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Danny Manning: Larry Brown, Bill Self shaped his coaching style

Newly hired Wake Forest head basketball coach Danny Manning rides on the back of a motorcycle driven by the team mascot as he is introduced to students and supporters at a rally at the school in Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The former Kansas star is taking over the project of rebuilding the Demon Deacons. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Newly hired Wake Forest head basketball coach Danny Manning rides on the back of a motorcycle driven by the team mascot as he is introduced to students and supporters at a rally at the school in Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The former Kansas star is taking over the project of rebuilding the Demon Deacons. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) by Chuck Burton

Kansas University basketball legend Danny Manning received quite the introduction earlier this year when he arrived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take over the Wake Forest program.

After a two-year stop at Tulsa, Manning rode onto Wake's campus with a 38-29 career record as a head coach and one NCAA Tournament berth (in 2014).

Still settling in at his new home, the Demon Deacons' coach took some time recently to talk with Chip Patterson, of CBSsports.com, for the site's "New Faces, New Places" series.

In the Q & A, Manning credited three men with shaping his coaching style:

• his father, Ed

• his coach at KU, Larry Brown, the current head coach at SMU

• the man who gave him his intro to coaching, Jayhawks coach Bill Self

Patterson asked Wake's new head man to describe his personal basketball philosophy.

"What's good for the team is good for you. And that's just the mentality that we have to have. I think Coach Self talked about it all the time, 'The pie is big enough for everybody if we do it the right way.' Ten years from now, what will the legacy of that team be? There are certain instances where people say, 'Hey I remember when Randolph Childress scored 35 points per game in the ACC Tournament and Wake Forest won.' That's a great moment. That's a great memory. But you talk to Randolph and he'll talk about, 'We had a good bunch of guys on the team and everybody sacrificed for each other and we did it for each other' or 'Coach (Dave) Odom really had us playing at a high clip.' Those are the memories that you cherish as a former member of the team."

Though Wake Forest failed to reach the NCAA Tournament each of the past four seasons (which included three straight losing records before going 17-16 in 2013-14), clearly Manning is embracing the program's history.

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That's the right approach to take at any school that has produced pro players everybody knows, such as San Antonio's five-time NBA champion Duncan and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. But Manning, of course, still wants to find more concrete ways to connect with his players at Wake Forest. He said he shares his array of playing experiences — ups and downs — in order to do so.

"As a player, I've been the guy that's been called upon to start and score points. I've been a starter, a facilitator, I've been sixth man, I've been a rotation guy, I've been a non-rotation guy, I've been injured. I've had every role on a team throughout my career that you can have. So I can relate to each individual on our team. I'm not sure exactly how that particular person is feeling, but I've got a pretty good idea."

And he knows when offseason efforts need to be rewarded.

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Manning also spoke about the importance of academics (and having something to fall back on when basketball is over), returning to North Carolina (where he grew up) and his thoughts on the state of college transfers and the rules surrounding them.

He shared that Self, who hired him at KU once his NBA career concluded, taught him a great deal about the world of coaching.

"Coach Self provided a great opportunity for me, created a spot for me, to get started and work my way up. I got a chance to see what the managers go through, what the trainers go through, what the medical staff goes through, then you move up to director of ops-type things. All that, up to assistant coach, has been very beneficial to me."

Manning described the support since his arrival as "overwhelming." One might say he is happy to be at Wake Forest.

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Alexander and Oubre genuine in ballislife.com interview

Future Kansas University basketball players Kelly Oubre, left, and Cliff Alexander pose during media availability leading up to the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

Future Kansas University basketball players Kelly Oubre, left, and Cliff Alexander pose during media availability leading up to the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

Now that incoming Kansas University freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre have arrived on campus, it's safe to assume the two five-star recruits will be mostly all business as they aim to develop in coach Bill Self's program.

Last month, ballislife.com caught up with the two Jayhawks, who were in Long Beach, California, for the BallisLife High School All-American Game.

— SPOILER ALERT: What follows is real talk from young athletes with professional aspirations. You won't see them answer questions in this fashion while they're playing at Kansas. Read/watch at your own risk. —

In a relaxed, playful interview, Alexander and Oubre show off a little of their personalities in a video the website posted this week.

From the opening, their Q & A with Rachel DeMita provides a chance to see the big man and wing both speak honestly and joke back and forth. DeMita suggests that Oubre might be a bigger hit with the females at KU.

Alexander's response: "It might be true… He a pretty guy."

The short back-and-forth includes authentic answers when the interviewer asks the two of them about being from large metropolitan areas, and what they'll miss about big-city life while living in Lawrence.

