Connect with us

Kentucky Basketball

How many 1,000-point scorers has Kentucky basketball had in the Calipari era?

A look at the Kentucky basketball players that have joined the Wildcats’ 1,000-point club during the Calipari era.

 became the 61st player in the history of the men's basketball program to score 1,000 points for the Wildcats on Wednesday night.

He also joined a much smaller group: players who have achieved that feat while playing for .

Tshiebwe, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark as a Wildcat in UK's 82-74 victory over Florida, is just the fifth player in the Calipari era to reach that scoring milestone. He's the first to do it in more than a decade.

The top players of the Calipari era have largely been one-and-done talents, and few of the most productive Wildcats over the past 14 seasons have stuck around for more than two years. That trend — along with the increased roster turnover of the transfer portal era — has made it difficult for new UK players to join one of the program's most venerable clubs. It's also difficult to envision too many Wildcats hitting the 1,000-point mark in the foreseeable future.

Tshiebwe, who scored 590 points last season after playing a season and a half at West Virginia, could be the last Cat to do it for a while. Here's a look at those who have done it during the Calipari era.

 

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

More in Kentucky Basketball