History was made Wednesday night. For the 13th straight year, the Kansas Jayhawks claimed at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title with an 87-68 victory over TCU. That ties the late-1960s/early 1970s UCLA squads for the most consecutive conference titles by any program in men’s Division I college basketball history.
And while some have tried to poo-poo the mark, it really is incredible and something we almost certainly won’t ever see again. The numbers surrounding it are so absurd that they need to be seen to be believed.
Just how amazing is the streak? Here are 10 stats that prove how dominant the Jayhawks have been during the past 13 seasons:
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That’s the number of consecutive Big 12 titles Bill Self has won. It doesn’t sound incredible until you consider this: No one has ever matched that number, and few have come close.
UCLA's streak of 13 straight conference titles? It was achieved by three different coaches. John Wooden – arguably the greatest winner in sports history – never won more than nine in a row. Coach K, considered by some to be the greatest coach in any sport ever, has never won more than five straight.
That’s the number of different men who have coached against Kansas in the Big 12 during the Jayhawks’ 13-year conference title mark. That includes everyone from icons (Bob Knight, Texas Tech) to also-rans (someone named Jim Wooldridge was coaching at Kansas State when the streak began).
It also includes two coaches who have coached at two different Big 12 schools during that stretch: Bob Huggins (Kansas State and West Virginia) and Billy Gillispie, who couldn’t topple Kansas at either Texas A&M or Texas Tech.
The Jayhawks' streak actually predates the Big 12 as we know it. In total, 14 teams have been in the conference during Kansas’ stretch, including Colorado and Nebraska (both left in 2011) and A&M and Missouri (both departed for the SEC one year later). West Virginia and TCU have joined the league since, and Kansas has kept winning.
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That is the number of AP All-Americans (first, second and third team) who have played against Kansas during its 13-year run. The Jayhawks' streak actually began two years before Kevin Durant arrived at Texas. The current Golden State Warrior is now in his 10th NBA season.
That is the total number of first-team All-Americans Kansas has had during its run: Thomas Robinson in 2012 and Wayne Simien in 2005.
That is the number of total home losses – both in Big 12 and non-conference play – Self and Kansas have during their 13-year conference championship streak (Self has 10 overall, with one in his first year). For comparison’s sake, Baylor’s Scott Drew – who plays one game a year in Lawrence – has the same number of losses at Phog Allen Fieldhouse over the last 13 years as Bill Self.
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That is the total number of Big 12 regular-season championships (shared or won outright) by the rest of the conference outside of Kansas. While the Jayhawks have 17 since the conference began in 1997, no other school has more than three.
That is the number of wins Kansas has against teams ranked in the Top 10 (during the regular season and Big 12 tournament) during this 13-season streak. Dating back to the 2014-2015 season, the Jayhawks won nine consecutive games against Top 10 teams.
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That is the number of first-round picks that Kansas has had during its 13-year run atop the Big 12. While that is a lot, it is nowhere close to the most in college basketball. Kentucky has had 21 first-round picks just since John Calipari arrived in Lexington prior to the 2009-2010 season.