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February 26, 2014

10 straight Big 12 titles (and counting) for the Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Winning conference titles has become so commonplace at Kansas that there were no scissors or celebrations after the Jayhawks wrapped up a share of their 10th straight championship.

No cutting down nets. No confetti falling from the rafters.

You see, the fifth-ranked Jayhawks can win the Big 12 outright with one win in their final three games, perhaps as soon as Saturday at Oklahoma State. And as tempting as it was to throw a party with 16,000 friends in Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night, there’s a lot to be said for standing all alone on the top step of the podium at the end of the season.

So the trophy stayed in the box, at least for a bit, and the celebration began and ended with a brief message in the locker room from coach Bill Self.

“It’s kind of anticlimactic,” he told his players, “because the season has so much left in it, you know? Three games left and you’ve already clinched a share of the league. But what you guys have done, nobody can take away from you that you’ve had a good year.

“Now,” he said, “if you guys really want to do something, we can make it a special year.”

That’s how seasons are measured at Kansas. Winning a share of the Big 12 title is just the start, something that’s been happening every year since star freshman Andrew Wiggins was 9 years old and playing pickup basketball with his older brothers at the park.

In the decade since “The Streak” began, no other school from a power conference has won more than six league titles. Texas Tech is already on its fifth coach. No other Big 12 school has made the Final Four much less win a national championship, which Kansas did in 2008.

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