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Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball


Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball

Kansas Jayhawks
2015–16 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Kansas Jayhawks athletic logo
University University of Kansas
First season 1898
All-time record 2153–831 (.722)
Conference Big 12
Location Lawrence, KS
Head coach Bill Self (13th year)
Arena Allen Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 16,300)
Nickname Jayhawks

Blue and Crimson

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
Alternate jersey
Team colours
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1922, 1923
NCAA Tournament champions
1952, 1988, 2008
NCAA Tournament runner-up
1940, 1953, 1957, 1991, 2003, 2012
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1940, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference tournament champions

Big Eight
1981, 1984, 1986, 1992

Big 12
1997, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Conference regular season champions

Missouri Valley
1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927

Big Six / Big Seven / Big Eight
1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1960, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996

Big 12
1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference division season champions
Missouri Valley South
1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914[1]

The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas. It is one of the oldest and one of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.

Kansas played in the 2015 World University Games in South Korea as the United States representatives in July 2015. The games were broadcast on ESPNU. The Jayhawks went undefeated in the World University Games, winning the championship, giving the United States its first gold medal in World University Games men's basketball since 2005.

The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game, NCAA tournament.[2][3]

In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era, behind only Duke.[4] Kansas has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (26),[5] has the 2nd longest current streak of winning seasons (31 with Syracuse having 43), has the most winning seasons in Division I history (97), the most non-losing seasons (.500 or better) in NCAA history (100), the most conference championships in Division I history (58), the most First Team All Americans in Division I history (21), and the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history (28), is third in Division I all-time winning percentage (.722) and is second in Division I all-time wins (2,153). Following a 19–11 defeat of William Jewell on February 10, 1908, the Jayhawks had a winning all-time record for the first time. The Jayhawks haven't had a losing all-time record since.

Since the opening of Allen Fieldhouse in 1955, the Jayhawks have established a home record of 699–108 (.866). Under head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have a 186–9 (.954) record at Allen Fieldhouse, which includes win streaks of 69, 33, and an active streak of 24.


  • History 1
    • Naismith and early years 1.1
    • Phog Allen era 1.2
    • Dick Harp era 1.3
    • Ted Owens era 1.4
    • Larry Brown years 1.5
    • Roy Williams era 1.6
    • Bill Self years 1.7
  • Rank in notable areas 2
  • Notable games 3
  • Coaches 4
  • Facilities 5
  • Home Game Traditions 6
  • Season by season results 7
  • Record vs. Big 12 Opponents 8
  • Post-season results 9
    • Regular season conference championships 9.1
    • Conference tournament championships 9.2
    • NCAA Tournament seeding history 9.3
    • Final Four history 9.4
    • Men's NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player 9.5
    • 1952 Championship results 9.6
    • 1988 Championship results 9.7
    • 2008 Championship results 9.8
    • Complete NCAA tournament results 9.9
    • NIT results 9.10
  • Jayhawks of note 10
    • All-Americans 10.1
      • Consensus first team 10.1.1
      • Other first team selections 10.1.2
    • Academic All-Americans 10.2
    • National Player of the Year awards 10.3
    • McDonald's All-Americans 10.4
    • Retired jerseys 10.5
    • Former players and coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame 10.6
    • Olympians 10.7
    • Jayhawks in the NBA 10.8
      • Current management 10.8.1
      • Coaches 10.8.2
      • Current players 10.8.3
      • Former players 10.8.4
      • Draft history 10.8.5
    • Current Jayhawk college coaches 10.9
  • NCAA Records 11
    • Active Streaks 11.1
    • Team 11.2
    • Individual 11.3
    • Other 11.4
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Kansas ranks second all-time in NCAA Division I wins with 2,153 wins (as of the end of the 2014-15 season), against 831 losses (.722 all time winning %, 3rd all-time). This record includes a 700–108 (.866) mark at historic Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks are first in NCAA history with 97 winning seasons, and tied for first in NCAA history with 100 non-losing (.500 or better) seasons with Kentucky. Kansas has the fewest head coaches (8) of any program that has been around 100 years, yet has reached the Final Four under more head coaches (6) than any other program in the nation. Every head coach at Kansas since the inception of the NCAA Tournament has led the program to the Final Four. Kansas has had four head coaches inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, more than any other program in the nation. A perennial conference powerhouse, Kansas leads Division I all-time in regular season conference titles with 58 in 108 years of conference play (the MVIAA Conference was created in 1907) through the 2014–15 regular season. The Jayhawks have won a record 14 conference titles and a record 9 conference tournament titles in the 18 years of the Big 12's existence. The program also owns the best Big 12 records in both those areas with a 279–48 record in conference play and a 32–8 record in tournament play. The Jayhawks won their 2,000th game in school history when they defeated Texas Tech in the 2009–2010 season, joining University of Kentucky, Duke University and University of North Carolina as the only schools to boast such an achievement.[6]

Naismith and early years

The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with Dr. James Naismith at the back, right.

The men's basketball program officially began in 1898, following the arrival of Dr. James Naismith to the school, just six years after Naismith had written the sport's first official rules. Naismith was not initially hired to coach basketball, but rather to be a chapel director and physical education instructor.[7]

During those early years, the majority of the university's basketball games were played against nearby YMCA teams, with YMCAs across the nation having played an integral part in the birth of basketball. Other common opponents were Haskell Institute and William Jewell College. Under Naismith, the team played just one game against a current Big 12 school, a matchup with rival Kansas State University .[8] Naismith was, ironically, the only coach in the program's history to have a losing record (55–60).

Including his years as coach, Naismith served as the Athletic Director and a faculty member at Kansas for a total of almost 40 years before retiring in 1937. Naismith died in 1939, and his remains are buried in Lawrence, Kansas. The basketball court in Allen Fieldhouse is named James Naismith Court. Beyond inventing the game, his next greatest basketball legacy may be his coaching tree, whose two trunks are the well-known Phog Allen and the more recently better recognized Kansas native John McLendon. (McLendon attended KU in the 1930s when Allen was head coach, but segregation prevented McLendon from actually playing for Allen. Naismith mentored McLendon from his arrival at Kansas through degree completion and beyond.)

On December 10, 2010, the David Booth family purchased Dr. James Naismith's 13 Original Rules of the game at a Sotheby's auction in New York City for the sum of $4.3 million. They intend to bring the founding document of basketball back to Lawrence, KS., where it will likely be housed inside Allen Fieldhouse's Booth Family Hall of Athletics.

Phog Allen era

In 1907, KU hired one of Naismith's players, , and Ralph Miller (all future Hall of Fame coaches), Paul Endacott, Bill Johnson, and Clyde Lovellette (Hall of Fame players), two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Bill Hougland, and even former United States Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

In 1952, the Jayhawks won the national title with an 80–63 victory in the final game over St. John's, coached by Frank McGuire. Clyde Lovellette of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and is still the only player to lead the nation in scoring and lead his team to a national title in the same year. This tournament was the first to have a true "Final Four" format. Seven members of the championship team represented the United States in the 1952 Summer Olympics and brought home a gold medal for the national basketball team.[10] This was especially poignant for Allen, as he had been the driving force for having basketball added to the Olympics in 1936. Allen was forced to retire when he turned 70 in 1956, because he was getting too "old". Allen had recruited legendary Wilt Chamberlain to Kansas, but would not get to coach him because freshmen were not eligible to play varsity basketball in 1956.

Dick Harp era

Wilt Chamberlain was one of the top centers to ever play for the Jayhawks.

