Kansas Men's Basketball to Host 115th Year Celebration Feb. 23

Jan. 25, 2013

25th mbb logologoLAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball will host its 115th-year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Jayhawks play host to TCU at 3 p.m. (Central) in Allen Fieldhouse. Former Kansas coaches, players and managers will be recognized at halftime of the game.

Included in the celebration is the 25th anniversary of Kansas’ 1988 NCAA National Championship team. For the KU-TCU contest, the 2012-13 Jayhawks will wear retro attire resembling the 1988 uniforms, warm-ups, etc.

Former KU legend JoJo White will be on hand prior to the contest, autographing his book “Make It Count” in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. White was a two-time All-American in 1968 and 1969 and a three-time All-Big Eight Conference First Team selection while at Kansas. He also left his mark in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. Both Kansas and the Celtics have retired White’s jerseys. “Make It Count” is a book described as one athlete’s career that was the product of genuine good values.

One of the most storied programs in college basketball, Kansas has amassed 2,087 all-time victories, which ranks second all-time in NCAA Division I. KU’s 55 conference regular-season titles are more than any other school and its eight-straight Big 12 championships is the nation’s longest active streak. Kansas has won five national championships, advanced to 14 Final Fours and has 28 consensus first-team All-America selections. What is most amazing is Kansas has had only eight coaches in its 115 seasons.

KU’s 1988 team won the NCAA National Championship as a No. 6 seed, defeating conference foe Oklahoma, 83-79, in the 50th Final Four at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Ironically, the halftime score of the KU-OU title game was 50-50. Coached by Larry Brown and led by national player of the year Danny Manning, KU was considered a “bubble” team in 1988 having received an at-large NCAA Tournament bid and entering the event unranked in the national polls.

Following the Kansas-TCU contest there will be an invite-only dinner for the former KU coaches, players and managers.

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