How Many National Championships Does Kansas Have in Basketball?

The answer to the question “How Many National Championships Does Kansas Have in Basketball?” is that they have won a total of three NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.

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Introduction

Kansas has won four NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The Jayhawks, as they are nicknamed, have also been to seven Final Fours and have appeared in the NCAA tournament 35 times.

Kansas’ National Championships

As of 2019, the University of Kansas has won 3 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championships. The Jayhawks won their first national championship in 1952 under head coach Phog Allen. Kansas then won back-to-back national championships in 1988 and 1989 under head coach Larry Brown. The Jayhawks’ most recent national championship came in 2008 under head coach Bill Self.

1948 National Championship

The Kansas Jayhawks won their first NCAA National Championship in 1948, defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 58-42. This was the Jayhawks’ first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks would go on to win 3 more National Championships in 1952, 1988, and 2008.

1952 National Championship

The 1952 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1952, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 32 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1957 National Championship

Kansas won the 1957 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, defeating North Carolina 54-53 in triple overtime. It was the Jayhawks’ first national championship.

1958 National Championship

Kansas has won three NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships (1952, 1988, and 2008). They have also won two National Invitation Tournaments (1942 and 1946), and one NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship (1971).

1959 National Championship

Kansas has won 3 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championships. The first championship came in 1952 under head coach Forrest “Phog” Allen. The second championship was in 1988 under head coach Larry Brown. The most recent championship was in 2008 under current head coach Bill Self.

1986 National Championship

In 1986, the Jayhawks won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, defeating the Louisville Cardinals 72-69 in the championship game. The title was the Jayhawks’ first ever national championship in basketball. Led by head coach Larry Brown, Kansas finished the season with a 27-11 record and won the Big Eight Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Jayhawks were seeded third in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament and defeated Wichita State, Iowa State, and UCLA to reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. In the national semifinals, Kansas defeated Kentucky 66-59 to reach the championship game. In the championship game, Kansas trailed Louisville 69-67 with two seconds left on the clock. Jayhawks’ guard Keith Smart hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line as time expired to give Kansas a 72-69 victory and their first ever national championship in basketball.

1988 National Championship

The 1988 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 17, 1988, and ended with the championship game on April 4 in Kansas City. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four consisted of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Duke. Functioning as de facto hosts due to their status as nearby Big Eight and Missouri Valley Conference rivals, respectively, fifth-seeded Kansas and eleventh-ranked Oklahoma met in one semifinal while top-seeded Arizona faced defending champion and third-seeded Duke in the other. Those two winners advanced to the final, which is remembered for Danny Manning’s 31-point performance against Duke that gave Manning Most Outstanding Player honors despite his team’s loss by a margin of 72–67.

Kansas was coached by Larry Brown and won the school’s first and to date only national championship by defeating Oklahoma 83–79 in overtime. This marked the second year in a row that two Big Eight rivals had reached the Final Four as Kansas had defeated Oklahoma State for the 1987 title; it also marked the fourth time overall that two schools from the same conference made it to the final game (1950 & 1952 being the other two occasions). Arizona was coached by Lute Olson and lost in their first ever Final Four appearance while Duke was coached by Mike Krzyzewski and won their second consecutive national title.

2008 National Championship

On April 7, 2008, the Jayhawks defeated Memphis in the NCAA tournament final to win their fifth national championship under Bill Self and their sixth overall. Danny Granger led the team in scoring with 21 points, whileMario Chalmers hit a clutch three-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. In the extra period, Kansas outscored Memphis 12–5 to seal the victory and cement their place among college basketball’s all-time great teams.

2012 National Championship

The Jayhawks won the 2012 National Championship with a record of 32-7. The Jayhawks were led by All-American Thomas Robinson, who averaged 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game during his junior year. Other key players for the Jayhawks included Jeff Withey, Tyshawn Taylor, and Elijah Johnson.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we found that Kansas has won a total of 3 national championships in basketball. 2 of those championships came at the Division I level, while the other came at the Division II level.

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