syracuse, 95-84, semifinals

Key players: T.J. Ford (Toronto Raptors guard), Royal Ivey (Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward), James Thomas, Brandon Mouton, Brad Buckman

Record since Final Four: 131-43 (.753)

2002 Kansas Jayhawks (1 seed)

Lost to: Maryland, 97-88, semifinals

Key players: Collison, Drew Gooden (Chicago Bulls forward), Hinrich, Miles, Jeff Boschee

Record since Final Four: 170-40 (.810)

2002 Oklahoma Sooners (2 seed)

Lost to: Indiana, 73-64, semifinals

Key players: Hollis Price, Quannas White, Ebi Ere, Aaron McGhee, Jabahri Brown

Record since Final Four: 131-62 (.679)

Comments

Jock Navels 6 years, 8 months ago

Kansas University has 4 national titles in basketball. 2 were earned before the NCAA tournament came into existence. But they are still national championships, and should be counted as such. Consider, when football goes to a play off system, will places like Oklahoma, Alabama, USC and Nebraska not count their pre-tournament championships. I doubt it.

Jock Navels 6 years, 8 months ago

I think it was in 1926 and 1927. They were called the Helms National champions or something like that. They were selected by votes, like the current football national champs.I think the NCAA tourney started in 1939. Phog was a big part of starting the tournament, which for years was overshadowed by the NIT. You would probably have to ask Mayer for the exactitudes, he was probably there.

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