10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2006
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.
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
Mario Chalmers (fr., G), 11.5 points, 3.8 assists, 2.7 steals
Russell Robinson (so., G), 9.3 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds
Julian Wright (fr., F), 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks
Sasha Kaun (so., C), 8.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks
3 memorable moments
- 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
- 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
- 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
Texas A&M, 10-6
Oklahoma State, 6-10
Texas Tech, 6-10
Kansas State, 6-10
Iowa State, 6-10