The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Widely considered 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 KU 4th on a list of 100 greatest college basketball programs of all time and in 2008, ESPN ranked KU 2nd on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era.
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 YMCA's across the nation having played in integral part in the birth of basketball. Other common opponents were Haskell Indian Nations University 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 passed away in 1939 and was buried in Lawrence, KS.
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 5 conference championships under Hamilton's direction.
Allen coached KU for a total of 49 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 it's start under Allen's direction. Allen created the National Assocaiation of Basketball Coaches, which went on the create the tournament format and later pass it's 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's, 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 olympics and brought home a gold medal for the nationalbasketball team. This was especially poingant for Allen, as he had been the driving force for having basketball added to the Olympics in 1936.
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 the Northwestern. In 1957, he led the Jayhawks to championship game against North Carolina. 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.
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.
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, the best win-loss record of any team in the 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.
Following the national championship loss in 2003, Williams left Kansas and returned to coach at North Carolina.
The next two seasons did not end on such a high note. Big things were expected of an experience 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 Dallas, and avenged an ealier 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 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 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 NCAA Tournament in the MidWest division. On March 30, 2008, Self lead 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.
|All-time win %||4th||.712|
|National Championships (includes Helms Titles)||3rd-T||5|
|NCAA Tournament Titles||5th-T||3|
|NCAA Title Game Appearances||4th-T||8|
|NCAA Final Fours||4th-T||13|
|NCAA Tournament Bids||4th||37|
|NCAA Tournament Wins||5th||82|
|NCAA Tournament Win %||5th||.701|
|1898 - 1907||Dr. James Naismith||55-60||.478||Retired|
|1907-09, 1919-56||Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen||590-219||.730||Retired|
|1909-19||William O. Hamilton||125-59||.679||Resigned|
|1983-88||Larry Brown||135-44||.754||Accepted position as Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs|
|1988-03||Roy Williams||418-101||.805||Accepted position as Head Coach at North Carolina|
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.
Hoch Auditorium (1927-1955)
Hoch Auditorium was 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 the 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.
|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, 13-1||KU, 8-0||KU, 5-1||tied, 0-0||KU, 5-0||KU, 9-1||W 7||KU, 11-1|
|Colorado||KU, 115-39||KU, 58-7||KU, 37-26||KU, 20-6||KU, 5-0||KU, 10-0||W 11||KU, 24-1|
|Iowa State||KU, 164-58||KU, 84-15||KU, 63-36||KU, 17-7||KU, 5-0||KU, 8-2||W 6||KU, 19-7|
|Kansas State||KU, 175-90||KU, 79-35||KU, 71-44||KU, 25-11||KU, 4-1||KU, 8-2||W 1||KU, 28-2|
|Missouri||KU, 166-93||KU, 85-33||KU, 63-53||KU, 18-7||KU, 5-0||KU, 8-2||W 5||KU, 19-8|
|Nebraska||KU, 164-71||KU, 85-23||KU, 60-44||KU, 19-4||KU, 5-0||KU, 10-0||W 11||KU, 25-3|
|Oklahoma||KU, 133-64||KU, 68-16||KU, 45-40||KU, 20-8||KU, 4-1||KU, 6-4||W 4||KU, 12-4|
|Oklahoma State||KU, 101-52||KU, 55-10||KU, 33-30||KU, 13-12||KU, 3-2||KU, 7-3||L 1||KU, 12-5|
|Texas||KU, 15-6||KU, 8-0||UT, 5-3||KU, 4-1||KU, 4-1||KU, 6-4||W 1||KU, 11-5|
|Texas A&M||KU, 13-1||KU, 6-1||KU, 6-0||KU, 1-0||KU, 4-1||KU, 9-1||W 2||KU, 12-1|
|Texas Tech||KU, 17-3||KU, 10-0||KU, 6-3||KU, 1-0||KU, 3-2||KU, 8-2||W 1||KU, 10-3|
|*As of end of 2007-08 season.|
Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (13)
Big Six Conference (12)
Big Seven Conference (5)
Big Eight Conference (13)
Big 12 Conference (8)
|Round #2||St. Louis||74-55|
|Final 4||Santa Clara||74-55|
|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|
|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)|
|1959||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1947||?||?||?||Ray Evans||New York Knicks|
|1948||?||?||?||Otto Schnellbacher||Providence Steamrollers|
|1952||1||9||9||Clyde Lovellette||Minneapolis Lakers|
|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||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|
Division I Head Coaches
Division I Assistants
Division II Head Coaches
Former KU Assistants Currently Serving as Head Coaches