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: 15-1
Top 5 scorers:
Sherron Collins (sr., G), 15.5 points, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals
Xavier Henry (fr., G), 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals
Marcus Morris (so., F), 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds
Cole Aldrich (jr., C), 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks
Tyshawn Taylor (so., G), 7.2 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals
3 memorable moments
- 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
- 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
- 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 State, 11-5
Texas A&M, 11-5
Oklahoma State, 9-7
Texas Tech, 4-12
Iowa State, 4-12
10 years of Big 12 supremacy
Wednesday: 2009 and 2010
Thursday: 2011 and 2012
Friday: 2013 and 2014