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Big 12 Men's Basketball 2003-04 Wrap Up
May 18, 2004
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Big 12 Men's Basketball Resume in 2003-04

  • Oklahoma State gave the Big 12 its third straight NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. In 2002 Kansas and Oklahoma represented the league in the Final Four and last season Texas and Kansas reached the same plateau with KU finishing runner-up. Oklahoma State becomes the fifth Big 12 team to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four in the last three years.
  • Iowa State made its first appearance in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Cyclones are the second straight Big 12 team to make the NIT semifinals. In 2003 Texas Tech placed third in the NIT. Iowa State finished eighth in the 2004 Big 12 regular season.
  • There were more Big 12 teams in the Top 10 of the final USA TODAY Coaches's Poll than any other conference. The 2004 poll, released after the NCAA Tournament, had Oklahoma State No. 4, Kansas No. 9, and Texas No. 10. This marks the second straight year the Big 12 has had three teams in the coaches' Top 10 as Kansas was No. 2, Texas No. 3, and Oklahoma No. 7 in 2003.
  • The Big 12 has had six or more teams post 20 or more wins in each of the last four seasons, including six in 2003-04. There have been six or more 20-win Big 12 teams during five of the eight years the league has existed (with four of those in the past four seasons).
  • Big 12 sends a record nine teams into postseason play in 2004 - NCAA - Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech; and NIT - Colorado, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma.
  • The Big 12's 10-3 (76.9 percent) record in the 2004 NCAA Tournament is the highest winning percentage of any other league in this year's field. The ACC is next at 13-4 (76.5 percent).
  • Five different Big 12 teams have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 during the 2003-04 season - Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas.
  • Six different Big 12 teams were ranked during the 2003-04 season.
  • The Big 12 has had five teams ranked in the same Associated Press poll in seven of the 19 polls released this season. At least four league teams have been ranked in 15 of the 19.
  • The Big 12's average seed for the 2004 NCAA Tournament is 4.2, the lowest in the eight-year history of the conference.
  • The Big 12 has had seven teams in the last three NCAA Tournament regional finals - i.e. Elite Eight - Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma in 2003; Kansas, Texas in 2003; and Oklahoma State, Kansas in 2004.
  • Big 12 posted a combined 7-2 record in first-round postseason games in 2004.

    What's Back for Next Season
    Two first team and 13 total All-Big 12 selections currently are scheduled to return for 2004-05. Additionally, John Lucas of Oklahoma State, the Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year will be back for his senior campaign. OSU teammate Joey Graham (Big 12 coaches) and Kansas State's Jeremiah Massey (AP) were each named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year will return as will Iowa State's Curtis Stinson the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

    IOWA STATE - Curtis Stinson (Big 12 Freshman of the Year, third team All-Big 12, All-Freshman); Jared Homan (All-Improved)
    KANSAS - Wayne Simien (first team All-Big 12); Keith Langford (second team All-Big 12); Aaron Miles (third team All-Big 12, All-Defense); J.R. Giddens (hm All-Big 12, All-Freshman)
    KANSAS STATE - Jeremiah Massey (Big 12 Newcomer of the Year [AP], third team All-Big 12, All-Newcomer)
    MISSOURI - Jason Conley (All-Newcomer, All-Reserve)
    NEBRASKA - Marcus Neal (All-Newcomer); Corey Simms (All-Reserve)
    OKLAHOMA - Drew Lavender (hm All-Big 12, All-Freshman)
    OKLAHOMA STATE - John Lucas (Big 12 Player of the Year [AP], first team All-Big 12, All-Improved); Joey Graham (Big 12 Newcomer of the Year [coaches], third team All-Big 12, All-Newcomer); Ivan McFarlin (hm All-Big 12, All-Defense)
    TEXAS - P.J. Tucker (hm All-Big 12, All-Freshman); Jason Klotz (hm All-Big 12, All-Reserve, All-Improved)
    TEXAS A&M - Antoine Wright (hm All-Big 12)
    TEXAS TECH - Jarrius Jackson (All-Freshman)

    Statistical Returnees
    Statistically, 12 of the top 30 scorers, including two of the top five scorers - 2. Wayne Simien, Kansas (17.8 ppg) and 5. Curtis Stinson, Iowa State (16.2 ppg) return. Simien at 9.3 rebounds per game were second in the league and highlight nine of the Big 12's top 20 returnees. Field goal percentage, assists, and steals return the most leaders.

