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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2014

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2013

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2013

Big 12 record: 14-4, tied for 1st with Kansas State

Top 5 scorers:

Ben McLemore, 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Kansas guard Ben McLemore elevates to the bucket before an intentional foul from Kansas State forward Jordan Henriquez during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore elevates to the bucket before an intentional foul from Kansas State forward Jordan Henriquez during the first half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. by Nick Krug

Jeff Withey, 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks

Kansas center Jeff Withey comes in for a jam against Oklahoma Jan. 26 at Allen Fieldhouse. This photo was taken using a remote camera with a wide-angle lens placed behind the glass of the backboard.

Kansas center Jeff Withey comes in for a jam against Oklahoma Jan. 26 at Allen Fieldhouse. This photo was taken using a remote camera with a wide-angle lens placed behind the glass of the backboard. by Nick Krug

Travis Releford, 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals

Kansas guard Travis Releford lays in a bucket on a break against Texas Christian during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Travis Releford lays in a bucket on a break against Texas Christian during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Elijah Johnson, 9.9 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson puts up a floater over Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart during the second half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson puts up a floater over Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart during the second half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

Kevin Young, 7.8 points, 6.8 rebounds

Kansas forward Kevin Young gets a rebound against Kansas State during the first half on Monday February 11, 2013 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Kevin Young gets a rebound against Kansas State during the first half on Monday February 11, 2013 in Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Perfect storm: Elijah Johnson buries ISU with 39 points

Kansas players Travis Releford and Jeff Withey (5) get up close and personal with Elijah Johnson after Johnson hit a long three in overtime against Iowa State on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas players Travis Releford and Jeff Withey (5) get up close and personal with Elijah Johnson after Johnson hit a long three in overtime against Iowa State on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. by Nick Krug

  • Point guard Elijah Johnson exploded for 39 points (30 after halftime), carrying Kansas to a 109-96 overtime win at Iowa State. He scored 25 of KU's final 36 points after the Cyclones built a seven-point lead with more than five minutes to play.

“Wilt had some good games, but this will go down as one of the best games any guard has played at Kansas. I’ve never had a guy make every play in a game like that down the stretch. He was huge. He was the best player in the country. I’ve never had a guy get 30 in a half.”

— Bill Self

No. 2 — Calling his shot?: McLemore's banked-in 3 saves KU in 97-89 OT win

  • Ben McLemore hit 6 of 6 three-pointers on his way to 33 points in the Big 12 opener. He banked in his fifth trey just in time to send the home game against Iowa State to overtime, and the Jayhawks prevailed, 97-89.

“I mean when it left my hand, I actually called, 'bank,'" said McLemore, who scored 33 points — two off the freshman record of 35 set by Danny Manning against Oklahoma State in 1985. "The way it left my hand, I knew it was going to hit the backboard. It was a good release. It went in, so I'm glad."

— Ben McLemore

No. 3 — Mr. Big Shot: Naadir Tharpe's field goal puts KU on top

  • Naadir Tharpe only scored four points and hit two shots in 31 minutes, but he made the biggest basket of the night — a short, go-ahead jumper late in double overtime — to help the Jayhawks win, 68-67, at Oklahoma State, and avenge a home loss to OSU.

“A lot of people don’t believe in me. (Self) does."

— Naadir Tharpe

2013 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 14-4

Kansas State, 14-4

Oklahoma State, 13-5

Oklahoma, 12-7

Iowa State, 11-7

Baylor, 9-9

Texas, 7-11

West Virginia, 6-13

Texas Tech, 3-15

TCU, 2-16

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2012

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2012

Big 12 record: 16-2

Top 5 scorers:

Thomas Robinson, 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson delivers a dunk before Kansas State players Thomas Gipson (42) and Jamar Samuels (32) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson delivers a dunk before Kansas State players Thomas Gipson (42) and Jamar Samuels (32) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes through a trap by Oklahoma State defenders Markel Brown, left, and Brian Williams during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes through a trap by Oklahoma State defenders Markel Brown, left, and Brian Williams during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Elijah Johnson, 10.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals

Elijah Johnson (15) breaks free down the middle for a layup during the second half of the Jayhawks 66-58 win over the Aggies of Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 22, 2012,  in College Station, TX. Johnson scored a team high 21 points.

