College basketball world reacts to KU's record-breaking 14th consecutive league title


Kansas guard Clay Young hugs teammates Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) following the Jayhawks' 74-72 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena.

Kansas guard Clay Young hugs teammates Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) following the Jayhawks' 74-72 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at United Supermarkets Arena. by Nick Krug

The college basketball world already had reason enough to tune in Saturday and watch the Big 12’s marquee game of the year: No. 8 Kansas at No. 6 Texas Tech.

Throw in what was on the line for the Jayhawks — a share of the Big 12 title, and with it a historic 14th consecutive conference championship — and the result meant much more than another instance of a Bill Self-coached team earning payback for a loss earlier in the season.

KU survived in Lubbock, Texas, 74-72, against a hobbled Keenan Evans and the Red Raiders, inspiring many who follow the team to congratulate and/or celebrate Self and his Jayhawks on eclipsing UCLA’s longstanding record of 13 straight league titles.

The social media responses to the historic moment for Kansas came in from journalists, analysts, current and former KU standouts, and even some players who have yet to — or never will — suit up for the Jayhawks.

Here are some of the highlights from the aftermath of yet another Big 12 championship for Self and Kansas.

None by Devonte' Graham

None by Devonte' Graham

None by Sviat Mykhailiuk

None by malik newman

None by SD2TWO

None by Sam I Am

None by Frank Mason

None by Wayne Selden Jr.

None by Jamari Traylor

None by _cd13

None by Cliff Alexander

None by Myron Medcalf

None by Clark Kellogg

None by Jerry Palm

None by Maria Taylor

None by Doug Gottlieb

None by Kyle Tucker

None by Nicole Auerbach

None by Raphielle Johnson

None by Seth Davis

None by John Gasaway

None by Seth Davis

None by Andrea Hudy

None by Quentin Grimes

None by Billy Preston♕

None by Billy Preston♕

By the Numbers: Kansas 74, Texas Tech 72.

By the Numbers: Kansas 74, Texas Tech 72.


Len Shaffer 4 years, 4 months ago

Got to love the support from Billy Preston. It would have been easy for him to be bitter and frustrated, but he tweets his support. And of course all the other comments are great too.

BTW, how ridiculous was that Devonte' shot from his hip? One of the most amazing shots I've ever seen.

Allan Olson 4 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, don't share your feelings on Preston. He created his own situation, with maybe only a "booster" for company. Bet that booster does not have the guts to admit his/her role. And, all the hush up since the incident unfolded is to not embarrass that person. Billy's mom saw $ signs instead of any patience or love for KU, so off he went to the comfort of the Balkans. Save your kudos for the walk-ons who truly toil for the cause & have no scholarships, and who will always be Jayhawks.

Armen Kurdian 4 years, 4 months ago

Wouldn't you think that whatever was provided to the NCAA would become public, or do you think that KU has asked the NCAA to drop it all because there's something embarrassing there? I'm just asking, I really don't know either way. I still have a feeling it was much ado about nothing...I'll bet if there was something there, Coach would have had BP off the team before KU sending the package over.

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 4 months ago

That's a lot of assumptions you made about something you don't actually know about. It's a shame to make negative accusations just so you can "hate" someone who didn't do anything to you and may not have intentionally did anything to effect his eligibility.

Tim Orel 4 years, 4 months ago

Preston helped this team by practicing with them and supporting them every game from the bench. We may never know what happened, but he never showed any resentment or ill will to KU or the players or the fans. I will hope for his getting to the NBA.

Allan Olson 4 years, 4 months ago

There's no hate intended toward Preston. But best wishes are not necessary either. Several postings have mentioned booster involvement since story first broke. Common sense would say it might just be likely. I'll have the proper reverence for Billy when he man's up and tells the true story. You could wallpaper the Fieldhouse with all the diehard fan speculative postings for over two months. Then its hugs and kisses, but no closure!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

And just think - if Oklahoma State hadn't had such an amazing team in 2004, the streak could be 17 right now. Kansas has won the conference 16 of the last 17 seasons going back to Roy Williams' final two years at Kansas, with 2004 being the only year in that span when the Jayhawks were not Big 12 champs.

