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College basketball on television: Kansas wants yet another Big 12 crown all to itself

After the Jayhawks clinched their 12th consecutive Big 12 Conference title Saturday, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff watched the players cut down the nets after the defeated Texas Tech 67-58 at Allen Fieldhouse.
After the Jayhawks clinched their 12th consecutive Big 12 Conference title Saturday, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff watched the players cut down the nets after the defeated Texas Tech 67-58 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas City Star

Why won’t the Kansas Jayhawks let somebody else win? Why won’t Bill Self-ish take a year off and let another Big 12 team take home the Big 12 trophy for once? The Jayhawks clinched at least a tie for their 12th consecutive conference basketball title last week. Think of it: 12 straight. In this time of parity and balance and one-and-dones, that is truly a ridiculous achievement.

Kansas’ season is not over, however. Now ranked No. 1 in the nation, KU travels to Austin, Texas, on Monday night to face the up-and-coming Longhorns in a 9 p.m. Big Monday battle on ESPN. A win would lock up the league crown outright. It won’t be easy, however.

Texas is 19-10 overall and 10-6 in Big 12 play under new coach Shaka Smart. The Longhorns knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma 76-63 on Saturday, and now they have their sights on shocking the top-ranked team in the nation.

Kansas is 13-3 in league play. Its overtime triumph over none other than Kentucky on Jan. 30 was the start of a current nine-game win streak.

Here’s the full (short) list of college basketball games on television Monday night:

Monday, Feb. 29

▪ 7:00 - Oklahoma State at Iowa State (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Syracuse at North Carolina (ESPN)

▪ 9:00 - Kansas at Texas (ESPN)

▪ 9:00 - Alabama State at Texas Southern (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Sunday

  • No. 5 Xavier lost 90-81 to Seton Hall
  • No. 6 Michigan State beat Penn State 88-57
  • No. 8 Iowa lost at Ohio State 68-64
  • No. 13 Oregon beat Washington 86-73
  • No. 15 Duke lost to Pittsburgh 76-62
  • No. 24 SMU beat Tulane 74-53
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