Kentucky Basketball: 5 School Records That Will Stand the Test of Time
There is a long and storied tradition at the University of Kentucky, and it extends to some of the greatest players and coaches to have ever played the game of basketball. Those players have set multiple records at the school, some of which have withstood the test of time.
In the following article, you will see five school basketball records that I believe will remain atop the charts for a long time. In fact, some of them might even become unbreakable. Regardless, read on and comment on some of the other university records that you believe would be difficult to reach.
Anthony Davis' Single Season Blocked Shot Record
This record has yet to last a single season, yet Anthony Davis' 186 blocks during the 2011-12 season seems to be one for the ages. It completely blew away the school's previous record holder by over 100 blocks and placed Davis amongst Kentucky's five best career shot blockers—in just one season.
In order to break Davis' record of 186 blocks, a player would need to average over 4.65 blocks during a 40 game season. If said player only participated in 35 games during the season, then he would need to tally 5.35 blocks throughout the year to snap Davis' strangle hold on the mark.
Granted, there could be a challenger to the throne coming next season. Incoming freshman Nerlens Noel possesses a similar frame and shot-blocking reputation as Davis, and he will certainly give the mark a run for its money.
At the same time, Davis is a generational talent and it is unlikely that his mark is challenged for years to come.
Dicky Beal's NCAA Tournament Single Game Assists Record
This is a record that has remained atop the leader board for over 28 seasons. In 1984, guard Dickey Beal recorded 14 assists in a NCAA tournament game, setting the school's all-time record for most assists in a NCAA tournament game.
Many other players have stepped up to challenge Beal, but none have really come close. In fact, the next best tally is 11 and was accomplished by none other than John Wall back in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Before Wall had his game, no other played in Kentucky basketball history recorded double-digits in assists in a tournament game besides Beal. This shows how difficult this record will be to achieve by the next generation of players. It has remained intact for 28 seasons, and that trend will likely continue until Kentucky finds their next version of Magic Johnson or John Stockton.
Jodie Meeks' Single Game Points Record
This is a pretty recent record-setter, so it may sound strange that this could be considered difficult to break. However, Meeks' 54 points in a single game versus Tennessee in 2009 should remain in the record books for years to come.
First of all, Meeks is the only player to challenge the record in over 25 years. In fact, Meeks' multiple appearances on the single game list were the rare exception for Kentucky scorers. Besides his totals, no player had scored more than 41 points since Melvin Turpin scored 42 points in 1984.
This is a record that is likely to stand at least during John Calipari's tenure. He does not feature one offensive superstar to run his system. Rather, he recruits players who can play within the team concept, so it will be difficult to find a player who we must be so reliant on for scoring.
Before Jodie broke the record, it had been held by all-time legend Dan Issel. He scored 53 points in a 1970 matchup against Mississippi. His record had stood since 1970. It could be a similarly long period of time before another player comes through UK and produces such an incredible offensive display.
Bob Burrow & Bill Spivey Single Game Rebounding Record
This is a record that is shared by two players, but it is unlikely that anyone else will join them soon. The single game record for rebounds was 34 in one contest. The first player to achieve this was all-time great Bill Spivey.
Playing against Temple, Spivey pulled down the 34 boards and thought that his record would long laster than a few years. Instead, future Cats player Bob Burrow matched the achievement by pulling down 34 rebounds on his own.
With that being said, no other player in UK's long and storied history has come close ever since. It has stood the test of time for 57 years, and is still unlikely to receive a true challenger. In fact, no player since 1976 has even cracked the top 10, when forward Mike Phillips pulled down 28 rebounds, in an overtime game no less.
Dan Issel's Single Season Points Record
There have been plenty of high-volume scorers in Kentucky basketball history, but none was greater than Dan Issel. He is the school's all-time points leader, but even more impressive was his single-season points record set in the 1969-70 season.
Issel poured in 948 points that year, which broke the previous school record that Issel himself had set the previous season. It only took him 28 games to score those 948 points. In other words, Dan Issel averaged an eye-popping 33.8 points per game that season.
This will be perhaps the toughest record of all to snap. It is extremely unlikely that one player averages 34 points per game anytime in the near future. Players in this era simply do not score that many points over the course of one season.
To put this in perspective, the player who is closest to Issel's record is former guard Jodie Meeks. During the 2008-09 season, Meeks scored 854 points to finish second all-time on the single season scoring list. Despite playing in 36 games, eight more than Issel did, Meeks still scored 96 fewer points.
This record has remained intact for over 40 years, and it does not appear that it will be broken anytime soon. It is a testament to the incredible scoring prowess of the university's all-time points leader, Dan Issel.