Alexander says it won't be an issue, and Oubre expands on the idea by saying they are at KU to play basketball, with the ultimate goal of moving on to the NBA.

"We're trying to get this money, man," Oubre says. "We're trying to use college as a springboard … to reach our dreams."

Other interview topics include their favorite NBA teams and tattoos, while Alexander and Oubre also discuss choosing Kansas because of Self's ability to develop players and the allure of Allen Fieldhouse and its fans.

As for which team will win the 2015 NCAA Championship?

Alexander: "The Kansas Jayhawks. Rock chalk."

Added Oubre: "A lot of other schools have good programs. Don't knock them. But we have savages on our team."

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Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid giving KU even more exposure

Potentially one of these teams is gonna get me #NBADRAFT #WeAllFromAfrica

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Say what you will about the one-and-done rule and players who only spend their freshman year wearing a particular college basketball team's colors. But when a coach lands future NBA lottery picks like Kansas University's Bill Self did in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, it really does help the program.

Would the Jayhawks have a far better chance of winning a national championship in 2015 with Wiggins and Embiid back as sophomores? Of course.

However, the rules in place allow them to begin their professional careers now. And because they are so highly regarded, the faces and voices of Wiggins and Embiid already have been all over the media landscape for interviews leading up to Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery.

Guess what inevitably comes up every time they do an interview? KU, Lawrence, the Jayhawks' devoted fan base or how much they enjoyed their time there.

Even Self appeared on ESPN's Outside The Lines on Tuesday to discuss the draft process and KU's two potential top-three picks.

June 26 — the day of the 2014 NBA Draft — is "Andrew Wiggins Day" in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. But Monday might as well have been Wiggins Day at ESPN.

The well-prepped 19-year-old bounced around the sports network's campus doing multiple interviews.

On "First Take," Stephen A. Smith tried to get Wiggins to brag about himself and why he should be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Never one to sing his own praises, Wiggins finally caved a little to Smith, who insisted he make a case for himself as the top choice:

"I'll always put myself number one, over anybody else. That's just me. I've got a lot of confidence in myself."

On "Numbers Never Lie," co-host Michael Smith tried to get Wiggins to commit to next year's dunk contest on the spot. The high-flying Canadian wouldn't give a yes or no answer, but again handled it well.

Wiggins also went on SVP & Russillo. Listen to the interview by clicking here.

On Tuesday, the media blitz continued, with Wiggins doing a live chat on NBA.com with Rick Fox. Both Wiggins and Embiid did radio interviews on SiriusXM's NBA channel, too.

All of that came after a morning public appearance and autograph session in Times Square, leading up to tonight's lottery in New York.

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Guess what. They'll both be in attendance for that, too, as ESPN broadcasts it live, beginning at 7 p.m.

Remember: the more often Kansas has players of this caliber, moving on to the NBA as coveted commodities, the more future classes of top recruits will be interested in following in their gigantic footsteps.

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Nation’s top players have recruited Myles Turner, too

McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014.

McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014.

By around 3 p.m. Wednesday, we'll know if Bill Self's Class of 2014 recruiting haul includes two McDonald's All-Americans or three.

The No. 9-ranked high school senior in the nation according to Rivals.com, 6-foot-11 center Myles Turner will announce his intentions to sign with the men's basketball program at either Kansas University, Texas, SMU, or maybe even Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State or Texas A&M during a news conference airing live on ESPNU.

The five-star big man with a three-point shooting stroke, from Euless, Texas, has heard recruiting pitches from some of the top college basketball coaches in the country. And over the past month, as a participant at the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoops Summit, many of the other top players in the country have been in Turner's ear, as well.

In a video for USA Today (below), Turner asked for sales pitches from his potential future teammates who were at the McDonald's game, played the first week of April in Chicago. Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell and SMU's Emanuel Mudiay all provided the pros of going to play with them.

So did KU signee Kelly Oubre, who acknowledged Turner had a tough decision on his hands.

"Come to Kansas if you feel it's necessary, you know. We most definitely will rock the fieldhouse with you. … No matter where you go, you're gonna succeed, bro. But, rock chalk, we do want you — most definitely."

In a one-on-one interview with USA Today before the McDonald's game, Turner said Kansas signees Oubre and Cliff Alexander took a hands-off approach, as far as recruiting him face-to-face in Chicago (2:40 mark of below video). But he also said he didn't mind that.

Turner also said one of his biggest goals is to win a national championship, and he made it sound like he doesn't care about being the focal point of a team.