Elijah Johnson (15) breaks free down the middle for a layup during the second half of the Jayhawks 66-58 win over the Aggies of Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in College Station, TX. Johnson scored a team high 21 points. by Mike Yoder

Jeff Withey, 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 blocks

Jeff Withey gets a hand on a shot by Baylor forward Perry Jones.

Jeff Withey gets a hand on a shot by Baylor forward Perry Jones. by Richard Gwin

Travis Releford, 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals

Kansas guard Travis Releford defends a shot from Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas guard Travis Releford defends a shot from Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Kansas claims epic win in Border War finale

  • Kansas ended its longstanding Border War with Missouri with a thrilling, 87-86 overtime victory in front of a hysterical Allen Fieldhouse crowd. Down 19 to their rivals early in the second half, the Jayhawks came back to life in the closing minutes to clinch at least a share of an eighth consecutive Big 12 title. Forward Thomas Robinson (28 points, 12 rebounds) saved the day with a three-point play on offense and a blocked shot for the ages in the final seconds of regulation.

“I’m not the most emotional guy, but that’s as good as it gets. It’s as exciting of a game as I’ve ever been part of. It’s the best home win I can remember us having."

— Bill Self

No. 2 — CELEBR-EIGHT: Kansas clinches outright crown

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson carries out the Big 12 Trophy after KU defeated Oklahoma State, 70-58, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson carries out the Big 12 Trophy after KU defeated Oklahoma State, 70-58, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. by Richard Gwin

  • Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson combined for 44 points in a 70-58 Kansas victory at Oklahoma State that sealed the Jayhawks' eighth straight Big 12 title outright.

“We knew what we had before we hit the floor (this season), before the whole world saw it. I knew our guys weren’t scared to work hard. Proving ourselves to people was motivation to us. I think it had everything to do with it, to prove to everybody we could come back and defend our title.”

— Thomas Robinson

No. 3 — Emotional rescue: KU, Thomas Robinson hold it together, edge Texas

  • On the one-year anniversary of the death of his mother, Lisa, Thomas Robinson helped Kansas win, 69-66, at Texas, where he produced 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tyshawn Taylor led KU with 22 points.

“I wouldn’t say it was too emotional. No disrespect or anything, but that’s something I have to live with every day. For the media, it’s the anniversary, but for me it’s every day.”

— Thomas Robinson

2012 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 16-2

Missouri, 14-4

Baylor, 12-6

Iowa State, 12-6

Kansas State, 10-8

Texas, 9-9

Oklahoma State, 7-11

Oklahoma, 5-13

Texas A&M, 4-14

Texas Tech, 1-17

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2011

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2011

Big 12 record: 14-2

Top 5 scorers:

Marcus Morris (jr., F), 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds

Kansas forward Marcus Morris floats a bucket past the Oklahoma State defense during the first half on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris floats a bucket past the Oklahoma State defense during the first half on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Markieff Morris (jr., F), 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

Kansas forward Markieff Morris delivers a dunk before Texas A&M forward Ray Turner during the second half on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris delivers a dunk before Texas A&M forward Ray Turner during the second half on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyrel Reed (sr., G), 9.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed pulls up for a shot over Missouri guard Marcus Denmon during the first half on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed pulls up for a shot over Missouri guard Marcus Denmon during the first half on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor (jr., G), 9.3 points, 4.6 assists

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor salutes after a three-pointer against Colorado during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor salutes after a three-pointer against Colorado during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Josh Selby (fr., G), 7.9 points, 2.2 assists

Kansas guard Josh Selby (32) shoots against Oklahoma State during the second half Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Selby (32) shoots against Oklahoma State during the second half Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Kevin Anderson

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Uplifting experience: Robinson heroic vs. 'Cats

  • Grief-stricken, Thomas Robinson returned to the Kansas lineup three days after his mother, Lisa, was buried. The backup power forward struggled early on before finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds in a 90-66 rout of Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I played tonight because I cannot sit around too long. I knew my mother wouldn’t want me to sit around crying about it forever."

— Thomas Robinson

No. 2 — Seventh heaven: Jayhawks beat Missouri, claim league title outright

Kansas players Josh Selby, Thomas Robinson, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris (22) collide in celebration on the court after defeating Missouri 70-66 and clinching the outright Big 12 conference championship Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas players Josh Selby, Thomas Robinson, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris (22) collide in celebration on the court after defeating Missouri 70-66 and clinching the outright Big 12 conference championship Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Mizzou Arena. by Nick Krug

  • Marcus Morris went for 21 points and 10 rebounds as Kansas closed out the regular season with a 70-66 win at rival Missouri, snapping a 17-game home court win streak for the Tigers and clinching KU's seventh straight Big 12 title outright in the process.

