1951–52 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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1951–52 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
Conference Big Seven Conference
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 8
1951–52 record 28–3 (11–1 Big Seven)
Head coach Phog Allen
Assistant coach Dick Harp
Home arena Hoch Auditorium

The 1951–52 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 1951–52 NCAA Division I men's basketball season season, which was the Jayhawks' 55th basketball season. The Jayhawks were led by legendary coach Phog Allen in his 36th season overall, 34th consecutive. He guided Kansas to its first NCAA Tournament championship, their 3rd National Championship overall, behind center Clyde Lovellette, who scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in an 80-63 victory over St. John's in the title game. Lovellette became the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring while leading his team to the national championship in the same season. Also on the team was Dean Smith, who later went on to a Hall of Fame coaching career at North Carolina.


NCAA tournament[edit]

  • West
    • Kansas 68, TCU 64
    • Kansas 74, St Louis 55
  • Final Four
    • Kansas 74, Santa Clara 55
    • Kansas 80, St. Johns 63


Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 9 Clyde Lovellette Minneapolis Lakers



  1. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1952
  2. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-05-08.