Thursday, April 12, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Amazing stats for Kentucky
Kentucky was crowned king of the men’s collegiate basketball world Monday evening of last week, and discounting the negative publicity created by a revelry which apparently got out of hand, the achievement pleased many and surprised some. For the third year head coach of the very young Wildcat team (which started three freshmen and two sophomores), John Calipari, it was complete vindication for a career which had been building toward that end for years.
If you are a follower of the SEC, then you perhaps know some of the amazing statistics which the basketball program has amassed over the years. The inhabitants of Lexington, Kentucky, probably have history books of the famous program which was formed and styled in Adolph Rupp’s era. Coach Rupp didn’t invent basketball but he certainly defined its paths to glory at Kentucky.
Some of these records are staggering. The basketball Wildcats’ all-time wins record is 2090-649 and leads history as does its percentage of winning at .763. The Wildcats lead all schools in NCAA tournament appearances at 52 and has the most tourney wins with 111. And after adding the latest crown, they rank only behind UCLA in total championships (13-8). Kentucky is also the lone school to win multiple championships in both the NIT and NCAA. Kentucky played in two NIT tournaments 30 years apart (1946 and 1976) and won both.
Recording 157 overall NCAA tournament appearances, they include (also records) 39 Sweet Sixteens, 34 Elite Eights and 15 Final Fours, which they share with Duke for third place. Kentucky’s participation in 11 championship games is second all-time to UCLA. They lead history with 56 20-win seasons, 15 30-win seasons and their current season ended at 38-2.
The Wildcats claim the most championship coaches with five. Calipari is fifth behind Adolph Rupp, Joe Hall, Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith.
The team’s standout player, freshman Anthony Davis, picked up a bumper crop of awards and records during the season, including the Player of the Year and the Naismith Trophy.
And what does head coach John Calipari get other than the distinction of being championship coach? He gets to rebuild another championship caliber team since it is rumored that all of his starters are going to go pro.
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