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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2014
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've been 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.
Big 12 record: 14-4
Top 5 scorers
(Stats through March 7)
Andrew Wiggins, 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds
Perry Ellis, 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds
Joel Embiid, 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks
Wayne Selden, 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Naadir Tharpe, 9.2 points, 5.1 assists
3 memorable moments
- Naadir Tharpe (19 points) hit 6 of 7 shots and scored 12 of the Jayhawks' final 18 points down the stretch to defeat Oklahoma, 83-75, at Allen Fieldhouse, where KU clinched a share of its 10th straight Big 12 championship.
“Naadir closed the game the way point guards are supposed to close. The last 10 minutes is as good as Naadir has played since he’s been at KU. All teams that have a chance at having a great season have guys that can close, when you don’t run offense and put the ball in his hands. It’s what great teams have.”
— Bill Self
- Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 19 points, his last two coming when he picked up a loose ball in the paint and put it in the basket with 1.7 seconds remaining in a 64-63 Kansas victory at Texas Tech.
“It was slippery, like it slipped on the way up. I just had to guide it in… It bounced high. I was worried about it, but it went in."
— Andrew Wiggins, on game-winner
- Frank Mason foiled a would-be buzzer-beater from Le'Bryan Nash to finish off an 80-78 Kansas home victory over Oklahoma State in which Naadir Tharpe scored 21 points and dished six assists.
“It was accomplishment definitely more than relief. They’ve been talking about Oklahoma State and Kansas for a while. Since the beginning of the year, that’s all we’ve been hearing. It’s all we’ve been hearing even before conference play started, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State. It’s more an accomplishment we went out there and played our game more than anything.”
— Naadir Tharpe
2014 BIG 12 STANDINGS
(Schedule concludes this weekend)
Iowa State, 11-7
Kansas State, 10-8
Oklahoma State, 8-9
West Virginia, 9-9
Texas Tech, 6-12
10 years of Big 12 supremacy
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