When I researched each school via their media guides, I discovered the exact number is 26 seasons! And 4 teams - Florida, Tennessee Vanderbilt and Ole Miss - have never done it even once.
Now, at first glance that may sound like a lot, but I'm talking about 12 teams that have played between 84 and 100 seasons each. I'll save you the trouble of trying to look it up: It's 1,127 seasons. Twenty-six seasons in 1,127 total season is 2.3%.
Now, that's impressive.
Once I came up with that number, that made me wonder how many coaches in the history of those same 12 schools have had teams that have won 20 or more games at least 4 times during their tenure at their school like MSU's Rick Stansbury will do once this year's team win its 20th game this season.
Time to dig through those SEC team media guides again.
Drum roll please: 18 coaches have done it. Kentucky had the most; Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith. Tennessee was next with three; Ray Mears, Don DeVoe and Jerry Green. On the opposite end of the spectrum, two schools had none; Ole Miss and Auburn.
Alright folks, I'm on a roll here. Let's take it a step further.
How big of a feat is it to win 20 games in a season, period?
Ask these teams.
Just food for thought while you are waiting for the basketball polls to come out.
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