    SCORING - 2. Wayne Simien, KU (17.8); 5. Curtis Stinson, ISU (16.2); 9. Keith Langford, KU (15.5); 11. John Lucas, OSU (15.1); 12. Jeremiah Massey, KSU (14.7); 17. Antoine Wright, A&M (13.5); 19. Joey Graham, OSU (12.4); 21. Ivan McFarlin, OSU (12.2); 24. J.R. Giddens, KU (11.3); 25. Drew Lavender, OU (11.3); 26. Jarrius Jackson, TT (11.3); 27. Jared Homan, ISU (11.1)
    REBOUNDING - 2. Wayne Simien, KU (9.3); 6. Jeremiah Massey, KSU (7.8); 9. P.J. Tucker, UT (6.8); 10. Ivan McFarlin, OSU (6.7); 13. Marques Hayden, KSU (6.5); 14. Jared Homan, ISU (6.3); 16. John Turek, NU (5.9); 20. Joey Graham, OSU (5.2)
    FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE (2 of top 3 return) - 2. Ivan McFarlin, OSU (.588); 3. Joey Graham, OSU (.576); 6. P.J. Tucker (.547); 7. Marques Hayden, KSU (.534); 8. Wayne Simien, KU (.532); 13. Jeremiah Massey, KSU (.497); 14. Ronald Ross, TT (.493)
    FREE THROW PERCENTAGE (4 of top 8 return) - 2. John Lucas, OSU (.887); 5. Jimmy McKinney, MU (.849); 7. Wayne Simien, KU (.811); 8. Devonne Giles, TT (.804); 13. Jeremiah Massey, KSU (.741)
    ASSISTS (top 3, 6 of top 8) - 1. Aaron Miles, KU (7.3); 2. John Lucas, OSU (4.5); 3. Curtis Stinson, ISU (4.3); 5. Will Blalock, OSU (4.1); 7. Drew Lavender, OU (3.9); 8. Acie Law, A&M (3.9); 10. Keith Langford, KU (3.5); 11. Jimmy McKinney, MU (3.2); 14. Ronald Ross, TT (3.1)
    STEALS (4 of top 5 return) - 2. Aaron Miles, KU (1.9); 3. Jarrius Jackson, TT (1.8); 4. Drew Lavender, OU (1.7); 5. Curtis Stinson, ISU (1.7); 7. Will Blalock, ISU (1.6); 8. Ronald Ross, TT (1.5); 11. Daniel Bobik, OSU (1.4); 15. Acie Law, A&M (1.3)
    3FG PERCENTAGE - 4. Daniel Bobik, OSU (.416); 6. J.R. Giddens, KU (.407); 9. John Lucas, OSU (.391); 12. Jimmy McKinney, MU (.371); 14. Drew Lavender, OU (.368)
    3FG MADE - 3. J.R. Giddens, KU (2.2); 4. John Lucas, OSU (2.1); 9. Kenny Taylor, UT (1.8); 10. Drew Lavender, OU (1.7); 11. Antoine Wright, A&M (1.7); 14. Lawrence McKenzie, OU (1.6)

    BLOCKED SHOTS - 2. Jared Homan, ISU (2.3); 5. Johnnie Gilbert, OU (1.5); 6. Devonne Giles, TT (1.5); 10. John Turek, NU (1.2); 11. Larry Turner, OU (1.2); 12. Brad Buckman, UT (1.1); 13. Wayne Simien, KU (1.0)

    Billy Gillispie Joins Big 12 Coaching Ranks
    There is one coaching change in men's basketball from the 2003-04 season. Billy Gillispie replaces Melvin Watkins at Texas A&M. Gillispie (30-32) comes to College Station via UTEP where he guided the Miners to a 24-8 record in 2003-04 and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Gillispie's new conference is a Who's Who when it comes to college coaching. Half the Big 12 coaches completed their 15th season in 2003-04 and seven of the league mentors have more than 230 career wins.

