Despite their loss in the Big 12 semifinals, the Jayhawks don’t have to worry about not hearing their name Sunday when the bracket is revealed.
Kansas will make its 25th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the longest active streak in the country.
The last time the Jayhawks didn’t play in the tournament was in 1989, Roy Williams’ first season in Lawrence. KU was prohibited from defending its 1988 national title because of probation.
KU will move into a tie with Arizona from 1985 to 2009 for the second-longest streak in history.
If they reach the tournament through 2016, the Jayhawks will tie North Carolina for the record of 27 straight trips. The Tar Heels made it every season from 1975 through 2001. Impressively, that streak began when the tournament field had only 32 teams.
Other schools extending double-digit streaks this season will be Duke (18 years), Michigan State (16), Gonzaga (15) and Wisconsin (15).
Streaks that are likely to end are Marquette (eight years), Temple (six), Missouri (five), Georgetown (four), Notre Dame (four) and UNLV (four).
If Kansas State is selected as expected, the Wildcats will set a program record with their fifth straight trip. K-State also went to four straight tourneys from 1987-90. The five straight NCAA appearances will likely be tied for the ninth-best active streak in the country.
Wichita State has already clinched its school-record third straight NCAA appearance.
Heading into this season, 24 teams had streaks of three or more years in the NCAA Tournament.