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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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Comments

Robert Brown 7 months ago

This was probably the least emphatic of the ten championships. KU tied with OU, but OU won the head to head in Norman. OSU was a higher seed than either OU or KU in the NCAA tournament. KU did not win the conference tournament that year. This is the team that started out strong and tailed off at the end and of course lose to Bucknell.

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Steve Zimmerman 7 months ago

Wow, thanks for the link. I didn't realize Simien was really that sharp shooter. He's really good. He didn't seem to have a typical center size, but he can definitely post deep.

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Joe Joseph 7 months ago

Its unfortunate we didn't know the full extent of Langford's injuries until some time after the season. I think it was pretty clear that Langford had been struggling, but knowing he was busted up (badly) served as justification.

Still, no way that team should have lost to Bucknell. I still think that buzzer shot from Wayne is going in every time I see it (and think about it).

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Eliott Reeder 7 months ago

Right!?! Watching the highlights from the OSU game above bring it all back like yesterday. Wayne hit 15 foot turn-around jumpers all day long in that game. It was his favorite shot. He definitely should have made the last one against Bucknell. Just wasn't meant to be...

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Steve Zimmerman 7 months ago

"Like it" should be added to every blog/article here. This is one of them that's worth the thumb up.

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