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Memories of '87-'88

With the 20th anniversary of KU's title run in the 1987-88 season upon us, KUSports.com and the Lawrence Journal-World is digging up our coverage from the year of Danny and the Miracles. This will be your one-stop source all season for what was happening on any given day in the world of KU basketball 20 years ago. We'll have stories, columns and photos from the Journal-World, podcasts with Chuck Woodling, Gary Bedore and Mark Fagan, who were there every step of the way in '87-'88, and visit with members of the team as they celebrate the anniversary of a season which created lifelong memories for thousands.
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In rematch vs. TCU, Jayhawks bring back bit of history for milestone

The Kansas University men's basketball team will wear 1988 throwback jerseys today against TCU as part of a 115 Years of KU Basketball celebration that will also honor the KU title team's 25-year anniversary. By Gary Bedore

Keegan: Tubbs tickled for KU

When a college basketball coach speaks into a microphone, it's not too difficult to guess the forthcoming words. Winning coach: "First off, I'd just like to congratulate Whatsamatta U for a great effort tonight. That is one really well-coached basketball team. He does a terrific job with those kids." Losing coach: "We got great shots; we just weren't knocking them down tonight."

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Current Jayhawks thrilled to meet past greats

Ed Manning, assistant coach on Kansas University's 1988 national title team and Dave Robisch, star of the 1971 Final Four squad, shook hands with Darrell Arthur as KU's sophomore forward stepped onto the court for Friday's practice in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU champs aim to 'take over' NBA

Members of 1988 basketball team rising as executives in league

Kevin Pritchard is convinced one of his teammates will join him atop an NBA franchise's front office. That would make three players or staffers from Kansas University's 1988 NCAA championship team to ascend to the top rung of an NBA team's executive ladder. "Milt (Newton) will be an NBA GM, no doubt about it," said Pritchard, general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers. "He will be a great GM."

20 years older, still champs

1988's wonder team credits life skills learned on court

It's been nearly 20 years since Chris Piper, Kevin Pritchard, Milt Newton, Jeff Gueldner and Danny Manning closed their last season together with six straight victories to win an NCAA championship. And they're still winning. The five starters from that 83-79 victory over Oklahoma in Kansas City, Mo., are continuing to post success in their professional pursuits, from basketball to banking, cars to custom-made glassware.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 100, Baylor 90

Tying up loose ends from KU's track meet-style win over Baylor Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks overcame a slow start to have their most prolific 20-minute performance of the year after halftime, scoring 64 points in the second half.

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Then and now

Manning: Current Jayhawks better than '88

Danny Manning, who led Kansas University's basketball team to the 1988 NCAA title, believes the 2007-08 Jayhawks have what it takes to cut down the nets April 7 in San Antonio. "Absolutely," KU assistant coach Manning said Wednesday. "But we are one of quite a few (teams) who could say the same thing."

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Kansas is NCAA champion

Jayhawks follow Manning to 83-79 win over Oklahoma

Seems Danny Manning, basketball-player deluxe, is also a poet. And not a bad one at that. Get a load of the verse Kansas' 6-10 senior recited moments after the Jayhawks' resounding 83-79 national championship -- sounds sweet, doesn't it? -- victory over Oklahoma on Monday night at Kemper Arena: "To all the people who said it coulldn't be done ... we're national champions, we're No. 1 ... how do you like us now?" bellowed Manning, who somehow mustered the energy to create rhyme, following his one-for-the-ages 31-point, career-high 18-rebound effort.

KU players waiting for win to sink in

He was the only Kansas basketball player who didn't step on the floor during the NCAA championship game. Marvin Mattox didn't care, though.

KU dream comes true, 66-59

Jayhawks deck Duke, reach final

Wake me when it's over . . . "This has been a dream season," smiled Danny Manning. "Hopefully, the dream will last a little bit longer." One game . . . that's how close Kansas - remember when the Jayhawks were wondering if they'd receive an NIT bid? - is to its first NCAA basketball championship since 1952.

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