Kentucky & Kansas by the numbers

So what do we know about this match up?

Kentucky and Kansas are two of the more storied programs in the history of college basketball.

Kentucky has 2,089 wins and Kansas has 2,070 wins, one and two all time respectively.

It’s more than just that wins and losses, individually we will see one heck of a matchup as the Player of the Year Anthony Davis will match up with Player of the Year Candidate Thomas Robinson.

"We know how good Thomas Robinson is. We all up here know. We went against him in New York. He is as good as they get. He's a vicious competitor, great around a rim, expanded his game. He can make the top of the key three. Loves driving that thing hard left and getting to the rim. He has become a better handler and passer, rebounds. So we know how good he is,” Coach John Calipari said.

Let’s take a closer look at the series.

UK leads the all time series over the Jayhawks 20 to 6.

The most notable game was this years 75 to 65 win in New York City at the Champions Classic.

Then there was the 150-95 blowout on Dec. 9, 1989—still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky’s history.

During March Madness the two teams have split two games one a piece.

Kentucky's win came in 2007 in New Orleans.

Monday night's game marks the 11th time Kentucky has played on the big stage.

It all started with Adolph Rupp, who led UK to four national championship games in 1948, 1949, 1951, and 1958. Rupp won all four.

Joe B. Hall took the cats all the way in 1978.

Rick Pitino brought one back to the commonwealth in 1996.

14 years ago in 1998 "Tubby" Smith and the Comeback Cats won the championship.

Overall, Kentucky is seven and three in national championship games.

If Kentucky wins, the cats will have won their 38th game of the season.

That would mark the most wins by any program in a single season.

The 2008 Memphis team, led by Coach Cal, won 38 game, however, those wins were vacated.

Kansas won their 37th game in the 2008 national championship. The only title for current coach Bill Self and ironically, he beat out Coach Cal at Memphis in the game.

In the past Duke has won 37 games twice falling in the national championship game in 1986 and 1999.

Other teams to win 37 games are the 1987 UNLV team and the 2005 Illinois team.


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