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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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