Understandably stoked, John Calipari opined Thursday night on ESPN that Kentucky having five players chosen in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft would be "the biggest night" in the history of UK basketball.
At many schools, that bit of "Cal-perbole" might be true.
At a university that has seven NCAA championship banners, it seems self-evident that the "biggest nights" in Kentucky's regal hoops history were the nights when those seven titles were won.
So if we're going to rank in UK basketball lore where John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton going in the first round of the same draft belongs, we're going to have to move to a different category than "biggest nights."
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Let's call it the "extraordinary achievements" list.
At a school with Kentucky's epic hoops legacy, it's not easy to get to the top of that ranking, either.
The Mardi Gras Miracle. Running the table in the Southeastern Conference (19-0) in 2003. Jodie Meeks' 54-point game. UK2K.
None of them even made my top five "extraordinary achievements" in UK basketball history (not counting NCAA titles).
Here is what does:
5. Ending an undefeated season. Indiana brought a 31-0 record into the 1975 NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional finals. One of the Hoosiers' victims had been Kentucky, 98-74, in December.
In the rematch, Kentucky guards Mike Flynn and Jimmy Dan Conner took the fight to IU (whose best player, Scott May, was playing with a cast on a broken arm), and the Cats scored a sweet 92-90 upset.
It was a delicious victory for the commonwealth made more so by the fact that it probably ranked as the most painful defeat during Bob Knight's long and not entirely uneventful coaching career.
4. Earning an undefeated season. Because of NCAA infractions that came to light during the point-shaving investigations of the early 1950s, Kentucky was not allowed to play a varsity basketball schedule in 1952-53.
For UK backers, that made what happened the next season all the more relished. In 1953-54, a team led by Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey and Lou Tsioropoulos roared back into college basketball with a vengeance. After beating Louisiana State in a playoff to claim the SEC championship, the Wildcats were 25-0.
However, because Hagan, Ramsey and Tsioropoulos were graduate students, they were ineligible to play in the NCAA Tournament, according to the rules of that time.
Faced with competing without his three best players, Adolph Rupp turned down a bid to the NCAAs and ended his only undefeated season as Kentucky head coach.
3. Kentucky's NBA Draft "high five." For UK fans, seeing five Cats go in the first round of this year's draft was made better because it gave them a leg up on North Carolina and Duke.
Before this year, the record for most players from one school chosen in the first round of an NBA Draft was four, held by Duke (1999), North Carolina (2005) and Connecticut (2006).
It will be hard to quantify how much value UK will derive for its recruiting efforts from the publicity Kentucky basketball got during Thursday night's draft telecast and from the subsequent media coverage.
UK under Calipari is the "now school" for getting players to the play-for-pay as soon as possible.
Still, from a Kentucky perspective, having so many players drafted so high after a season that did not yield a Final Four trip makes Thursday at least a little bittersweet.
2. Five UK starters on one Olympic team. In 1948, Kentucky's "Fabulous Five" claimed the 1948 NCAA title and were invited to play as a team in a qualifying tournament to select the 1948 U.S. Olympic team.
UK finished second to a semi-pro team, the Phillips Oilers.
Still, UK's starters — forwards Cliff Barker and Wah Wah Jones; center Alex Groza; and guards Kenny Rollins and Ralph Beard — were named to the Olympic team (as were the Oilers' starters) and went on to claim gold medals.
1. The 129-game home-court winning streak. UK lost to Ohio State 45-40 in Lexington on Jan. 2, 1943.
It next lost a home game to Georgia Tech, 59-58, on Jan. 8.
Kentucky won its final 84 games in Alumni Gym, then won the first 45 it played in Memorial Coliseum. By the time the streak ended, UK had gone over 12 calendar years without losing at home.
On Kentucky basketball's extraordinary achievement scale, 129 straight home wins are going to be hard to ever top.