The Kentucky Wildcats were able to mount a furious second-half comeback last night in their win over the Cleveland State Vikings. Trailing by 11 late in the second-half, it appeared that defeat was inevitable, but the Cats were able to rally for the win.
“This is a game we needed,” UK Head Coach John Calipari said. “The question we all have is, if you can play this way, down against Michigan State, down against Cleveland State, then play the way you just played. Why don’t you start that way? Why won’t you say, ‘That’s going to be who we are, not just being down?’ ”
While it has yet to be determined if that win was ultimately significant in the Cats’ quest for their ninth national championship, but it was the program’s 499th win.
That means Kentucky will be going for it’s 500th win on Wednesday against the Eastern Michigan Eagles, who are undefeated with a 5-0 record and beat the same Cleveland State team that gave Kentucky so much trouble.
It’s hard to believe that Rupp Arena could very well see it’s 500th win, given that it’s only hosted games for 37 years, and there’s typically only been 16-18 home games per year since then. That means UK has won an average of 13 of those home games per year in that time frame.