Win it for Hudy: Kansas University's players dedicated the victory and their fourth-straight league title to strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy.
Hudy's mom, Mary, died on Saturday morning after a battle with cancer.
"It all started this morning when our strength and conditioning coach's mom died. She asked us to come back with another ring. It was for her," KU's Darrell Arthur said.
Hudy did not make the trip to College Station. She flew to her home state of Pennsylvania this weekend.
Rush's dunk awesome: Freshman center Cole Aldrich was amazed at a vicious dunk in the closing minutes by Brandon Rush.
"We'd like to see him do that more. It was nasty," Aldrich said.
It was one of Rush's two buckets on a day he missed seven shots.
"It was good to get a lot of aggression out," Rush said. "I was shooting too many floaters, not taking it to the hole real strong. I just got fed up, like, 'Man, I've got to dunk on somebody before the game is over.' It was nasty."
Stitches: Aldrich has been wearing a wrap on his right hand during games for a reason.
"I got stitches in my hand a few weeks ago. It's feeling better," he said.
No bubbly on hand: The Jayhawks didn't pop open champagne in the locker room to celebrate their fourth straight league crown.
"That's for tonight," the 22-year-old Rush cracked.
"This is really special. The seniors were holding up four fingers; me and 'Rio' (Mario Chalmers) were holding up three (in locker room)," Rush added.
Not many seeds set: The Big 12 office reports that just four seeds are decided for the Big 12 tournament entering today's final two games of the regular season.
Kansas State is the No. 3 seed, Oklahoma No. 4, Baylor No. 5 and Texas A&M; No. 6.
Stats, facts: KU has won at least a share of eight Big 12 titles in the league's 12 years of existence. KU has won a nation's-best 51 conference crowns. ... KU has won four straight league titles for the sixth time in school history and first time since 1995-98. ... KU has won 36 of its last 39 regular-season games and is 42-4 over the last 46. ... KU is 12-1 all-time versus A&M; and 5-0 in Reed Arena. ... KU has won at least 13 league games for the seventh time in 12 years and third year in a row. KU has won at least 11 games in each year of the Big 12. ... Chalmers improved to seventh on KU's all-time list for three-pointers made. He has cashed 158 treys. ... KU finished the conference season with 91 blocks, which ranks fifth all-time at KU. ... Arthur collected his 100th blocked shot.
Good to see Danny: Texas A&M; coach Mark Turgeon was happy to see his old teammate, Danny Manning, Saturday on KU's bench.
"I'm happy for him because he is getting to do what he loves," Turgeon told the Texas A&M; Battalion. "He loves basketball, and especially Kansas basketball. He was a great player, and he made me better when we played together."
Turg pleases AD: A&M; athletic director Bill Byrne told the Dallas Morning News he's satisfied with Turgeon's work his first season in College Station.
"I think the first year that any coach takes over another team is always extremely difficult," Byrne told the paper. "You don't have a relationship with the athletes that has been developed the way the previous coach has.
"Having said that, I think Mark has done a remarkably good job in taking over a team that had a lot of success previously but lost three outstanding veterans (Acie Law, Antanas Kavaliauskas, Marlon Pompey) that contributed to our success."
Of some of Turgeon's brash remarks this season, including saying he's in a "no flippin' win" situation because if he wins it's because of ex-coach Billy Gillispie's players and if he loses it's because of his own performance, Byrne told the paper: "I think that Mark is an extremely honest coach. You don't get a lot of coach-speak from him, and I think media like that a lot because he's direct. But they'll use that against him. As Mark learns what the media market is like here, you'll eventually get less descriptive words."