Misconception

KU and UK are synonymous

The Facts

Kansas Jayhawk IconKU stands for the University of Kansas (*), one of the top collegiate basketball programs of all time. They have a rich tradition and have had some of the greatest names in the game, including coaches Dr. James Naismith and Phog Allen and player Wilt Chamberlain. They play in Phog Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most intimidating places to play in the country. Currently, they are a perennial contender for the National Championship, led by their excellent coach Roy Williams.


#UK stands for the University of Kentucky, one of the top collegiate basketball programs of all time. They have a rich tradition and have had some of the greatest names in the game including coach Adolph Rupp and player Dan Issel. They play in Rupp Arena, one of the most intimidating places to play in the country. Currently, they are a perennial contender for the National Championship, led by their excellent coach Tubby Smith.


Never get these confused !!!

To confuse you a little, Adolph Rupp was a player for KU


Even back then, they were confused. Adolph Rupp with his former coach at Kansas, Forrest "Phog" Allen.

Check out Kentucky's record against Kansas.

(*) some may then ask why does the University of Kansas call themselves 'KU' and not 'UK' ? That a fair question, and one which many others have wondered too. After seaching through places like dejanews to no avail, I decided to go directly to the source. Here's the best answer I could find to date:

Return to Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Page.

Jon Scott