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Blake Griffin Player of the Year: Was there any doubt?

By John Rohde Modified: March 9, 2009 at 11:16 am •  Published: March 9, 2009

/> OU had four returning starters, including a presumed 2008 NBA lottery pick in Griffin, and welcomed one of the nation’s premier recruits in Warren.

MU had 3½ starters returning, but also had seven new players.

KU lost all fi ve starters, five NBA draft choices and eight players o • last year’s national championship team.

The Jayhawks lost 83.1 percent of their scoring, 83.1 percent of their steals, 82.6 percent of their blocked shots and 76.7 percent of their rebounds.

Reserve point guard Sherron Collins returned, as did backup center Aldrich, who averaged 8.3 minutes, 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds last season.

Yet KU went 14-2 in league play and won its fi fth straight Big 12 crown.

Self has now won nine conference titles in the last 11 years at three different schools (Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas).

Quite an impressive run, but this year might have been his best coaching job to date.