- Kansas Basketball -
“What an accomplishment by this team,” Self said. “It was nice to see the fans stick around. Usually I don’t like doing stuff like that, but they (Jayhawks) deserve it.”
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses his team's home win over Texas Tech, which sealed up at least a share of the program's 12th regular-season Big 12 championship in a row.
Twelve consecutive crowns in one of college basketball's toughest conferences is surely no accident, and each season has had its own set of unique -- and sometimes improbable -- circumstances.
(Mr. Ed says: Once again, RCT beat ESPN to the punch.)
"I wouldn’t say we get nervous about it, but there’s definitely more pressure because everyone else wants us to lose," Perry Ellis said recently. "And then, our own fans, winning is expected."
Twelve regular season conference championships in a row is an achievement so odd and mind-blowing that nobody quite knows what to make of it. On the one hand, it’s historic. Only the UCLA Bruins of a very different time won more conference titles in a row; the Bruins won 13 straight, 10 of them under John Wooden. So, yes, this is clearly a notable accomplishment. On the other hand, let’s be honest, these are regular season conference titles. Who keeps track of those? Who cares? College basketball is a tournament game.
Of all of Kansas' 12 league titles, this one may be the greatest accomplishment. Never before has the Big 12 been any stronger than this season when 60 percent of the league is ranked in the AP Top 25 and 70 percent of the league is likely headed to the NCAA tournament. Oklahoma boasts the favorite for national player of the year, Iowa State boasts a top 10 offense, West Virginia boasts a top 10 defense, yet each of them are two or more games back of the Jayhawks entering the final week of the regular season.
The 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center is being built to house the rules, but also as a union-style space that will be open to students and the public six days a week. KU Memorial Unions will run it.
- Kansas Sports -
Kansas women's basketball trailed by just a single point late in the game against Texas Tech, but could not break through as the Lady Raiders hung on for a 69-58 victory inside Allen Fieldhouse Saturday night.
Kansas swimming and diving capped off a historic Big 12 Championship meet by garnering the program's largest point total since the inception of the conference 20 years ago, along with senior Chelsie Miller lowering her own school record in the 200-yard butterfly.
Junior Strymar Livingston posted a school record and helped the 4x400-meter relay team to the second-fastest time in school history as he and the rest of the Kansas track & field team completed on the final day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
With the bases loaded and the ballgame knotted up three runs each, redshirt sophomore Harli Ridling entered the batter's box and sent the ball sailing over the left field fence, as the walk-off home run lifted Kansas past UNLV, 7-3, on Saturday night at the USF Softball Stadium.
Leading 2-1 in the eighth inning, senior right-hander Sam Gilbert gave up a late three-run home run in which Kansas couldn't recover, as the Jayhawks dropped game one of a two-game set to Oregon State, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Around the Big 12
Taurean Prince scored 22 points and Johnathan Motley led a dominant effort inside with 22 points and nine rebounds to carry No. 19 Baylor to an 86-71 victory against TCU on Saturday night.
Isaiah Taylor scored 18 points and No. 25 Texas overwhelmed Oklahoma over the final 7 minutes to beat the third-ranked Sooners 76-63 on Saturday.
Matt Thomas scored 20 points and Georges Niang added 17 to help 17th-ranked Iowa State beat Kansas State 80-61 on Saturday night, clinching its fifth straight 20-win season.
(Mr. Ed says: Five straight 20 win seasons? That's almost as cute as this kitten.)
Jaysean Paige scored 17 points and Devin Williams recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 70-56 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
- Professional Sports -
Harris wasn't impressed with the 40 times at the NFL combine among the members of this year's draft class.
Being a Browns fan is never easy.