Frank Haith named AP Big 12 coach of the year

Missouri coach Frank Haith got the nod Monday as the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year.

The Tigers finish the regular season at 27-4, and earned a No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a 14-4 conference mark.

The conference coaches picked Kansas coach Bill Self and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg to share the coach of the year honors. Self won an eighth-straight Big 12 regular season title and Hoiberg led a surprising Cyclone team to a 22-9 finish and a third-seed in the conference tournament.

Kansas junior Thomas Robinson was the unanimous selection as The AP Big 12 men's basketball player of the year. He was also the pick by the coaches .

The 6-foot-10 forward received all 18 votes from a panel of sports writers and sportscasters who cover the league.

Robinson is averaging 18 points and 11.9 rebounds a game for the Jayhawks, who won their eighth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title.

Robinson is joined on the All-Big 12 first team by Kansas teammate Tyshawn Taylor, Texas junior guard J'Covan Brown, Missouri senior guard Marcus Denmon and Iowa State sophomore forward Royce White, who was also selected as the league's newcomer of the year.

Oklahoma State's LeBryan Nash is the freshman of the year.

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