Over the course of the last few years, we have seen a few of Kentucky’s great records fall. Jodie Meeks broke the single game scoring record and John Wall broke single game assists record. Nearly every freshman record has been broken by numerous guys. But, there are tons of records still out there that haven’t been touched in decades. I list my Top 7 records that I don’t think will ever be broken. Keep in mind that these are school records, so Rupp’s 876 wins is just a UK record, not the NCAA mark. I want to know if I missed a record or if the order is wrong. What do you think?
1. Bill Spivey and Bob Burrow Single Game Rebounds (34 rebounds)
-UNTOUCHABLE. Just for some perspective, here are the single game highs for rebounds in each season Calipari has been here:
2009-10: Patrick Patterson, Demarcus Cousins- 18 (twice)
2010-11: Terrence Jones: 17
2011-12: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- 19
2012-13: Nerlens Noel- 16
2013-14: Julius Randle- 16 (twice)
2014-15: Karl Anthony Towns- 13
2015-16: Alex Poythress-13
2016-17: Wenyen Gabriel- 16
No player has had more than 24 rebounds in a game since 1976. 40 years and nobody has gotten within 10 rebounds. In the current game, this record just can’t be broken.
2. Adolph Rupp Career Wins (876 wins)
-John Calipari said it himself. Coaches don’t last long at Kentucky. They get burned out. The pressure and daily grind of the job only allows a 10-15 year tenure tops. Rupp coached 42 seasons at Kentucky. Since he retired, 6 coaches have combined to coach 42 seasons. It’s the sheer fact that no coach could last 35 or 40 years at this job that makes this record unbreakable. But maybe if we allow Coach Cal to coach until he is 90, maybe I will be proven wrong.
3. Home-Court Winning Streak (129 games)
-This is the NCAA record as well, and while is certainly takes an amazing run to match this record, it’s not the most unbreakable. Hell, John Calipari didn’t lose a game at Rupp for his first 3 1/2 years and that still just got him 55 wins. Rupp’s teams did it without the greatest competition, but to go 12 years without losing at home, stretching 2 different arenas, is pretty amazing.
4. Dan Issel Career Scoring Average (25.8 ppg)
-This record will very likely not be broken. Here are the closest anybody has come to a career scoring average of 25.8ppg before or after Issel played: Nash (22.7 ppg). Grevey (21.4 ppg), Dampier (19.7 ppg). And while 3ppg may not seem like much between Issel and Nash, that equates to an extra 350 points over the course of a career.
5. Dirk Minniefield Career Assists (646 assists)
-Just how big the gap between Dirk and the rest of the field. Well, the #2 guy in career assists is Anthony Epps, who is 102 total assists behind Minniefield. Oh yeah, Epps played 18 more games than Minniefield. Wayne Turner, who some call the best UK point in the modern era, is 152 assists behind Minniefield despite playing 28 more games. That is almost an entire extra season for Turner, and he still wasn’t close. The real problem is that it is incredibly rare for a great point guard to stay 4 years and start in 3 or 4 of those years. With the one and done point guard factory UK has become, it’s unlikely this record will be touched under Cal. Or any other coach.
6. Dan Issel Career Scoring (2,138 points)
-Since Issel graduated in 1970, 2 UK players have gotten within 100 points of the scoring record, Jack Givens and Kenny Walker. Both Jamal Mashburn and Patrick Patterson would have broken the scoring record if they had played their senior seasons. So, this record is not totally out of reach. But, what is unquestionably out of reach is the 3-year scoring record. Nobody has gotten with 275 points of that record.
7. Consecutive Senior Day Wins (32 wins)
-From 1965 to 1997, Kentucky never lost on Senior Day. Since that 1997 loss to South Carolina, UK hasn’t had a streak of more than 8 games. It’s just a weird streak that nearly lasted 65 YEARS. If not for a loss on Cotton Nash’s senior day is 1964, Kentucky did not lose on Senior Day between 1933 and 1997.