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.
|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|