Courtesy Mike Yoder (ljworld.com)
The biggest reason why Danny Manning's commitment to Kansas was so vital is the team's NCAA tournament run in 1988.
Known as "Danny and the Miracles," the Jayhawks were a mere No. 6 seed after going 27-11 prior to the tourney. However, they would come away as one of the lowest seeds to ever win the Big Dance.
Led by Manning's 24.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, the Jayhawks found a way to string together six straight victories.
Starting with a 13-point blowout of No. 11 Xavier, the team moved on to beat No. 14 Murray State (61-58), No. 7 Vanderbilt (77-64) and No. 4 Kansas State (71-58) to come out of their region on top.
The team then moved into the Final Four with a matchup against No. 2 Duke, where the team found a way to come out on top, winning 66-59.
Moving into a national championship game matchup with No. 1 Oklahoma, Manning led the team to a 83-79 victory to win it all.
No one would have pegged Kansas to win the NCAA tournament in 1988, but they did it on the back of superstar Danny Manning.