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Tubby does it! Wins No. 500

LEXINGTON, Ky - (WKYT) Minnesota Golden Gophers coach, and former UK coach, Tubby Smith joined elite company on Saturday, getting his 500th career win in a 71-57 victory over USC. Smith becoming the 18th active Division I coach to reach that plateau. The always humble Smith said he really didn't think about the record. “You’re so in the moment and it’s a journey, so you don’t even look at it," said Smith who won the 1998 national title with Kentucky. "Somebody tells me, and that’s when I recognize it’s 500.
Tubby Smith continued giving thanks to those who have helped him along the way. “It’s all about longevity, for all of us and I think every coach would tell you that. I’ve had the opportunity to be with good programs like Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and here at Minnesota and I’ve been exposed to some programs that have been very committed to their basketball programs and their coaches." Smith won 263 games while at Kentucky with 10 SEC championships. “You can’t win without good players and I know I’ve had good players over the years everywhere I’ve been. All those guys are the reason. As I’ve said, I haven’t made a shot since 1979, so this is all about the young men that we’ve had the chance to teach and coach.”

Here’s the list of the remaining active coaches with at least 500 wins:

John Calipari (Kentucky)
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
Rick Pitino (Louisville)
Roy Williams (UNC)
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
Bob Huggins (West Virginia)
John Beilein (Michigan)
Stew Morrill (Utah State)
Mike Montgomery (California)
Rick Barnes (Texas)
Lon Kruger (Oklahoma)
Larry Hunter (Western Carolina)
Rick Byrd (Belmont)
Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)
Ben Braun (Rice)
Dave Bike (Sacred Heart)
Tubby Smith (Minnesota)


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