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 2014.
Our five-day blog series will feature two daily entries (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), Monday through Friday, so check back each day for more.
Big 12 record: 12-4, tied for 1st with Oklahoma
Top 5 scorers:
Wayne Simien (sr., F), 20.3 points, 11.0 rebounds
Keith Langford (sr., G), 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists
J.R. Giddens (so., G), 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds
Aaron Miles (sr., G), 9.3 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds
Christian Moody (jr., F), 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds
3 memorable moments
- Wayne Simien led Kansas past Oklahoma State, 81-79, with 32 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Jayhawks a one-game lead over the Cowboys in the Big 12 race with two games to play.
"Without question, people could make a case he was the best player in America today. He did so many things. He battled hard. He was fabulous."
— Bill Self
- On his Senior Night, Wayne Simien scored 25 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to help KU beat Kansas State, 72-65, on the 50th anniversary of the first game played in Allen Fieldhouse.
"Twenty-five and 20 ... it's a great way to go out."
— Wayne Simien
- With ESPN's College GameDay at Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks pounded Texas, 90-65, behind 27 points from Wayne Simien and 17 from Keith Langford.
"Today couldn't have been scripted much better for Kansas. This did a lot for our program from an exposure standpoint. Playing well was icing on the cake."
— Bill Self
2005 BIG 12 STANDINGS
Oklahoma State, 11-5
Texas Tech, 10-6
Iowa State, 9-7
Texas A&M, 8-8
Kansas State, 6-10