Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jayhawks earn share of 12th straight Big 12 title

Fans in the student section salute the Jayhawks' 12th-straight Big 12 title following their 67-58 win over Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Fans in the student section salute the Jayhawks' 12th-straight Big 12 title following their 67-58 win over Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Twelve it is.

Thanks to Saturday’s convincing 67-58 victory over Texas Tech (the second hottest team in the Big 12 during the past few weeks), the Kansas University men’s basketball team clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title for the 12th year in a row.

KU improved to 25-4 overall and 13-3 in Big 12 play with its ninth victory in a row, eight in Big 12 play, and one over Kentucky, in the Big 12-SEC challenge.

Texas Tech fell to 18-10 overall and 8-8 in Big 12 play.

KU’s latest victory featured a lot of what has helped this team find its stride and rip off a strong streak to close the season — balance.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk came off the bench to lead KU’s offense in the first half with a dozen points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range. Other than that the Jayhawks, who hit 9-of-21 from downtown as a team, got solid but not spectacular contributions from just about everybody who entered the game.

Mykhailiuk finished 6-of-7 from the floor for 17 points and also added a pair of rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes.

Frank Mason III was the only other Jayhawk to reach double figures, adding 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Perry Ellis missed his first four attempts of the game but recovered to chip in 8 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

Landen Lucas, who scored KU’s first five points in this one, finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

All of those stats, of course, will be little more than footnotes to the day that KU clinched Big 12 title No. 12 in a row.

From here on out, KU will clinch the outright title with another victory or losses by Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Here’s a quick look back at some of Saturday’s action:

Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self discusses KU adding to Big 12 title streak

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses his team's home win over Texas Tech, which sealed up at least a share of the program's 12th regular-season Big 12 championship in a row.

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• The game turned when: Kansas turned a quietly close contest into a comfortable lead with a 10-2 run that pushed the Jayhawks’ lead from 19-16 to 29-18.

• Offensive highlight: It would be real easy to pick all five of Mykhailiuk’s three-point shots for the offensive highlight because each one looked so pure and so smooth. The sophomore is playing with a ton of confidence right now and he looks a lot more relaxed everywhere on the floor. Mason also had a few offensive highlights, knocking down a 3-of-5 three-pointers and showing off the bounce and flashy handles that we saw from him most of last season, another sign that Mason is on the way back. Late in the game, KU put an exclamation point on the game with a dish from Mykhailiuk to Lucas, who flushed it home with two hands to deliver the knockout blow to the Red Raiders.

• Defensive highlight: Early in the second half, Perry Ellis showed off his quickness by stepping in front of a post-entry pass that denied the Red Raiders an opportunity to trim the KU lead to just a couple of possessions. That sparked a KU run that pushed KU’s lead to 13 (44-31) and also featured a defensive gem from Mason. After hitting a three-pointer on the offensive end, Mason picked the pocket of a Tech guard near the sideline, saved the ball from bouncing out of bounds and pushed it ahead to Wayne Selden Jr., who finished in style and forced Texas Tech to use a timeout.

Podcast episode

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Mason, Ellis and Mykhailiuk react to earning share of Big 12 title

Kansas basketball players Frank Mason III, Perry Ellis and Svi Mykhailiuk meet with reporters after the Jayhawks earned at least a share of KU's 12th consecutive Big 12 title with a win over Texas Tech.

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• Key stat: KU’s field goal defense. For the eighth game in a row, KU held its opponent to worse than 42 percent shooting from the floor. The Red Raiders, who entered the game shooting 45 percent on the year, shot just 18-of-57 for 31.6 percent during Saturday’s loss.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will close out the road portion of their 2015-16 Big 12 schedule on Big Monday at Texas. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN.

— See what people were saying about Kansas vs. Texas Tech during’s live coverage

More news and notes from KU’s win over Texas Tech

By the Numbers: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 58

By the Numbers: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 58


David Robinett 6 years, 4 months ago

I would hate to follow Bill Self as coach at Kansas.

Steve Macy 6 years, 4 months ago

Uneven game, live the defense. Please have a junior year Svi. RCJH

Steve Corder 6 years, 4 months ago

Wonder if Mr. Keegan will still vote T. Smith coach of the year?

Bryce Landon 6 years, 4 months ago

Svi pretty much won this game for us. And now here we are at 12 straight titles. I didn't think it was going to happen when KU was getting its brains beat out in Morgantown, Stillwater, and Ames; but these guys have found some toughness that I often didn't think they had, and they have won the Big 12 in arguably its best year ever. Not only is this 12 straight, but its 14 of the last 15 if you go back to the end of the Roy Williams era.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 4 months ago

And along with OU playing so well I also thought it wasn't going to happen and now we will probably win it outright. When they are firing on all cylinders they look unstoppable but they always seem to have a lapse mid way through the second half that allows the opposition back in the game.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 4 months ago

Meanwhile, OKLAHOMA LOST TO TEXAS! The Sooners are out of the Big 12 title picture!

Now if we can just get Oklahoma State to pull an upset on West Virginia, the Mountaineers will also be out of the picture, and we'll have the conference title all to ourselves before we begin the final week!

Dirk Medema 6 years, 4 months ago

There was a game in the middle of the season (?TCU, KSU, UT?) when coach went deep into the bench in the first half to use a bunch of subs (Vick, ...) and seemed to up the defensive pressure a whole bunch. It was very effective. Coming off one some of those mid-season losses, I wondered if it was a philosophical shift to use our greater depth to increase the D-pressure. Not so much in the second half of that game, or for the most part since. I wonder if Coach might do more of that to give the 2's more minutes, rest the starters heading into March, and still play to one of our strengths (depth). Somehow, the change doesn't seem likely, but hopefully we can find a way to play the starters few minutes and the subs more. Neither @UT or ISU even at AFH will be easy, but we now have bigger fish to fry - IMO.

Mallory Briggans 6 years, 4 months ago

There was a debate earlier this season of do you sacrifice wins to get Diallo and Bragg more minutes ........Well the proof is in the pudding. Winning is always better ....always . And in the perfect world get the young guys minutes . Coach Self found that balance and it worked. Sometimes we want what we want.......not what is best. To celebrate number 12 is great and last time I checked Diallo and Bragg are still on the team. When the team hoisted the trophy I don't believe I saw Diallo and Bragg pouting because they weren't getting minutes ....instead they were part of the celebration .Its called a team for a reason .Because Diallo and Bragg know its their turn next year ,provided they both on the Jayhawks

The clock starts now for number 13

Rock Chalk

Joe Ross 6 years, 4 months ago

Enjoy this one, fellas. But dont celebrate too long. The conference schedule doesnt stop for a victory tour. Texas Monday night, and losing in Austin would certainly be a wet blanket thrown over this party. Feel good about yourself, but not too good. The remaining games present a chance to improve further. Keep sawin' wood.

Pius Waldman 6 years, 4 months ago

The Texas game will be a challenge as they are playing much better and their victory over Oklahoma speaks that better play. Also the senior night game with the Cyclones is one the seniors want to win. Hope for the best and enjoy number 12.

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