“We think of it as, a lot of teams can’t win one (title), so to get to two all the way to seven, that’s a big deal, especially when you have some legendary coaches telling you that’s a big deal. It speaks for itself. It’s Kansas. We do some impossible stuff here.”

— Elijah Johnson

No. 3 — Fitting tribute: KU basketball pays 'respect' to Lisa Robinson in win over Colorado

  • The initials "L.R." were worn on KU's jerseys as the Jayhawks honored Lisa Robinson, the mother of forward Thomas Robinson, just days after she died unexpectedly. Marcus Morris paid tribute to his friend's mother by tapping the initials before every free throw, and hit two late to help Kansas win, 82-78, at Colorado.

“Me, Kieff and T. Rob were sitting in the room. He got a voicemail from his sister. She said to call him, and it was serious. He called back. He said he didn’t want any more bad news (his grandmother died in December and his grandfather a couple of Sundays earlier). She told him. He dropped down in tears. He felt he lost a big piece of everything in his life."

— Marcus Morris, on Thomas Robinson learning his mother, Lisa, had died

2011 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 14-2

Texas, 13-3

Texas A&M, 10-6

Kansas State, 10-6

Missouri, 8-8

Colorado, 8-8

Nebraska, 7-9

Baylor, 7-9

Oklahoma State, 6-10

Oklahoma, 5-11

Texas Tech, 5-11

Iowa State, 3-13

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2010

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2010

Big 12 record: 15-1

Top 5 scorers:

Sherron Collins (sr., G), 15.5 points, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals

Kansas guard Sherron Collins lets out a celebratory yell as the Jayhawks pull away from rival Kansas State during the second half, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins lets out a celebratory yell as the Jayhawks pull away from rival Kansas State during the second half, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Xavier Henry (fr., G), 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Kansas forward Xavier Henry rises above Texas A&M forwards Nathan Walkup (45), David Loubeau (10) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich for a shot during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Henry was fouled by Walkup on the play.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry rises above Texas A&M forwards Nathan Walkup (45), David Loubeau (10) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich for a shot during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Henry was fouled by Walkup on the play. by Nick Krug

Marcus Morris (so., F), 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds

Kansas forward Marcus Morris goes up for a dunk over Missouri's Keith Ramsey Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris goes up for a dunk over Missouri's Keith Ramsey Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

Cole Aldrich (jr., C), 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks

Kansas center Cole Aldrich lofts a shot over Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich lofts a shot over Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor (so., G), 7.2 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives around Texas Tech's David Tairu Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives around Texas Tech's David Tairu Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — A league of his own: KU wins Big 12; Collins sets mark

Kansas guard Sherron Collins kisses the Big 12 championship trophy after the Jayhawks' win over Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. In back is Kansas forward Marcus Morris.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins kisses the Big 12 championship trophy after the Jayhawks' win over Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. In back is Kansas forward Marcus Morris. by Nick Krug

  • Kansas sealed up at least a share of its sixth straight Big 12 title with three games left on the conference schedule by defeating Oklahoma, 81-68. Senior guard Sherron Collins posted 17 points and dished six assists before kissing the Big 12 trophy and winning his 124th game game in a KU uniform.

“It’s not the biggest story of the year, but I think from a coach’s perspective and not a fan’s perspective or a media perspective, I think your goal every year is to be the best team in your respective league. That’s who you have to compete against. To do it six straight years is an unbelievable accomplishment.”

— Bill Self

No. 2 — Tough love: Gritty KU sends Collins out a winner

  • The Jayhawks' 82-65 Senior Night victory over Kansas State proved to be an emotional evening for senior Sherron Collins, who broke down in tears before and after his final game at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I thought to myself, ‘This is it. This is it.’ I didn’t want to get off the court. I wish the game could have gone on all night. I think it ranks in the top three (moments of his life). The last game here ... to go out with a win, it was perfect.”