    Big 12 Coaching Ledger

    Career at School Big 12*
    Head Coach, School Yr. W-L Yr. W-L W-L
    Scott Drew, Baylor 2 28-32 1 8-21 3-13
    Wayne Morgan, Iowa State 7 110-97 1 20-13 7-9
    Jim Wooldridge, Kansas State 17 280-212 4 51-65 20-44
    Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State 34 755-292 14 325-128 84-44
    Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M 2 30-32 - -- --
    Bob Knight, Texas Tech 38 832-322 3 68-33 25-23
    Ricardo Patton, Colorado 9 143-114 9 143-114 61-67
    Bill Self, Kansas 11 231-114 1 24-9 12-4
    Quin Snyder, Missouri 5 100-63 5 100-63 46-34
    Barry Collier, Nebraska 15 252-195 4 56-63 22-42
    Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma 21 410-240 10 234-92 88-40
    Rick Barnes, Texas 17 343-192 6 141-58 73-23

    *Includes 16-game conference season only

    Coaching Tree Extends from Big 12 Roots
    Three Big 12 assistant coaches have left the league to take head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level. Kansas Associate Head Coach Norm Roberts has taken over at St. John's, while Oklahoma assistant Jimmy Tubbs is now the head coach at SMU. Additionally, Texas assistant Frank Haith is the new head coach at Miami (Fla.).

    Big 12 in Final NCAA Division I Statistics for 2004

    Individual
    Points Per Game - 19. Andre Emmett, TT (20.6)
    Field Goal Percentage - 4. David Harrison, CU (63.1); 29. Jackson Vroman, ISU (56.4)
    Free Throw Percentage - 3. Jake Sullivan, ISU (93.3); T22. Nate Johnson, NU (86.6)
    Rebounds Per Game - 24. Jackson Vroman, ISU (9.6); Wayne Simien, KU (9.3)
    Assists Per Game - 3. Aaron Miles, KU (7.3)
    Blocked Shots Per Game - T12. David Harrison, CU (2.9); 22. Jared Homan, ISU (2.3)

    Team
    Scoring Offense - 25. Oklahoma State (77.1)
    Scoring Margin - 5. Oklahoma State (14.6); 19. Texas (10.1)
    Field Goal Percentage - 1. Oklahoma State (51.3)
    Field Goal Percentage Defense - 8. Kansas (39.1); 15. Texas (39.6); 19. Kansas State (40.0); 20. Nebraska (40.0)
    Three-Point Field Goal Percentage - 19. Nebraska (38.9)
    Free Throw Percentage - 19. Texas Tech (74.1)
    Rebound Margin - 11. Texas (6.7); 26. Oklahoma State (5.2)
    Assists Per Game - 11. Kansas (17.3)
    Blocked Shots Per Game - 6. Colorado (6.0); 19. Oklahoma (5.0); T20. Kansas (5.0)
    Won-Lost Percentage - 4. Oklahoma State (88.6, 31-4); T24. Texas (75.8, 25-8)

    Big 12 Has Highest Winning Percentage in 2004 NCAA Tournament
    With its 10-4 record in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Big 12's 71.4 winning percentage was tops among conferences.

    2004 NCAA Tournament Conference Winning Percentage

    League (teams in field) Record Pct.
    1. BIG 12 10-4 71.4
    2. Big East 12-5 70.6
    3. Atlantic Coast 14-6 70.0
    4. Atlantic 10 6-3 66.7
    5. Southeastern 7-6 53.8
    6. Big Ten 3-3 50.0
    6. Western Athletic 2-2 50.0
    8. Conference USA 5-6 45.5

    Recent Success Unmatched by Big 12 Teams in NCAA History
    Two Big 12 teams represented half of the 2002 and 2003 Final Fours with Kansas and Oklahoma in 2002 and Kansas and Texas in 2003. The conference is a combined 37-16 (69.8 percent) in the past three NCAA tourneys, including 2004.

