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When Will Calipari Hit The Magic Number 500?


Since UK has made Calipari’s 500th victory officially unofficial, we now get to wait for Coach Cal to make it to win number 500 again.  Or, more appropriately, wait until the NCAA decides to recognize Calipari’s 500th victory.  Needless to say, what was a rather mundane and after the fact celebration last year, the road to Cal’s 500th will receive much more fan and media attention this year after all the fuss.  Depending on how the season goes, the celebration may not even happen next year – but there are better odds that it does than it doesn’t.

Calipari has 467 official victories in the eyes of the NCAA.  This means he will need 33 more to celebrate Half a K – so at what point in the season will that happen?

While we don’t know the full schedule at this point, we do know there will be 16 regular season SEC games.  As far as out of conference, we don’t know the official number of games yet but generally there is somewhere between 13 and 15 prior to conference play – and usually around 14. Assuming that 14 is the number of OOC games UK plays, this will give them 30 chances at a victory prior to post season play.

Best case scenario (Kentucky goes undefeated in the regular season,) UK has a bye going into the SEC tournament and will play for their 33rd victory and coach Cal’s 500th in the SEC title game.

Of course, for each loss that postpones the 500th victory one game.  If Kentucky goes in to the NCAA’s with 4 losses – they are playing for a Final Four berth at the same time Cal is trying to hit the 500 mark.  With 6 losses?  We’re looking at the championship game.

Interesting to think about at least.

Article written by Will Lentz

16 Comments for When Will Calipari Hit The Magic Number 500?

  1. Rhymes With Thespian
    5:20 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink


    Will they let us drop confetti from the rafters in the Georgia Dome?

  2. Will Lentz
    5:25 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    They won’t let us. But we will anyways. Then we’ll have to write an apology and say it never happened.

  3. Chokecal
    5:37 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    What makes you think hes going to make it to the championship game? He’s never been to one before

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    5:42 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    3- your coach has warts, and not the kinda warts you get from playing with frogs.

  5. JPhelps
    5:46 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    He already did. That’s why we celebrated… End of story!

  6. CatFanInKC
    5:55 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’d gladly trade 6 losses for a national championship and Cal’s “official” 500th win. Just to see the look on Mark Emmert’s face if it happens!!

  7. tdogg4033011
    5:58 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    4) #FreeSexnNursinHomes

  8. PatPattersonISWalkingThruThatDoor
    5:59 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I say we bring back Bledsoe and Kanter to receive the championship trophy

  9. Cousins Fake Teeth
    6:08 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Looking back at the win/loss total according to ESPN’s archive, he reached 500 this past season.

  10. mlvei
    6:28 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    What a stupid, irrelevant disorganization the NCAA is! Like a gathering of Neros’, NCAA fiddles while college athletics burns down with important issues ignored while chasing down a vanishingly minor celebration. How pathetic Mark Emmert should feel!

  11. duh
    6:40 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    not interesting at all.

  12. Cornfuscious
    6:41 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Photo appears like Cal is right-handedly doing his finest Wiley Brown, or ‘Tiny “chickun wang” Johnson’, impression.

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    6:42 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    7- sometimes freedom just ain’t free

    8- hahaha, would be a good call.

    Get Cal the extension and let’s move past you cee el ay #12

  14. PooPoo Pants
    6:44 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    This assumes none of this year’s wins will be vacated (tongue-in-cheek)

  15. chokecal
    9:02 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why is everyone blaming the NCAA for this, it’s UK’s fault for celebrating wins that he didn’t have. Everyone knows he had to vacate the wins…why go thru with the celebration, it was just stupid!

  16. Tina
    8:58 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Let it happen in the Championship game….We can watch as the NCAA hand over the trophy and the crowd chants…..500!!