With conference play beginning this week, I thought it would be fun to remind everyone just how dominant Kansas has been during the current 12-year streak of conference championships.
This would probably be much more effective if I showed the other Big 12 team’s records as well, but I’m not diving into that many media guides.
Since taking over at Kansas, Bill Self is 206-9 overall at Allen Fieldhouse, and you can count conference losses at home on one hand (5). Since we all know that conference titles are won on the road, here’s a quick snapshot of how KU has performed on the road against each team in conference play under Bill Self. (We’ll only look at current conference members.)
Iowa State, 9-4
Kansas State, 9-4
Texas Tech, 6-3
Oklahoma State, 3-6
West Virginia, 1-3
Obviously with TCU and West Virginia we have a small sample size alert.
Despite being the biggest game on the schedule for every one of these teams, Self’s Jayhawks have gone an impressive 50-29 against current Big 12 members over the past 12 years on the road in conference play, a winning percentage of 63.3%.
KU’s worst record in conference road games was 2015, when the Jayhawks went 4-5, however it should be noted that against current conference members KU was only 1-3 in 2004 and again in 2008.
Not really much analysis here, just a little pick-me-up as conference play begins.
With the way Big 12 teams not named Kansas beat up on each other during conference play, holding serve at home and winning four or more road games should be plenty to win the conference this year. However, if recent history is any indication, Kansas will do even better than that most years.
Getting off to a good start also seems to be a hallmark of Kansas basketball in conference play. Interestingly, KU has had 15 conference openers on the road in the last 25 years - and have won every single one since 1991 when the Jayhawks opened up Big 8 play with a loss at Oklahoma.