Kansas Jayhawks
1988 NCAA Basketball Champions

A look back

On April 4, 1988, a Kansas Jayhawk Basketball team that had entered the NCAA Tournament unranked faced the powerful Oklahoma Sooners, a team that had twice beaten the Jayhawks during the regular season, for the National Championship. OU was picked to win by nearly everyone. But KU had Danny Manning and a stable of scrappy role players, and in one of the finest games in Final Four history, the Jayhawks won the National Championship 83-79.

Here is how it happened...........

The Numbers

The Champiohship Game Box Score
Team Season Ending Stats

Shot Charts

Play by Play

Player Stats
(from Dave Sieverlings excellent site)

Danny Manning Sr 6-10 F/C
Archie Marshall Sr 6-6 F
Kevin Pritchard So 6-3 G
Chris Piper Sr 6-8 F
Milt Newton Jr 6-5 F/G
Scooter Barry Jr 6-3 G
Lincoln Minor Jr 6-3 G
Clint Normore Jr 6-0 G
Jeff Gueldner So 6-5 G
Keith Harris So 6-5 F
Mike Maddox Fr 6-7 F

Special thanks to Sarah Duckers, Jack Alden and Brad Garrett for providing the text of the articles featured on this site.

What the Media Had to Say

The Lawrence Journal World

We're Number 1
Kansas is NCAA Champion
KU players waiting for win to sink in
Kansas Notes

The Kansas City Times

Your did it, Jayhawks!
Kansas completes a dream season
In the end, it was all Manning

The Kansas City Star

KU strategy frustrates Oklahoma
In triumph, Brown goes with flow
The first half will hold spot in history

Sports Illustrated


USA Today

Slipper fits; Kansas Wins

Sooners out-Manninged by Jayhawks

With game plan in mind, nothing distracted Brown

Manning their gun, Jayhawks fly in face of skeptics, history

Kansas Gets Third Shot at Oklahoma

Tonight's Championship Game - How they Match-Up

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