Mind-Blowing Numbers From Kansas' 14-Year Big 12 Title Streak

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 25, 2018

Not only did Kansas extend their title streak with Saturday's win over Texas Tech, if they beat Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale, their streak will include zero season sweeps by opponents. But Graham began one of the best 14-minute stretches of his career, scoring 10 points during a 15-8 Kansas run that saw the Jayhawks extend their lead to eight points, and with Graham's 3-pointer at the 8:30 mark, pushing the score to 60-52. He finished with 18 of his 26 points in the period, drilling a key 2-point jumper with just over a minute left and rolling in a near-impossible finish with right around 30 seconds left to play.

Now, the focus for the Jayhawks shifts to a senior-night showdown against Texas in which KU will be playing for an outright Big 12 championship for the fifth consecutive year.

KU kept the Red Raiders at arm's length over the next four minutes.

Smith (foot) returned to action Saturday after a 13-game absence, posting one point and four rebounds over 22 minutes off the bench in a loss to Kansas.

However, the Red Raiders did not go down without a fight. After Kansas lost to Baylor in Waco, Texas Tech held a one-game lead before surrendering the lead by losing back-to-back games. With the shot clock winding down, Graham forced his way into the lane and threw up an acrobatic leaner that somehow found its way through the net. Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis led the way with six blocks, plus 19 points and 12 rebounds. Look for Smith to potentially return to the starting lineup Monday when Texas Tech takes on West Virginia.

Newman added 12 points and five rebounds in the win, while Udoka Azubuike finished with a game-high seven rebounds. That marked Texas Tech's first defeat in about a month, and with Evans hobbled four days later at Oklahoma State, it was tripped up again. Kansas will recognize three senior men's basketball players - Devonte' Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Clay Young. Tip time from Allen Fieldhouse will be 8 p.m. The game will also mark the final home contest for Jayhawk IMG Radio Network producer/engineer Bob Newton, who is retiring after 34 years of service to the network.

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