It ranks among the top 10 wins at Kansas in program history (2023)

Later today, Kansas has a chance to make history. The Wildcats face the Horned Frogs for the second time this season against TCU

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Kansas has a chance to make history. Facing TCU for the second time this season, the Wildcats battle the Horned Frogs for their third Big 12 title. The last time was in 2012, the current offensive coordinatorColin KleinAn important catalyst for a team that took several seasons to build. Going into its first Big 12 Championship in 2003, the team had tremendous potential, but didn't break through until they beat "the greatest team in college football history," Oklahoma.

How important are these championships? Enough to officially put Kansas State on the map and add to not just the football program, but the entire university. But the question is, which games played the biggest role in the rise of Kansas football?

Was it the victory in 2003? Did Bill Snyder's first win as head coach in 1989 end a long losing streak? With endless possibilities for the most meaningful game in Kansas history, this list is hard to put together and even harder to get fans to fully agree on.

Ahead of the game between Kansas and TCU, we offer a comprehensive list of the 10 most significant victories in Kansas history. Which game should be number one? Which games should be included? Let us know what you think in the comments section and on our VIP message board, Wabash Station.

10. 2019. Oklahoma


Fraction:Kansas State University 48-41

Why is it important:even if it isn'tChris KleemanIt was his first big win as a head coach in the 2019 season, his biggest, and probably still is. Enter the tax number. Oklahoma, No. 5 nationally, was the favorite and Kansas had an early lead but held on. Skylar Thompson scored four rushing touchdowns in the hard-fought victory. A win will prove that Klieman can coach at the FBS level and will be a sign that K-State has become a major player in the Big 12 under his leadership.



9. 2005. Missouri



Why is it important:It was Bill Snyder's last game as coach of the Wildcats. After a disappointing season, K-State defeated the Tigers with the game-winning INT late return by Brandon Archer. Most importantly, the win is symbolic of what Snyder has built during his time as coach. Building a program from the ground up, this thrilling victory marked the end of the career of one of the greatest coaches in college football history ... or so we thought.



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8. 1989 North Texas



Why is it important:In his first season as head coach, Snyder posted a multi-season 30-game winless streak and earned Kansas State the nickname "Futility U." Led by a group of hardy young men who became known as the "Foundations," Snyder's first victory was sealed by Karl Straw as a Frank Hernandez moment when officials changed plans. Without this win, who knows when the streak will end and if K-State will be as successful as it was in the 90's.



7. Nebraska i 2000



Why is it important:After several successful seasons, including its first win over Nebraska in 30 years in 1998, 2000 proved that victory was no fluke. Jonathoan Beasley connected with Quincy Morgan to help K-State beat the Huskers in the snow for their second Big 12 North title in three seasons. This officially established K-State's dominance in the Big 12 and the country as a whole.



6. 1998 Texas



Why is it important:The Wildcats did more than destroy the Texas Longhorns on this day. they had the future Heisman Trophy winnerRicky Williams25 carries for 43 yards, welcoming Texas to the Big 12 and beating them for the first time since 1926. The win launched K-State on a historic season in which they claimed multiple firsts and finished the regular season undefeated.

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5. Cotton bowl 2000

Place:Dallas, Texas


Why is it important:After losing the Big 12 championship game, Kansas State responded with a big win over Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 2001. In a blizzard masterfully orchestrated by Beasley, the Wildcats overcame the might of the SEC to win the school's second-biggest bowl game history. The win helped K-State finish the season ranked eighth in the nation.



4. Carnival Cup 1997

Place:Tempe, Arizona


Why is it important:defeated byDonovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles' future quarterback, ismichael biskupHe starred at Kansas State on this day. Bishop won Offensive Player of the Game, a win that marked the best season in school history. 1997 started three straight 11-win seasons for Bill Snyder's Wildcats. With the win, K-State finished the season 11-1 and set itself up for the most historic season in history: 1998.