Following Allen's retirement, the Jayhawks hired former KU player and assistant, Dick Harp. Under Harp the Jayhawks went 121–82 with two conference titles and two NCAA tournament berths.

Wilt Chamberlain played his varsity years under Harp, making his job a rather easy one for the first two seasons. In his first varsity game, Chamberlain scored 52 points and grabbed 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time college records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern. In 1957, he led the Jayhawks to the championship game against North Carolina, coached by Frank McGuire, whom they had defeated in the 1952 title game when McGuire was at St. John's. McGuire triple-teamed Chamberlain and, as a result, KU was defeated 54–53 in triple overtime. The game is considered one of the greatest in NCAA history. Chamberlain continued to average 30+ points per game until leaving KU early to play professionally with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Ted Owens era

Ted Owens took over for Harp in 1964, and would go 348–128 during his tenure, eventually winning six Big Eight Conference titles.

The team advanced to NCAA postseason play seven times under Owens. The 1971 team went 27–3 and advanced to the Final Four before losing to UCLA. In 1974 the team went 23–7 and again advanced to the Final Four before losing to Marquette.

During this era the program produced All-Americans such as Jo Jo White, Walt Wesley, Bud Stallworth, Darnell Valentine, and Dave Robisch. After 19 years of coaching at University of Kansas, Ted Owens left for Oral Roberts.

Larry Brown years

In 1983, Larry Brown headed to the University of Kansas, after coaching in the NBA. Under Brown, Kansas finished first in the Big Eight in 1986, and second in 1984, 1985, and 1987. In 1988, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8. The Jayhawks' 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse was snapped with a loss to rival Kansas State, and they would also lose 2 more home games to Duke and Oklahoma. Behind the high-scoring of Danny Manning, KU finished 21–11 at the end of the season and entered the NCAA tournament as a #6 seed. Two early upsets allowed them to face lower seeds, gain momentum, and advance. The Jayhawks would ultimately go on to face the three teams who had given them their three home losses that season. They defeated rival Kansas State in the Elite 8, then defeated Duke in the Final 4, and won the national championship, defeating favored conference rival Oklahoma 83–79 in the final. The 11 losses Kansas accrued in 1988 are more than any other National Champion have before or since. The win garnered the team the nickname "Danny and the Miracles". Earlier, near the start of the tournament, Dick Vitale had been asked about Kansas' chances and commented "If Kansas wins, I'll kiss the Jayhawk on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse." Eventually, he did make good on his promise.

During Brown's tenure, Kansas had five NCAA Tournament appearances, which included two second round appearances, one Sweet 16 appearance, two trips to the Final Four and the national championship. He also compiled a 135–44 (.754) overall record. Brown left under a cloud, as NCAA sanctions and a postseason probation were levied against Kansas following Brown's departure in the 1988–1989 season as a result of recruiting violations that took place during Brown's tenure. The major violation was a plane ticket home for potential transfer Vincent Askew to see his sick grandmother.[11] Prior to the investigation, Askew had already decided not to transfer to Kansas.

Roy Williams era

Shortly following Brown's departure, Kansas hired then North Carolina assistant Roy Williams as head coach.

From 1988–2003, under the direction of Williams, the Jayhawks had a record of 418–101, a .805 winning percentage. Williams' Kansas teams averaged 27.8 wins per season. Except for his first season at Kansas (when the team was on probation), all of Williams' teams made the NCAA tournament. From 1990 to 1999 Kansas compiled a 286–60 record, giving them both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in that decade.[12] From 1994 to 1998, the Jayhawks won 62 consecutive home games at Allen Fieldhouse, which was the longest such streak in the NCAA at the time. The seniors of 1998 (Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas, and C.B. McGrath) went 58–0 at home during their KU careers.

Kansas won nine regular-season conference championships over his last 13 years. In seven years of Big 12 Conference play, his teams went 94–18, capturing the regular-season title in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 and the postseason tournament crown in 1997, 1998 and 1999. In 2001–02, KU became the first, and so far only, team to go undefeated (16–0) in Big 12 play. From 1995–98, Kansas was a combined 123–17 – an average of 30.8 wins per season. Williams' teams went 201–17 (.922) in Allen Fieldhouse, and won 62 consecutive games in Allen from February 1994 to December 1998. Kansas was a regular in the Associated Press Top 25 from 1991 to 1999, placing in the poll for 145 consecutive weeks. Williams' teams were ranked in the Top 10 in 194 AP polls from 1990.[13]

Kansas led the nation in field goal percentage and scoring in 2002 and in scoring margin in 2003; they held opponents to the lowest field goal percentage in the country in 2001 (37.8 percent); led the nation in winning percentage in 1997 and 2002; shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the season seven times; and led the country in field goal percentage in 1990 at 53.3 percent, and in 2002 at 50.6 percent; shot a combined 49.4 percent from the floor in 15 seasons; led the nation in assists in 2001 and 2002 and was seventh in the nation in 2003; scored 100 or more points 71 times (once every 13 games); averaged 82.7 points per game in 15 years; averaged 90 or more points in two seasons (92.1 in 1990 and 90.9 in 2002).[13]

The Jayhawks were in the AP Top 25 in 242 of 268 weekly polls. Kansas reached the No. 1 ranking in the country in six different seasons and was ranked at least No. 2 in the nation in 11 of the 15 seasons.

Under Williams, the team had several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, making it to four Final Fours and appearing in the national championship game in both 1991 and 2003, losing both, to Duke and Syracuse respectively. Amidst the tournament successes, there were plenty of woes. The 1996–97 team was said by many to be one of the greatest teams in history, featuring future NBA players such as Paul Pierce, Jacque Vaughn, Raef LaFrentz, and Scot Pollard. The team was upset in the Sweet Sixteen by the eventual champion, Arizona Wildcats.[14]

The Jayhawks advanced to the Final Four in 2002 & 2003. Following the national championship loss in 2003, Williams left Kansas and returned to coach at his alma mater, North Carolina.

Bill Self years

Bill Self was introduced as the new head coach for the 2003–04 season and in his first season at Kansas, Self inherited Williams' players and recruits, which often caused turmoil as the style of play differed between the two coaches. Nevertheless, Self led his new Kansas team to the Elite Eight at the NCAA tournament his first year.

The next two seasons did not end on such a high note. Big things were expected of an experienced KU in 2004–05, led by seniors Wayne Simien, Keith Langford, Michael Lee, and Aaron Miles. They began the season ranked #1 and started off 20–1, but then they slumped and lost six of their final nine games, including a loss to Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished 23–7 and settled for a Big 12 co-championship with Oklahoma.

Coach Bill Self (third from left) with his national champion 2007–08 squad

In 2005–06, little was expected of the freshman/sophomore-dominated Jayhawks, and they began the season 10–6, including 1–2 in the Big 12. Although they did post a 73–46 win over Kentucky, they also saw the end of their 31-game winning streak over rival Kansas State with a 59–55 loss at Allen Fieldhouse, and two nights later blew a seven-point lead in the final 45 seconds of regulation en route to an 89–86 overtime loss at Missouri. But afterward, the Jayhawks matured rapidly, winning 15 of their final 17 games and avenging the losses to both Kansas State and Missouri. KU played as the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, and avenged an earlier loss to Texas with an 80–68 victory over the Longhorns in the final to clinch the tournament championship and the highlight win of the season. KU was handed a #4 seed for the NCAA Tournament but stumbled again in the first round with a loss to the Bradley Braves.

