Kansas has been to the Final Four fourteen times, the most of any team in the NCAA.
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Kansas has been to a total of 14 Final Fours, the most recent being in 2018. The Jayhawks have won the NCAA tournament 3 times, with their last victory coming in 2008.
Kansas’ Early History in the NCAA Tournament
Kansas has a long and successful history in the NCAA tournament, appearing in the tournament thirty-nine times as of 2019. They have made it to the Final Four fourteen times, the most of any team in the nation. They have also won two national championships, in 1952 and 1988.
Kansas’ first appearance in the NCAA tournament came in 1940, where they lost in the first round to Texas. They would not make it back to the tournament until 1946, when they once again lost in the first round. They finally made it to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 1948, but lost to Baylor.
It would not be until 1950 that Kansas would make it back to the NCAA tournament, and this time they made it all the way to the Final Four before losing to Kentucky. In 1952, led by Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen, Kansas won their first national championship with a 54-53 win over St. John’s.
Kansas would make it back to the Final Four in 1957 and 1958, but would lose both times. In 1959, they made it back to the championship game but lost to Cincinnati. After a five-year drought, Kansas made it back to the Final Four in 1964 but lost to UCLA. They made it back again in 1965 but lost to Michigan State.
Kansas in the Final Four
Kansas has been to the Final Four 14 times, the most recent being in 2018. They have won the National Championship twice, in 1952 and 1988. In total, they have an NCAA record of 27-11 in the Final Four. Kansas has also been to the Elite Eight 23 times and the Sweet Sixteen 32 times.
This is the year that Kansas made it to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Led by legendary head coach Phog Allen, the Jayhawks made an improbable run to the National Semifinals, where they ultimately lost to North Carolina. Nevertheless, this was a historic moment for Kansas basketball, and one that laid the foundation for the program’s future success.
Kansas made it to the Final Four in 1986 after defeating Duke in the Elite Eight. The Jayhawks then lost to Louisville in the national semifinals. This was the first of three times that Kansas would make it to the Final Four under legendary head coach Larry Brown.
In 1991, the Jayhawks finished the regular season 26–5 overall, 12–4 in conference play, to earn a share of the Big Eight Conference title with Oklahoma. The Jayhawks entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. After receiving a bye in the first round, Kansas defeated Pepperdine, Indiana State, and Temple to advance to their first Final Four since 1953. The Jayhawks then defeated Arkansas in the national semifinals to reach the national championship game for the first time since 1969. In the national championship game, Kansas lost to Duke by a score of 72–65.
In 2008, the Jayhawks made it to their fifteenth Final Four in school history. They had a record of 36-3 on the season, and won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles. In the NCAA tournament, they defeated Portland State, UNLV, and Clemson before losing to Memphis in the national semifinals.
Based on the information gathered, it appears that Kansas has been to fourteen Final Fours.