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
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
"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
"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
"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
Texas A&M, 10-6
Oklahoma State, 6-10
Texas Tech, 6-10
Kansas State, 6-10
Iowa State, 6-10