(LAWRENCE, Kan.)—The heartbeats are probably just now returning to normal in Lawrence, after Kansas' incredible rally from 19 points down in the second half to win the final Border War with Missouri. Well, at least the last one for awhile. The improbable win gave KU no worse than a share of their eighth straight Big 12 title. It's the 12th conference championship in the 16 years of the Big 12 for the 'Hawks. Did you know that in 105 years of conference basketball that Kansas has won 55 championships. I think that's one of the most remarkable accomplishments in all of college sports.
It'll be interesting to see how quickly KU can get over the euphoria of the win over Mizzou, they pounded OSU at home two weeks ago—but the Cowboys are capable, especially at home where they're 11-3(as opposed to 3-12 away from Stillwater). Beyond that, it's senior night in Gallagher-Iba Arena where the 'Hawks are 33-31 all-time. Senior guard Keiton Paige averages nearly 20 points in conference play and has been particularly hot in OSU's modest two-game win streak. In their first meeting Kansas out rebounded the Cowboys by 29, their largest margin of the season. The Pokes had no answer for Thomas Robinson who went for 24 points and 14 rebounds in the 81-66 win.
KU head coach Bill Self is 9-7 all-time against his alma mater, including an 8-4 record at Kansas. He claims that there in no longer any significance in going into Stillwater, where he played and coached. His Jayhawks are 25-5 on the road over the last three years, including a 7-2 mark this season. A win clinches the Big 12 title outright and would give KU at least 25 wins in a seventh straight season.