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Kentucky vs. Kansas: Comparing college basketball’s winningest programs

Kentucky vs. Kansas: Calipari nostalgic as Cats prepare for 'a war'

John Calipari excited to revisit his basketball coaching roots as No. 20 UK takes on the No. 4 Jayhawks in Lawrence on Saturday.
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John Calipari excited to revisit his basketball coaching roots as No. 20 UK takes on the No. 4 Jayhawks in Lawrence on Saturday.

Kentucky and Kansas — the two winningest programs in men’s college basketball history — collide for the 29th time on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN).

The Wildcats enjoy a 25-victory lead over the Jayhawks in the race for most all-time wins, UK with 2,194 and Kansas with 2,169.

UK also leads the all-time series between the teams, 22-6, but four of those Kentucky losses have come at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., site of Saturday’s showdown.

Kansas (16-4) is ranked No. 4 by The Associated Press this week. Kentucky (16-4) is No. 20.

Kentucky-Kansas: By the numbers

Category

Kentucky

Kansas

All-time wins

2,194

2,169

All-time losses

677

835

All-time win pct.

.764

.722

NCAA titles

8

3

NCAA Final Fours

17

14

NCAA tourneys

54

44

NCAA tourney wins

120

97

Hall of Famers

10

18

Consensus First-Team All-Americans

24

28

1,000-point scorers

60

55

NBA first-round picks

40

32

Players currently in NBA

21

12

NCAA TITLES

Kentucky (8) — 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012.

Kansas (3) — 1952, 1988, 2008.

NAISMITH HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

Kentucky (10) — John Calipari, Louie Dampier, Cliff Hagan, Dan Issel, C.M. Newton, Rick Pitino, Frank Ramsey, Pat Riley, Adolph Rupp, Adrian Smith.

Kansas (18) — Phog Allen, Larry Brown, John Bunn, Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Endacott, Bill Johnson, Allen Kelley, Arthur Lonborg, Clyde Lovellette, John McClendon, Ralph Miller, Dr. James Naismith, E.C. Quigley, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Jo Jo White, Roy Williams, Lynette Woodard.

PLAYERS CURRENTLY ON NBA ROSTERS

Kentucky (21) — Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte), Archie Goodwin (Phoenix), Aaron Harrison (Charlotte), Terrence Jones (Houston), Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City), Brandon Knight (Phoenix), Trey Lyles (Utah), Jodie Meeks (Detroit), Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia), Patrick Patterson (Toronto), Tayshaun Prince (Minnesota), Julius Randle (L.A. Lakers), Rajon Rondo (Sacramento), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), John Wall (Washington), James Young (Boston).

Kansas (19) — Cliff Alexander (Portland), Cole Aldrich (L.A. Clippers), Darrell Arthur (Denver), Tarik Black (L.A. Lakers), Mario Chalmers (Memphis), Nick Collison (Oklahoma City), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), Drew Gooden (Washington), Kirk Hinrich (Chicago), Sasha Kaun (Cleveland), Ben McLemore (Sacramento), Marcus Morris (Detroit), Markieff Morris (Phoenix), Kelly Oubre (Washington), Paul Pierce (L.A. Clippers), Thomas Robinson (Brooklyn), Brandon Rush (Golden State), Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota), Jeff Withey (Utah).

Kentucky-Kansas series

Kentucky leads 22-6

Date

Winner

Score

Location

Dec. 16, 1950

Kentucky

68-39

Lexington

Dec. 14, 1959

Kentucky

77-72 (OT)

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 6, 1969

Kentucky

115-85

Lexington

Dec. 4, 1971

Kentucky

79-69

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 23, 1972

Kentucky

77-71

Lexington

Dec. 3, 1973

Kansas

71-63

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 23, 1974

Kentucky

100-63

Louisville

Dec. 13, 1975

Kentucky

54-48

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 11, 1976

Kentucky

90-63

Lexington

Dec. 10, 1977

Kentucky

73-66

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 9, 1978

Kentucky

67-66 (OT)

Lexington

Dec. 12, 1979

Kentucky

57-56

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 13, 1980

Kentucky

87-73

Lexington

Dec. 12, 1981

Kentucky

77-74

(OT) Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 29, 1982

Kentucky

83-62

Louisville

Dec. 10, 1983

Kentucky

72-50

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 31, 1984

Kentucky

92-89

Louisville

Dec. 14, 1985

Kansas

83-66

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 9, 1989

Kansas

150-95

Lawrence, Kan.

Dec. 8, 1990

Kentucky

88-71

Lexington

Dec. 1, 199

8 Kentucky

63-45

Chicago (Great Eight)

Mar. 14, 1999

Kentucky

92-88 (OT)

New Orleans (NCAA 2nd rd.)

Jan. 9, 2005

Kansas

65-59

Lexington

Jan. 7, 2006

Kansas

73-46

Lawrence, Kan.

Mar. 18, 2007

Kansas

88-76

Chicago (NCAA 2nd rd.)

Nov. 15, 2011

Kentucky

75-65

New York (Champions Classic)

Apr. 2, 2012

Kentucky

67-59

New Orleans (NCAA Title)

Nov. 18, 2014

Kentucky

72-40

Indianapolis (Champions Classic)

Winningest programs

College basketball’s all-time winningest programs by number of victories:

1. Kentucky 2,194

2. Kansas 2,169

3. North Carolina 2,158

4. Duke 2,077

5. Syracuse 1,934

6. Temple 1,860

7. UCLA 1,815

8. Notre Dame 1,809

9. St. John’s 1,802

10. Indiana 1,773

11. Louisville 1,772

12. BYU 1,753

13. Utah 1,748

14. Illinois 1,739

15. Texas 1,732

16. Washington 1,730

17. x-Penn 1,729

18. Arizona 1,728

19. Western Kentucky 1,726

20. Cincinnati 1,721

21. Purdue 1,714

22. Oregon State 1,699

23. West Virginia 1,693

24. x-Princeton 1,684

25. x-North Carolina St. 1,672

x-Friday’s game not included

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