    Conference Records in the NCAA Tournament From 2002-2004
    (Ranked by wins)

    Conference Number of
    2002-04 Teams
    Record Pct.
    BIG 12 16 37-16 69.8
    ACC 14 29-13 69.0
    Big East 16 30-14 68.2
    Big Ten 13 20-13 60.6
    Pac-10 14 16-14 53.3
    SEC 18 18-18 50.0
    Conference USA 13 11-13 45.8

    NCAA Tournament Since 2000
    (Ranked by Wins)

    Conference Number of
    2000-04 Teams
    Record Pct.
    BIG 12 28 49-28 63.6
    ACC 23 47-21 69.1
    Big Ten 26 45-25 64.3
    Big East 26 43-24 64.2
    SEC 30 34-30 53.1
    Pac-10 23 33-23 60.0
    Conference USA 19 15-19 44.1

    Seed Information Among Big 12 Teams
    Though only four Big 12 teams were in the 2004 NCAA Tournament field, the average seed of league teams is the lowest in the eight-year history of the league. With Oklahoma State No. 2, Texas No. 3, Kansas No. 4, and Texas Tech No. 8, the average seed for the conference is 4.25 which is lower than the 4.33 set by last year's six teams in the field. This marks the second straight year the league's average is in the 4.0 range with the previous low being 5.0 in 2000.

    NCAA Tournament Average Seeds for Big 12 Teams

    1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
    1 (KU) 1 (KU) 6 (KU) 2 (ISU) 2 (ISU) 1 (KU) 1 (OU) 2 (OSU)
    6 (ISU) 8 (OSU) 7 (UT) 3 (OU) 4 (KU) 2 (OU) 1 (UT) 3 (UT)
    9 (CU) 10 (OU) 8 (MU) 3 (OSU) 4 (OU) 6 (UT) 2 (KU) 4 (KU)
    10 (UT) 11 (NU) 9 (OSU) 5 (UT) 6 (UT) 6 (TT) 6 (MU) 8 (TT)
    11 (OU) 13 (OU) 8 (KU) 9 (MU) 7 (OSU) 6 (OSU)
    9 (MU) 11 (OSU) 12 (MU) 10 (CU)
    7.4 7.5 8.6 5.0 6.0 5.7 4.33 4.25

    Big 12 Sent 18 of 24 Teams to Postseason Basketball Tournaments
    The Big 12 Conference was represented by 18 of its 24 men's and women's basketball teams in postseason tournaments. Four men's teams and seven women's teams will compete in the NCAA Tournaments while five men's teams are in the NIT and two women's teams in the WNIT.
    NCAA Men's Teams: Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech
    NCAA Women's Teams: Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech
    NIT Teams: Colorado, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
    WNIT Teams: Iowa State, Nebraska

    Big 12 Sent All-Time High Nine Teams Into Postseason
    Four NCAA Tournament and five NIT participants gave the 2003-04 Big 12 men's basketball season its all-time high for teams to qualify for postseason play. This season surpasses the 1999 and the 2003 seasons which had eight participants each. On one end the four NCAA Tournament teams tie for the fewest of Big 12 teams in the field with 1998 while the five in the NIT are the most for the league, surpassing the three in 1999.

    Big 12 Yearly Postseason Breakdown
    (Since the 1996-97 season)
    1996-97
    NCAA - Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
    NIT - Nebraska, Oklahoma State

    1997-98
    NCAA - Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
    NIT - Kansas State, Missouri

    1998-99
    NCAA - Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
    NIT - Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska

    1999-2000
    NCAA - Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
    NIT - Colorado

    2000-01
    NCAA - Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
    NIT - Baylor

    2001-02
    NCAA - Kansas^, Missouri, Oklahoma^, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech

    2002-03
    NCAA - Colorado, Kansas^, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas^
    NIT - Iowa State, Texas Tech^

    2003-04
    NCAA - Kansas, Oklahoma State^, Texas, Texas Tech
    NIT - Colorado, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma

    ^Final Four participant

    Oklahoma State Wins Its First Big 12 Regular Season Title
    Preseason No. 5 by the coaches and the media, Oklahoma State proved the critics wrong in posting a 14-2 record to win its first ever Big 12 regular season title. The regular season championship was the first league title for OSU since it tied Kansas for the 1991 Big Eight crown. The Cowboys finished two games ahead of runner-up Texas (12-4) and Kansas (12-4) to win their first outright conference season title since the 1965 Big Eight crown. This season marked the 17th overall conference crown for Oklahoma State. Cowboy senior Tony Allen garnered Big 12 Player of the Year honors by the conference coaches while junior teammate John Lucas was the Associated Press league player of the year.

