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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2012

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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.

2012

Big 12 record: 16-2

Top 5 scorers:

Thomas Robinson, 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson delivers a dunk before Kansas State players Thomas Gipson (42) and Jamar Samuels (32) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson delivers a dunk before Kansas State players Thomas Gipson (42) and Jamar Samuels (32) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes through a trap by Oklahoma State defenders Markel Brown, left, and Brian Williams during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor passes through a trap by Oklahoma State defenders Markel Brown, left, and Brian Williams during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Elijah Johnson, 10.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals

Elijah Johnson (15) breaks free down the middle for a layup during the second half of the Jayhawks 66-58 win over the Aggies of Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 22, 2012,  in College Station, TX. Johnson scored a team high 21 points.

Elijah Johnson (15) breaks free down the middle for a layup during the second half of the Jayhawks 66-58 win over the Aggies of Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, in College Station, TX. Johnson scored a team high 21 points. by Mike Yoder

Jeff Withey, 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 blocks

Jeff Withey gets a hand on a shot by Baylor forward Perry Jones.

Jeff Withey gets a hand on a shot by Baylor forward Perry Jones. by Richard Gwin

Travis Releford, 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals

Kansas guard Travis Releford defends a shot from Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas guard Travis Releford defends a shot from Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson during the second half on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Kansas claims epic win in Border War finale

  • Kansas ended its longstanding Border War with Missouri with a thrilling, 87-86 overtime victory in front of a hysterical Allen Fieldhouse crowd. Down 19 to their rivals early in the second half, the Jayhawks came back to life in the closing minutes to clinch at least a share of an eighth consecutive Big 12 title. Forward Thomas Robinson (28 points, 12 rebounds) saved the day with a three-point play on offense and a blocked shot for the ages in the final seconds of regulation.

“I’m not the most emotional guy, but that’s as good as it gets. It’s as exciting of a game as I’ve ever been part of. It’s the best home win I can remember us having."

— Bill Self

No. 2 — CELEBR-EIGHT: Kansas clinches outright crown

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson carries out the Big 12 Trophy after KU defeated Oklahoma State, 70-58, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson carries out the Big 12 Trophy after KU defeated Oklahoma State, 70-58, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. by Richard Gwin

  • Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson combined for 44 points in a 70-58 Kansas victory at Oklahoma State that sealed the Jayhawks' eighth straight Big 12 title outright.

“We knew what we had before we hit the floor (this season), before the whole world saw it. I knew our guys weren’t scared to work hard. Proving ourselves to people was motivation to us. I think it had everything to do with it, to prove to everybody we could come back and defend our title.”

— Thomas Robinson

No. 3 — Emotional rescue: KU, Thomas Robinson hold it together, edge Texas

  • On the one-year anniversary of the death of his mother, Lisa, Thomas Robinson helped Kansas win, 69-66, at Texas, where he produced 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tyshawn Taylor led KU with 22 points.

“I wouldn’t say it was too emotional. No disrespect or anything, but that’s something I have to live with every day. For the media, it’s the anniversary, but for me it’s every day.”

— Thomas Robinson

2012 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 16-2

Missouri, 14-4

Baylor, 12-6

Iowa State, 12-6

Kansas State, 10-8

Texas, 9-9

Oklahoma State, 7-11

Oklahoma, 5-13

Texas A&M, 4-14

Texas Tech, 1-17

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

Comments

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 9 months ago

Probably my second favorite Self team at KU (so far), as they showed enormous heart, and I finally got to see a return to 2 athletic combo guards starting together (TT + EJ), and we see that combo took us all the way to the champ game. With the spotlight and attention on TRob and Tyshawn, EJ thrived as the assassin. Withey and Releford were solid, and our starting 5 were as good as anybody in the country. Just had no bench other than Teahan, Young and Wesley, and a frosh Naa. But they ALL tried their hardest, and we came as close as 5pts vs KY...as with 3 missed dunks, and a couple of clanked FTs, we left about 11pts on the floor. Will always have a special spot in our Jayhawk hearts for Thomas Robinson...

RCJH

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