How Many National Titles Does Kansas Have in Basketball?

Kansas has won 14 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships, the second most all-time behind UCLA.

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The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team is the college basketball program for the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks have won 3 NCAA Division I men’s basketball championships (1952, 1988, and 2008) and have been runners-up four times (1957, 1971, 1986, and 2003). They have also won 18 conference championships, including 11 Big 12 Conference titles.


The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball program is the intercollegiate men’s basketball program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA’s Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas has won 14 conference championships, including 13 straight from 2005 through 2017, and has had five Final Four appearances, including two national championships (1952 and 1988). The Jayhawks’ first coach was the inventor of the game, James Naismith.


The Kansas Jayhawks basketball program is the intercollegiate men’s basketball program of the University of Kansas. It is one of the oldest and is one of the most successful programs in NCAA history. The program is classified in the top-tier of NCAA Division I, and has produced several notable players who have gone on to play in the NBA, including Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Lovellette, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, and Andrew Wiggins.

Kansas has participating in 27 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments (including 2021), winning 14 times and appearing in the Final Four five times. They have won 31 conference championships (including regular season and conference tournament titles), made 26 NCAA Tournament appearances (including results from before the tournament expanded to 64 teams), appeared in 11 National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), won 2 National Title games in 1948 and 1952 (NAIA Division I), reached 2 NCAA Division II Final Fours in 1957 and 1958, and made an appearance in the 1957 NAIA Division I National Tournament title game. The Jayhawks have also appeared ten times in the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament title game, winning six times: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2016; their losing appearances came in 2004 (to Texas Tech), 2008 (Oklahoma State), 2010 (Texas A&M), 2011 (Missouri) and 2018 (West Virginia).

How many national titles does Kansas have in basketball?

Kansas has won 3 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The Jayhawks also have the most conference championships of any team in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball with 27.

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was the idea of Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen. Played mostly during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States.

The first NCAA men’s national championship tournament was held in Evanston, Illinois in 1939. Prior to that year, collegiate championships were determined by various polls and King Football Magazine published a national champion for colleges that played an entirely separate schedule from major universities. Omaha Central High School won that first tournament by defeating Wake Forest 59–53 in the final game.

Kansas has appeared in a record 27 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournaments as of 2019. They have also won a record 14 conference championships and have appeared in a record 18 Final Fours, including two consecutive appearances. Kansas is currently tied with North Carolina for fourth all-time in number of Final Four appearances behind UCLA (18), Kentucky (17), and Indiana (17). As of 2019, Kansas has been excluded from only five NCAA Tournaments: 1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, and 1955. The Jayhawks have also finished as the runner-up a record 15 times, more than any other team except for UCLA (19 times) and runner-up Kentucky (16 times). They have also made 30 Elite Eight appearances and 10 Sweet Sixteen appearances as of 2019.

National Invitation Tournament

The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a men’s college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Like the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, it is a single-elimination tournament, but unlike the NCAA tournament, there are 32 teams in the NIT, not 68. These “Invitation” Tournaments were far more common in the era before the NCAA college division held its first collegiate national championship tournament in 1939.

Kansas has won five National Invitation Tournaments:

Kansas Jayhawks in the NBA

As of 2020, the Kansas Jayhawks have won 3 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament championships. The Jayhawks have also appeared in the tournament 27 times, tied for 6th most all-time. In addition, the Jayhawks have won 13 conference championships and 13 conference tournament championships.

Notable players

JoJo White- Every Jayhawk fan knows of JoJo White, the 6’4″ product of St. Louis who was the heart and soul of Kansas basketball during the 1960s. A two-time All-American, White was also a member of the 1968 Olympic gold medal winning team. After his college career, he went on to be drafted in the first round of the 1969 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He would go on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Celtics, winning two NBA titles.

Darrell Arthur- Darrell Arthur was a key member of Kansas’ 2008 national championship team, averaging 11.9 points and 5 rebounds per game. He was selected with the 27th pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, but was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night. He has since played for a number of teams, including the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Andrew Wiggins- One of the most highly touted prospects in recent memory, Andrew Wiggins committed to Kansas over a host of other schools in 2013. He lived up to the hype during his one year in Lawrence, averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds en route to being named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-American. He declared for the 2014 NBA draft after just one year at Kansas and was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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