— Sherron Collins

Colins wills Kansas past Wildcats in OT

  • Senior guard Sherron Collins drove in for a layup to put Kansas up three with less than 10 seconds left in overtime at Kansas State. The Jayhawks won, 81-79, behind 16 points from Collins, 18 from Cole Aldrich, 14 from Brady Morningstar and 13 from Marcus Morris.

“It’s one of the all-time great road wins we’ve had. Overtime, against a very good team, a Top 10 team, on (ESPN) Game Day. It’s maybe as good a road win as we’ve had since we’ve been at Kansas.”

— Bill Self

2010 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 15-1

Kansas State, 11-5

Baylor, 11-5

Texas A&M, 11-5

Missouri, 10-6

Texas, 9-7

Oklahoma State, 9-7

Colorado, 6-10

Texas Tech, 4-12

Oklahoma, 4-12

Iowa State, 4-12

Nebraska, 2-14

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2009

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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

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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2008

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2008

Big 12 record: 13-3, tied for 1st with Texas

Top 5 scorers:

Brandon Rush (jr., G), 13.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists

Kansas guard Brandon Rush puts up a jumper over Colorado forward Marcus King-Stockton during the first half Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Brandon Rush puts up a jumper over Colorado forward Marcus King-Stockton during the first half Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Mario Chalmers (jr., G), 12.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, left, edges around Iowa State center Jiri Hubalek for a pass. Chalmers finished with 15 points and two assists.

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, left, edges around Iowa State center Jiri Hubalek for a pass. Chalmers finished with 15 points and two assists. by Nick Krug

Darrell Arthur (so., F), 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks

Kansas' Darrell Arthur hangs on the rim after an accidental alley-oop from teammate Mario Chalmers against Texas Tech on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Darrell Arthur hangs on the rim after an accidental alley-oop from teammate Mario Chalmers against Texas Tech on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. by thad-allender

Darnell Jackson (sr., F), 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds

Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson roars after a dunk on the opening drive against Oklahoma. The slam set the tone for Jackson and the Jayhawks; he went on to lead KU with 17 points in an 85-55 blowout of the Sooners on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. Jackson was officially traded to the Kings Wednesday.

Kansas University forward Darnell Jackson roars after a dunk on the opening drive against Oklahoma. The slam set the tone for Jackson and the Jayhawks; he went on to lead KU with 17 points in an 85-55 blowout of the Sooners on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. Jackson was officially traded to the Kings Wednesday. by Nick Krug

Sherron Collins (so., G), 9.3 points, 3.1 assits

Kansas University guard Sherron Collins trots back on defense with a wide smile after drilling a three-pointer in the Jayhawks' 88-74 victory over Kansas State. Collins hit three of seven treys - and KU 11 of 23 - in the victory Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University guard Sherron Collins trots back on defense with a wide smile after drilling a three-pointer in the Jayhawks' 88-74 victory over Kansas State. Collins hit three of seven treys - and KU 11 of 23 - in the victory Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Four-for-four!: KU clinches share of league crown

The Kansas University's men's basketball team receives the Big 12 Conference championship trophy from league commissioner Dan Beebe, left. KU's 72-55 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station, Texas, gave the Jayhawks at least a share of their fourth league crown in four seasons.

The Kansas University's men's basketball team receives the Big 12 Conference championship trophy from league commissioner Dan Beebe, left. KU's 72-55 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station, Texas, gave the Jayhawks at least a share of their fourth league crown in four seasons. by Nick Krug

  • The Jayhawks celebrated their 72-55 win at Texas A&M by being presented with the Big 12 championship trophy in the visitors locker room. Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers lead Kansas with 16 points apiece, and Sherron Collins added 13.

"To win four in a row in such a competitive league is a remarkable accomplishment. This class continues to amaze me. We'll be judged by our performance in the postseason like all teams, but for those kids to win four rings and a chance to win three conference championships is a remarkable accomplishment."

— Bill Self

No. 2 — Sweet sendoff: KU seniors bid farewell with blowout

  • On Senior Night for Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case, the Jayhawks rocked Texas Tech, 109-51, as KU shot 60% from the floor and hit 14 of 24 3-pointers.

"Coach told us last week he didn't think the Lakers could come in and beat us on Senior Night. I agreed with him right away."

