The University of Kansas
When it comes to college basketball, the University of Kansas is a living dynasty. But of course it helps when your first-ever head coach is the inventor of basketball, James Naismith. The Jayhawks’ home, Allen Fieldhouse, is well decorated in banners — over 50 Conference Championships and five National Championships. Along with the longest streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, KU is known for its die-hard fans and the famous “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” chant.
Nickname:
Jayhawks
Top Rivals:
Kansas State University, University of Missouri
Style Facts:
During KU’s first 40-plus years, the school didn’t have an official mascot. And during the earliest seasons of KU football, a pig and, later, a bulldog were used. The term Jayhawk has been a popular term in Kansas since the mid-1800s. The crimson and blue Jayhawk was later adopted by KU and has gone through several updates in over a century of existence.