[Moderated by Matt Jones]
A few late notes for the night owls or early notes for the morning birds. Whichever you are, the early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. May your glass be half full today.
Despite Florida’s 10 point loss Tuesday evening at Vandy, the Gators are still sitting on 22 wins. It was brought to my attention during the game that Billy Donovan (after winning at Alabama a few weeks ago) owns the 6th longest 20-win season streak of all-time in the NCAA. From 1999 to this year Donovan and the Gators have notched 14 consecutive 20-win seasons. That’s a pretty impressive feat, especially coming from a guy who went against Pitino’s advice about taking the job in the first place. I know a lot of people out there think Florida is a pretender this year, but their body of work over the last decade and a half is extremely impressive, even if they’re about to lose three in a row when the Cats show up in Gainesville Sunday.
Donovan’s 20-win season streak got me thinking about what the rest of the group looks like. Here’s what I found out:
STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE 20-WIN SEASONS:
14 Billy Donovan - Florida (1999-present)
14 Roy Williams – Kansas (1990-2003)
14 Bill Self – Tulsa, Illinios, Kansas (1999-present)
14 Jim Boeheim – Syracuse (1983-1996)
15 Jim Boeheim – Syracuse (1998-present)
16 Coach K – Duke (1997-present)
17 Tubby Smith – Tulsa, UGA, UK, Minnesota (1994-2010)
20 Lute Olson – Arizona (1988-2007)
27 Dean Smith – North Carolina (1971-1997)
What we learn from this is that what Kentucky did to Syracuse in the 1996 National Championship crippled the Orange for a season and cost Boeheim the longest 20-win season streak in history. This is also a nice reminder that Tubby Smith is a great coach. 17 consecutive 20-win seasons with 4 different programs is just silly. I look forward to seeing him get a standing ovation in Rupp in the not too far future. It’s a shame Minnesota struggled this season, but at least they beat (then #8)IU in Freedom Hall.
Speaking of the Hoosiers, they put #5 Michigan State away early tonight at home. The Hoosiers 15 point win still isn’t enough to take the B1G 10 regular season title away from the Spartans, who will be crowned champs even with a loss at home this Sunday against an Ohio State team that has lost three of its last five. Way to blow it, Buckeyes.
In other news, D-Wade’s foul on Kobe in the NBA’s
Biggest-Ego All-Star Game gave Kobe a concussion to go along with his broken nose. The Lakers play the Heat on Sunday. The foul would make the already great NBA matchup even better but, unfortunately, one of the things we were all busy not caring about during the NBA lockout was the newly implemented concussion rule – which basically makes Kobe pass a series of exercise tests with the NBA’s neurologist before he’s cleared to play. We all know Kobe would play otherwise, but this new rule might not let him.
Friendly reminder: our CATS are (still) #1. Good Day.
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