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Bill Self previews KU’s Senior Day, discusses ISU and more

Entering the final game of the regular season, No. 1-ranked Kansas already has wrapped up its 12th consecutive Big 12 championship ahead of Saturday’s Allen Fieldhouse finale, versus No. 21 Iowa State.

KU coach Bill Self discussed the Jayhawks’ Senior Day and much more at his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon.

— Read the Q&A highlights from KUsports.com’s live coverage of the press conference: Jayhawks preparing for season finale

— AUDIO | Bill Self looks ahead to KU's Senior Day vs. ISU

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Bill Self: Jayhawks’ attitudes, toughness have them in position for 12th straight Big 12 title

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks (22-4 overall, 12-3 Big 12) have a chance Saturday to clinch at least a share of the program’s 12th consecutive regular-season conference championship with a home victory against Texas Tech.

That topic and many more came up at Self’s weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon.

— Get the blow-by-blow highlights from the Q&A, from KUsports.com’s live coverage

— PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO | Bill Self: Ku still has plenty of work to do in pursuit of Big 12 title

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Bill Self breaks down the KU-Oklahoma rematch

Before No. 6-ranked Kansas travels down to Oklahoma for a Saturday rematch with the No. 3 Sooners — with first place in the Big 12 on the line — KU coach Bill Self addressed the road challenge and much more at his Thursday press conference.

— Catch the highlights from the Q&A, over at KUsports.com’s live page.

— Listen to the full press conference: Bill Self on playing OU on the road, greatness of Buddy Heild

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Bill Self on KU’s defensive issues, facing K-State and more

Coming off a memorable overtime victory against Kentucky, the Kansas Jayhawks return to Big 12 play on Wednesday night, when they host in-state rival Kansas State.

KU coach Bill Self discussed the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks’ issues on defense and much more at his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon.

— Check out the highlights from the Q&A from KUsports.com’s live coverage.

— AUDIO | Bill Self talks (some more) about UK win, looks ahead to K-State

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Bill Self addresses KU’s lethargic play of late

During his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon, Bill Self answered questions about the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks, who are coming off a loss at Oklahoma State, and play host to Texas on Saturday, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Self opened the Q&A by addressing what the team talked about when they got together the day after KU lost at OSU.

“I think there were several things, but I think that the big thing is you don't go from being a really good team to a bad team overnight. You have bad days,” Self said.

— Check out the highlights from the presser at KUsports.com’s live site.

— AUDIO | Bill Self: Going to be ‘wild’ year in Big 12.

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Jayhawks, Sooners make most of national spotlight

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) strips a ball from Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) strips a ball from Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Any time Kansas basketball plays, it’s a big deal in Lawrence. But the Big Monday, triple-overtime instant classic between the No. 1 Jayhawks and No. 2 Oklahoma was something else entirely.

With no Monday Night Football or major college bowl game to distract the nation’s sports fans, anyone in need of some cheap entertainment found it easily on ESPN, as two of the nation’s elite teams traded big-time shot after big-time shot and combined to score 215 points in a marathon of a Big 12 basketball showcase.

The entertaining performance had the Twitterverse buzzing about the Jayhawks and Sooners, during and after KU’s frantic victory.

Some former Jayhawks, of course, showed their love for the program.

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But really, anyone who cares about college basketball couldn’t stop themselves from chiming in on this classic.

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As much as everyone loved watching the Big 12 thriller, the game even had a little controversy — in overtime, no less.

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The way this game was played neither team was leaving Allen Fieldhouse feeling bad about itself. And since KU won, maybe (just maybe) Jayhawk fans would be interested in watching Buddy Hield score each of his 46 points all over again.

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No matter who you were rooting for, this one was just a pleasure to watch.

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Big 12 Basketball Media Day

From rules changes, to lineup possibilities to the strength of the Big 12 Conference, there was plenty for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and Jayhawks Frank Mason III, Perry Ellis and Hunter Mickelson to address Tuesday at the league's annual media day, at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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"I thought we got off to a pretty good start this past summer in South Korea and the World University Games and hopefully developed some valuable experience and gave some guys some minutes that will definitely be beneficial moving forward," Self said of where KU stands entering the season. "But it should be a fun time. We've got a group of competitive guys, quite a bit of balance. It will be an unbelievable league again, just like it has been."

Get a recap of it all — from morning to afternoon — by clicking over to our live coverage site.