In the 2006–07 season, Self led Kansas to the 2007 Big 12 regular-season championship with a 14–2 record, highlighted by beating the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns in come-from-behind victories in the last game of the regular season and in the Big 12 Championship game. At the end of the regular season, Kansas stood at 27–4 and ranked #2 in the nation in both the AP and coaches' polls. Kansas received a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but their tournament run ended in the Elite Eight with a loss to 2-seed UCLA.

In the 2007–08 season, Self's Kansas team began the season 20–0 until they suffered their first loss at rival Kansas State, their first loss at Kansas State since 1983. The 2008 Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular-season title and the Big 12 conference tourney. They received a number-one seeding in the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest region. On March 30, 2008, Self led Kansas to a win in an Elite Eight game over upstart Davidson College. KU won by two, 59–57. The Jayhawks played overall number 1 tournament seed North Carolina in the semifinals, a team coached by former KU head man Roy Williams. The Jayhawks opened the game with a 40–12 run over the first 12½ minutes, leaving Williams and UNC fans stunned, before finally defeating them 84–66. On April 7, 2008, the Jayhawks triumphed over a one-loss Memphis team to claim the national title. With only seconds on the clock, Sherron Collins drove the ball the length of the court and threaded a pass to Mario Chalmers, who connected on a deep three-pointer to force overtime. This shot would later come to be known as "Mario's Miracle" in a nod to 1988 championship nickname "Danny and the Miracles". Kansas then outplayed Memphis in the overtime to win the NCAA Championship game, 75–68. The Jayhawks finished the season with a 37–3 record, the winningest season in Kansas history.

Kansas fans celebrate in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas after the Jayhawks win the 2008 National Championship

In the 2008–09 season, despite losing 7 of their top 9 scorers and the entire starting line-up, the Jayhawks earned their 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid after going 25–7 (14–2), winning the conference regular season title and extending their home winning streak to 41 straight at Allen Fieldhouse. On March 22, 2009, Kansas defeated Dayton, advancing to their 3rd consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. But the Jayhawks' season ended on March 27 when Michigan State came from behind in the final minute to defeat Kansas 67–62, ending their year at 27–8. Coach Self's record, after 6 seasons with the Jayhawks, was 169–40, an .809 percentage. After the season, Self was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, CBS Sports' Chevrolet Award, USBWA (Henry Iba Award), and Sporting News.

On April 13, Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich announced their intent to return for the 2009–10 season. On April 23, top high school recruit Xavier Henry made his commitment to play at Kansas in the fall, prompting ESPN to name the Jayhawks as "the team to beat in 2009–10." By the time the fall of 2009 arrived, Kansas was the unanimous preseason #1 team in all major publications. The Jayhawks finished the regular season with a 29–2 record and continue to hold the Division I record for the current consecutive home winning streak at 59 straight games in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas passed 2,000 all-time wins in the 2009–10 season, only the third school to do so (finishing the season with a total of 2,003 all-time victories). They won the Big 12 tournament on March 13, clinching their 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, an active NCAA record. However, despite being named the overall #1 seed in the tournament, the Jayhawks fell in the second round to #9-seeded Northern Iowa, finishing the season at 33–3.

Recruiting began immediately for the 2010–11 season, as Kansas landed the nation's top recruit Josh Selby in April. By September 2010, both The Sporting News and Athlon Sports had ranked Kansas in their pre-season outlook as #4 overall and, along with ESPN's Joe Lunardi, were projected to become a #1 seed again in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which they would again do. Blue Ribbon and the USA Today/ESPN coaches polls both placed Kansas at #7 in the pre-season poll. Josh Selby, became eligible and joined the Jayhawk line-up on December 18. On March 5, the Jayhawks beat Missouri 70–66 to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title for the 7th consecutive time and later went on to finish 29–2 during the regular season, ranked #2 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Bill Self was named Big 12 Coach Of The Year and Marcus Morris was named Big 12 Player Of The Year. The Jayhawks defeated 16 seed Boston University, 9 seed Illinois and 12 seed Richmond to reach their 3rd Elite Eight in the past 5 seasons before falling to 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth University in the quarterfinal game. During the season, Kansas moved past North Carolina as the 2nd winningest basketball program in history.

After being considered the top team but falling short in both of the previous two seasons, Kansas lost six of their top 8 scorers for the 2011–12 season. The Jayhawks had to rebuild after winning seven straight Big 12 titles. Prior to the season, the NCAA declared that three of the Jayhawks top recruits were ineligible for the season, which included games against perennial powerhouse programs such as Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, and Georgetown. Despite 7 games against top 10 ranked opponents, Kansas finished the regular season 26–5, earned their 8th consecutive Big 12 title, and advanced to their 14th Final Four in school history. The Jayhawks would face another 2 seed, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the National Semifinals. Kansas would come back from a 13-point first half deficit to win the game, 64–62. They then would face the Kentucky Wildcats, who had beaten the Louisville Cardinals on the other side of the bracket, in the championship game. Kansas would fall to the Wildcats, 67–59.

Kansas entered the 2012–13 season with eight straight Big 12 titles in tow. They continued to have the greatest home court advantage in all of sports, ending the season having won 107 of their last 109 games at home. After scoring their ninth consecutive title and winning the Big 12 tournament championship by defeating rival Kansas State for the third time that season, KU set its sights on a sixth national title. They were seeded #1 in the South bracket, defeating Western Kentucky and North Carolina before losing in overtime to Michigan 87-85 in the Sweet 16.

With star freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid on the roster, Kansas entered the 2013–14 season as the #5 team in the country. They started off well with five straight wins, including a victory over Duke in the Champions' Classic. However, the team went 4-4 over its next eight games, including back-to-back losses to Colorado and Florida and an ugly home loss to San Diego State. The team recovered from this rough stretch and began Big 12 play with seven straight wins, ultimately finishing 14-4 to win its 10th consecutive Big 12 title. A back injury to Joel Embiid, however, left the Jayhawks vulnerable on their interior defense, and they fizzled out at season's end with four losses in their final seven games, including a loss to rival Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City and an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss to Stanford to end the year. Kansas concluded the year 25-10, the first ten-loss season for Kansas since Roy Williams' 1999-2000 Jayhawks went 24-10.

Rank in notable areas

Category Rank Stat
All-Time Wins 2nd 2,153
All-Time Win % 3rd .722
NCAA Tournament Titles T–7th 3
NCAA Title Game Appearances T–4th 9
NCAA Final Four Appearances 5th 14
NCAA Elite Eight Appearances 4th 21
NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances 4th 28
NCAA Tournament Appearances 4th 44
NCAA Tournament Games Played 3rd 140
NCAA Tournament Wins 4th 97
NCAA Tournament Win % 6th .696
No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament T–3rd 12
Weeks Ranked as AP No. 1 5th 58
Weeks Ranked in AP Top 5 5th 297
Weeks Ranked in AP Top 10 4th 459
Weeks Ranked in AP Polls 5th 648
Seasons with 35 Wins or More T–2nd 4
Seasons with 30 Wins or More T–3rd 12
Seasons with 25 Wins or More 3rd 27
Seasons with 20 Wins or More 5th 42
Seasons with a Winning Record 1st 97
Seasons with a Non-Losing Record 1st 100
Consecutive seasons with 30 Wins or More[15][16] 1st 4
Consensus First Team All-American Selections[17] 1st 28
Consensus First Team All-Americans[17] 1st 21
Regular Season Conference Championships 1st 58

Above totals are through the end of the 2014-15 season.