— Russell Robinson

No. 3 — 100 the hard way: Trey-less Jayhawks trip Bears

  • Led by 23 points from Darrell Arthur and 22 from Russell Robinson, Kansas didn't connect on any of its nine 3-pointers, but still out-ran visiting Baylor in a 100-90 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

"We got what we wanted. They got what they wanted, but we got the win. It was an up-and-down game, fast-paced."

— Darrell Arthur

2008 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 13-3

Texas, 13-3

Kansas State, 10-6

Oklahoma, 9-7

Baylor, 9-7

Texas A&M, 8-8

Nebraska, 7-9

Texas Tech, 7-9

Oklahoma State, 7-9

Missouri, 6-10

Iowa State, 4-12

Colorado, 3-13

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2007

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2007

Big 12 record: 14-2

Top 5 scorers:

Brandon Rush (so., G), 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Kansas guard Brandon Rush pumps his fist during the first half of Saturday's game against the Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Brandon Rush pumps his fist during the first half of Saturday's game against the Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Mario Chalmers (so., G), 12.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 steals

Kansas' Mario Chalmers lays one in against Iowa State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Mario Chalmers lays one in against Iowa State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. by thad-allender

Julian Wright (so., F), 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Kansas forward Julian Wright chases down a loose ball as Kansas State guard Clem Stewart watches from the floor in the second half.

Kansas forward Julian Wright chases down a loose ball as Kansas State guard Clem Stewart watches from the floor in the second half. by Nick Krug

Darrell Arthur (fr., F), 9.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks

Kansas forward Darrell Arthur looks to put back a rebound around Kansas State guard Lance Harris during the second half of Monday night's game against the Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas forward Darrell Arthur looks to put back a rebound around Kansas State guard Lance Harris during the second half of Monday night's game against the Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Sherron Collins (fr., G), 9.3 points, 2.9 assists

Kansas guard Sherron Collins glides in for an easy layup as Missouri guard  Keon Lawrence watches during the second half of Saturday's game against the Tigers at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins glides in for an easy layup as Missouri guard Keon Lawrence watches during the second half of Saturday's game against the Tigers at Mizzou Arena. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — 1900: OUTRIGHT!: Jayhawks celebrate title win

Kansas University basketball players hoist their newly-earned Big 12 regular season title trophy. The Jayhawks defeated Texas in March 2007 to take the regular season title outright and notch the program's 1,900th victory.

Kansas University basketball players hoist their newly-earned Big 12 regular season title trophy. The Jayhawks defeated Texas in March 2007 to take the regular season title outright and notch the program's 1,900th victory. by Nick Krug

  • The Jayhawks cut down the net at Allen Fieldhouse following a 90-86, comeback victory over Texas that clinched the Jayhawks' title outright. Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the first half, and KU trailed by eight at the break. But Mario Chalmers made all five of his thee-pointers on the way to 21 points, and Julian Wright and Russell Robinson added 17 apiece in the 1,900th victory in program history.

"It was a great stage, a perfect setup. You win, you win the outright Big 12 at home in front of all the fans against a team that's hot with a great player. We had to take advantage. No way we could let it slide and share it with two teams."

— Russell Robinson

No. 2 — Oh, happy day: Reunion, rout lead to fun-filled fieldhouse

  • With members of KU's 1952 national championship team, including legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith, watching at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas destroyed Nebraska, 92-39, with Brandon Rush (13 points), Darrell Arthur (13), Sherron Collins (12), Mario Chalmers (10) and Julian Wright (10) all contributing double figures.

"When I had a chance to meet with Coach Smith yesterday, I said, 'Did you ever have a bad practice the day before a game?' He said, 'Yes.' He said, 'A lot of people think if you practice bad, you play better. I don't believe in that.' So he had me pretty worried going into today."

— Bill Self

No. 3 — Rush hushes Hilton: Great late, Kansas silences Cyclones in OT

  • Brandon Rush hit crucial shots late and played a key defensive role to help Kansas win, 68-64, in overtime at Iowa State. Rush finished with 12 points and nine rebounds after producing four of the Jayhawks' 10 points in the extra period.

"If you study the game, Iowa State was going to win the game until Brandon guarded No. 24 (Mike Taylor). You never say one guy wins or loses a game, but Brandon did an unbelievable job on No. 24 Then the shot (dunk) he made off Mario's pass and then the steal. That was Brandon Rush in overtime."