"You're not gonna want to go somewhere and feel like everybody's depending on you or everybody's, you know, counting on you to do these certain things."

That certainly bodes well for Kansas, where Turner would be joined by not only Alexander and Oubre, but also experienced college players, such as Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Jamari Traylor, Naadir Tharpe, Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp.

In New York, for the Jordan festivities, an injury kept Turner from playing, but that didn't stop a group of Jayhawks on hand from letting the coveted center know he should choose KU. Alexander and Oubre, as well as one-and-done 7-footer Joel Embiid, were in attendance. Chris Johnson of SI.com got the lowdown on their back-and-forths with Turner from Alexander, co-MVP of the Jordan all-star game on April 18.

“Me, Kelly and Joel have been talking to him. Joel talked to him earlier today at the hotel, trying to get him to commit. Hopefully he does that.”

It sounds like Oubre was more hands on this time, too, making it clear that weekend he wants Turner in a Kansas uniform next season.

“I know now he has Kansas on his final cut list or whatever. And I feel like we’re the best place for him, and I want him to come to Kansas real bad.”

In Portland, Ore., for the Nike Hoops Summit a week earlier, Turner sat down for a YouTube interview with Da'Love Woods. And it appears he knows exactly what he'd be jumping into at KU.

"Lawrence, they take their basketball seriously down there. It's really cool feeling that love when you go down there, and that whole atmosphere."

He made his last official visit of the recruiting circuit to Texas, and Turner said he knew what would eventually help him make his decision.

"Wherever I feel the most comfortable, that's where my heart's gonna be set."

So, what will some lucky program be getting in Turner? Basically, a unique combination of length and athleticism with a guard's mentality.

The wait is almost over.

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The all eyes on Joel Embiid’s back edition

Kansas center Joel Embiid delivers a jam from a lob pass over the UTEP defense during the second half on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Kansas center Joel Embiid delivers a jam from a lob pass over the UTEP defense during the second half on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. by Nick Krug

It might be Championship Week, with NCAA Tournament berths getting handed out on a daily basis, but the eyes of the college basketball world turned toward Lawrence, Kansas, Monday night with Bill Self's announcement that Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid will not only miss the Big 12 Tournament due to a stress fracture in his back, but also will likely miss the first weekend of the Big Dance.

How soon will Embiid be able to return? How does his absence impact KU's seeding? Should the center return at all this season? That and more were discussed in the minutes and hours that followed the news.

In Andy Katz's 3-point shot video Tuesday for ESPN.com, the national writer said Kansas will be discussed intently by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, due to the mystery surrounding Embiid's availability for the championship event.

ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf wrote Embiid shouldn't worry about returning to the floor to finish his freshman season at Kansas.

Rest and rehab, prior to this year's NBA draft, was the route Medcalf suggested.

Embiid’s return would certainly help one entity: Kansas. But it could do more harm to the fragile back of a young man who won’t last long in next summer’s NBA draft if he enters it.

Kansas isn't the only team that had serious March Madness aspirations altered in one way or another due to the loss of a key member of its lineup this season.

Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News offers a look at some other prominent long-term injuries and how each program has adjusted.

He examines crucial setbacks suffered by players at Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Pitt and Syracuse.

Twitter roundup

Obviously, the college hoops social media scene buzzed Monday night with the news of Embiid's stress fracture. Below are some of the highlights.

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Big 12 buzz

Kansas head coach Bill Self addresses the fieldhouse next to the program's ten consecutive conference titles following the Jayhawks' 82-57 win over Texas Tech.

Kansas head coach Bill Self addresses the fieldhouse next to the program's ten consecutive conference titles following the Jayhawks' 82-57 win over Texas Tech. by Nick Krug

CBSsports.com's Gary Parrish wrote Self deserved to be the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Parrish thought Rick Barnes of Texas and Lon Kruger of Oklahoma both were strong choices, but he claimed Self shouldn't be discredited just because his team wins the league every season — at least for the past decade.

But the fact that Self makes it look easy doesn't mean that it is, you know, easy, and I'll stand by that statement forever unless you can hit me with a long list of coaches who have A) won 10 consecutive league titles, or B) done it three times without a single returning starter.

Basketball mathematics guru Ken Pomeroy says Kansas has a 43% chance of winning the Big 12 Tournament.

The projections, Pomeroy admits, come with a disclaimer: the numbers don't take into account the absence of Embiid.