Layne Pierce 4 years, 4 months ago

15 is a distinct possibility. But leadership from upper classmen is essential. Good news is we will have 2 point guards, so no exhaustion factor.

Depth at the point is essential. Just ask Texas Tech. They have no real replacement for a hobbled Keenan Evans, and that is why they have faded at end of season.

No apologies, though, because we still had to win it. And we actually gave the OU game away at the end, when we had it won.

Let's enjoy 14, and let's give this strange team of 4 real guards and one monster center credit, for doing what many pundits and yes, so-called fans thought they could not do.

For the tournament the key is Vick. It's no secret that we started making our transition from mediocre to very good, when Malik started bringing it. He has been solid, at times spectacular, and his driving and defense and rebounds have really kicked in. That gives us the 3 Musketeers, we need the 4th Musketeer. If Vick can average 10 points a game from here on out, we could win it all. The second piece of good news, is DeSouza, somewhere on the way we wiil need him to simply score a couple of buckets, play defense, and rebound rebound, rebound. Rebounding is our Achilles heel.

With both Lightfoot and DeSouza able to play, Doke in foul-trouble is not the automatic end of the world.

Our team at its highest level, is something like the OU game in Lawrence. All starters in double figures.

Tracey Graham 4 years, 4 months ago

As a proud KU alum, I'm very happy about yesterday's win and about this 14th straight season with at least a share of the Big 12 title. Devonte' Graham for Big 12 POTY!

But someone asked me this yesterday, and I didn't have an answer for him, because I don't know the answer. Why does Kansas have a share of the conference title with Texas in 2008? The two teams both finished 13-3 in Big 12 play, but the Longhorns beat the Jayhawks in the lone regular season meeting. So shouldn't have Texas won the title outright? Was there no head-to-head tiebreaker back then (for that matter, is there a head-to-head tiebreaker scenario even now)?

Kent Richardson 4 years, 4 months ago

Head to head tie breaker is only for seeding purposes in the Big 12 tourney. Share is a share for the conference. This will be our 5th straight outright if we win one of our remaining games.

Kent Richardson 4 years, 4 months ago

Nice messaging from everyone.

Getting #14 is a once in a lifetime achievement. I was in my teens during a lot of the UCLA streak and was a fan since Lucius Allen out of KC Wyandotte picked them. They had more talent on their Freshman teams than most teams had on their whole roster. Wooden was revered like Lombardi at the time.

Going forward what does this mean? Less pressure probably but this is KU and as Chris Beard said in his presser when responding to a question about the impact of an off the charts exciting and pressure filled game had on his team. He said, you know, Kansas plays in this atmosphere every game. True dat!

We are one good starter away from being a great team. Whether it is a power or small forward or a fourth guard. Even without that if everything stays close to what it is currently then we have a better than average chance to be an Elite Eight team as the #! seed in the West Regional. We would likely meet Zona in the Sweet Sixteen to get there and North Carolina or Michigan State in the Eight game. It's doable.

It's gotta be Vick, Mitch or Silvio? Vick is the obvious choice but he is unpredictable. I am not going to put him down. He is a Division One capable player as we have seen. He acted like he didn't want the ball yesterday. I just don't know why. I have more sympathy for him than anything else. Bill has to play him because he has more offensive talent than Marcus. Silvio would have to get 15 -20 minutes playing time for a bunch of games and we have maybe 3 to 5 more until the Madness. Mitch? Would only thrive in the forward role and Bill will have to give him a lot more rope and it's probably too late for both he and Silvio. So we go with what we've got and squeak out wins without Vick and go deep with him. Captain obvious speaks again.

Love the 14th title and hope we go out West.

David Robinett 4 years, 4 months ago

Maybe we can use Mondays game to get Vick going

Brad Watson 4 years, 4 months ago

The main goal has been get focused and have some fun with these March loose and free but bring the ultimate warrior mentality that got you your championship and Jerod Haase type energy and I think things will turn out the way you want!...You did it!..You won the TITLE!!! ......Enjoy it!

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