Notable games

  • In the NCAA title game in 1957, Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas were defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels 54–53 in triple overtime in what many consider to be the greatest NCAA Championship game ever played. Chamberlain was later was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, the first to win the award and be a part of the losing team.[18]
  • In the 1966 Midwest Regional Finals, Kansas, the favored team to face Kentucky, played Texas Western. Texas Western got a controversial double overtime victory, 81–80. The would-be winning shot, a 35-footer, at the buzzer was made by All-American Jo Jo White at the end of the first overtime, but White was called for stepping on the sideline, ironically being penalized for being too far away from the basket and the shot was negated. This has always been highly contested and a photograph of the play shows his heel over the line but not on the floor. Being the only piece of impartial evidence, it is impossible to tell whether his heel came up from the line prior to the photo, or whether his heel dropped to the line following the photo. Also noted in the photograph is the fact that the referee is not looking at his foot. This supports Ted Owens' objection that the call was made late, if the ref did not see his foot until after the shot. The Kansas players were celebrating when they were told the game was going to a 2nd overtime Regardless of what actually happened, Texas Western was given the victory and advanced to the Final Four. The game is immortalized in the 2006 film Glory Road which is based on that season's Texas Western team.
  • On February 26, 1972, near the end of a disappointing 11-15 season for the Jayhawks, senior forward Bud Stallworth scored 50 points against archrival Missouri, who were in the running for the Big 8 Conference championship. Behind Stallworth's mammoth effort, the second-highest number of points in a game in KU history (Wilt Chamberlain scored 52 in his first game as a Jayhawk), KU defeated Missouri 93-80 on Senior Day at Allen Fieldhouse. Stallworth averaged 25.3 points per game for the 1971-72 season.
  • On April 4, 1988, in the 50th NCAA Tournament National Championship game, Kansas defeated the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners 83-79 to win its second NCAA Men's Basketball championship. Led by senior forward and Player of the Year Danny Manning, Kevin Pritchard, Milt Newton, Chris Piper and a roster of players who came to be known as "The Miracles" raced the Sooners to a 50-50 halftime tie that had the referees shaking their heads and smiling as they left the court. Upon their return for the second half, Larry Brown convinced his Jayhawks that now that they proved they could run with the Sooners, they needed to slow the game down and take the Sooners out of their fast break offense. The Sooners built a 5-point second half lead until the Kansas defense finally clamped down. The Jayhawks, led by Manning (31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocked shots), caught up with them around the 11 minute mark. The rest of the game was neck and neck, until Manning finally sealed the victory from the free throw line.[19]
  • On December 9, 1989, AP #2 Kansas beat Kentucky 150–95 in Allen Fieldhouse.[20] The 150 points scored by the Jayhawks set the school record for most points scored in a game, and the team's 80 first-half points set the record for most points scored in a half.
  • On January 27, 2003, Kansas defeated Big XII Conference Texas 90-87 at Allen Fieldhouse behind a 24-point, 23-rebound performance by Nick Collison. Upon Collison fouling out of the game, his effort moved longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale to give him a standing ovation, only the second time Vitale had ever done so. (the first being for David Robinson)[21] Both Kansas and Texas would make the Final Four that year.
  • On March 3, 2007, Kansas recorded its 1,900th all-time program victory and won its 50th conference title against the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns, 90–86. Texas led 54–42 at the half and led by as many as 16 early in the game.
  • On April 5, 2008, in their Final Four game leading up to their 2008 NCAA tournament victory over Memphis, the Jayhawks defeated North Carolina 84–66. Kansas ran up the score to 40–12 late into the first half and never looked back. The Jayhawks held the Tar Heels without a basket for over nine minutes of the first half. After Brandon Rush buried a triple in transition to give Kansas a startling 38–12 lead, moving UNC coach Roy Williams to uncharacteristically call a timeout so early in a game, CBS announcer Billy Packer exclaimed, “This game is over!” even though there was 7:32 left in the first half. While the Tar Heels would rally within four points of the lead, KU put on a second run to pull away for an 18-point victory. The Jayhawks shot 53 percent from the floor, while holding the Tar Heels to 35 percent. Kansas had 10 steals, 9 more rebounds and assists, six more blocks, and held North Carolina to 23 points below its average.[22][23][24]
  • On April 7, 2008, in one of the most memorable NCAA National Championship games ever, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers 75–68 in a come from behind overtime victory to become the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Champions. Mario Chalmers made a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds remaining, bringing the 'Hawks all the way back from a 60–51 deficit with two minutes remaining. The Jayhawks went 4–4 from the field, including 2–2 from 3-point range, and also went 2–2 from the line in the final 2 minutes. The Jayhawks then continued their hot flurry by going 4–6 from the field in OT and 4–4 from the line, outscoring the Tigers 12–5 in overtime to capture their third NCAA title, and fifth overall, including the Helms Foundation Championships in 1922 and 1923. Chalmers finished with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals, and was chosen the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four, the fifth Jayhawk all-time to be selected FF MOP.
  • On March 11, 2010, the Jayhawks claimed their 2,000th victory with an 80–68 win over Texas Tech.[25] With this win, Kansas became the third program to achieve 2000 victories, and moved into a tie for #2 in all-time victories. The Jayhawks moved into sole possession of #2 in all-time victories the next day by defeating Texas A&M 82–75.[26]
  • On January 15, 2011, Kansas celebrated its 69th consecutive home win (over Nebraska), the longest such Division I record since 1992 and the longest home winning streak in KU's history. (The streak ended on January 22, 2011 with a loss at home to the Texas Longhorns.)
  • On September 24, 2011, Bill Self and the University Of Kansas made use of the NBA lockout by inviting former players and coaches to the first-ever "Legends Of The Phog" exhibition game. The money raised went to Lawrence's Boys & Girls Club and the family of the late Neil Dougherty. Former coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens led the teams, featuring Paul Pierce and a slew of Jayhawk legends.
  • On February 25, 2012, in possibly the most epic finish in Allen Fieldhouse to date, the Jayhawks played their final Border War with longtime rival, the Missouri Tigers. The Kansas Jayhawks came back from a 19-point deficit in the second half to take the team to an 87–86 overtime win against the Tigers. The volume level inside the arena was a sustained 120 dB, with a high point of 127 dB when Thomas Robinson blocked Phil Pressey's shot at the end of regulation to preserve the tie.
  • On February 25, 2013, at rival Iowa State University, Bill Self got his 500th victory as a head coach with a 108-96 overtime win.
  • On February 24, 2014, the Jayhawks won their 10 consecutive Big 12 regular season championship with a 83-75 win at home against Oklahoma. Bill Self also passed Wooden and Rupp for most consecutive league championships.
  • On March 3, 2015, the Jayhawks won their 11 consecutive Big 12 regular season championship with a 76-69 win at home against West Virginia.
  • On March 22, 2015 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament the Jayhawks played cross-state opponent Wichita State for the first time since 1993. The Shockers defeated the Jayhawks 78-65.[27]