3. 2012. West Virginia

Place:Morgantown, WV


Why is it important:After a 2011 season in which Snyder's second term finally got underway and a Cotton Bowl appearance, the 2012 season made the Wildcats look like a national power again. enter the race against a Heisman contenderJano Smedand West Virginia,Colin KleinHe leaves as a Heisman contender. The game would cement his status as one of Kansas State's all-time greats and announce to the nation that Kansas State was a national title contender in 2012. Although the Cats fell short, they would finish the season as Big 12 champions.


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2. 1998 Nebraska



Why is it important:Entering the game, K-State was 9-0 ranked No. 1 in the nation, beat the Huskers, snapped one of the nation's longest losing streaks and announced to the nation that Kansas was for real. The team went 10-0 at Missouri and finished the season 11-0, within one win of the national championship, before losing in heartbreaking fashion in the Big 12 title. However, the win over Nebraska officially marked Bill Snder's ascension to the mountain in Manhattan.



1. 2003 Big 12 Champion

Place:Kansas City, Missouri


Why is it important:Entering the game as huge underdogs, many thought it was impossible for the Wildcats to beat the No. 1. 1 home team. It burns as soon as it comes outrobertson'sIDarren SprouseLed Kansas State to its first Big 12 championship in school history. Oklahoma still reached the national championship game, and Kansas State came away with the division title, telling the nation that after all the success Snyder and the Wildcats have had, they finally have some substantial hardware to add a trophy to.



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These matches made the list but did not make it to the finals. They are listed by date of play.

1993: Copper bowl

1994: Kansas

1995: Holiday Cup

2002: Holiday Cup

2010: Texas

2011: Miami

2011: Texas A&M University

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2012: Texas

2019: Mississippi State

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How many all time wins does Kansas have? ›

Kansas ranks first all-time in NCAA Division I wins with 2,357 wins (as of the last complete season), against 877 losses (. 729 all time winning %, third all-time).

What is the first four in NCAA tournament? ›

In its current format, the First Four consists of eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers, and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams. Each subset plays against itself (i.e., at-large teams face at-large teams, and automatic qualifiers face automatic qualifiers).

How many teams get into the NCAA Tournament? ›

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is made up of 68 teams. On Selection Sunday, before any tournament game is played, those teams are ranked 1 through 68 by the Selection Committee, with the best team in college basketball — based on regular season and conference tournament performance — sitting at No. 1.

How do you make a NCAA bracket? ›

Playing is simple
  1. Go to Tournament Challenge; click "Create New Bracket"
  2. Click "Edit your entry settings here." Select a name for your bracket; click "Save Settings.
  3. (Optional) Create a group to play against your friends, family, coworkers or others; click "Create Group."
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What is the winningest program NCAA history? ›

It includes teams from the NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Division I-Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, and Division III. Measured in winning percentage, the Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders (Division III) lead all other programs with a winning percentage of . 859.

Who has more wins Kansas or Kentucky? ›

Kentucky has a sizable lead in the head-to-head series against the Jayhawks. UK leads KU 24-10 overall entering Saturday's game. The Jayhawks, however, are 7-5 versus the Wildcats in the 20-year Self era — 3-0 vs Tubby Smith-coached Kentucky teams and 4-5 versus UK teams led by John Calipari.

Which school has received the most number 1 seeds in tournament history? ›

In the decades since then, 49 different teams have earned a 1 seed. Of those, only 23 have done it more than twice. But none have started the tournament on the top line more than North Carolina.

Which coach has won the most NCAA Tournament games? ›

Tournament Game Wins
Jim CalhounUConn49
John WoodenUCLA47
Lute OlsonIowa, Arizona46
Bob KnightIndiana, Texas Tech45
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What is a quad 1 win in NCAA? ›

Quadrant one wins are those home games vs. teams RPI ranked 1-30, neutral games vs. 1-50, and away games vs. 1–75. For example, a home win against a top 30 team would qualify as a quadrant one victory.

How many Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament? ›

– Eight Big Ten schools have been selected to compete in the 2023 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, it was announced Sunday on the NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Show on CBS.