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Twitterverse reacts to KU grabbing share of Big 12 title

No, Kansas University didn’t play on Big Monday this week. But the Jayhawks’ Big 12 title hopes were in play on ESPN’s weekly showcase.

Accordingly, many sets of eyes usually so focused on Kansas basketball suddenly had an uncharacteristically high level of interest in a game between Iowa State and Oklahoma.

Big 12 championships will do that.

When the Jayhawks needed league competitor ISU to defeat OU, the Cyclones came through, securing KU at least a share of its 11th Big 12 regular-season championship in a row.

Once that happened, congratulations, celebrations and observations began breaking out in the Twitterverse from those who cover college basketball, those who have played it and others.

Here are some of the highlights:

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KU’s 10 titles the talk of the college hoops world

The Kansas student section pays tribute to the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas student section pays tribute to the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

So, you might have heard Kansas University's men's basketball team has been fairly successful in the Big 12 for the past 10 years.

Here is where you quote Cecil Terwilliger from an episode of "The Simpsons" in which his brother, Sideshow Bob, admits he has had some legal troubles:

"Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade, in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears."

Once the Jayhawks earned their 10th conference championship in a row by beating Oklahoma on Monday night, the rest of the college basketball world began acknowledging the incredible run from afar without being so snarky.

Here are some of the highlights from around the web:

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up two palms in light of the the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self raises up two palms in light of the the Jayhawks' tenth-straight conference title following their 83-75 win over Oklahoma on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

SI.com's Brain Hamilton examined Bill Self's 10 regular-season championships and pitted the feats against each other.

Hamilton then offered his top three performances. As he put it, these seasons posed the "greatest threat to the streak."

No. 1: 2008-09 — Five new starters and finished 14-2

No. 2: 2013-14 — Five new starters and currently 13-2 with three games to go

No. 3: 2005-06 — Five new starters and finished 13-3

The selection of '08-'09, the season after Kansas won the national championship, as No. 1 was pretty simple for Hamilton:

"Every element was there for a drop-off, maybe even a prodigious one, after the core of the Jayhawks’ national title team (including top reserve Sasha Kaun) departed."


Go read his full post for his breakdown on the three seasons worth of impressive coaching jobs.

Yahoo Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg compared KU's conference title streak to runs of dominance by other teams, and in other sports, including the professional ranks.

Check out the full list, which includes the most consecutive division titles in MLB history (14 by the Atlanta Braves from 1991-2005) and most consecutive division titles in NBA history (nine by the Boston Celtics from 1957-65 and nine by the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-1990).

At SportingNews.com, Bill Bender threw out some of the gaudy numbers associated with the Kansas run.

Bender rattles off some of the W-L totals from the past 10 years in a list documenting KU's success. One of the more impressive stats: Kansas hasn't lost more than four Big 12 games in a single season during its 10-year reign at the top.

Twitter roundup

In the hours following the Jayhawks' victory on Monday, college hoops aficionados throughout the Twitterverse paid homage not only to KU's Big 12 title streak, but also to the Jayhawks and where they are as a unit at this point in the season. Below are some of the highlights:

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… and on KU's title potential this season.

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Fran Frachilla, who was on the ESPN broadcast of the historic victory Monday, always is complimentary of Self:

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… and Kentucky beat writer Kyle Tucker, of The Courier Journal, too.

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And ESPN.com's Myron Medcal said KU is capable of playing at an even higher level.

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In non-title streak news...

Kansas center Joel Embiid gets his hand caught in the net as he tries to block a shot by Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Joel Embiid gets his hand caught in the net as he tries to block a shot by Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield during the second half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The folks at rushthecourt.net put together a different kind of top 25 this week.

For this experiment, eight different voters ranked their top 25 teams in the nation based on which team is most likely to make the deepest run in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas came out as the No. 1 team, followed by Florida, Arizona, Michigan State and Louisville.

None of the eight pollsters ranked KU lower than fourth. The two voters who chose Kansas as their No. 4 went with Arizona in the No. 1 spot.

The article also includes some reasons KU could run into trouble in March Madness. Brian Otskey points to turnovers and a high foul rate for the Jayhawks, among other things.

ESPN.com's C.L. Brown thinks Kansas looks tournament-ready after the Jayhawks' Big Monday win over Oklahoma.

"If you aren't yet familiar with (Joel) Embiid or any of the Jayhawks, you might want to learn their names. They look like a team that’s going to be playing for a while come tournament time."


At bleacherreport.com, writer Jason King says Joel Embiid is the best NBA prospect out of Kansas since Danny Manning.

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