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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Notebook: Bunch of firsts set stage for KU’s triple-OT win over Oklahoma

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Oklahoma guard Dinjiyl Walker (2) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Oklahoma guard Dinjiyl Walker (2) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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• Firsts: The Big 12 for the first time in history boasts two No. 1 teams (AP, coaches polls).

This is the first time any conference has had the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in any poll since KU was No. 1 and Texas No. 2 in the coaches poll in 2010-11. The Big 12 also was the last to accomplish the 1-2 feat in the AP poll, accomplishing it for six straight weeks with KU and Texas from Nov. 30, 2009 to Jan. 4, 2010.

OU is No. 1 for the first time since the final regular season AP poll of the 1990 season (March 6, 1990).

Monday marked the first time in Big 12 history that conference squads ranked 1 and 2 played each other.

There have been nine 1 vs. 2 matchups in the same league — the last taking place on Feb. 25, 2007 (No. 2 Ohio State 49, No. 1 Wisconsin 48). Two of the nine were in the Big Eight Conference less than one month apart — March 10, 1990 in the Big Eight Tournament semifinals (No. 1 Oklahoma 95, No. 2 Kansas 77) and Feb. 13, 1990 (No. 2 Missouri 77, No. 1 Kansas 71).

• How big was Monday’s game? “I told our guys this ... ‘This is a big game. This isn’t the only big game we’ll have this year because the league is too good. You’ll have other games of national implications that also happen in February and some happen in early March,” coach Bill Self said. “I don’t think anything should be done to set up (a way) to try to have these matchups late, because there’s no way to predict it in our league because everybody is good.”

• Self, by the way, said he’d give the Jayhawks a well-deserved day off today.

— See what people were saying about No. 1 versus No. 2 during KUsports.com’s live coverage


More news and notes from No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Oklahoma




By the Numbers: Kansas 109, Oklahoma 106 (3OT)

By the Numbers: Kansas 109, Oklahoma 106 (3OT)

Comments

Joe Ross 3 years, 10 months ago

The guys need to carbo-load today. Eat some pasta. Lots of spaghetti. Their bodies need to replenish their glycogen (branched sugar) stores.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 10 months ago

Fat-free, cholesterol-free and a good source of carbohydrates. I endorse your nutritional strategy. Plus....it's delicious.

James Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

I drank way more Glenlivet than normal last night.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 10 months ago

Where's the milk jug? My stomach is still gurgling.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 10 months ago

Also, I am getting too old for this! Not sure my heart can take another one of these.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

I was wondering if Dookie V and Musberger would survive last night. Their comment about being 76 and needing to have been in bed hours ago was funny.

Bill Corey 3 years, 10 months ago

I really hope we don't have another game with Dickie Duke and Mush Mouth. They're insufferable. Almost turned off sound and just watched a muted game.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Partially disagree. Dickie V is great to listen to. He's good for college basketball.

Brent Musty-Burger...eh, not so much. It makes me sick whenever he's assigned to call an Iowa State game and listen to him gush for 2+ hours about what great people Cry-Clowns fans are.

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