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The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansasmarker Jayhawks. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. One of the most storied programs in collegiate sports history, their first coach was the inventor of the game, James Naismith. In 2005, Street & Smith's Annual ranked Kansas fourth on a list of 100 greatest college basketball programs of all time and in 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era. In the last two decades, no team has won more games than the Jayhawks who won 568 games between the 1989-90 and 2008-09 seasons. Kansas also has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances honored by the NCAA record books with 20. Kansas has won more Division I conference championships than any other program, and has won more basketball games than any other Division 1 program except Kentucky and North Carolina.


The program has enjoyed considerable national success, having been selected Helms Foundation National Champions in 1922 and 1923, winning NCAA national championships in 1952, 1988, and 2008, playing in 13 Final Fours, and being regularly ranked in the AP Top 25 college basketball poll. Kansas ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I (behind Kentucky and North Carolina) with 1,970 wins (as of April 4, 2009), against only 793 losses (.713 winning %, 3rd all-time). This record includes a 634–106 (.857) mark at historic Allen Fieldhousemarker. The Jayhawks are second in NCAA history with 90 winning seasons. They have had the fewest head coaches (eight) of any program that has been around 100 or more years. Yet, they have reached the Final Four under more head coaches (six) 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 4 head coaches who have been inducted into the Naismith Hall of Famemarker, also more than any other program in the nation. A perennial conference powerhouse, Kansas leads all universities with 52 regular-season conference titles in 102 years of conference play (the MVIAA Conference was created in 1907) through the 2008–2009 regular season, two more than the second place Kentucky Wildcats. The Jayhawks have won a record nine conference titles and a record six conference tournament titles in the 13 years of the Big 12's existence. The program also owns the best Big 12 records in both those areas with a 172–36 record in conference play and a 25–7 record in tournament play.

Naismith and early years

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

In these early days, the majority of the games were played against nearby YMCA teams, with YMCAs across the nation having played in integral part in the birth of basketball. Other common opponents were Haskell Indian Nations Universitymarker and William Jewell College. Under Naismith, the team played only three current Big 12 schools: Nebraska (six times), Missouri (twice), and Kansas State (once). 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 athletic director and faculty at the school for a total of almost 40 years before retiring in 1937. Naismith died in 1939 and was buried there in Lawrence, Kansasmarker.

Phog Allen era

In 1907, KU hired one of Naismith's players, Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen as head coach. Naismith provided Allen with a now infamous piece of wisdom: "You can't coach basketball; you just play it." Allen would set out to prove the adage wrong and later be called the "Father of Basketball Coaching", having passed on his knowledge of the game to some of the most well-respected names in the history of college basketball, including National Basketball Hall of Fame coaches Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Dutch Lonborg, John McLendon, and Ralph Miller (all except Lonborg were born and raised in Kansas).

Allen coached the team from 1907–09, but William O. Hamilton coached from 1909-1919, with Allen taking over again in 1919. The team went 125–59 and won five conference championships under Hamilton's direction.

Allen coached KU for 39 seasons and amassed a record of 590-219, with two Helms Foundation national titles and one NCAA Tournament championship in 1952. Numerous basketball greats would play at Kansas during Allen's era, including Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Dutch Lonborg, and Ralph Miller (all future Hall of Fame coaches), Paul Endacott, Bill Johnson, and Clyde Lovellette (Hall of Fame players) and even former United States Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

The modern NCAA Tournament got its start under Allen's direction. Allen created the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which went on the create the tournament format and later pass its organization on to the NCAA.

In 1952, the Jayhawks won the national title with a 80-63 victory in the final game over St. John'smarker, coached by Frank McGuire. Clyde Lovellette of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. 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. This was especially poignant for Allen, as he had been the driving force for having basketball added to the Olympics in 1936.

Harp and Chamberlain

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 a 87–69 win against Northwesternmarker. In 1957, he led the Jayhawks to championship game against North Carolinamarker. Carolina 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, even today. 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 and won 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.

