Tell us something we already didn’t know. If you haven’t seen “The List” check it out here, it has some jaw dropping historical numbers.
Some numbers from AP All-Time Top 100 are as follows:
75.37% of all polls
Jan. 18, 1949 (first-ever poll)
1950s, appeared in 89.63% of polls, but 1990s were close with 89.33%.
1960s, appeared in 59.59% of polls.
The Wildcats have missed appearing at least once in the poll for only three seasons during the 68-year history of the AP poll, the fewest poll-less seasons of any program. Those seasons were 1952-1953, 1988-1989, and 1989-1990.”
It’s interesting to note that his decade could end up being the best all time once completed.
The List of Why Kentucky is THE Greatest Program in the History of College Basketball.
(The original post was in 2014, but, the list remains updated after 2014 moving forward)
When someone questions this fact, point them to this list. It’s updated through the end of the 2014 season in it’s current form. When Wikipedia makes updates, we will update this page as well. It’s truly a humbling set of numbers, even for the most faithful fans. Kentucky basketball is the only program to sustain excellence since the beginning. Haters look on in wonder and know, deep down, this list, is the source of the hate. For those who Bleed Blue, look on in wonder and with pride. Go. Big. Blue.
All Time Wins: 2250 (NCAA rank #1)
All Time Winning Percentage: .765 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Championships: 8 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 12 (NCAA rank #1)
NCAA Final Four Appearances: 17 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Final Four Games Played: 28 (NCAA rank #3)
NCAA Final Four Wins: 20 (NCAA rank #2)
NCAA Final Four Winning Percentage: .714 (NCAA rank #8)
4 times being the NCAA official #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament
Kentucky also holds several other NCAA records and various additional accomplishments:
Kentucky has 2 NIT Championships (1946, 1976), 7 Helms Titles (1933, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1978), 2 undefeated seasons (1912, 1954), 5 Sugar Bowl Tournament Championships (1937, 1939, 1949, 1956, 1963), a league best all time SEC regular season record of 927-261 (.780), a league best 45 SEC Regular Season Championships, a league best all time SEC Tournament record of 121-25 (.829), and a league best 27 SEC Tournament Championships.
Kentucky holds the NCAA records for Consecutive Non-Losing Seasons (61), Consecutive Home Court Victories (129), and for Total Victories in a Season (38).
Kentucky plays in the nation’s largest basketball arena (Rupp Arena, capacity: 23,500), and has both the nation’s largest radio and television affiliate networks.
Kentucky has made a 3-point basket in 901 consecutive games (2nd-most all time), and has won 17 of the last 19 National Attendance Titles, including 8 of the last 9 and 25 overall.
Kentucky is the only school to have multiple NCAA (8) and NIT (2) Championships, the only school to have 5 different NCAA Championship head coaches, the only school to have 4 coaches with multiple NCAA Championship Game appearances, the only school to have 4 coaches with multiple NCAA Championship Game appearances in the same decade, the only school to have 4 coaches with 3 NCAA Final Four appearances, the only school to win NCAA Championships in 5 different decades, the only school to win multiple NCAA Championships in 3 different decades, the only school to have NCAA Championship Game appearances in 5 different decades, the only school to have multiple NCAA Championship Game appearances in 5 different decades, the only school to have multiple NCAA Final Four appearances in 5 different decades, the only school to have 2 different head coaches win both NCAA and NIT Championships, and the one of only 2 schools to have 2 different head coaches win a NCAA Championship in the same decade.
Kentucky has played before the largest regulation basketball game crowd in history (79,444), the largest Final Four game crowd in history (79,444), the largest NCAA Championship Game crowd in history (79,238), and the largest total Final Four game crowd (both games) in history (158,682).
Kentucky is the only school to have 5 players selected in the 1st-Round of the NBA Draft in the same year (2010), the only school to have both the #1 and #2 picks of the NBA Draft in the same year (2012), the only school to have 6 players drafted in the first 2 rounds of the NBA draft in the same year (2012), and the only school to sign 6 McDonald’s All-Americans in the same year (2013).
Kentucky was also the first college program to reach both the 1000-win and 2000-win victory plateaus
Kentucky is the first team to be live-broadcast on the SEC Network.
Kentucky is one of only three schools to have 9 McDonald’s All-Americans on a single roster.
Kentucky is the first school to hold an on-campus NBA Combine.
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