LUBBOCK, Texas — Devonte’ Graham knew the Jayhawks had a piece of history on the line. Yet asked about the accomplishment, Graham did what so many others have done.
He went straight to the opposite.
“We didn’t want to be the team to end the streak,” the senior guard said following KU’s 74-72 win in Lubbock.
Graham, who led KU to the win with a 26-point performance, maintained his confidence in his team to win the conference throughout the season.
After finally clinching a share of the league for the 14th straight year — the Jayhawks surpassed UCLA’s streak for most consecutive conference titles — Graham tried to put into words what exactly it all meant.
“I’m just a small part of it,” Graham said, looking over at teammate Svi Mykhailiuk and smiling. “It’s just being a part of history. Me and my boy are part of it.”
LUBBOCK, Texas — Moments after his team clinched its record-setting 14th straight Big 12 Championship, KU coach Bill Self addressed the media and was asked about the team’s accomplishment in spite of its apparent flaws.
“I’m amazed,” Self said. “I really am.”
KU defeated Texas Tech on Saturday, 74-72, to lock up a share of the conference with two games remaining.
KU was led in scoring by Devonte’ Graham, who finished with 26 points and made two key baskets down the stretch to seal the win.
“He’s the Big 12 player of the year,” Self said. “There has to be a value put on winning.”
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about his team's slow start in an 85-73 home loss to Texas Tech, shooting 0 for 12 from the 3-point line in the second half and why he doesn't want to hear players say they need to want it more after a game.
Kansas senior guards Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk talked about losing for the second time this season at Allen Fieldhouse following an 85-73 loss to Texas Tech, their slow start and how they can play tougher.
KU quarterback Peyton Bender had last Saturday off because of the bye week. That didn't mean, however, he spent his time away from the task at hand — the team's game this Saturday against Texas Tech.
"Yeah, I watched. I watched a lot of the game," Bender said of Texas Tech's 41-34 loss to Oklahoma State. "Definitely try to scout them out a little bit."
Sitting at 1-3 (0-1 Big 12) on the season, Bender and the Jayhawks will look for their first conference win since defeating Texas late last year. Here is what the quarterback had to say on Tuesday with regard to the Red Raiders, KU's bye week and his own performance so far.