— Bill Self

2007 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 14-2

Texas A&M, 13-3

Texas, 12-4

Kansas State, 10-6

Texas Tech, 9-7

Missouri, 7-9

Oklahoma State, 6-10

Iowa State, 6-10

Oklahoma, 6-10

Nebraska, 6-10

Baylor, 4-12

Colorado, 3-13

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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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2006

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2006

Big 12 record: 13-3, tied for 1st with Texas

Top 5 scorers:

Brandon Rush (fr., G), 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists


Walking off the court during a timeout Kansas guard Brandon Rush throws his fists in the air before the Cowboy fans as the Jayhawks begin to run away with the game, Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Walking off the court during a timeout Kansas guard Brandon Rush throws his fists in the air before the Cowboy fans as the Jayhawks begin to run away with the game, Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. by Nick Krug

Mario Chalmers (fr., G), 11.5 points, 3.8 assists, 2.7 steals

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers drives around Baylor defender Curtis Jerrells in the first half.

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers drives around Baylor defender Curtis Jerrells in the first half. by Nick Krug

Russell Robinson (so., G), 9.3 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds

Kansas guard Russell Robinson drives in to the bucket against Missouri defender Kalen Grimes in the second half.

Kansas guard Russell Robinson drives in to the bucket against Missouri defender Kalen Grimes in the second half. by Nick Krug

Julian Wright (fr., F), 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks

Kansas guard Julian Wright takes his time coming down from the rim
after a late second-half dunk during the Oklahoma game.

Kansas guard Julian Wright takes his time coming down from the rim after a late second-half dunk during the Oklahoma game. by Nick Krug/Journal-World photo

Sasha Kaun (so., C), 8.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

Kansas center Sasha Kaun puts a shot up against Baylor defeners Tim Bush, left, and Mamadou Diene in the first half of play.

Kansas center Sasha Kaun puts a shot up against Baylor defeners Tim Bush, left, and Mamadou Diene in the first half of play. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Champs!*: KU clinches share of title with victory over 'Cats

Kansas guard Julian Wright celebrates with head coach Bill Self as the Jayhawks make their way from the court after defeating Kansas State 66-52 Saturday at Bramlage Colliseum.

Kansas guard Julian Wright celebrates with head coach Bill Self as the Jayhawks make their way from the court after defeating Kansas State 66-52 Saturday at Bramlage Colliseum. by Nick Krug

  • On the final day of the regular season, the young Jayhawks won, 66-52, at Kansas State to secure a share of the Big 12 championship as Brandon Rush scored 24 points.

"It was the happiest locker room we've had this year," Self said, adding, "I love this team. This (title) is sweeter than any others we've had because we started out 1-2. We were not very good. I take more pride in a team that is not expected to do it than one that is expected to win."

— Bill Self

No. 2 — KU completes improbable comeback: Jayhawks rally from 16 down to win, 59-58

  • Mid-way through the second half, Kansas trailed Oklahoma, 50-34, before storming back to earn the young Jayhawks one of their tougher wins of the season. Brandon Rush scored 12 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes.

"People on ESPN have been talking; 'Kansas can't win in the close games,. Hopefully, they will get off our backs a little bit. I think we earned a lot of respect by beating one of the toughest teams in the league."

— Mario Chalmers

No. 3 — They're grrrrreat!: Jayhawks 'kick 'em in the teeth,' avenge setback

  • After losing in overtime at rival Missouri earlier in the season, Kansas dominated the rematch, a 79-46 drubbing at Allen Fieldhouse, led by the balanced scoring attack of Mario Chalmers (14), Brandon Rush (13) and Russell Robinson (10).

"Some of their players were talking a little junk on us. One of my friends down there read in the paper what they said. I told my teammates we were going to murder them for saying stuff like that."

— Brandon Rush

2006 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 13-3

Texas, 13-3

Oklahoma, 11-5

Texas A&M, 10-6

Colorado, 9-7

Nebraska, 7-9

Oklahoma State, 6-10

Texas Tech, 6-10

Kansas State, 6-10

Iowa State, 6-10

Missouri, 5-11

Baylor, 4-12

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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2005

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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 2014.

Our five-day blog series will feature two daily entries (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), Monday through Friday, so check back each day for more.