Years Coach Record Percent Notes
1898–1907 Dr. James Naismith 55–60 .478 Retired
• Inventor of the game of Basketball
• Only Coach in Kansas Basketball history with a losing record (55–60)
1907–1909, 1919–1956 Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen 590–219 .729 Retired
• Known as the "Father Of Basketball Coaching" for his innovations of the modern game
• Created the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches)
• Successfully lobbied to make the game of basketball an Olympic sport
• Helped to create the modern NCAA tournament, which began in 1939
• 1 NCAA Championship, 2 Helms Championships
• 3 Final Fours
• 24 Conference Regular Season Championships
1909–1919 William O. Hamilton 125–59 .679 Resigned
• 5 Conference Regular Season Championships
1956–1964 Dick Harp 121–82 .596 Resigned
• 1 Final Four
• 2 Conference Regular Season Championships
1964–1983 Ted Owens 348–182 .657 Fired
• 2 Final Fours
• 6 Conference Regular Season Championships
• 1 Conference Tournament Championship
• 1978 Basketball Weekly Coach of the Year
1983–1988 Larry Brown 135–44 .754 Accepted position as Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs
• 1 NCAA Championship
• 2 Final Fours
• 1 Conference Regular Season Championship
• 2 Conference Tournament Championships
• 1988 Naismith College Coach of the Year
1988–2003 Roy Williams 418–101 .805 Accepted position as Head Coach at North Carolina
• 4 Final Fours
• 9 Conference Regular Season Championships
• 4 Conference Tournament Championships
• 1990 Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year
• 1992 AP Coach of the Year
• 1997 Naismith College Coach of the Year
2003–Present Bill Self 359–77 .823 • 1 NCAA Championship
• 2 Final Fours
• 11 Conference Regular Season Championships (2005-2015, 11 straight)
• 6 Conference Tournament Championships
• 2009 Henry Iba Award Coach of the Year, AP Coach of the Year, CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year
• 2012 Naismith College Coach of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year, Adolph Rupp Cup
• 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 Big 12 Coach of the Year Award
Total 2,153-831 .722

† – Inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.


  • In 1919, Karl Schlademan coached, and won, the first game of the season before relinquishing the coaching position to Allen in order to concentrate on his duties as head track coach.
  • In 1947, Howard Engleman coached 14 games (going 8–6) after Allen was ordered to take a rest following the 13th game of the season. Engleman's record is not listed in this table as he was never officially a head coach at the university.

Updated April 8, 2015


Prior to 1907
Before 1907 the Jayhawks played in various venues, ranging from the basement of the original Snow Hall (even though the ceiling was only 14 feet high) to the skating rink at the local YMCA. Although a current campus building bears the same name, the original Snow Hall was demolished in 1934.[29]

Robinson Gymnasium (1907–1927)
Robinson Gym was the first athletic building on the KU campus and featured a 2,500 seat auditorium used for basketball purposes. The building was demolished in 1967.[30]

Hoch Auditorium (1927–1955)
Hoch Auditorium was a 3,500 seat multi-purpose arena in Lawrence, Kansas. It opened in 1927. It was home to the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball teams until Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1955.

Many of Hoch's nicknames during the basketball years were "Horrible Hoch" and "The House of Horrors." Such nicknames were in reference to the difficulty opposing teams had in dealing with the tight area surrounding the court and the curved walls and decorative lattice work directly behind the backboards. The curvature of the walls made the backboards appear to be moving causing opponents to miss free throws.

On June 15, 1991, Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning. The auditorium and stage area were completely destroyed. Only the limestone facade and lobby area were spared. When reconstruction of the building was complete, the rear half of the building was named Budig Hall, for then KU Chancellor Gene Budig. The name on the facade was altered to reflect the presence of three large auditorium-style lecture halls within the building: Hoch Auditoria.

Former KU Basketball Facilities

Allen Fieldhouse (1955–Present)

Inside of Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955 when the Jayhawks defeated in-state rival, Kansas State 77-67.

Since February 20, 1994, the Jayhawks have lost only 14 regular season games in Allen Fieldhouse, a 263–14 record (.951). Since February 3, 2007, the Jayhawks have gone 140-3 (.979) at Allen Fieldhouse, as of April 2, 2015, the best home record in all of basketball.

And if the Jayhawks' home record doesn't scare opponents, the noise level inside The Phog will. On November 4, 2010, ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena in the country, reaching sustained decibel levels over 120.[31]

The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is the future home of Dr. Naismith's Original 13 Rules Of Basketball, purchased at auction by the Booth family for $4.3 million on December 10, 2010. Plans for the document's enshrinement there are in the early stages.

Kansas won 69 consecutive games at the Fieldhouse between February 3, 2007 and January 17, 2011 until Texas ended the longest streak in NCAA Division I since 1992 with a 74-63 win against Kansas on January 22, 2011. This streak broke Kansas' previous school record, which lasted from February 26, 1994 through December 18, 1998 (during which time, the Jayhawks, along with the remaining members of the Big Eight Conference merged with the remaining members of the Southwest Conference to become charter members of the Big 12 Conference). The Jayhawks also completed a 55-game streak between February 22, 1984 through January 30, 1988, which remains a record for the Big 8 era.

Throughout the era of the 12-team Big 12 (1997–2011), the Jayhawks compiled an amazing 43-2 (.955) record in Allen Fieldhouse vs. the teams from the south division (Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech). A south team did not win in the Phog in the first 10 seasons of the Big 12 until Texas A&M broke through in 2007. And then it did not happen again until Texas was able to get it done in 2011. Following the end of the 2011 season, the Big 12 no longer has divisions. Of further note, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State can claim victories in Allen Fieldhouse prior to the Big 12 in Big 8 conference play. Baylor and Texas Tech have never won there.

Home Game Traditions

Before the start of every Jayhawks home game, before the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," it is a tradition to sing the alma mater, "Crimson and the Blue", during which it is customary for students and alumni to throw their arms over the shoulders of the people next to them and slowly sway side to side. The song is concluded by the famous Rock Chalk Chant.

After singing The Star-Spangled Banner, while the opposing team is being introduced, members of the student section take out a copy of the student-run newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, and wave the paper in front of their faces, pretending to be reading it in an effort to show disinterest in the opposing team. After the opponents are introduced, a short video is shown, detailing the history and the accomplishments of Kansas basketball. As the Jayhawks are introduced, the students rip up their newspapers and throw the confetti pieces of paper in the air as celebration. Whatever confetti remains is typically thrown in the air after the first basket made by the Jayhawks.

If an opposing player fouls out of the game, the fans will "wave the wheat," waving their arms back and forth, as a sarcastic good-bye to the disqualified player, to the tune of "You Didn't Have Your Wheaties", from a series of 1970s television commercials promoting Wheaties breakfast cereal. The same waving motion to the tune of "A Hot Time in the Old Town" follows a Jayhawk victory.

If the Jayhawks are leading comfortably near the end of the game, the crowd begins a slow version of the Rock Chalk Chant, which has become the signature tradition of Allen Fieldhouse.

Fans and students will also line up early for Late Night In The Phog, which is the first practice of the season. The practice is viewable to the public and includes skits with past players as the hosts.

Season by season results

Under Bill Self:
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bill Self (Big 12) (2003–present)
2003–04 Bill Self 24–9 12–4 T-2 Elite Eight
2004–05 Bill Self 23–7 12–4 T-1 First Round
2005–06 Bill Self 25–8 13–3 T-1 First Round
2006–07 Bill Self 33–5 14–2 1 Elite Eight
2007–08 Bill Self 37–3 13–3 T-1 National Champions
2008–09 Bill Self 27–8 14–2 1 Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Bill Self 33–3 15–1 1 Second Round
2010–11 Bill Self 35–3 14–2 1 Elite Eight
2011–12 Bill Self 32–7 16–2 1 National Runners-up
2012–13 Bill Self 31–6 14–4 T-1 Sweet Sixteen
2013–14 Bill Self 25–10 14–4 1 Second Round
2014–15 Bill Self 27–9 13–5 1 Second Round
Bill Self: 352–78 164–36
Total: 2,153-830 (.723)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Record vs. Big 12 Opponents