What does last four in First Four out mean? ›

He broke it down into further categories: the Last Four In and the First Four Out. As the names imply, the Last Four In teams are those that have a spot in the NCAA Tournament — for now — while the First Four Out are those that would just barely be left out of the field if the tournament started today.

What is the best way to score NCAA bracket? ›

The most common method is to award 1 point for correct predictions in the first round, 2 in the second round, 4 in the third, 8 in the fourth, 16 in the fifth, and 32 in the sixth and final round. However, you could also go with a point scheme like 1-2-3-4-5-6 to make each round weighted more evenly.

How do I score my NCAA bracket? ›

Here is a scoring breakdown for each round of play:
  1. First Round: 1 point.
  2. Second Round: 2 points.
  3. Sweet 16: 4 points.
  4. Elite 8: 8 points.
  5. Final Four: 16 points.
  6. Championship: 32 points.

How does seeding work in NCAA tournament? ›

Seeding Teams. The committee will create a “seed list” (i.e. rank of the teams in “true seeds” 1 through 68) which reflects the relative qualitative assessment of the field in descending order, and is used to assess competitive balance of the top teams across the four regions of the championship.

Who has the most 10 win seasons in college football history? ›

In the history college football, no team has more 10-win seasons than Oklahoma. The Sooners have amassed 41 seasons with 10 or more victories, including a nation-leading 18 since 2000. OU also leads the nation with 27 seasons of at least 11 wins.

What's the oldest college football team? ›

The University of Southern California first fielded an American football team in 1888. Playing its first game on November 14 of that year against the Alliance Athletic Club, in which USC gained a 16–0 victory. Frank Suffel and Henry H.

What is the longest streak in NCAA history? ›

In 22 seasons as the top man in Spokane, coach Mark Few has reached the NCAA tournament every year and never won fewer than 23 games in a season. The Zags' impressive NCAA tournament streak actually started in 1999, when Few was an assistant to Dan Monson. That team won 28 games and reached the Elite Eight.

Who is Kansas biggest rival? ›

Kansas State University is Kansas' in-state rival. The series between Kansas and Kansas State is known as the Sunflower Showdown.

Is Kansas the number one seed? ›

DES MOINES, Iowa – No. 1 seed Kansas (28-7) continues its defense of its 2022 ] National Championship against No. 8 seed Arkansas (21-13) on Saturday, March 18, at 4:15 p.m. CT, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Has Kansas ever beat Kansas State? ›

On November 1, 1980, Kansas defeated Kansas State 20–18 in Manhattan, Kansas to take a 9–3 lead in the first dozen years the Governor's Cup was awarded.

Has an 8th seed ever beat a 1st seed? ›

The Oklahoma City Thunder were a win away from making the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2020, but it wasn't to be. In the finale of the NBA play-in tournament, the Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-95.

What was the lowest seed to ever win the tournament? ›

However, FAU could become the lowest-seeded team to hoist a national championship, as it's never been done by a 9-seed. The No. 8-seeded 1985 Villanova Wildcats are the lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament.

Has there been an elite 8 with no 1 seeds? ›

On average, three of the four #1 seeds make it to the Elite Eight each year. There has only been one occurrence in history in which no #1 seeds made the Elite Eight (2023).

What coach has the longest streak in the NCAA Tournament? ›

Most Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances (Head Coach)
  • Tom Izzo — 25 (1998-Present; Michigan State)
  • Mike Krzyzewski — 24 (1996-2019; Duke)
  • Bill Self — 24 (1999-Present; Tulsa, Illinois, Kansas)
  • Dean Smith — 23 (1975-1997; North Carolina)
  • Mark Few — 21 (2000-Present; Gonzaga)
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Has a first time coach ever won the NCAA Tournament? ›

The answer is technically yes. To date, the only time a first-time college basketball head coach has won a national championship in his first year on the job came in 1989 when Steve Fisher took over the Michigan Wolverines in the interim.

Who has the most NCAA Tournament wins without a title? ›

The schools with the most NCAA Tournament wins, without a title, are OU (41), Illinois (40), Notre Dame (37), Texas (35), Purdue (34), Kansas State (33) and Temple (33). Here are the schools with at least 10 NCAA Tournament victories: Kentucky 121-49.

