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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2009
From the time of Big 12 divisions, through realignment and the subtraction/addition of teams and a new 10-team format, one thing has remained constant in the conference for the past decade: Kansas University's men's basketball team has always finished in first place.
All week long, we'll be looking back at KU's 10 consecutive Big 12 championships by highlighting the top players and moments of each conference schedule, from 2005 to today.
Our five-day blog series will feature two seasons daily, Monday through Friday, so check back each day for more.
Big 12 record: 14-2
Top 5 scorers:
Sherron Collins (jr., G), 18.9 points, 5.0 assists
Cole Aldrich (so., C), 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks
Tyshawn Taylor (fr., G), 9.7 points, 3.0 assists
Marcus Morris (fr., F), 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds
Brady Morningstar (so., G), 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists
3 memorable moments
- Coming off a blowout loss at Texas Tech, Kansas sealed its fifth consecutive Big 12 championship by defeating Texas, 83-73, at Allen Fieldhouse, where Sherron Collins scored 21 points.
“There’s no better way to win it. We got the seniors out of here with an outright championship. We don’t have to share it with anybody."
— Sherron Collins
- The Jayhawks avenged an earlier loss at Missouri by dominating the Tigers, 90-65, in a rematch at Allen Fieldhouse, as Sherron Collins scored 25 and Cole Aldrich posted a double-double, with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
“I’m falling in love with this team. They try hard, and they are getting more and more aggressive all the time.”
— Bill Self
- Kansas trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half at Bramlage Coliseum, home of in-state rival Kansas State, before recovering in time for a 85-74 victory, powered by 21 points from Cole Aldrich, 19 from Sherron Collins and 15 more from Marcus Morris.
“We were laboring (early). Our guys hung tough. It’s probably as good a road win that we’ve had since I’ve been at Kansas, considering the circumstances, how young we are and the environment."
— Bill Self
2009 BIG 12 STANDINGS
Kansas State, 9-7
Texas A&M, 9-7
Oklahoma State, 9-7
Iowa State, 4-12
Texas Tech, 3-13
10 years of Big 12 supremacy
Wednesday: 2009 and 2010
Thursday: 2011 and 2012
Friday: 2013 and 2014