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For the 13th consecutive season, the Kansas Jayhawks are regular season Big 12 Conference champions. This matches an all-time consecutive regular season conference championship record set by the California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins from the 1966-1967 season to the 1978-1979 season.
The first regular season Big 12 Conference championship won by the Jayhawks on this 13-season streak was in the 2004-2005 season. In that season, the Jayhawks finished 12-4 in Big 12 Conference games, which was tied with the Oklahoma Sooners. Since then, although there have been ties, no Big 12 Conference team has been better than the Jayhawks in the regular season.
The Jayhawks now sit 13-2 in Big 12 Conference games this season with three games to go. The Baylor Bears, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Iowa State Cyclones are all 10-5 in Big 12 Conference games this season, so any of those teams can tie the Jayhawks and claim a share of the Big 12 Conference title if they win out and Kansas loses out. However, that is extremely unlikely, and it appears as though Kansas will claim the title outright.
The Jayhawks clinched this historical feat with a 87-68 win in front of the home crowd at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, over the Texas Christian (TCU) Horned Frogs. They will look to clinch this season’s regular season Big 12 Conference championship outright with a win on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, on the road against the Texas Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin, Texas.
Next season, Kansas will look to officially break the all-time consecutive regular season conference championship record with their 14th consecutive regular season Big 12 Conference championship.