What is a Quad 1 record? ›

Typically, a quadrant 1 win is considered a "good win", while a quadrant 4 loss is considered a "bad loss". The quadrants are defined as follows: Quadrant 1: Home games vs. RPI teams ranked in the top 30; neutral games vs. 1-50; away games vs.

What is a quad 3 win? ›

QUADRANT 3. This is the most likely category for a team to suffer a “bad” loss. Quadrant 3 includes home games against teams ranked Nos. 76-160 in NET, neutral-site games against teams ranked Nos.

Does UNC have a Quad 1 win? ›

Ohio State's win over Michigan State gives UNC a quad 1 win.

How many Big 10 teams will make the 2023 NCAA Tournament? ›

With Selection Sunday in the books, how many Big Ten teams have qualified for the men's basketball 2023 NCAA Tournament? Eight Big Ten teams made the NCAA Tournament this year. Rutgers was the top team in the conference to miss the Big Dance.

What Big Ten teams are still in the NCAA Tournament 2023? ›

The Big Ten will send a nation-leading eight teams to the 2023 NCAA Tournament, as Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue will be taking part in this year's tournament.

How many Big Ten teams are left in the NCAA Tournament 2023? ›

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How many Final Four combinations are there? ›

With 16 teams still alive in the NCAA men's tournament, there are 256 potential Final Four combinations left.

What is 4 0 in basketball? ›

In basketball, a “4-0” is the result of winning four games in a row.

What does 4 out mean in basketball? ›

The 4-out 1-in motion offense (also known as '41') is one of the most popular and versatile basketball offenses in today's game at all levels. As the name suggests, this offense consists of 4 players spaced out behind the three-point line and 1 post player inside.

Who is favored to win the 2023 NCAA tournament? ›

NCAA Tournament 2023 Odds: UConn Betting Favorite To Win Men's Title Ahead of Elite 8.

What is the round of 32 called? ›

0. Abbie ParrAFP. The Sweet 16 is the commonly used name for the regional semifinal round of the NCAA tournament. Teams that make it to the Sweet 16 previously won in the second round, or the round of 32, and the winners of Sweet 16 matchups move on to the Elite Eight.

What are the odds for 16 seed to beat 1 seed? ›

Top seeds own a 150-2 all-time record against 16 seeds. FDU vs. Purdue was the last 16-1 game that was played, and it's only the second time the upset has happened. That means 16-seeds have a 1.32 winning percentage against 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

Has there been any perfect brackets? ›

In 2022, no entry submitted to a major online bracket game was able to stay perfect past the 28th contest of the tournament, where No. 11 Iowa State beat No. 6 LSU in the first round.

What are the odds of getting a bracket in the NCAA men's tournament? ›

How crazy small is the chance? Here's the TL/DR version of the odds of a perfect NCAA bracket: 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (if you just guess or flip a coin) 1 in 120.2 billion (if you know a little something about basketball)

How many upsets are there usually in March Madness? ›

Using this definition of an upset, in 28 of the last 36 seasons there have been between 10 and 16 upsets in the NCAA tournament. The annual average is roughly 12.4 upsets.

What does perfect NCAA bracket mean? ›

Having a perfect bracket means that must be 100% correct in all of your picks, including all of the inevitable upsets (when a lower ranked team defeats a higher ranked team) that occur every year.

How do tournament brackets work? ›

All teams start out in the W bracket for the first round. The losers of the first round move to the L bracket. The losers of the matchups in the L bracket are eliminated. The winners in the L bracket play the losers of subsequent rounds from the W bracket.

What is bracket challenge? ›

Every year, sports fans participate in March Madness bracket challenges, where they attempt to outguess their peers in predicting the winning teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

What does First Four out mean? ›

The First Four is the official start to March Madness: four games played earlier in the week before the Round of 64 in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament.

