Kentucky has won a lot of games over the course of its 100+ year history, but so too has John Calipari over his 30+ years of coaching.
Now in his seventh season at Kentucky, Calipari entered Saturday is just one win shy of 200 career wins at UK. The next win would have put Calipari at 200 career victories at UK faster than any other head coach.
Ironically, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was the prior the fastest to 200 wins at Kentucky after captured his 200th Wildcat win during his 249th game. The legendary Adolph Rupp reached 200 during his 250th game.
Saturday's matchup with Louisville would be the 239th game Calipari has coached at Kentucky. Out of those 239 games, this one certainly goes down as one of the best of them as UK scored a 75-73 win over UL that came right down to the final shot.
By getting win No. 200, Calipari not only became the fastest UK coach to ever reach that feat, but also became the second-fastest Division I men's basketball coach to reach 200 victories at a single school (Clari Bee at LIU-Brooklyn achieved the feat in 231 games). Calipari also became just the 11th head coach in Division I men's basketball history to have at least 200 victories at two different schools while becoming the fifth coach at Kentucky to reach the 200-win plateau.
To honor Cal, Kentucky Wildcats TV made a nice tribute video that briefly goes through his time in Lexington, which has truly been a special period.
Adding to Cal's hall-of-fame career, he currently the only coach in NCAA history with at least 189 victories at three different schools. Since John Calipari took over the program in 2009-10, no one in the country has had more wins than Kentucky and only Duke has a better winning percentage. UK is 199-39 during that time span:
1. Duke: 192-37 (.8391)
2. Kentucky: 199-39 (.8361)
3. Kansas: 191-39 (.8304)
4. Gonzaga: 181-40 (.8190)
5. Wichita State: 179-42 (.8099)