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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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Comments

Aaron Paisley 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I do wonder what would've been had KU been made the 2 seed in the south or midwest that year instead of being shipped out west with UCLA.

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Erich Hartmann 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Had UCLA beat, but got away from team ball that got us there, as Rush and Chalmers tried to go at the rim 1on1...this was also the "missed bunnies" game, if people recall the comments from Self after the game. We stripped them silly, but couldnt finish our transition layups. Darnell Jackson commented on-camera from a defeated locker room after the game: "we got away from who we are (team ball) and tried to go 1 on 1".

That year was also the beginning of the end for Ben Howland, as they didnt make the Champ game, and 2 seasons later his great recruiting class imploded with various issues. Kevin Love was a bright spot later on, but as a team product, beating Kansas that 1 year was the best that Ben Fowland could do. Also, later, Mario Little said "nope" to Ben in their attempt to upset us in AFH 4 yrs later...A tale of different directions since UCLA beat KU in 2007...As in banner-on-ground-ex-royalty vs. crimson/blue flag-waving royalty. RCJH.

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