Larry Brown years

In 1983, Larry Brown began his tenure at 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, and the end of the Jayhawks' 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Ultimately, behind the high-scoring of Danny Manning, KU finished 27–11 and won the national championship in 1988, defeating favored conference rival Oklahoma 83–79 in the final. The win garnered the team the nickname "Danny and the Miracles". 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 Browns 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. Askew did not ultimately play for 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. 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.

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).

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.

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, 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.

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 a 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 Dallasmarker, and avenged an earlier loss to Texas with a 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 Bravesmarker.

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 monumental 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 2007–2008 season, Self's Kansas team began the season 20–0 until they suffered their first loss at Kansas State. The 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, defeating them 84–66. They then triumphed over Memphis to claim the national title in a 75–68 overtime victory in the NCAA Championship Game on April 7, 2008, finishing the season with a 37-3 record (the winningest season in Kansas history & tied for the most victories in a single NCAA Season).

In the 2008–2009 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, the current NCAA record. 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 Statemarker 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, is 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 2009-2010 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. They are currently undefeated and hold the Division I record for the current consecutive home winning streak at 45 straight games in Allen Fieldhouse. With a win on Wednesday December 2nd, Bill Self's record at "The Phog" will become 100-6.

Rank in notable areas

Category Rank Stat
All-Time Wins 3rd 1,975
All-time win % 3rd .714
National Championships (includes Helms Titles) 3rd-T 5
NCAA Tournament Titles 5th-T 3
NCAA Title Game Appearances 5th 8
NCAA Final Fours 4th-T 13
NCAA Final Eight Appearances 4th 19
NCAA Final 16 Appearances† 4th 25
NCAA Tournament Bids 4th 38
NCAA Tournament Wins 5th 84
NCAA Tournament Win % 5th .694
NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds 4th 8
Composite AP Top 20 Final Ranking‡ 5th 421
Weeks as AP No. 1 5th 46
Weeks in AP Top 10 5th 398
Weeks in AP rankings 5th 576
Consensus First Team All-American Awards 1st 26
Consensus First Team All-Americans 1st 19
Conference Championships 1st 52

Above totals are through November 30, 2009.

† From 1939 to 1950, only 8 teams participated in the NCAA Tournament. Appearances in those tournaments are excluded from the Final 16 Appearances total. If those years were included, Kansas' total would be 27, still 4th all-time.

‡ Based on the final AP regular season rankings since the 1948-49 season. First place receives 20 points; 20th receives 1 point.

Notable games

  • In the NCAA title game in 1957, Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas was 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. Feeling that he let down the fans and his teammates, Chamberlain would not return to Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse until January 17, 1998, to see his jersey retired.

  • In the 1966 Midwest Regional Finals, Kansas, the favored team to face the University of Kentuckymarker, played Texas Westernmarker college. Texas Western got a controversial double overtime victory (81–80) due to a poor call. The would-be winning shot at the buzzer was made by All-American Jo Jo White, but White was called for stepping on the sideline and the shot was called back, ironically like saying he took the shot too far away from the basket. White, in fact, did not step on the sideline. 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. Regardless of what actually happened, Texas Western was given the victory and advanced to the Final Four. The rest, as they say, is history as we now have the movie Glory Road which is based on that season's Texas Western team. Though, Kansas and other programs had routinely started multiple African-American players for years, including all five starters for Kansas for multiple games that season.
  • On December 9, 1989, AP #2 Kansas beat Kentucky 150-95 in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas started the game hot and was in obvious control prior to halftime; Kentucky's Rick Pitino used all of his team's six timeouts before the half ended. After the break, Kansas coach Roy Williams started the second rotation players and subbed in the remaining players on the roster often, leaving the starting five players on the bench. When Pitino continued to have his first-string players use a full-court pressure defense against the Kansas back-ups, Williams (reportedly following an obscene gesture made by Pitino), called a timeout and told his team that the starting five players would be going back into the game and that they were to run up the score as high as possible. Two technical fouls were called on Pitino, the first for throwing a towel onto the court, the second for arguing a call with an official. Following the game, Pitino told the assembled media that he would never schedule Kansas again. 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 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 7, 2008, in one of the most memorable NCAA National Championship games ever, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers 75–68 in overtime 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. This championship gave them 37 wins for the season, which made them tied for the NCAA single-season wins record (UNLVmarker, Duke (twice), Illinoismarker, and Kansasmarker).


