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Kansas center Jeff Withey dunks over Oklahoma State’s Michael Cobbins during Kansas’ win over the Cowboys in Stillwater. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 70-58 to win the Big 12 conference.

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Kansas secures eighth straight Big 12 Championship

The Kansas Jayhawks are Big 12 champs. Again.

KU wrapped up the program’s eighth consecutive Big 12 regular season title on Monday night with a victory at Oklahoma State. It’s the fifth time during the streak that Kansas will not share the title with another team.

“It’s amazing,” said Jayhawks point guard Tyshawn Taylor. “A lot of people didn’t think we would be this good. Our goal is to always win the Big 12 championship.”

KU is 15-2 in the Big 12 and will host Texas on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

While the No. 3 Jayhawks (25-5) aren’t loaded with NBA talent this season, Bill Self’s squad proved good enough to dominate the collegiate ranks thanks to a penchant for winning away from home.

“For this team to go 7-2 on the road in Big 12 play, that’s pretty special,” Self said. “And the two we lost we could have won.”

Kansas led at Missouri before the Tigers roared back in the final minute, and was tied with Iowa State in the final minutes before suffering its first loss of league play.

Self said before the season began that a 14-4 record would be enough to win the league. Instead, the Jayhawks will go for their 16th league victory Saturday against the Longhorns.

Baylor continues to reach new heights

Baylor’s senior class took the program to new heights during their four years in Waco.

Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones and Fred Ellis have already been to an NCAA regional final and a NIT championship game, but their Bears’ careers aren’t over yet. The trio set a school record with its 95th win on Monday night as BU beat Texas Tech in the Bears’ final home game.

“It makes me want five more (victories) to get to 100,” Jones said. “But why stop at five?”

The senior class won’t have any more home games, but they can build on a school-best 12 Big 12 victories when they visit Iowa State on Saturday.

Baylor made it to the Big 12 tournament final and NIT final in 2008 — the first season for Acy, Jones and Ellis. As sophomores in 2009, they helped BU set a school record with 28 wins and made it to the Elite Eight, where Baylor lost to eventual national champion Duke.

Conference tournament seeding still up in the air

Missouri hosts Iowa State tonight in a game to determine seeding in the Big 12 tournament.

No. 7 Mizzou is second in the league with a 12-4 mark. The Cyclones are 11-5 and sit in fourth place. Baylor (12-5) is sandwiched between the two.

MU finishes the regular season at Texas Tech on Saturday. If the Tigers beat ISU at home or a 1-16 Tech team on the road, they will clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament, which begins March 7 in Kansas City.

Iowa State can clinch the third seed with wins over Mizzou and Baylor on Saturday. BU needs a win against the Cyclones to get the No. 3 seed.

Printed on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 as: Kansas wins conference, Baylor's seniors thrive