Overall Record at Lawrence at Opponent's
at Neutral Site Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak Since Beginning
of Big 12
Baylor KU, 21–4 KU, 11–0 KU, 8–2 BU, 0–2 KU, 3–2 KU, 7–3 L 1 KU, 17–4
Iowa State KU, 176–61 KU, 90–15 KU, 68–38 KU, 18–8 KU, 3–2 KU, 7-3 L 2 KU, 33–11
Kansas State KU, 185–91 KU, 84–35 KU, 75–45 KU, 26–11 KU, 3–2 KU, 7–3 L 1 KU, 41-5
Oklahoma KU, 139–65 KU, 70–16 KU, 49–41 KU, 20–8 KU, 4–1 KU, 9–1 L 1 KU, 18–5
Oklahoma State KU, 107–54 KU, 58–11 KU, 35–31 KU, 14–12 KU, 4–1 KU, 7–3 W 1 KU, 18–7
TCU KU, 5-1 KU, 2-0 tied,1-1 KU, 2-0 KU, 4-1 KU, 5-1 W 1 KU, 2-1
Texas KU, 23–8 KU, 12–1 KU, 6–6 KU, 5–1 KU, 4-1 KU, 7–3 W 1 KU, 19–7
Texas Tech KU, 24–4 KU, 13–0 KU, 9–4 KU, 2–0 KU, 5–0 KU, 9–1 W 4 KU, 16–3
West Virginia KU, 2-0 KU, 1-0 KU, 1-0 tied, 0-0 KU, 2-0 KU, 2-0 W 2 KU, 2-0
*As of March 13, 2013.[32][33]

Post-season results

Regular season conference championships

The Jayhawks have won 58 conference championships since their inception. The Jayhawks have belonged to the Big 12 Conference since it formed before the 1996–97 season. Before that, the Jayhawks have belonged to the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association from the 1907–08 to 1927–28 seasons, the Big Six Conference from 1928–29 to 1946–47, the Big Seven Conference from 1947–48 to 1957–58, the Big Eight Conference from 1958–59 up until the end of the 1995–96 season. It should be noted that the Big Six and Big Seven conferences were actually the more often used names of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which existed under that official name until 1964, when it was changed to the Big Eight.[34]

Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (13)

  • 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927

Big Six Conference (12)

  • 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946

Big Seven Conference (5)

  • 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957

Big Eight Conference (13)

  • 1960, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996

Big 12 Conference (15)

  • 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Conference tournament championships

The Big Eight Conference did not regularly have a post-season tournament until after the 1977 season. Prior to that teams usually played in the Big Eight (before that, Big Seven) Holiday Tournament in December. The Holiday tournament ended after the 1979 season.

Big Seven/Big Eight Holiday Tournament (13)

  • 1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1978

Big Eight Conference (4)

  • 1981, 1984, 1986, 1992

Big 12 Conference (9)

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament in 1979.
Years → '81 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Seeds→ 7 5 3 1 5 6 2 3 1 2 4 1 2 1 1 6 8 4 1 2 4 3 4 1 1 3 1* 1 2 1 2 2

* – Overall number one seed. The committee began ranking 1 seeds in 2004.

  • In 1989, Kansas was under NCAA probation and therefore ineligible to participate in the tournament.
  • Their combined tournament record to date is 94–44

Final Four history

The 2008 NCAA Championship banner located on the northern rafts of Allen Fieldhouse.[35]

Men's NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

1952 Championship results

1952 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 TCU 68–64
Round #2 St. Louis 74–55
Final 4 Santa Clara 74–55
Championship St. John's 80–63

1988 Championship results

  • The 1988 Jayhawks, at 27–11, had the lowest winning percentage (.710) and most losses of any team to win the national championship.[36]
1988 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #11 Xavier 85–72
Round #2 # 14 Murray State 61–58
Sweet 16 # 7 Vanderbilt 77–64
Elite 8 # 4 Kansas State 71–58
Final 4 # 2 Duke 66–59
Championship # 1 Oklahoma 83–79

2008 Championship results

2008 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Portland State 85–61
Round #2 # 8 UNLV 75–56
Sweet 16 # 12 Villanova 72–57
Elite 8 # 10 Davidson 59–57
Final 4 # 1 North Carolina 84–66
Championship # 1 Memphis 75–68 (OT)

Complete NCAA tournament results

The Jayhawks have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 44 times. Their combined record is 96–44.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1940 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
W 50–44
W 43–42
L 42–60
1942 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 44–46
L 53–55
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Saint Louis
Santa Clara
St. John's
W 68–64
W 74–55
W 74–55
W 80–63
1953 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma A&M
Washington State
W 73–65
W 61–55
W 79–53
L 68–69
1957 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Oklahoma City
San Francisco
North Carolina
W 73–65OT
W 81–61
W 80–56
L 53–543OT
1960 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
W 90–81
L 71–82
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Texas Western
W 76–70
L 80–81
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place
L 53–66
W 70–68
1971 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
W 78–77
W 73–71
L 60–68
L 75–77
1974 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Oral Roberts
W 55–54
W 93–90OT
L 51–64
L 61–78
1975 First Round Notre Dame L 71–77
1978 First Round UCLA L 76–83
1981 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Ole Miss
#2 Arizona State
#6 Wichita State
W 69–66
W 88–71
L 65–66
1984 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Alcorn State
#4 Wake Forest
W 57–56
L 59–69
1985 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 Ohio
#11 Auburn
W 49–38
L 64–66
1986 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 North Carolina A&T
#9 Temple
#5 Michigan State
#6 NC State
#1 Duke
W 71–46
W 65–43
W 96–86OT
W 75–67
L 67–71
1987 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Houston
#13 SW Missouri State
#1 Georgetown
W 66–55
W 67–63
L 57–70
1988 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#11 Xavier
#14 Murray State
#7 Vanderbilt
#4 Kansas State
#2 Duke
#1 Oklahoma
W 85–72
W 61–58
W 77–64
W 71–58
W 66–59
W 83–79
1990 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Robert Morris
W 79–71
L 70–71
1991 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#14 New Orleans
#6 Pittsburgh
#2 Indiana
#1 Arkansas
#1 North Carolina
#2 Duke
W 55–49
W 77–66
W 83–65
W 93–81
W 79–73
L 65–72
1992 #1 First Round
Second Round
#16 Howard
W 100–67
L 60–66
1993 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 Ball State
#7 BYU
#6 California
#1 Indiana
#1 North Carolina
W 94–72
W 90–76
W 93–76
W 83–77
L 68–78
1994 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 UT Chattanooga
#5 Wake Forest
#1 Purdue
W 102–73
W 69–58
L 78–83
1995 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 Colgate
#8 WKU
#4 Virginia
W 82–68
W 75–70
L 58–67
1996 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 South Carolina State
#10 Santa Clara
#3 Arizona
#4 Syracuse
W 92–54
W 76–51
W 83–80
L 57–60
1997 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 Jackson State
#8 Purdue
#4 Arizona
W 78–64
W 75–61
L 82–85
1998 #1 First Round
Second Round
#16 Prairie View A&M
#8 Rhode Island
W 110–52
L 75–80
1999 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Evansville
#3 Kentucky
W 95–74
L 88–92OT
2000 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 DePaul
#1 Duke
W 81–77OT
L 64–69
2001 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Cal State Northridge
#5 Syracuse
#1 Illinois
W 99–75
W 87–58
L 64–80
2002 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 Holy Cross
#8 Stanford
#4 Illinois
#2 Oregon
#1 Maryland
W 70–59
W 86–63
W 73–69
W 104–86
L 88–97
2003 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Utah State
#10 Arizona State
#3 Duke
#1 Arizona
#3 Marquette
#3 Syracuse
W 64–61
W 108–76
W 69–65
W 78–75
W 94–61
L 78–81
2004 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#13 UIC
#12 Pacific
#9 UAB
#3 Georgia Tech
W 78–44
W 78–63
W 100–74
L 71–79OT
2005 #3 First Round #14 Bucknell L 63–64
2006 #4 First Round #13 Bradley L 73–77
2007 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Niagara
#8 Kentucky
#4 Southern Illinois
W 107–67
W 88–76
W 61–58
L 55–68
2008 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Portland State
#12 Villanova
#10 Davidson
#1 North Carolina
#1 Memphis
W 85–61
W 75–56
W 72–57
W 59–57
W 84–66
W 75–68OT
2009 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 North Dakota State
#11 Dayton
#2 Michigan State
W 84–74
W 60–43
L 62–67
2010 #1 First Round
Second Round
#16 Lehigh
#9 Northern Iowa
W 90–74
L 67–69
2011 #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Boston University
#9 Illinois
#12 Richmond
#11 VCU
W 72–53
W 73–59
W 77–57
L 61–71
2012 #2 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Detroit
#10 Purdue
#11 NC State
#1 North Carolina
#2 Ohio State
#1 Kentucky
W 65–50
W 63–60
W 60–57
W 80–67
W 64–62
L 59–67
2013 #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 WKU
#8 North Carolina
#4 Michigan
W 64–57
W 70–58
L 85–87OT
2014 #2 Second Round
Third Round
#15 Eastern Kentucky
#10 Stanford
W 80–69
L 57–60
2015 #2 Second Round
Third Round
#15 New Mexico State
#7 Wichita State
W 75–56
L 65–78

