The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country with 3 NCAA Tournament championships and 5 overall national championships, as well being a National Runner-Up six times. Kansas is the all-time consecutive conference titles record holder with 14 consecutive titles, which is an active streak.
The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game, James Naismith. Naismith, coincidentally, is the only coach in Kansas basketball history with a losing record. The Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Politician Bob Dole also played basketball at Kansas.