Still, Pomeroy thinks KU is the most likely tournament champion, and he provides the chances each Big 12 program has to each each round of the tournament. Here are the percentages he gives each team to win the championship:

Kansas, 43%

Oklahoma, 13.2%

Iowa State, 10.2%

Baylor, 8.7%

Texas, 7.9%

Oklahoma State, 7.5%

Kansas State, 5%

West Virginia, 4%

Texas Tech, 0.4%

TCU, 0.004%

Check out Pomeroy's explanation of each team's chances to win at kenpom.com.

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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

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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KU’s 10 titles the talk of the college hoops world

The Kansas student section pays tribute to the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas student section pays tribute to the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

So, you might have heard Kansas University's men's basketball team has been fairly successful in the Big 12 for the past 10 years.

Here is where you quote Cecil Terwilliger from an episode of "The Simpsons" in which his brother, Sideshow Bob, admits he has had some legal troubles:

"Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade, in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears."

Once the Jayhawks earned their 10th conference championship in a row by beating Oklahoma on Monday night, the rest of the college basketball world began acknowledging the incredible run from afar without being so snarky.

Here are some of the highlights from around the web:

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

SI.com's Brain Hamilton examined Bill Self's 10 regular-season championships and pitted the feats against each other.

Hamilton then offered his top three performances. As he put it, these seasons posed the "greatest threat to the streak."

No. 1: 2008-09 — Five new starters and finished 14-2

No. 2: 2013-14 — Five new starters and currently 13-2 with three games to go

No. 3: 2005-06 — Five new starters and finished 13-3

The selection of '08-'09, the season after Kansas won the national championship, as No. 1 was pretty simple for Hamilton:

"Every element was there for a drop-off, maybe even a prodigious one, after the core of the Jayhawks’ national title team (including top reserve Sasha Kaun) departed."


Go read his full post for his breakdown on the three seasons worth of impressive coaching jobs.

Yahoo Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg compared KU's conference title streak to runs of dominance by other teams, and in other sports, including the professional ranks.

Check out the full list, which includes the most consecutive division titles in MLB history (14 by the Atlanta Braves from 1991-2005) and most consecutive division titles in NBA history (nine by the Boston Celtics from 1957-65 and nine by the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-1990).

At SportingNews.com, Bill Bender threw out some of the gaudy numbers associated with the Kansas run.

Bender rattles off some of the W-L totals from the past 10 years in a list documenting KU's success. One of the more impressive stats: Kansas hasn't lost more than four Big 12 games in a single season during its 10-year reign at the top.

Twitter roundup

In the hours following the Jayhawks' victory on Monday, college hoops aficionados throughout the Twitterverse paid homage not only to KU's Big 12 title streak, but also to the Jayhawks and where they are as a unit at this point in the season. Below are some of the highlights:

Dick Vitale yelled "Dickie V" type things via social media:

None by Dick Vitale

Seth Davis weighed in on Self...

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… the streak…

None by Seth Davis

… the play of point guard Naadir Tharpe…

None by Seth Davis

… and on KU's title potential this season.

None by Seth Davis

Fran Frachilla, who was on the ESPN broadcast of the historic victory Monday, always is complimentary of Self:

None by Fran Fraschilla

KU's title streak impressed Jay Bilas...

None by Jay Bilas

None by Jay Bilas

None by Jay Bilas

… Clark Kellogg…

None by Clark Kellogg

… and Kentucky beat writer Kyle Tucker, of The Courier Journal, too.

None by Kyle Tucker

And ESPN.com's Myron Medcal said KU is capable of playing at an even higher level.

None by Myron Medcalf

In non-title streak news...

Kansas center Joel Embiid gets his hand caught in the net as he tries to block a shot by Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Joel Embiid gets his hand caught in the net as he tries to block a shot by Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The folks at rushthecourt.net put together a different kind of top 25 this week.

For this experiment, eight different voters ranked their top 25 teams in the nation based on which team is most likely to make the deepest run in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas came out as the No. 1 team, followed by Florida, Arizona, Michigan State and Louisville.

None of the eight pollsters ranked KU lower than fourth. The two voters who chose Kansas as their No. 4 went with Arizona in the No. 1 spot.

The article also includes some reasons KU could run into trouble in March Madness. Brian Otskey points to turnovers and a high foul rate for the Jayhawks, among other things.

ESPN.com's C.L. Brown thinks Kansas looks tournament-ready after the Jayhawks' Big Monday win over Oklahoma.

"If you aren't yet familiar with (Joel) Embiid or any of the Jayhawks, you might want to learn their names. They look like a team that’s going to be playing for a while come tournament time."


At bleacherreport.com, writer Jason King says Joel Embiid is the best NBA prospect out of Kansas since Danny Manning.

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