NIT results

The Jayhawks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their combined record is 3–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1968 First Round
Saint Peter's
W 82–76
W 55–49
W 58–46
L 48–61
1969 First Round Boston College L 62–78

Jayhawks of note


Consensus first team

Kansas leads all NCAA teams with 28 consensus First Team All-American selections, 21 different players have received the honor.[17]

‡ indicates player has made at least 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in his college career. All such KU players have been named All-American.

Other first team selections

Academic All-Americans

  • 1971 – Bud Stallworth
  • 1974 – Tom Kivisto
  • 1977 – Chris Barnthouse
  • 1977 – Ken Koenigs
  • 1978 – Ken Koenigs
  • 1979 – Darnell Valentine
  • 1980 – Darnell Valentine
  • 1981 – Darnell Valentine
  • 1982 – David Magley
  • 1996 – Jacque Vaughn
  • 1997 – Jacque Vaughn†
  • 1997 – Jerod Haase
  • 1999 – Ryan Robertson
  • 2010 – Cole Aldrich†
  • 2011 – Tyrel Reed

† indicates Academic All-American of the Year

National Player of the Year awards

McDonald's All-Americans

The 37 McDonald's All-Americans listed below have signed with Kansas.[37][38][39]

Retired jerseys

Kansas Jayhawks retired jerseys
No. Player Position Career
0 Drew Gooden F 2000–02
4 Nick Collison F 2000–03
5 Fred Pralle G 1936–38
Howard Engleman F 1939–41
7 Tusten Ackerman C 1923–25
8 Charlie T. Black G 1922–24
10 Charles B. Black F 1942–43, 1946–47
Kirk Hinrich G 2000–03
11 Jacque Vaughn G 1994–97
12 Paul Endacott G 1921–23
13 Wilt Chamberlain C 1957–58
Walt Wesley C 1964–66
14 Darnell Valentine G 1978–81
15 Ray Evans G 1942–43, 1946–47
Jo Jo White G 1966–69
Bud Stallworth F 1970–72
Mario Chalmers G 2006-08
16 Clyde Lovellette C 1950–52
23 B.H. Born C 1952–54
Wayne Simien F 2002–05
25 Danny Manning F 1985–88
26 Gale Gordon G 1925–27
32 Bill Bridges F 1959–61
34 Paul Pierce F 1996–98
36 Al Peterson C 1925–27
40 Dave Robisch F 1969–71
45 Raef LaFrentz F 1994–98
60 1 Max Falkenstien Announcer 1945–2006

[40] Notes:

Former players and coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame



Representing the United States men's national basketball team unless otherwise noted.
Year Player Medal
1952 Phog Allen (assistant coach)
1952 Charlie Hoag
1952 Bill Hougland
1952 John Keller
1952 Dean Kelley
1952 Bob Kenney
1952 Bill Lienhard
1952 Clyde Lovellette
1956 Bill Hougland
1960 Allen Kelley
1968 Jo Jo White
1980 Darnell Valentine *
1988 Danny Manning
2012 Sasha Kaun (Russia)

*Valentine was selected to the US team, but the USA boycotted the 1980 summer Olympics.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Current management


  • Alvin Gentry – Head Coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, Gentry was an assistant coach on the Jayhawks 1988 Championship team
  • Gregg Popovich – Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Popovich was a volunteer assistant coach under Larry Brown for the 1985–86 season. He worked alongside fellow assistant, and current Spurs GM, R.C. Buford.

Current players

In 2008, five Jayhawks were drafted: Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun and Brandon Rush. This tied the record for most players selected in the draft in one year from one school. Kansas tied with Connecticut in 2006 and Florida in 2007.[42] This record was broken in the 2012 NBA Draft when the Kentucky Wildcats, who coincidentally defeated Kansas for the 2012 NCAA Title, had six players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft.[43]

Former players

[44] [45]

Draft history

  • 81 total NBA draft picks.[46]
  • 36 players drafted 30th or better. 37 if including territorial pick Wilt Chamberlain. (Equivalent to 1st round picks by modern draft standards.)
  • 21 players drafted 31–60th. (Equivalent to 2nd round picks by modern draft standards.)

