Kansas and Oklahoma close out the regular season with wins

The Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners played their final regular-season games in a packed Kansas City arena on Sunday night, a matchup that was billed as the last chance to put a stamp on the 2014-15 campaign.

With an all-time record of 9-11 against the Sooners, the Jayhawks (20-8, 12-5 Big 12) are off to their best start since 2003-04.

They’re 2-0 against Big 12 opponents since joining the league.

They’ll be trying to keep the momentum going as they battle for the eighth and final spot in the Big 12 tournament, which begins in late March.

The Jayhawks’ two losses came against the No. 3 Oklahoma Soonies (12-6, 10-5) and the No 2 Baylor Bears (8-9, 6-9).

“We are playing the same way we’ve always played,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

“We’ve been through a lot of adversity and adversity has not come easy, but we’ve been able to come through it and come out of it.

We’re coming to the next game in the same manner.”

The Sooners (18-9) are coming off a 74-68 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma State, their worst loss in school history.

The Bears were 0-5 against Oklahoma State this season, and are 1-2 against Big Ten opponents.

Kansas and Oklahoma have played each other once since 1993, and both teams were 0.5 games ahead of Oklahoma for the final regular season berth in the regular-day tournament.

That was the last time Kansas won at home, though Kansas held a 6-2 advantage in wins overall.

The Jayhawks have dropped three of four and six of eight against Big Eight opponents.

The last two times they lost were by a combined score of 76-74 in a game played at the Kansas Memorial Auditorium in late December and 79-67 in a matchup at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 8.

The game was televised on Fox Sports Kansas City, and the Jayhawk radio network was the most-watched in the league with 4.8 million listeners per game.

The Bears had their first win at home since December when they beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 76-64.

After losing to Kansas in the first round of the Big Eight Tournament in May, they won at Oklahoma in the second round.

The Bearcats shot 47.5 percent from the field and scored the second-most points in a 72-67 win last Friday.

The next time they play is at home in the season opener against the Missouri Valley Conference-leading Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday.

Kansas is off to its worst start since 2000-01, when the Jaycats lost six of their first eight games, including a 103-86 home loss to Indiana on Dec. 1.

The program has been outscored 106-47 over the past four games, which included two losses to No. 1 Kansas.

The Soonies are 2-1 against Big East teams since joining.

The teams split their first two meetings last season, with Kansas holding a 72 and Oklahoma holding a 67.

The Kansas and Sooners will meet again this season on Dec: 4, at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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