10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2012
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.
Big 12 record: 16-2
Top 5 scorers:
Thomas Robinson, 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals
Tyshawn Taylor, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals
Elijah Johnson, 10.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals
Jeff Withey, 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 blocks
Travis Releford, 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals
3 memorable moments
- 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
- 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
- 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
Iowa State, 12-6
Kansas State, 10-8
Oklahoma State, 7-11
Texas A&M, 4-14
Texas Tech, 1-17
10 years of Big 12 supremacy
Thursday: 2011 and 2012
Friday: 2013 and 2014