Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) December 12, 2006
2006-07 was being labeled as "The Greatest" season in college basketball history with Kentucky, N. Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, and Duke ("The Phat 5") the 5 winning-est programs of All-Time celebrating 500 years of combined play.
Kentucky 104 years, 1903-2006-07
N. Carolina 97 years, 1911-2006-07
UCLA 88 years, 1920-2006-07
Kansas 109 years, 1899-2006-07
Duke 102 years, 1906-2006-07
N. Carolina head-coach Roy Williams and Texas Tech floor General Bobby Knight are adding to the historical year with some impressive history of their own.
Roy Williams became the fastest coach in NCAA Division 1 to win 500 games. He has coached 625 career games at Kansas and N. Carolina compiling a 500-125 record over 19-years.
His 80% winning percentage is tops among active coaches with 300 or more games coached. Williams record at Kansas was 418-101 and 82-24 at UNC.
He took over the Kansas job in 1988 after another N. Carolina alum Larry Brown guided the Jayhawks to the '88 NCAA Championship.
The 500-wins are symbolic of the 500 years of combined play for "The Phat 5." Williams has been blessed with the opportunity to coach 2 of "The Phat 5" programs. No other current college coach can make that distinction. He became the 3rd coach in North Carolina history to amass 500-wins Dean Smith (879) and Frank McGuire (549).
Bobby Knight who now has 877-wins started his coaching career at Army in 1965. He moved on to Indiana in 1971 where he led the Hoosiers for 29-years winning 3 NCAA National titles. He is 3 wins away from setting the All-Time wins record by getting his 880th victory. He will have passed two legendary coaches of "The Phat 5" in Dean Smith (UNC) and Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) to do so.
Coach Knight will accomplish this feat as the 5 winning-est programs of All-Time are celebrating 500 years of combined play. It's historical and makes the argument that Knight tarnished the Indiana program over the final 8-10 years he was there. Did it allow for IU who has 5-National titles, 3rd All-Time (UCLA-11 and Kentucky-7) to be ranked behind Kentucky, N. Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, and Duke.
If Knight was to set the record at Indiana it would've made IU's claim of being one of "The Phat 5" more intriguing. With Knight setting the record at Texas Tech it slightly diminishes the accomplishment and thus gives "The Phat 5" of Kentucky, N. Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, and Duke more credence.
Mike Krzyzewski the head-coach of Duke has a 762-250 career record with 3-National titles. He will more than likely surpass the 800 win total during the 2007-08 season. He will be the 3rd coach of a "Phat 5" program to get his 800th win while coaching one of "The Phat 5."
"The Phat 5" of College Basketball Stat of the Week:
Bobby Knight won his last NCAA Championship with Indiana in 1987. 1987 was the last year that one of "The Phat 5" didn't make it to the Final Four. There has been at least one or more of "The Phat 5" at the Final Four for 19 consecutive years from 1988-2006. If "The Phat 5" make it 20 consecutive Final Four's in 2007 it will equal the number of wins Bobby Knight had his last year at Indiana in 1999-2000 (20-8).
"The Phat 5" of College Basketball at 500 Report Volume #4 will be released Wednesday December 20, 2006.
For more information or interview request on "The Phat 5" or the 19-year consecutive Final Four streak contact Derrick E. Vaughan at 443-851-5244