No. 4 Jayhawks underline conference superiority

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas proved once more on Saturday that the road to the Big 12 title goes through Lawrence.

In a dramatic overtime victory over No. 3 Missouri, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up at least a share of their unprecedented eighth consecutive conference championship.

Their 12th title in the last 16 years adds to their Division I-record 55 conference titles, and could serve as a precursor to another stirring March run.

Kansas can earn the title outright with a victory Monday night at Oklahoma. The Jayhawks host Texas on Saturday before opening the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

With Missouri heading off to the SEC next season, the Jayhawks' 87-86 victory Saturday could be the final time the teams play in the regular season. The two sides have been at odds whether to continue playing during the non-conference schedule.