Basketball in Kansas. Although basketball had its beginnings in Massachusetts, Kansas was one of the first states to adopt it as a college sport. Dr. James A. Naismith, an instructor at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, invented the game in the winter of 1891-1892. He was looking for a more interesting way to participate in calisthenics and gymnastic games.
Naismith, ironically, is the only coach in Kansas basketball history with a losing record. The Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.
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Basketball in Kansas City is more than just another sport—it’s a regional pastime. Take, for example, James Naismith, innovator and inventor of basketball in 1891 and University of Kansas’s first coach.
Kansas' college basketball championships. Kansas has won three NCAA men's Division I college ...
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Kansas Jayhawks basketball history. University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) Allen Fieldhouse, aka The Phog Big 12 Conference. Current head coach: Bill Self (2003-) Asst: Kurtis Townsend (2004-) Asst: Norm Roberts (2003-04, 2012-) Asst: Jeremy Case (2021-) DPD: Brennan Bechard (2013-) DBO: Fred Quartlebaum (2013-)
The University of Kansas men’s basketball team wins its first NCAA national title. Monday, December 3, 1956. Center Of Attention. Wilt Chamberlain, arguably the most dominant player in the history of basketball, makes his spectacular KU debut by scoring 52 points as the Jayhawks crush Northwestern in Allen Field House.
Kansas Jayhawks School History. Location: Lawrence, Kansas Seasons: 123 (1898-99 to 2020-21) Record: 2323-871 .727 W-L% Conferences: Big 12, Big 8, Big 7, Big 6, MVC and Ind. Conference Champion: 62 Times (Reg. Seas.), 15 Times (Tourn.) NCAA Tournament: 49 Years (109-48), 15 Final Fours, 3 Championships NCAA Champion: 1952, 1988 and 2008