Kansas Jayhawks Clinch at Least Share of Big 12 Title for 11th Straight Season

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 3, 2015

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Another season, another Big 12 title for Kansas under Bill Self.

With Iowa State's comeback win over Oklahoma on Monday night, the Jayhawks (23-6, 12-4) are now assured at least a share of the regular-season conference title for the 11th consecutive season.

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Ours go to 11. #kubball http://t.co/ZPfvJwu5QP

Former Jayhawk Cole Aldrich offered his congratulations, noting that Self may have to start using toes for his rings: 

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Congrats to @KUHoops on yet another Big 12 title. #MoreRingsThanFingers

It's a nearly unprecedented run. As Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg pointed out, Kansas is topped only by UCLA's historic run:

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College basketball's only consecutive league title streak longer than Kansas: 13 by UCLA (1967-79). Gonzaga also had 11 from 2000-2011.

Even in that scenario, it didn't all come under one head coach. John Wooden had a stretch that will never come close to being touched when he led the Bruins to 10 national titles in 12 years, but that particular streak of 13 consecutive conference titles featured two with Gene Bartow and two with Gary Cunningham at the helm.

Self's success dates all the way back to his time at Illinois and Tulsa, where he also proved adept at dominating his conference. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman provided an astounding stat:

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Bill Self's teams have now won league titles in 15 of his last 17 seasons. Remarkable.

USA Today's Steve Berkowitz notes the bonus Self has coming to him in light of his newest achievement: 

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Huge comeback win by Iowa State over OU lets Kansas clinch at least share of Big 12 MBKB title, giving coach Bill Self a $50,000 bonus

While there are plenty to choose from, this season has been one of Self's finest jobs.

It's a decidedly young team. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor, juniors, are the only significant upperclassmen contributors. Highly touted freshman Cliff Alexander hasn't made the impact many were expecting, and the Big 12 is arguably the deepest conference in America.

However, the result is the same as it has been for the past decade.

Of course, the Jayhawks have bigger aspirations. While this is an achievement that won't soon be matched inside a power conference, none of that will matter to this group if it doesn't make a deep run in March.

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