How Many Basketball National Championships Does Kansas Have?

Kansas has won a total of 12 NCAA Division I basketball national championships, the most of any school in the nation. The Jayhawks have also appeared in the Final Four 19 times, also the most of any school.

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Number of Championships

Kansas has won a total of 3 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The Jayhawks won their first championship in 1952 under head coach Phog Allen. Kansas then won back-to-back championships in 1988 and 1989 under head coach Larry Brown. The Jayhawks’ most recent championship came in 2008 under current head coach Bill Self.

Championships by Year

Kansas has won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship five times. Here is a list of those seasons:

-1952
-1988
-1991
-1993
-2002

Championships by Coach

Kansas has won 3 NCAA Division I basketball national championships, in 1952, 1988, and most recently in 2008. The Jayhawks have also been runners-up 3 times, in 1957, 1971, and 1974.

The Jayhawks’ first championship came under head coach Phog Allen in 1952. Allen is considered one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, and led Kansas to 16 conference championships and 24 NCAA tournament appearances in his 39 seasons at the helm. The Jayhawks’ second championship came under head coach Larry Brown in 1988. Brown is the only coach to win both an NCAA and an NBA championship, and led Kansas to 13 conference championships during his 17 seasons at Kansas. The Jayhawks’ most recent championship came under current head coach Bill Self in 2008. Self has led Kansas to 10 conference championships since he took over as head coach in 2003.

Other Notable Championships

In addition to their national titles, the Jayhawks have also won numerous conference and divisional championships. In the Big 12, they have 14 regular season titles and 21 conference tournament titles. They have also won 5 Division I-A / FBS national championships, which are not to be confused with the aforementioned NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament championship titles. The Jayhawks have appeared in 46 total bowl games, compiling a record of 25–21. They have appeared in 10 major bowl games, compiling a record of 5–5.

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