Looking back at KU basketball's milestone victories


It’s easy to gloss over a victory as historically significant as all-time win No. 2,200 when you consider the fact that the most experienced players on the current roster who delivered it only have been around for an average of less than 100 of those and the coach leading the way only 400.

But just because two of the players wearing KU uniforms today have been a part of just 14 of those 2,200 victories does not mean that the win — 85-68 over Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse — was not a major milestone to the thousands and thousands of KU fans who have screamed, yelled, cheered and rejoiced about more than half of those wins during their lifetimes.

Give the current Jayhawks credit for both recognizing the significance of Saturday’s 2,200th win and for having the respect to realize it’s not in any way about them and only them. And give senior point guard Frank Mason III major credit for offering the following four words as his final comment on the matter: “there’s more to come.”

Talk about a guy who gets it. Sure, being a part of win No. 2,200 was nice and likely will be something these guys look back on — many years from now — as one of the many, many cool parts of their Kansas careers.

But the objective today, as it has been year in and year out, week in and week out, for as long as anyone can remember is to find a way to bring more victories not celebrate wins gone by.

Bill Self now has been around for four milestone victories and if he's still the Kansas coach when the Jayhawks reach win No. 2,300, he'll tie Phog Allen and Roy Williams as the head coaches to deliver the most milestone wins in Kansas history.

With that in mind, here’s a quick look back at the major milestone wins, from 1 to 2,200, that Kansas basketball has achieved in the past 118 years.

Win Date Site Coach Opponent
1 Feb. 10, 1899 Lawrence James Naismith 31-6 vs. Topeka YMCA
100 Jan. 15, 1910 St. Louis W.O. Hamilton 34-13 vs. Washington (Mo.)
200 Jan. 24, 1917 Lawrence W.O. Hamilton 27-19 vs. Kansas State
300 Feb. 9, 1925 Lawrence Phog Allen 33-18 vs. Iowa State
400 Jan. 2, 1933 Lawrence Phog Allen 34-28 vs. Stanford
500 Jan. 18, 1939 Lawrence Phog Allen 37-32 vs. Missouri
600 Jan. 30, 1945 Lawrence Phog Allen 39-36 vs. Kansas State
700 Dec. 29, 1951 Kansas City, Mo. Phog Allen 75-65 vs. Missouri
800 March 15, 1957 Dallas Dick Harp 73-65 vs. SMU
900 Dec. 1, 1964 Fayetteville, Ark. Ted Owens 65-60 vs. Arkansas
1,000 Feb. 3, 1969 Lawrence Ted Owens 64-48 vs. Oklahoma State
1,100 Jan. 25, 1975 Lawrence Ted Owens 71-60 vs. Oklahoma State
1,200 Dec. 1, 1980 Lawrence Ted Owens 81-67 vs. Pepperdine
1,300 Dec. 3, 1985 Lawrence Larry Brown 86-71 vs. SIU-Edwardsville
1,400 Feb. 25, 1989 Lawrence Roy Williams 111-83 vs. Colorado
1,500 Jan. 16, 1993 Louisville, Ky Roy Williams 98-77 vs. Louisville
1,600 Nov. 27, 1996 Maui, Hawaii Roy Williams 80-63 vs. Virginia
1,700 Jan. 8, 2000 Boulder, Colo. Roy Williams 84-69 vs. Colorado
1,800 March 29, 2003 Anaheim, Calif. Roy Williams 78-75 vs. Arizona
1,900 March 3, 2007 Lawrence Bill Self 90-86 vs. Texas
2,000 March 11, 2010 Kansas City, Mo. Bill Self 80-68 vs. Texas Tech
2,100 March 24, 2013 Kansas City, Mo. Bill Self 70-58 vs. North Carolina
2,200 Jan. 7, 2017 Lawrence Bill Self 85-68 vs. Texas Tech


Bryce Landon 4 years, 9 months ago

To be only the second to win 2200 games is quite a feat, and speaks in large part to how consistent of a coach we have in Bill Self and how consistent this program has been for the most part since Larry Brown replaced Ted Owens. Also consider that, prior to the mid-1980s, seasons weren't as long as they are today, and we weren't a dominant program under Dick Harp or Ted Owens. Even Phog Allen had losing seasons along the way. And in Larry Brown's five seasons as KU coach, he had three seasons with 10 or 11 losses. The pace of our success has accelerated since the end of the Ted Owens era.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 9 months ago

And when you consider the team that was first to reach that milestone plays in a weak-sister conference where wins are considerably easier...

Len Shaffer 4 years, 9 months ago

I hadn't realized that I was actually at KU's 1,500th win, in Louisville, with my friend Brian Wilson.

Brian, did you know that we were there for 1,500?

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

I was there too. My sister and brother-in-law (golden gopher) were living there, and got me tickets as a gift. We sat in the middle of a bunch of cardinal fans that were loud and proud til something short of half-time. The 2nd half was mostly jokes about being pummeled. Fun game. Best is being able to chant on the road.

Brian Mellor 4 years, 9 months ago

Was there a rule change between 1945 and 1951 that would account for the apparent doubling of score from the previous results? I would have guessed shot clock but that wasn't adopted until much later by Men's Basketball.

John Myers 4 years, 9 months ago

Found a list of rule changes on a Syracuse hoops site that said that defensive goal tending was banned in 1944-45. That would definitely have an impact if previously you could just jump up and swat any shot away. Maybe that's the one?

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

It was much earlier I believe when they switched away from having a jump ball after every basket. The reason for some of the early really lopsided scores it would seem.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

Great video! Thomas' block is 1 of my favorites. While it isn't a particular #, it is one of my all time favorites. Also love the last game before Paige & Doomsville; Hearn and ???

Mike Greer 4 years, 9 months ago

Granted the season's a little longer and the tournament's added an extra round or two, but Williams and Self have been on a hellish pace. I guess 30+ win seasons can do that for you.

Thad Daugherty 4 years, 9 months ago

Not a milestone victory but the best game I saw at AFH was UCLA. Wow what a comeback.

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