Kansas Jayhawks

Country United States United States
City Lawrence
Founded 1898
NCAA Basketball

The intercollegiate men’s basketball program, Kansas Jayhawks represents the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The team is affiliated to the NCAA Division I and plays at the Big 12 Conference. The team plays its home games at Allen Fieldhouse, located at Kansas with a capacity of 16,300 spectators.

Founded in 1898, the program found its early recognition in 1952 when the team won its first title at the NCAA national championships. The team later won the same title in 1988, and 2008. Kansan is being ranked 3rd overall at the all-time NCAA Division I with 1,970 wins. The team is ranked second-best in NCAA history with 90 winning seasons.

In 1983, Larry Brown joined the team on the bench and finished the 1988 season with a 27-11 record and a national championship title. Brown took the team into 5 NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. After Brown left, Roy Williams steeped into his shoes and took the team further to a 27.8 wins per season record. The team piled up a 418-101 win-loss record and appeared for every NCAA Tournament from 1988-2003 except one when the team was on probation.

From 1994 till 1998 the Jayhawks had won 62 successive games at their home arena, a longest running feat for any NCAA team at that time. The team captured regular season Big 12 Conference titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Kansas was repeatedly put up in the 1991 - 1999 top 25 teams compiled by the Associated Press (AP) polls. Williams was named the AP coach of the Year for 1992 and the Naismith College Coach of the Year for 1997.

Later, in 2003 Williams was replaced by the team’s current coach, Bill Self. He has yet led his team into a NCAA Championship title, 5 regular season Conference Championship title and 3 Conference Tournament Championship. Self has been honored with Henry Iba Coach of the Year award, the AP Coach of the Year, the Sporting News Coach of the Year and the CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year all for 2009. He has successfully compiled a 175-40 record with a winning percentage of 0.814.

Overall, the Jayhawks have won 5 National Championships, 3 NCAA Tournament titles, and 52 Conference Championships. The team has an overall win percentage of 0.714 with 1,976 wins recorded to their statistics.

Major Achievements

The team has appeared for 8 NCAA appearances while winning 3 of them.

They have made it to 13 Final Fours, 19 Final Eights and 25 Final 16s at the NCAA Tournament.

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