    Oklahoma State Wins First Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament Title
    Oklahoma State swept Iowa State (83-75), Texas Tech (82-77), and No. 11 Texas (65-49) to win its first Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. For OSU it was its second tournament championship game appearance with the other in 1999 when it lost to Kansas. The 2004 crown also marked the fourth time in the eight year history of the conference the No. 1 seed won the title - Kansas in 1997, Kansas, in 1998, Iowa State in 2000, and Oklahoma State in 2004. Higher seeds prevailed in the event as there was only one lower seed to claim a win - No. 5 Texas Tech over No. 4 Colorado 79-69. Oklahoma State senior Tony Allen was named most outstanding player of the event. Joining him on the all-tournament team were Kansas junior Wayne Simien, Texas senior Brandon Mouton, and the Oklahoma State duo of juniors Joey Graham and John Lucas.

    11 Different Big 12 Teams Advance to Postseason Play
    In eight seasons of men's basketball, there have been 11 different Big 12 teams advancing to postseason play. The conference has averaged 5.3 teams in the NCAA Tournament and 2.0 in the NIT. In 2002 Kansas and Oklahoma became the first Big 12 teams to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four since the conference started in 1996-97. Kansas and Texas accomplished the same feat last season with Kansas losing in the championship game. Kansas and is the only team in the Big 12 to have participated in all eight NCAA tourneys during the league's tenure. Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State have participated in both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. Texas and Oklahoma have been in seven of eight NCAA tourneys and Iowa State in three since 1997. Baylor became the 10th league school by advancing to the NIT in 2001 and Texas Tech the 11th in the NCAA Tournament in 2002. The six Big 12 teams in the 2003 NCAA Tournament carried the highest seed average (4.3) until 2004 with a 4.2 average. The 2000 advancing NCAA teams is next with a combined 5.0 seed average.

    Hosting NCAA Tournament Play
    The Big 12 Conference will play host to the 2005 NCAA Tournament First/Second Rounds at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. Ticket information for the event will be available at the Big 12 website - www.big12sports.com following the 2004 NCAA tourney. Since the league began, either the conference office or a league institution has played host to the NCAA Tournament every year except 1999. That continues through the 2006 event when the league office and Texas host two sites.

    Big 12 NCAA Tournament Hosting (since 1997)

    Year Round Host Venue
    1997 First/Second Rounds Kansas Kemper Arena, Kansas City
    1998 First/Second Rounds Oklahoma The Myriad, Oklahoma City
    2000 Regional Finals Texas Frank Erwin Center, Austin
    2001 First/Second Rounds Big 12 Kemper Arena, Kansas City
    2002 First/Second Rounds Big 12 American Airlines Center, Dallas
    2003 First/Second Rounds Big 12 Ford Center, Oklahoma City
    2004 First/Second Rounds Big 12 Kemper Arena, Kansas City
    2005 First/Second Rounds Big 12 Ford Center, Oklahoma City
    2005 Regional Finals Texas Frank Erwin Center, Austin
    2006 First/Second Rounds Big 12 American Airlines Center, Dallas

    Tickets for the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament First/Second Rounds Games in Oklahoma City are on Sale Now

    Ticket applications for the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament First/Second Rounds, set for March 18 and 20 in Oklahoma City's Ford Center, are available. The 2005 event will mark the second time in three years the Ford Center has hosted the prestigious early rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The 2003 event sold out in the earliest stages. Tickets for the six-game, three-session tournament are $150 each, with a $4 per order service charge. There is a limit of four tickets per application, but patrons may submit multiple applications. The service charge will not apply to ticket applications delivered in person to the Ford Center box office or unsuccessful applicants. Applications were accepted until April 27, 2004, and have been followed by the random selection process. Applications are available at the Ford Center box office, the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, the Big 12 Conference office in Dallas, or downloaded from the conference web site at www.big12sports.com.

