Kansas Jayhawks win 14th straight Big 12 championship
The Kansas Jayhawks have officially clinched their 14th consecutive Big 12 regular season conference championship, a new all-time record.
For the 14th consecutive NCAA men's basketball season, the Kansas Jayhawks have clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season conference championship. They did so by knocking off the Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 74-72 on their home court in Lubbock, Texas.
No other team in NCAA men's basketball history has won 14 consecutive regular season conference championships. Kansas's win today broke a tie with the UCLA Bruins for the all-time record in that category.
The Jayhawks have clinched a share of every Big 12 regular season conference championship since the 2004-2005 season, while the Bruins won every Pacific-12 regular season conference championship outright from the 1966-1967 season to the 1978-1979 season.
Nine of the Jayhawks' championships during their historic 14-year run have been won outright, and another win against either the Texas Longhorns or the Oklahoma State Cowboys this week will make it 10.
The #8 Jayhawks came into the home of the #6 Red Raiders with a 22-6 overall record and an 11-4 record in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders also had a 22-6 overall record but with a 10-5 record in the Big 12.
Kansas guard Devonte Graham led all scorers with 26 points. He hit four of his seven three-point shot attempts and made an off-balance clutch shot in the closing seconds of the game to essentially seal the deal. Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith led the team with 20 points.
Despite the fact that Kansas only won the game by two points, Texas Tech never led.
Watch Graham's clutch shot at 3:40 in the video below.
After Kansas, a team that prides themselves on their homecourt advantage, lost two home games in the non-conference portion of the schedule, they proceeded to lose their first home Big 12 game against Texas Tech, and it wasn't even close. Texas Tech won the game by a score of 85-73 and never trailed.
At this point, the Red Raiders were a clear threat to win the Big 12. The TCU Horned Frogs were also off to a fantastic start, and both the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma Sooners were extremely hot. Meanwhile, it looked like the Jayhawks' historic streak was going to come to a bitter end.
Yet with two games to go in Big 12 regular season play, the Jayhawks are 12-4 in the conference, while no other teams are better than 10-6. Both the Red Raiders and the Mountaineers share that record. As a result, Kansas's 14th consecutive conference title is locked up, and history has officially been made in the NCAA men's basketball world.