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)

1907-09, 1919-56 Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen 590-219 .729 Retired
• 1 NCAA Championship, 2 Helms Championships
• 3 Final Fours
• 24 Conference Regular Season Championships

1909-19 William O. Hamilton 125-59 .679 Resigned
• 5 Conference Regular Season Championships
1956-64 Dick Harp 121-82 .596 Resigned
• 1 Final Four
• 2 Conference Regular Season Championships

1964-83 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

1983-88 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

1988-03 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 174-40 .813 • 1 NCAA Championship
• 1 Final Four
• 5 Conference Regular Season Championships
• 3 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

Total 1,975-793 .714
† - Inducted into the Naismith Hall of Famemarker.


  • 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.


Allen Fieldhousemarker (1955-Present)
Inside of Allen Fieldhouse

In the past 15 seasons, the Jayhawks have lost only 12 regular season games in Allen Fieldhouse, and have won their last 45 home games, a current Division I record.

Hoch Auditoriummarker (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.

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.

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.

Season by season results

Under Bill Self:

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, 14-2 KU, 8-0 KU, 6-1 BU 1-0 KU, 4-1 KU, 8-2 L 1 KU, 12-2
Colorado KU, 117-39 KU, 59-7 KU, 38-26 KU, 20-6 KU, 5-0 KU, 10-0 W 13 KU, 26-1
Iowa State KU, 166-58 KU, 85-15 KU, 64-36 KU, 17-7 KU, 5-0 KU, 9-1 W 8 KU, 21-7
Kansas State KU, 177-90 KU, 80-35 KU, 72-44 KU, 25-11 KU, 4-1 KU, 8-2 W 3 KU, 30-2
Missouri KU, 167-94 KU, 86-33 KU, 63-54 KU, 18-7 KU, 4-1 KU, 7-3 W 1 KU, 20-9
Nebraska KU, 166-71 KU, 86-23 KU, 61-44 KU, 19-4 KU, 5-0 KU, 10-0 W 13 KU, 27-3
Oklahoma KU, 134-64 KU, 67-16 KU, 47-40 KU, 20-8 KU, 5-0 KU, 7-3 W 5 KU, 13-4
Oklahoma State KU, 102-52 KU, 56-10 KU, 33-30 KU, 13-12 KU, 4-1 KU, 7-3 W 1 KU, 13-5
Texas KU, 16-6 KU, 9-0 UT, 5-3 KU, 4-1 KU, 4-1 KU, 6-4 W 2 KU, 12-5
Texas A&M KU, 14-1 KU, 7-1 KU, 6-0 KU, 1-0 KU, 4-1 KU, 9-1 W 3 KU, 13-1
Texas Tech KU, 17-4 KU, 10-0 KU, 6-4 KU, 1-0 TTU, 2-3 KU, 7-3 L 1 KU, 10-4
*As of March 7, 2009.

Post-season results

Regular season conference championships

The Jayhawks have won 52 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.

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 (9)
  • 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

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 Holiday Tournament in December. The Holiday tournament ended after the 1979 season.

Big Eight Holiday Tournament (13)
  • 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979

Big Eight Conference (4)
  • 1981, 1984, 1986, 1992

Big 12 Conference (6)

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.
Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09
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

Final Four history

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

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 Claramarker 74-55
Championship St. John'smarker 80-63

1988 Championship Results

  • The 1988 Jayhawks, at 27-11, had the lowest win/loss percentage (.710) and most losses of any team to win the national championship.

1988 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #11 Xavier 85-72
Round #2 # 14 Murray Statemarker 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

  • The 2008 Jayhawks, at 37-3, had the most wins of any team to win the national championship. This means the program holds the records for both the most losses (11 in 1988) and most wins (37 in 2008) in a season of any national champion.

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)

Jayhawks of note

First team All-Americans

Kansas leads all NCAA teams with 19 consensus first team All-American players who received 26 consensus first team nominations.