Territorial Picks

From 1947–65 the draft allowed teams not drawing fans to select a local player, in place of their first round pick.
Year Player Team
1959 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors
Regular Draft
Year Round Pick Overall Player Team
1947 Ray Evans New York Knicks
1948 Otto Schnellbacher Providence Steamrollers
1952 1 9 9 Clyde Lovellette Minneapolis Lakers
1953 8 Dean Kelley Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
1953 11 29/30 Gil Reich Boston Celtics
1954 3 4 22 B. H. Born Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
1954 7 2 56 Alan Kelley Milwaukee Hawks
1957 6 8 48 Maury King Boston Celtics
1959 10 6 71 Ron Loneski St. Louis Hawks
1961 3 9 32 Bill Bridges Chicago Packers
1962 1 5 5 Wayne Hightower San Francisco Warriors
1963 4 2 28 Nolen Ellison Baltimore Bullets
1965 8 7 68 George Unseld Los Angeles Lakers
1966 1 6 6 Walt Wesley Cincinnati Royals
1966 13 3 103 Al Lopes Baltimore Bullets
1967 4 2 33 Ronald Franz Detroit Pistons
1968 9 8 114 Roger Bohnenstiel New York Knicks
1969 1 9 9 Jo Jo White Boston Celtics
1969 4 5 48 Dave Nash Chicago Bulls
1969 11 13 154 Bruce Sloan Philadelphia 76ers
1971 3 9 44 Dave Robisch Boston Celtics
1971 4 13 64 Walter Roger Brown Los Angeles Lakers
1971 13 12 207 Pierre Russell Milwaukee Bucks
1972 1 7 7 Bud Stallworth Seattle SuperSonics
1972 14 4 184 Aubrey Nash Baltimore Bullets
1975 7 2 110 Rick Suttle Los Angeles Lakers
1975 8 18 144 Roger Morningstar Boston Celtics
1976 1 16 16 Norm Cook Boston Celtics
1977 7 14 124 Herb Nobles Detroit Pistons
1978 5 11 99 Ken Koenigs Cleveland Cavaliers
1978 6 8 118 John Douglas New Orleans Jazz
1979 2 20 42 Paul Mokeski Houston Rockets
1980 10 12 211 Randy Carroll Phoenix Suns
1981 1 16 16 Darnell Valentine Portland Trail Blazers
1981 3 1 47 Art Housey Dallas Mavericks
1981 7 22 160 John Crawford Philadelphia 76ers
1982 2 5 28 Dave Magley Cleveland Cavaliers
1982 2 23 46 Tony Guy Boston Celtics
1984 4 10 80 Carl Henry Kansas City Kings
1984 9 1 185 Brian Martin Indiana Pacers
1984 9 15 199 Kelly Knight Utah Jazz
1986 2 2 26 Greg Dreiling Indiana Pacers
1986 2 18 42 Ron Kellogg Atlanta Hawks
1986 4 1 71 Calvin Thompson New York Knicks
1988 1 1 1 Danny Manning Los Angeles Clippers
1988 3 25 75 Archie Marshall San Antonio Spurs
1990 2 7 34 Kevin Pritchard Golden State Warriors
1991 1 26 26 Mark Randall Chicago Bulls
1993 1 16 16 Rex Walters New Jersey Nets
1993 2 15 42 Adonis Jordan Seattle SuperSonics
1994 2 11 38 Darrin Hancock Charlotte Hornets
1995 1 28 28 Greg Ostertag Utah Jazz
1997 1 19 19 Scot Pollard Detroit Pistons
1997 1 27 27 Jacque Vaughn Utah Jazz
1998 1 3 3 Raef LaFrentz Denver Nuggets
1998 1 10 10 Paul Pierce Boston Celtics
1999 2 16 45 Ryan Robertson Sacramento Kings
2001 2 14 45 Eric Chenowith New York Knicks
2002 1 4 4 Drew Gooden Memphis Grizzlies
2003 1 7 7 Kirk Hinrich Chicago Bulls
2003 1 12 12 Nick Collison Seattle SuperSonics
2005 1 29 29 Wayne Simien Miami Heat
2007 1 13 13 Julian Wright New Orleans Hornets
2008 1 13 13 Brandon Rush Portland Trail Blazers
2008 1 27 27 Darrell Arthur New Orleans Hornets
2008 2 4 34 Mario Chalmers Minnesota Timberwolves
2008 2 22 52 Darnell Jackson Miami Heat
2008 2 29 59 Sasha Kaun Seattle SuperSonics
2010 1 11 11 Cole Aldrich New Orleans Hornets
2010 1 12 12 Xavier Henry Memphis Grizzlies
2011 1 13 13 Markieff Morris Phoenix Suns
2011 1 14 14 Marcus Morris Houston Rockets
2011 2 19 49 Josh Selby Memphis Grizzlies
2012 1 5 5 Thomas Robinson Sacramento Kings
2012 2 11 41 Tyshawn Taylor Brooklyn Nets
2013 1 7 7 Ben McLemore Sacramento Kings
2013 2 9 39 Jeff Withey Portland Trail Blazers
2014 1 1 1 Andrew Wiggins Cleveland Cavaliers
2014 1 3 3 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
2015 1 15 15 Kelly Oubre Atlanta Hawks

Current Jayhawk college coaches

Division I Head Coaches - former head coaches

Division I Head Coaches – former players

Division I head coaches – former assistants

Division I head coaches – Kansas alumni

Division I assistants – former assistants

Division II head coaches

† indicates associate head coach

NCAA Records

Active Streaks

  • 25+ win seasons: 10, 2006–2015
  • 20+ win seasons: 26, 1990–2015
  • NCAA Tournament appearances: 26
  • Most consecutive coaches leading team to Final Four: 6
  • Most consecutive conference titles: 11


  • Largest unranked-to-ranked jump: From unranked to No. 4 after beating #1 (UNLV), #2 (LSU), and #25 (SJU) in the 1989 preseason NIT.[47]
  • Most wins over an opponent in a single calendar year: 5 (Over Nebraska in 1909 and Kansas State in 1935)


  • Career games scoring in double figures: 132, Danny Manning
  • Rebounds in first career game: 31, Wilt Chamberlain, vs. Northwestern, Dec. 5, 1956
  • Most blocks in the NCAA tournament in one season: 31, Jeff Withey


  • Most winning seasons: 95
  • Most non-losing seasons (.500 or better): 98
  • Most regular season conference championships: 57
  • Most Consensus first-team All-Americans: 21
  • Most Consensus first-team All-American selections: 28

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ [10]
  3. ^ "Key Dates in NABC History". NABC. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ College Basketball Program Prestige Rankings
  5. ^ 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four Records
  6. ^ [11]
  7. ^ [12]
  8. ^ Naismith's Record
  9. ^ McGill grad James Naismith, inventor of basketball
  10. ^ Good as gold
  11. ^ Vincent Askew
  12. ^ Division I Records
  13. ^ a b Official Bio
  14. ^ Roy, ACC Have Mixed NCAA History As No. 1
  15. ^
  16. ^ The Associated Press (2013-03-23). "NCAA Tournament: Jeff Withey scores 17 points as No. 1 Kansas barely avoids upset in win over No. 16 Western Kentucky". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  17. ^ a b c 2011 NCAA Record Book – Awards, p.8
  18. ^ Lucas, Adam (2006). The Best Game Ever: How Frank McGuire's '57 Tar Heels Beat Wilt and Revolutionized College Basketball. Globe Pequot Press.  
  19. ^ Woodling, Chuck (1988). Against All Odds -- How Kansas Won the 1988 NCAA Championship. Lawrence Journal-World and the University Press of Kansas. ISBN O-7006-0387-5
  20. ^ Greatest KU games: No. 9 Roy’s boys run wild vs. ‘Cats
  21. ^ "[13]
  22. ^ Alamodome, San Antonio, TX (2008-04-05). "Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - April 05, 2008 - ESPN". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  23. ^ "Kansas plays the good and the bad in the rout of UNC - columnist - ESPN". 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  24. ^ [14]
  25. ^ "Top-ranked Jayhawks pull away in Big 12 tourney opener." Associated Press. 2010-03-11.
  26. ^ "Eight-minute field-goal drought dooms Aggies vs. Jayhawks" Associated Press. 2010-03-12
  27. ^ Kansas defeated by Wichita in Sweet 16; first meeting since 1993
  28. ^ Phog Allen
  29. ^ Stallard, Mark (2005).  
  30. ^ So Here's To You, Dr. (and Mrs.) Robinson
  31. ^ [15]
  32. ^
  33. ^ "2004-05 Men's Basketball Media Guide - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  34. ^ "2007–08 Media Guide". Kansas Jayhawks. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  35. ^ "Banner Goes Up, FGCU Goes Down". 
  36. ^ NCAA basketball champions and season records
  37. ^ McDonalds All-American Alumni
  38. ^ McDonald's All-Americans
  39. ^ "2013 McDonald's All American Game boys' rosters - ESPN". 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  40. ^
  41. ^ [16] Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame searchable database.
  42. ^ ESPN Draft Recap
  43. ^ "Six Wildcats Selected in NBA Draft - Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site". 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  44. ^ Former Jayhawks NBA Players
  45. ^ Jayhawks in the NBA
  46. ^ Kansas NBA draft history
  47. ^ Unranked-to-ranked Jump

External links

  • Official website
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