The 1988 NCAA national-champion Jayhawks
From left, KU's Danny Manning, team manager Bill Pope, Chris Piper and Archie Marshall celebrate a Jayhawk victory from the bench during the 1988 season. .
KU senior Chris Piper sits on the bench next to graduate assistant Mark Turgeon. Piper, who battled groin and knee woes during the 1988 season, averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the year, culminating in a National Championship for the Jayhawks.
Chris Piper (24) goes up in traffic for a rebound against Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 3, 1988. The Jayhawks fell to the Sooners, 73-65. The Jayhawks would meet the Sooners again in the NCAA National Championship title game defeating OU 83-79.
Danny Manning (25) and Chris Piper (24) defend in the post against K-State late in a game in Manhattan during the 1987-88 season.
From left, Milt Newton, Chris Piper, Clint Normore and Mike Masucci watch from the bench in the waning moments of KU's Jan. 30 loss to K-State in Allen Fieldhouse in 1988. The 72-61 setback snapped the Jayhawks' 55-game home court winning streak.
Chris Piper (24) battles for a rebound with Oklahoma State's Richard Dumas (21) in the Big 8 Tournament opener on March 11, 1988 in Kemper Arena. KU knocked off OSU, 74-58.
Kansas Jayhawks, from left, Chris Piper, Milt Newton, Scooter Barry and Danny Manning huddle during their NCAA tournament semifinal victory over Duke in Kansas City, Mo.
Chris Piper denies a Xavier University player entry into the paint in a first-round game to open the 1988 NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Neb.
Injured Kansas player Archie Marshall, left, congratulates Chris Piper (24) during a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Lincoln, Neb. in March of 1988.
Murray State's Don Mann tries to work around KU's Scooter Barry, left, and Chris Piper, right, during a second-round matchup in the 1988 NCAA Tournament. In background at center is Milt Newton.
Milt Newton, center, congratulates teammate Chris Piper during KU's 66-59 win over Duke to advance to the national championship game against Oklahoma in 1988.
The bench celebrates late in the Jayhawks' semifinal victory over Duke in the 1988 NCAA Tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.
Archie Marshall (23) and Chris Piper embrace after KU won the 1988 NCAA Championship by knocking off Oklahoma, 83-79, in Kansas City, Mo.
Danny Manning, left, and Chris Piper finish off cutting down the nets in Kemper Arena on April 4, 1988, after defeating Oklahoma 83-79 in the NCAA title game.
Kansas seniors Chris Piper, left, and Danny Manning (25) cut down the net after a 69-54 victory over Kansas State in Detroit, Mich., during the 1988 NCAA tournament. The win secured the Jayhawks a trip to the Final Four in Kansas City, MO..
Danny Manning, left, and Chris Piper, center, bet off the team bus and greet thousands of Jayhawk fans for a celebration in Memorial Stadium the day after winning the 1988 NCAA National Championship Title game against the Oklahoma Sooners.
Kansas University players and coaches celebrate in Memorial Stadium the day after they beat Oklahoma to win the 1988 NCAA men's basketball championship.
Danny Manning, right, Chris Piper, center, and Archie Marshall, left, ride through an estimated 60,000 fans packed along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence to celebrate Kansas University's 1988 Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
1988 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship ring.
1988 Men's NCAA Championship Basketball Trophy
Members of the 1952, 1988 and 2008 KU national championship teams greet each other and are acknowledged by the crowd during the Legends of the Phog game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Allen Field House. The game featured former KU players, many who have player or are currently playing in the NBA. Chris Piper is second from left.
Members of the 1988 KU national championship team are acknowledged by the crowd during the Legends of the Phog game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. From left are Kevin Pritchard, Chris Piper, Jeff Gueldner, Milt Newton and Danny Manning.
Larry Brown, left, chats with Chris Piper, who played on the 1988 National Championship Kansas team coached by Brown. Brown made his rounds with friends, formers co-workers and players during team practices for the Final Four on Friday, April, 4, 2008 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Tx.