2005

Big 12 record: 12-4, tied for 1st with Oklahoma

Top 5 scorers:

Wayne Simien (sr., F), 20.3 points, 11.0 rebounds

Kansas University's Wayne Simien (23) gets hacked while dunking the
ball against Texas' Brad Buckman in the second half of the
Jayhawks' 90-65 rout of the Longhorns. KU spanked UT on Saturday
night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University's Wayne Simien (23) gets hacked while dunking the ball against Texas' Brad Buckman in the second half of the Jayhawks' 90-65 rout of the Longhorns. KU spanked UT on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. by Scott McClurg/Journal-World Photo

Keith Langford (sr., G), 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists

Kansas university's Keith Langford pumps his fist in the second
half of the Jayhawks' 74-65 victory over Kansas State. Langford
scored a game-high 24 points in KU's victory Wednesday in
Manhattan.

Kansas university's Keith Langford pumps his fist in the second half of the Jayhawks' 74-65 victory over Kansas State. Langford scored a game-high 24 points in KU's victory Wednesday in Manhattan. by Thad Allender/Journal-World Photo

J.R. Giddens (so., G), 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds

Kansas' J.R. Giddens flushes a dunk against John Turek in the
second half. Giddens had just seven points against the Huskers, but
was credited with limiting NU freshman phenom Joe McCray to seven
points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Kansas' J.R. Giddens flushes a dunk against John Turek in the second half. Giddens had just seven points against the Huskers, but was credited with limiting NU freshman phenom Joe McCray to seven points on 2-for-10 shooting. by Scott McClurg/Journal-World Photo

Aaron Miles (sr., G), 9.3 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds

Kansas University senior Aaron Miles applauds as he exits the court
late in the Jayhawks' 72-65 victory over Kansas State. KU won
Wednesday's Senior Night game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University senior Aaron Miles applauds as he exits the court late in the Jayhawks' 72-65 victory over Kansas State. KU won Wednesday's Senior Night game at Allen Fieldhouse. by Thad Allender/Journal-World Photo

Christian Moody (jr., F), 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds

Kansas University's Aaron Miles, left, Christian Moody, center, and
Wayne Simien celebrate as the Jayhawks begin to pull away in the
second half. After a sluggish first half, the Jayhawks rallied for
a 73-61 victory against Missouri on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University's Aaron Miles, left, Christian Moody, center, and Wayne Simien celebrate as the Jayhawks begin to pull away in the second half. After a sluggish first half, the Jayhawks rallied for a 73-61 victory against Missouri on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. by Thad Allender/Journal-World Photo

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — The Upper Hand: Simien puts Kansas back atop Big 12

Flanked by Stephen Vinson, left, and C.J. Giles, Kansas
University's Wayne Simien celebrates the Jayhawks' 81-79 victory
over Oklahoma State. Simien scored a career-high 32 points in the
Jayhawks' victory Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Flanked by Stephen Vinson, left, and C.J. Giles, Kansas University's Wayne Simien celebrates the Jayhawks' 81-79 victory over Oklahoma State. Simien scored a career-high 32 points in the Jayhawks' victory Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. by Thad Allender/Journal-World Photo

  • Wayne Simien led Kansas past Oklahoma State, 81-79, with 32 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Jayhawks a one-game lead over the Cowboys in the Big 12 race with two games to play.

"Without question, people could make a case he was the best player in America today. He did so many things. He battled hard. He was fabulous."

— Bill Self

No. 2 — Icing on the Cake: Jayhawks celebrate anniversary, Senior Night with victory

  • On his Senior Night, Wayne Simien scored 25 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to help KU beat Kansas State, 72-65, on the 50th anniversary of the first game played in Allen Fieldhouse.

"Twenty-five and 20 ... it's a great way to go out."

— Wayne Simien

No. 3 — Prime-time punishment: KU claims Texas-sized blowout

  • With ESPN's College GameDay at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks pounded Texas, 90-65, behind 27 points from Wayne Simien and 17 from Keith Langford.

"Today couldn't have been scripted much better for Kansas. This did a lot for our program from an exposure standpoint. Playing well was icing on the cake."

— Bill Self

2005 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 12-4

Oklahoma, 12-4

Oklahoma State, 11-5

Texas Tech, 10-6

Iowa State, 9-7

Texas, 9-7

Texas A&M, 8-8

Missouri, 7-9

Nebraska, 7-9

Kansas State, 6-10

Colorado, 4-12

Baylor, 1-15

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