The KU men’s basketball team won the 1988 NCAA Divison I Men’s Basketball Tournament on April 4, 1988. The Jayhawks defeated Big 8 foe Oklahoma 83-79 in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 National Champions, we collected everything we’ve ever written about that season: the players, the fans, the students, and the history of one of the greatest runs the NCAA tournament has ever seen.
Jayhawk legend Danny Manning shares a first-person view of what it means to become a champion.
Five years ago, we asked alumni and fans to share their experiences of the 1988 championship, and did they ever deliver.
We asked our staff for their memories, too. Some of which were even at the game that night in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.
A piece of KU history began 30 years ago when a group of students were bored in class. Watch the video on the origins of the banner, and read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the filming.
NPR’s “Weekend Edition” recalls the rare time when Kansas was the true underdog. Jeff Gueldner, b’91, Clint Normore, ’89, and Milt Newton, d’89, g’93, share their memories of the season.
All KU students love their Jayhawks, but this group of superfans had specific routines that are still remembered today.
For the 25th anniversary, Kurt Messersmith, j’89, produced “The Miracles”, a documentary to give fans a look back at the 1988 title team.
We sat down with the executive producer of the documentary to hear about his experience.