    Big 12 Men's Basketball Notables

  • Including 2004, Big 12 teams have made 34 Final Four appearances, with 15 of those advancing to the national championship game. Five of the 34 appearances have come in the last three seasons - Kansas and Oklahoma in 2002; Kansas and Texas in 2003; and Oklahoma State in 2004. There have been four NCAA champions (Kansas in 1988, 1952; Oklahoma State in 1946, 1945). In the past 17 seasons there have been 10 Final Four appearances by Big 12 teams. Included is the 1988 tourney when Kansas defeated Oklahoma in the championship game. Eight of the league's schools have reached the Final Four - Baylor (2), Colorado (2), Iowa State (1), Kansas (12), Kansas State (4), Oklahoma (4), Oklahoma State (6), Texas (3).
  • Since 1992 Big 12 schools have averaged nearly eight teams advancing to postseason play. Three times during that span -- 1992, 1995, 2004 -- nine Big 12 schools were in postseason play. The league has had at least seven advance in 10 of the last 12 years.
  • In eight seasons of men's basketball, there have been 11 different Big 12 teams advancing to postseason play. Kansas is the only league team to have participated in all eight NCAA tourneys during the league's tenure. Colorado, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State have participated in both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. Texas and Oklahoma have been in seven of eight NCAA tourneys. Baylor became the 10th league school by advancing to the NIT in 2001 and Texas Tech the 11th in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
  • In 1996, Nebraska became the third Big 12 team to win the postseason National Invitation Tournament and the first since Texas won the 1978 event. Colorado won the 1940 NIT. In all, the Big 12 Conference has made seven appearances in the NIT championship game. In 2003 Texas Tech became the first team since the league began to make the postseason NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Red Raiders ended third in the event. Iowa State is the second to have reached the semifinals in 2004.
  • The Big 12 has had nine different schools represented (Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech) in the last nine season-ending Associated Press polls.
  • Kansas has appeared in the final Top 10 Associated Press rankings 10 of the last 13 years, including No. 1 in the 1997 final AP poll. The Jayhawks were No. 2 in the final AP poll of 1998 (March 10), No. 2 in 2002 (March 11), and No. 6 in 2003 (March 17).
  • Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Missouri, Texas, and Texas Tech join Kansas in having appeared in the final Top 10 polls to give the Big 12 at least one Top 10 team in 13 of the last 14 final Associated Press Polls (since the 1990-91 season). The Cowboys' No. 4 in the final AP poll of 2003-04 matches their highest AP finish with the 1995 Final Four team. Last year Oklahoma was No. 3 in the final AP poll with Texas No. 5 and Kansas No. 6. Iowa State was No. 10 following the 2000-01 season and No. 6 in the final AP poll of 1999-00. Missouri ended No. 5 following the 1993-94 season, and Texas Tech was No. 8 in 1995-96. Kansas was No. 2 in 1991-92, No. 9 in 1992-93, No. 5 in 1994-95, No. 4 in 1995-96, No. 1 in 1996-97, No. 2 in 1997-98, and No. 2 in 2001-02.
  • In 2002-03 Texas' T.J. Ford and Kansas' Nick Collison each earned national player of the year honors. Ford was honored with the Naismith Award, Wooden Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Player of the Year. Collison was the NABC Player of the Year. In 2001-02 Kansas' Drew Gooden was named the Co-NABC Player of the Year with Duke's Jason Williams.
  • Since 1996-97, a Big 12 player has been named consensus All-America eight times. The league has had two consensus first team All-America players on the same team in three of the seven seasons of the conference -- 2003 (Nick Collison of Kansas and T.J. Ford of Texas); 2000 (Chris Mihm of Texas and Marcus Fizer of Iowa State); and 1998 (Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce of Kansas). Texas Tech's Andre Emmett was a consensus All-American in 2003-04 as was Drew Gooden of Kansas in 2001-02. Overall, student-athletes from Big 12 institutions have been named first-team All-America 172 times, including 12 times since the start of the conference in 1996-97.
  • Since 1992 there have been four coaches from Big 12 institutions who have been named national Associated Press Coach of the Year. Iowa State's Larry Eustachy was the 2000 AP Coach of the Year, joining Roy Williams of Kansas (1992), Norm Stewart of Missouri (1994) and Kelvin Sampson of Oklahoma (1995). Note: Texas Tech's Bob Knight was the AP Coach of the Year three times while at Indiana (1975, 1976, 1989), and Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton won the honor while at Arkansas in 1978 and at Kentucky in 1986. The AP Coach of the Year began following the 1966-67 season.
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