LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's 2,000th victory looked awfully familiar.
DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson scored 18 points apiece last night as the third-ranked Wildcats became the first team in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-win plateau with an 88-44 romp over Drexel.
Kentucky improved to 2,000-631-1 in 107 seasons. North Carolina is next on the list with 1,992 wins while Kansas has 1,980.
"We weren't a part of many of those 2,000 wins and we had a job to do and that was drag us across the line before that other blue team got there," coach John Calipari said. "This is a special moment for this program and this state."
The Wildcats did it in style, taking control early behind the play of Cousins, Patterson, and superstar freshman John Wall to improve to 12-0.
"They just blocked every shot," said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, "and what Kentucky did well is they really shot the ball well in the first half."
Samme Givens led Drexel (6-6) with 11 points, but the Dragons shot just 31 percent from the field and spent most of the game as invited guests to Kentucky's celebration.
The first win was an 11-10 squeaker over the Lexington YMCA on Feb. 18, 1903.
It took Kentucky 66 years to reach 1,000 victories. Students celebrated the milestone with cake alongside legendary coach Adolph Rupp at Memorial Coliseum in 1969.
This party was a little bigger.
Confetti showered the court moments after the final buzzer while players donned black T-shirts commemorating the occasion.
The Wildcats needed just 40 years to reach the next millennium, a ride that included three national titles and a recruiting scandal under former coach Eddie Sutton.
The program was revived under Rick Pitino during the 1990s, and for the last few years Kentucky's march toward 2,000 seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
"People have a pride in their commonwealth's team and it means something to them," Calipari said.