Kentucky and Coach Cal in the SEC Tournament

To get you prepared for the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday in New Orleans, check out notes of John Calipari and Kentucky’s history in the SEC Tournament.

UK will open its tournament run on Friday at 1 p.m. ET against the winner of Thursday’s LSU-Arkansas game.

  • Kentucky is 117-22 overall in SEC Tournament action, 60-17 since the tourney was renewed in 1979, and 44-8 since the league expanded in 1992.
  • UK is the only team to own 100 SEC Tournament wins (117).
  • This is the 53rd SEC Tournament, and UK has won more than half (27) of the titles despite playing in just 49 previous events. Alabama has the second-most titles with six.

The Basics

What: No. 1/1 UK (30-1, 16-0 SEC) vs. LSU/Arkansas
When: Friday 1 p.m. ET
Where: New Orleans Arena (18,500)
Feature: This one’s for the fans
Video: Cal, Miller and Kidd-Gilchrist
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  • Kentucky has won the last two SEC Tournaments.
  • UK has won 44 of its last 52 SEC Tournament games.
  • Kentucky won four straight SEC Tournament titles from 1992 to 1995 and seven of eight from 1992 to 1999.
  • John Calipari is 6-0 in SEC Tournament games with two championships as head coach of the Wildcats.
  • UK has won by an average margin of 14.2 points in SEC Tournament games with Coach Cal leading the way.
  • Coach Cal is 46-8 against SEC teams at Kentucky, regular season and tournament included.
  • Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, UK is 20-1 in semifinal games and 15-5 in title games.
  • At least one Kentucky players has been named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 14 of the last 20 years. A Wildcat has been named tournament MVP 15 times since the tournament’s renewal (1979).
  • The Wildcats own a 38-11 record in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament. That includes games played prior to the conference split in 1992 when byes were instituted.
  • Kentucky is 0-1 against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, while the Cats are 3-1 against LSU. UK will play the winner of LSU-Arkansas on Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Kentucky has won 11 of the last 19 SEC Tournament titles
  • Five current Wildcats (Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Eloy Vargas and Twany Beckham) have SEC Tournament experience, led by Miller, who has played in eight games and won last year’s MVP honors.
  • Former UK great Adrian “Odie” Smith is the Kentucky legend at this year’s tournament. Each school has one SEC legend at the tournament each year. Smith was only the third junior-college player to receive a scholarship to play at UK, and he went on to average 10.1 points in two years at UK. He won gold medals for the U.S. in the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago and the 1960 Rome Olympics before playing the NBA for 10 years. He was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team.
  • This is the first SEC Tournament in New Orleans since 2003. UK won the tournament that year.