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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2009

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KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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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.

2009

Big 12 record: 14-2

Top 5 scorers:

Sherron Collins (jr., G), 18.9 points, 5.0 assists

Kansas guard Sherron Collins looks to pass against the Texas defense on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins looks to pass against the Texas defense on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

Cole Aldrich (so., C), 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks

Kansas center Cole Aldrich dunks on the Texas A&M defense during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich dunks on the Texas A&M defense during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor (fr., G), 9.7 points, 3.0 assists

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor puts a move on KSU's Fred Brown on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor puts a move on KSU's Fred Brown on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. by Richard Gwin

Marcus Morris (fr., F), 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds

Kansas forward Marcus Morris spins away from Colorado forward Trey Eckloff with an offensive rebound during the second half Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris spins away from Colorado forward Trey Eckloff with an offensive rebound during the second half Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colorado. by Nick Krug

Brady Morningstar (so., G), 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar puts up a three over Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar puts up a three over Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Take five!: KU men snare fifth straight Big 12 title

The 2008-09 Kansas men's basketball team checks out the Jumbotron in Allen Fieldhouse after clenching the Big 12 championship with a win over Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The 2008-09 Kansas men's basketball team checks out the Jumbotron in Allen Fieldhouse after clenching the Big 12 championship with a win over Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

  • 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

No. 2 — Unrivaled rout: Jayhawks exact revenge on MU

  • 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

No. 3 — Comeback kids: KU rallies from 16 down

  • 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, 14-2

Oklahoma, 13-3

Missouri, 12-4

Kansas State, 9-7

Texas, 9-7

Texas A&M, 9-7

Oklahoma State, 9-7

Nebraska, 8-8

Baylor, 5-11

Iowa State, 4-12

Texas Tech, 3-13

Colorado, 1-15

10 years of Big 12 supremacy

Monday: 2005 and 2006

Tuesday: 2007 and 2008

Wednesday: 2009 and 2010

Thursday: 2011 and 2012

Friday: 2013 and 2014

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