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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2010

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2010

Big 12 record: 15-1

Top 5 scorers:

Sherron Collins (sr., G), 15.5 points, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals

Kansas guard Sherron Collins lets out a celebratory yell as the Jayhawks pull away from rival Kansas State during the second half, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins lets out a celebratory yell as the Jayhawks pull away from rival Kansas State during the second half, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Xavier Henry (fr., G), 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Kansas forward Xavier Henry rises above Texas A&M forwards Nathan Walkup (45), David Loubeau (10) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich for a shot during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Henry was fouled by Walkup on the play.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry rises above Texas A&M forwards Nathan Walkup (45), David Loubeau (10) and Kansas center Cole Aldrich for a shot during the second half, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Henry was fouled by Walkup on the play. by Nick Krug

Marcus Morris (so., F), 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds

Kansas forward Marcus Morris goes up for a dunk over Missouri's Keith Ramsey Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris goes up for a dunk over Missouri's Keith Ramsey Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by rgwin

Cole Aldrich (jr., C), 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks

Kansas center Cole Aldrich lofts a shot over Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich lofts a shot over Oklahoma forward Tiny Gallon during the second half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor (so., G), 7.2 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives around Texas Tech's David Tairu Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives around Texas Tech's David Tairu Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. by rgwin

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — A league of his own: KU wins Big 12; Collins sets mark

Kansas guard Sherron Collins kisses the Big 12 championship trophy after the Jayhawks' win over Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. In back is Kansas forward Marcus Morris.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins kisses the Big 12 championship trophy after the Jayhawks' win over Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. In back is Kansas forward Marcus Morris. by Nick Krug

  • Kansas sealed up at least a share of its sixth straight Big 12 title with three games left on the conference schedule by defeating Oklahoma, 81-68. Senior guard Sherron Collins posted 17 points and dished six assists before kissing the Big 12 trophy and winning his 124th game game in a KU uniform.

“It’s not the biggest story of the year, but I think from a coach’s perspective and not a fan’s perspective or a media perspective, I think your goal every year is to be the best team in your respective league. That’s who you have to compete against. To do it six straight years is an unbelievable accomplishment.”

— Bill Self

No. 2 — Tough love: Gritty KU sends Collins out a winner

  • The Jayhawks' 82-65 Senior Night victory over Kansas State proved to be an emotional evening for senior Sherron Collins, who broke down in tears before and after his final game at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I thought to myself, ‘This is it. This is it.’ I didn’t want to get off the court. I wish the game could have gone on all night. I think it ranks in the top three (moments of his life). The last game here ... to go out with a win, it was perfect.”

— Sherron Collins

Colins wills Kansas past Wildcats in OT

  • Senior guard Sherron Collins drove in for a layup to put Kansas up three with less than 10 seconds left in overtime at Kansas State. The Jayhawks won, 81-79, behind 16 points from Collins, 18 from Cole Aldrich, 14 from Brady Morningstar and 13 from Marcus Morris.

“It’s one of the all-time great road wins we’ve had. Overtime, against a very good team, a Top 10 team, on (ESPN) Game Day. It’s maybe as good a road win as we’ve had since we’ve been at Kansas.”

— Bill Self

2010 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 15-1

Kansas State, 11-5

Baylor, 11-5

Texas A&M, 11-5

Missouri, 10-6

Texas, 9-7

Oklahoma State, 9-7

Colorado, 6-10

Texas Tech, 4-12

Oklahoma, 4-12

Iowa State, 4-12

Nebraska, 2-14

10 years of Big 12 supremacy

Monday: 2005 and 2006

Tuesday: 2007 and 2008

Wednesday: 2009 and 2010

Thursday: 2011 and 2012

Friday: 2013 and 2014

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10 years of Big 12 supremacy: 2009

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

KUsports.com graphic by Janella Williams

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.

2009

Big 12 record: 14-2

Top 5 scorers:

Sherron Collins (jr., G), 18.9 points, 5.0 assists

Kansas guard Sherron Collins looks to pass against the Texas defense on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins looks to pass against the Texas defense on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by rgwin

Cole Aldrich (so., C), 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks

Kansas center Cole Aldrich dunks on the Texas A&M defense during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich dunks on the Texas A&M defense during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Tyshawn Taylor (fr., G), 9.7 points, 3.0 assists

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor puts a move on KSU's Fred Brown on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor puts a move on KSU's Fred Brown on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. by rgwin

Marcus Morris (fr., F), 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds

Kansas forward Marcus Morris spins away from Colorado forward Trey Eckloff with an offensive rebound during the second half Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris spins away from Colorado forward Trey Eckloff with an offensive rebound during the second half Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colorado. by Nick Krug

Brady Morningstar (so., G), 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar puts up a three over Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar puts up a three over Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the first half Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the Ferrell Center in Waco. by Nick Krug

3 memorable moments

No. 1 — Take five!: KU men snare fifth straight Big 12 title

The 2008-09 Kansas men's basketball team checks out the Jumbotron in Allen Fieldhouse after clenching the Big 12 championship with a win over Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The 2008-09 Kansas men's basketball team checks out the Jumbotron in Allen Fieldhouse after clenching the Big 12 championship with a win over Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Richard Gwin

  • Coming off a blowout loss at Texas Tech, Kansas sealed its fifth consecutive Big 12 championship by defeating Texas, 83-73, at Allen Fieldhouse, where Sherron Collins scored 21 points.

“There’s no better way to win it. We got the seniors out of here with an outright championship. We don’t have to share it with anybody."

— Sherron Collins

No. 2 — Unrivaled rout: Jayhawks exact revenge on MU

  • The Jayhawks avenged an earlier loss at Missouri by dominating the Tigers, 90-65, in a rematch at Allen Fieldhouse, as Sherron Collins scored 25 and Cole Aldrich posted a double-double, with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

“I’m falling in love with this team. They try hard, and they are getting more and more aggressive all the time.”

— Bill Self

No. 3 — Comeback kids: KU rallies from 16 down

  • Kansas trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half at Bramlage Coliseum, home of in-state rival Kansas State, before recovering in time for a 85-74 victory, powered by 21 points from Cole Aldrich, 19 from Sherron Collins and 15 more from Marcus Morris.

“We were laboring (early). Our guys hung tough. It’s probably as good a road win that we’ve had since I’ve been at Kansas, considering the circumstances, how young we are and the environment."

— Bill Self

2009 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Kansas, 14-2

Oklahoma, 13-3

Missouri, 12-4

Kansas State, 9-7

Texas, 9-7

Texas A&M, 9-7

Oklahoma State, 9-7

Nebraska, 8-8

Baylor, 5-11

Iowa State, 4-12

Texas Tech, 3-13

Colorado, 1-15

10 years of Big 12 supremacy

Monday: 2005 and 2006

Tuesday: 2007 and 2008

Wednesday: 2009 and 2010

Thursday: 2011 and 2012

Friday: 2013 and 2014

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