  • 1909- Tommy Johnson, forward
  • 1915- Ralph Sproull, forward†
  • 1919- Dutch Lonborg, guard
  • 1922- Paul Endacott, guard†
  • 1923- Paul Endacott, guard†
  • 1923- Charlie T. Black, guard†
  • 1924- Charlie T. Black, guard†
  • 1924- Tusten Ackerman, center
  • 1925- Tusten Ackerman, center†
  • 1925- Gale Gordon, guard
  • 1925- Al Peterson, center
  • 1926- Gale Gordon, guard†
  • 1926- Al Peterson, center†
  • 1930- Forrest Cox, guard
  • 1932- Ted O'Leary, forward
  • 1933- Bill Johnson, center
  • 1936- Ray Ebling- forward
  • 1937- Fred Pralle, guard
  • 1938- Fred Pralle, guard†

† indicates consensus All-American

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

Player of the Year awards

McDonald's All-Americans

The 31 McDonald's All-Americans listed below have played at least one game on the Kansas roster.

Retired jerseys


Former players and coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame


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]] || align="center"| [[Image:Bronze medal icon.svg]] |} *Valentine was selected to the US team, but the USA boycotted the 1980 summer Olympics.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Current management

Current coaches

  • Alvin Gentry -- Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns, Gentry was an assistant coach on the Jayhawks 1988 Championship team
  • Gregg Popovich -- Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Popvich 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.
  • Larry Brown -- Head Coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, Brown was the head coach of the Jayhawks 1988 Championship team.

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.

Former players

Draft History

  • 69 total NBA draft picks.
  • 27 players drafted 30th or better. 28 if including territorial pick Wilt Chamberlain. (Equivalent to 1st round picks by modern draft standards.)
  • 18 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

Current Jayhawk college coaches

Division I Head Coaches - Former Players

Division I Head Coaches - Former Assistants

Division I Head Coaches - Kansas Alumni

Division I Assistants - Former Players

Division I Assistants - Former Assistants

Division II Head Coaches
  • Jeff Guiot, Southwest Baptist, Head Coach (Guiot is a former KU player, finished at Pitt State)
  • Shawn Scanlan, Eastern New Mexico, Head Coach (Bachelors degree from Kansas)
  • Blake Flickner, Dallas Baptist, Head Coach (Former KU manager under Roy Williams)

Division II Assistants

NCAA records


  • Games played in a season: 40 (Tie)
  • Victories in a season: 37 (Tie)
  • Consecutive road victories: 35, Feb. 20, 1925 to Jan. 13, 1928
  • Largest unranked-to-ranked jump: From unranked to No. 4 after beating #1, #2, and #25 in the 1989 preseason NIT.


  • Current consecutive home-winning streak: 45 games
  • Current consecutive 25-win seasons: 4 (Tie)
  • Current consecutive 20-win seasons: 20, 1990-2009
  • Longest active streak of tournament appearances honored by the NCAA: 20


  • Career games scoring in double figures: 132, Danny Manning
  • Games played in a single season: 40, Cole Aldrich, Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun and Russell Robinson (Tied with 4 other teams.)
  • Rebounds in first career game: 31, Wilt Chamberlain, vs. Northwestern, Dec. 5, 1956

See also


  1. 100 Greatest Programs
  2. Prestige Rankings
  3. NCAA Division I record book
  4. 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four Records
  5. [1]
  6. Naismith's Record
  7. McGill grad James Naismith, inventor of basketball
  8. Key Dates in NABC History
  9. Good as gold
  10. Vincent Askew
  11. Division I Records
  12. Official Bio
  13. Roy, ACC Have Mixed NCAA History As No. 1
  14. 2009 NCAA Record Book - Awards
  15. Finally: The Return of Wilt
  16. Phog Allen
  17. So Here's To You, Dr. (and Mrs.) Robinson
  20. NCAA basketball champions and season records
  21. McDonalds All-American Alumni
  22. McDonald's All-Americans
  23. [2] Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame searchable database.
  24. ESPN Draft Recap
  25. Former Jayhawks NBA Players
  26. Jayhawks in the NBA
  27. Kansas NBA draft history
  28. 2009 NCAA records
  29. Unranked-to-ranked Jump

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