The streak is over.
Kansas’ streak of 14 consecutive Massive 12 regular-season championships got here to an finish on Tuesday night time, because the Jayhawks’ 81-68 loss at Oklahoma mathematically eradicated them from the title race.
Texas Tech and Kansas State are each 13-Four in convention play, whereas Kansas dropped to 11-6 with Tuesday’s loss. All three groups have one sport remaining earlier than the Massive 12 convention match.
Invoice Self’s first Massive 12 championship got here in his second season in Lawrence, again in 2004-05. The Jayhawks cut up the title with Oklahoma that season, the primary of 4 shared titles in the course of the 14-year streak. With Texas Tech and Kansas State each assured to complete forward of the Jayhawks, this would be the worst end for Self’s crew since his arrival at Kansas in 2003. In his first season on the helm, Kansas completed tied for second place, two video games again of Oklahoma State.
Self stored the tip of the streak in perspective.
“I have never talked the streak with the crew very a lot — talked of the streak [with them]. Nevertheless it’s fairly cool that, not less than from our perspective, that we have hung in there for a fairly substantial period of time, and we have taken most individuals’s greatest pictures most each night time and all the things, and we have had groups that have been robust sufficient, in a position to fight that — and proficient sufficient to, ‘trigger you possibly can’t do it with out expertise. And we have actually had our fair proportion of expertise, and we’ve expertise now; it is simply younger expertise. Nevertheless it’s nice.”
Baylor coach Scott Drew, who arrived within the Massive 12 the identical 12 months as Self, instructed ESPN on Tuesday night time that the sheer consistency amid all of the turnover in school basketball is essentially the most spectacular side to Kansas’ reign atop the league.
“You’ve transfers, guys going to the NBA, accidents, they usually’ve been in a position to win 14 in a row with that taking place,” Drew stated. “That is a streak within the Energy 5 that can by no means be damaged.”
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Kansas was picked No. 1 within the nation within the preseason and was the overwhelming favourite to win its 15th straight title. However inconsistency away from house together with a season-ending harm to heart Udoka Azubuike in January and a go away of absence by beginning guard Lagerald Vick in February meant the Jayhawks had work to do down the stretch to be able to maintain the streak going. Nevertheless, Kansas completed simply Three-6 on the street in Massive 12 play, the Jayhawks’ worst report away from house since Self took over.
Self stated the one factor that can hassle him is that if folks blame the present crew for the tip of the streak.
“I do not like the truth that this crew will really feel they’re those that allow it down, and there will be lots of gamers from the final 14 years look(ing) at this crew as a crew that broke what they began or whatnot. And I do not suppose that is honest both,” Self stated. “I believe that a coach, higher than anyone, is aware of the potential and the ceiling for every crew. And for us to be 22-Eight proper now, regardless that we have had some fairly dangerous losses on the street, I do not suppose is something for this crew to hold their hat on, contemplating the stuff they’ve gone by way of.”
With Texas Tech profitable eight in a row and Kansas State beginning Massive 12 play with 9 wins in 11 video games, the Jayhawks merely could not sustain. After these two groups received on Monday, Kansas wanted to win its closing two video games and have each the Crimson Raiders and Wildcats lose this weekend.
Oklahoma ended these hopes on Tuesday night time, although, in a sport that was by no means actually aggressive. The Sooners jumped out to a double-digit lead within the first 4 and a half minutes, and Kansas would reduce it to single digits for less than 19 seconds the remainder of the sport. Kansas shot 40.9 % from the sphere and 22.6 % from Three-point vary, turning the ball over 15 instances.
The Jayhawks (22-Eight, 11-6 within the Massive 12) end the common season at house towards Baylor on Saturday.