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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2014

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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'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.

2014

Big 12 record: 14-4

Top 5 scorers

(Stats through March 7)

Andrew Wiggins, 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins gets up for a dunk over Kansas State guard Marcus Foster during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins gets up for a dunk over Kansas State guard Marcus Foster during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Perry Ellis, 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds

Kansas forward Perry Ellis elevates to the bucket between Oklahoma defenders D.J. Bennett (31) and Tyler Neal (15) during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis elevates to the bucket between Oklahoma defenders D.J. Bennett (31) and Tyler Neal (15) during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

Joel Embiid, 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

Kansas center Joel Embiid delivers a thunderous dunk before Texas guard Javan Felix during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Joel Embiid delivers a thunderous dunk before Texas guard Javan Felix during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Wayne Selden, 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Kansas guard Wayne Selden raises up the fieldhouse during a timeout after hitting a three against West Virginia during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden raises up the fieldhouse during a timeout after hitting a three against West Virginia during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Naadir Tharpe, 9.2 points, 5.1 assists

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a shot over Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe puts up a shot over Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Decade of dominance: Kansas earns share of 10th straight Big 12 title

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up two palms in light of the the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up two palms in light of the the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

  • 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

No. 2 — New territory: Andrew Wiggins' first game-winner lifts Jayhawks

  • 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

No. 3 — Family guy: Tharpe excels with mother, brothers watching KU's home victory

  • 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)

Kansas, 14-4

Oklahoma, 12-6

Texas, 11-7

Iowa State, 11-7

Kansas State, 10-8

Baylor, 9-9

Oklahoma State, 8-9

West Virginia, 9-9

Texas Tech, 6-12

TCU, 0-18

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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