Kansas Jayhawks make it baker’s dozen claiming their 13th straight Big 12 title

Kansas matches UCLA’s record with 13th straight Big 12 title/KUSports.com.

Jayhawks claim thirteenth straight.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Winning league championships is starting to get old for the third ranked Kansas Jayhawks who claimed their NCAA record-tying 13th consecutive Big 12 title on Wednesday with an 87-68 dismantling of Texas Christian University inside historic Allen Fieldhouse. Next season, the Jayhawks will have a chance to shatter UCLA’s conference title winning streak that was established from 1967 to 1979. “It’s a great feeling,” said KU senior Frank Mason III, who scored a game-high 20 points in 39 minutes, behind the accuracy of 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point land.

“This is what we work for.”

Devonte’ Graham booked at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Junior guard Devonte’ Graham, who scored 17 points, celebrated his 22nd birthday with the win.

“Definitely a special day,” Graham said afterwards. “Glad we could get the win… just being with all these guys, being in Allen Fieldhouse with all the fans and then winning 13 straight. I couldn’t ask for a better day.” Graham, however, was arrested shortly after the game for failure to appear in court. The arrest had something to do with a ticket for an expired tag. He was released after posting a $196 bond. Graham apologized Thursday morning, via a news release. “This is my fault,” he stated in the release.

“I was driving an ex-teammate’s car and I thought the ticket was paid so I didn’t pay attention to the Notice to Appear that I got. That’s on me, and I apologize to everyone. I learned a lesson the hard way.”

When the final horn sounded, KU players shook the hands of their opponents before receiving a bunch of hats, towels and T-Shirts reading “13 Straight.” Moments later, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger presented the championship trophy to head coach Bill Self and the party was officially on.

Three things that stood out in the game: 1) Freshman Josh Jackson, who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, may have eclipsed Mason to become the team’s best player. Projected to be selected in the top 3 of this year’s NBA Draft, Jackson flashed his entire repertoire which includes scoring from inside-out, executing on dribble drives to the basket, and finishing flushes high above the rim.

“I thought he played great tonight,” said Coach Self of Jackson, who added four assists and one steal in 26 minutes. “He only had 15 points, but 11 rebounds and some of the passes he made…. He played really well. He’s really got both feet in, and whatever we need he’s one of those guys that can actually do it.”

You could make a strong argument Jackson is KU’s best freshman ever.

2) The Jayhawks finally registered a blowout after coming out on top in a series of grueling nailbiters. Self’s boys had the look of a national title contender in the second half when they emphatically threw down alley-oop after alley-oop. Embattled sophomore Carlton Bragg, who flushed home a couple of rim-rattling putbacks of his own, rose from the dead to score 15 points in 22 minutes.

It’s been a rough season for the Cleveland native. Bragg’s been suspended twice for off-court incidents. Hopefully, Wednesday’s performance will propel him to bigger and better things going down the stretch. “Just take another step. Just build on it,” Bragg said after the Jayhawks added more Big 12 hardware to their trophy case. “You can’t rest on it. Don’t take things for granted.”

3) Kansas City native Brandon Rush, the leading scorer on KU’s 2008 national championship team, had his #25 jersey retired at halftime. “Man, it feels so good to be back on this floor again,” Rush told the announced crowd of 16,300 during his emotional four-minute speech.

“This is the biggest day of my life.”

Congratulations KU on making history!

Now make it 14 in a row next year.

16 comments

  1. This says more about the quality of basketball in the Big 12 than it does about Kansas.

  2. W Wayne Marlow

    During the 13 year stretch, the Big 12 has sent 55 percent of its teams to the Tournament, the second highest percentage in th country during that time.

  3. cool!! how many ncaa titles do they have to show for it? how many did ucla get in that same stretch… case closed

  4. Yeah Bill, heard it all before.
    KU haters ran out of original material yrs ago.
    KU’s had its share of ups & downs in the NCAAs, no doubt about it, nobody’s hiding from it.
    How’d your team fare recently?
    Every team brings their AAA game vs KU, every night.
    That fact makes their B12 achievements all the more amazing.
    The NCAAs are all about who gets hot for 6 straight.
    Hard to predict.
    ….and that’s the point–past performance is no indication of future returns.
    So–I’ll put house $ down & ride this yr’s edition of KU as far as they’ll go, which could well be to the Finals & another championship.
    They’re not deep, but their starters are stone-cold killers & as good as any other 1 thru 5 going into the tourney.

    Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!

  5. Ray Boomer Janowski

    @Bob Jones: Different era, they have 1 title, 2 title game appearances, back in UCLAs day not only did played stay the entire time (this being able to sustain longer success) but freshman could not play so re-loading was “easier” they are equal

  6. Let’s be honest, outside of John Wooden, UCLA is average. That’s why people still talk about Wooden being great, but not UCLA. He was great, maybe the best, but he won almost all of his champtionships in a time when there were no more than 24 teams in the tournament, because only one team per conference was invited. And that left a lot of great teams uninvited to the tournament. There were a lot of great teams nationwide who didn’t get to play in the tournament because of those rules.

  7. Congrats on the annual Big 12 title. To be followed by the annual underachieving loss in the NCAA tournament. Rockchoke Gayhawk, KU.

  8. Big 12. What a paper tiger……

  9. WILLIAM CONWAY

    Congrats to KU on #13 from a WVU fan. With the upset of Nova by Butler, it looks like the ‘Hawk are #2-bound in the polls. KU fans are classy and know their BB. That is one reason they welcome stiff competition and the challenges presented by WVU, Baylor, ISU and the others. On occasion, they might get beat but they come right back at you and prove the conference title still goes through Lawrence (at least for this year, lol).

  10. To dominate a major conference like this is amazing. To overcome all the adversity for 13 years to win every year is hard to even fathom.

    Self is underrated. Anything can happen in a one game tournament. To consistently win like this is the better indicator of quality. I wouldn’t mind seeing them win again so he can get the respect he has earned.

  11. Probably leading Big 12 in arrests also…
    Another week, another arrest. No punishment of course !

  12. Expired tags! On a borrowed car! Such uncontrolled chaos!
    What should they do Jim? Season ban? Forfeit wins? Public stoning?

  13. One thing after another at Kansas. Trouble everywhere.

  14. Classy program……between the drugs. …possible other assaults…..bunch of criminals….

  15. Just another thug. KU loves them

  16. KU is a cut above the rest! Best guard duo, best frosh/college player and best coach in the country! RCJH #1, 13 in a row.

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