Tip time is 12:45 p.m. inside Bramlage Coliseum.
8STR8 TITLES FOR KU
KU's Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor walked into the postgame interview room at Gallagher-Iba Arena wearing blue shirts with “8STR” across the chest, recognizing the Jayhawks' eight consecutive Big 12 championships.
And this year's conference crown felt particularly sweet.
“I just want to thank everybody that said we weren't going to win it this year,” Robinson said. I'm sorry for saying that, but…”
Added Taylor: “A lot of people didn't think we were going to be this good this year. I think if you asked us at the beginning of the year, our goal is to always win a Big 12 championship. We prepared like we wanted to win.”
KU and Texas A&M were pegged as the co-favorites to win the Big 12 in the coaches' preseason poll. But the Jayhawks clinched at least a share of the title with its dramatic overtime win against Missouri on Saturday and then the outright championship with the victory against the Cowboys.
“I thought 15-3 would win it outright, and it has,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I hope we go 16-2. To me, you're supposed to win at home when you have a crowd like we have. But for them to go 7-2 on the road, that's pretty special, and the two games we lost, we could have easily won either one of those games.
“This has been a fun group to coach from start to finish.”