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Sunday / September 22.
  • For the first time since 2004, Kansas won’t be the Big 12 champs

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    For the first time since 2004, Kansas will not win the Big 12 title.

    George W. Bush was President the last time someone other than the Jayhawks stood atop the league, and the No. 1 song in the land was Yeah! by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris.

    With their 81-68 loss to Oklahoma Monday night, Kansas (11-6 Big 12) was mathematically eliminated from winning the Big 12.

    No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 18 Kansas State are both 13-4 in the Big 12 and both control their destiny. Texas Tech finishes at Iowa State and K-State at Oklahoma.

    Kansas, the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, lost several key players this year including Udoka Azubuike (injury), Silvio de Sousa (NCAA penalty) and Lagerald Vick (leave of absence) and it was ultimately too much to overcome. Vick, the team’s second-leading scorer, has not played since Feb. 5.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.