Kentucky is less than 24 hours away from their first game of the 2022 SEC Tournament, having escaped the first two nights with a double-bye they earned from the regular season. Although it won't take place in "Catsville" (Nashville) this year, fans still look for Kentucky to continue dominating the tournament as they do nearly every year.
Just how dominate have they been in the tournaments 60 year history? I'll take you through the years with some results and statistics that might blow your mind, especially if you're a stat junkie like me. I'll put them in bullet points for you because there are quite a bit.
15 SEC Tournament facts you probably didn't know:
Kentucky has won the SEC Championship a total of 31 times in its history, with the rest of the league having won a combined 29 times. Yes, the entire league can't compete with the Cats
John Calipari has led UK to 8 SEC Championship games in 11 possible tries, winning 6 of them
Kentucky's all-time record in the SEC Tournament: 134-27 (83.2%)
Record in SEC Quarterfinals: 45-11
Record in SEC Semifinals: 42-3
Record in SEC Championship games: 32-10
UK has had 6 different SEC Tournament MVPs: John Wall (2010), Darius Miller (2011), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015), Tyler Ulis (2016), De’Aaron Fox (2017) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2018)
John Calipari is 23-5 in the SEC Tournament at Kentucky
The Wildcats have won 16 of the last 29 SEC Tournaments (the 2020 one was not played because of the COVID-19 pandemic)
The SEC Tournament has been held in Lexington 3 times and in the city of Louisville 12 times
UK holds the SEC Tournament record for points scored in a single game, with Melvin Turpin scoring 42 points vs. Georgia in 1984
UK holds the SEC Tournament record for made field goals in a single game, with Melvin Turpin making 18 vs. Georgia in 1984
UK holds the SEC Tournament record for three-point field goals made in a single game, with Wenyen Gabriel making all 7 he shot in 2018
UK holds the SEC Tournament record for steals throughout a career, when Jared Prickett recorded 23 over 12 games (1993-97)
Kentucky also owns the biggest winning margin in the SEC Tournament, beating Tennessee by 61 in 1993
When you're watching Kentucky play Friday evening, feel free to use these facts to impress the people you're with. Listen, it's on me, seriously. I completely give your permission to take credit for my work. I have to look out for all my Kentucky fans out there.
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