Why aren t the First Four all 16 seeds? ›

While the 16 seeds are the lowest-seeded teams, the 11 seeds in the First Four are the Last Four In, or the last four at-large teams that did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament.

What does number 1 seed mean? ›

What does a No. 1 seed mean in March Madness? The teams with a No. 1 seed are typically the best in college basketball and are determined by a number of factors, preeminently regular-season record and conference tournament performance.

How many times has Kansas been a 1 seed? ›

KU has been a No. 1 seed in 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11-13-16-17-18-22-23. Kansas is 46-13 all-time as a No. 1 seed.

How many times has Kansas State beat Kansas? ›

The Jayhawks hold a 170-88 all-time series advantage over the Wildcats, including a 77-34 mark in games played in Lawrence and a 36-17 record in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas State's last win in the series was 68-64 in Lawrence on Jan.

How many Big 12 football wins does Kansas have? ›

Kansas won its 21st Big 12 and NCAA-leading 64th all-time conference regular-season title in 2023, the 17th under Bill Self. Last season, Kansas became the all-time winningest program in NCAA Division I, currently at 2,384 victories.

What team has the most wins in men's college basketball? ›

This is a list of top NCAA Division I Men's basketball teams ranked by the number of wins through the end of the last completed season, 2022–23.
List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball.
First Season1898
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Has a 16th seed ever beat a 1 seed? ›

UMBC became the first 16 seed ever to upset a No. 1 seed in 2018, when the Retrievers defeated Virginia and became an overnight sensation. In 2023, FDU became just the second 16 seed to knock off a No. 1, shocking Purdue.

How many times has Kansas lost in the second round? ›

The Jayhawks have won two national championships as a No. 1 seed -- in 2008 and last season -- but they also have three second-round losses from that lofty spot.

Who is Kansas state's biggest rival? ›

Kansas State Wildcats football
RivalriesKansas (rivalry) Iowa State(rivalry) Colorado(rivalry) Nebraska(rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans14
Current uniform
ColorsRoyal purple and white
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What is Kansas longest home winning streak? ›

The program record is 69-straight home wins from Feb. 7, 2007, to Jan. 22, 2011.

Has Kansas State ever swept KU in basketball? ›

KSU in Allen … KU has not been swept in the two-game regular season series by KSU since 1982-83. … KU which lost its last home game (to TCU), has never lost two games in a row at Allen in the 20-year Self era. KU last lost two straight games in Allen during the 1988-89 season, Roy Williams' first season at KU.

How many quadrant 1 wins does Kansas have? ›

Kansas is No. 1 in NET Strength of Schedule and its 17 Quadrant 1 wins are the most in NCAA Division I.

Has Kansas ever had a good football team? ›

The most successful era for Kansas football was 1890 to 1952, when the program recorded four undefeated seasons and posted an overall . 603 winning percentage, over 300 wins, several conference championships, and made major bowl appearances.

When was the last time KU football went 4-0? ›

It is hard to act like you've been there before when it has been *this* long since Kansas football has been a winning program. Behind quarterback Jalon Daniels, Kansas beat Duke 35-27 on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd to move to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.

What was the last college team to go undefeated in men's basketball? ›

The first came in 1951, when Lou Rossini led Columbia to a 21-0 regular season and an Ivy League championship. But the Lions would fall to No. 5 Illinois 79-71 in the first round of the tournament. The most recent undefeated regular season was in 2021, when Gonzaga went 24-0.

What coach has the most NCAA Tournament wins? ›

Mike Krzyzewski has the most NCAA Tournaments wins by a coach. He won 101 tourney games in 42 seasons as Duke coach. No other coach has more than 77 wins (Roy Williams), and no active coach has more than 61 wins (Jim Boeheim). Coach K also ranks first among coaches for most Final Four appearances.

Which women's team has won the most NCAA championships? ›

Louisiana Tech was the first NCAA champion in Division I women's basketball, defeating Cheyney 76-62 in 1982 in the first title game in Norfolk, Virginia. But UConn has the most titles with 11, most recently taking the crown in 2016. Here's a look at the women's basketball teams with the most national championships.


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