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  Smith by the Numbers

879wins—the most by any coach in college basketball history. It took Smith 36 seasons to amass that total at North Carolina; it took the next man on the list, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, 41 years to gain his 876 victories. The active coach with the most wins is Jim Phelan of Mount St. Mary's (Md.), who began coaching in 1954 and has 772 victories. After the 66-year-old Smith announced his retirement, the 68-year-old Phelan said, "I hate to see the kid resign. It means I've outlasted everyone." Indiana's Bob Knight is now second on the active list, with 700 wins.
96.6%graduation rate. That's the percentage of Smith's players who have received degrees at North Carolina.
77.6%overall winning percentage. That mark ranks fifth on the alltime list among those who have coached a minimum of 10 seasons. The top four: Clair Bee (82.6%, at Rider and Long Island University), Rupp (82.2%, at Kentucky), Jerry Tarkanian (82.1%, at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State) and John Wooden (80.4%, at Indiana State and UCLA).
65NCAA tournament wins, more than any other coach. UCLA's Wooden has the second most, 47. Among active coaches, Louisville's Denny Crum is the leader, with 42, and Indiana's Knight and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are next, with 40 each.
35consecutive seasons at .500 or better. Smith's only losing season was his first, 1961-62, when the Tar Heels finished 8-9.
27appearances in the NCAA tournament, the most by any coach. Crum and Knight are next, with 21.
27consecutive 20-win seasons—another record. Tarkanian has the next longest streak. From 1969 to '92, at Long Beach State and UNLV, the Shark had 25 straight seasons with at least 20 victories.
26All-Americas who played for Smith at North Carolina.
25NBA first-round draft picks who played under him.
23consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, another record. Smith's streak began in 1975. The second-longest streak is 14, by Georgetown's John Thompson between 1979 and '92. With Smith's retirement, Arizona's Lute Olson has the longest active streak-13 straight tournament appearances.
13Olympians who played for Smith at North Carolina.
11trips to the Final Four. Only Wooden, with 12, made more.
2other coaches who have won an NCAA title, an NIT championship and an Olympic gold medal. Besides taking NCAA titles in 1982 and '93 and the Olympic gold medal in '76, Smith led the Tar Heels to the NIT championship in 1971. Pete Newell won the NIT with San Francisco in 1949, the NCAA tournament with Cal in '59 and the Olympics in 1960. Knight won the NIT in 1979 and NCAA titles in 1976, '81 and '87, all with Indiana, and the Olympics in 1984.
1other coach who has played on and coached an NCAA championship team. Knight was a guard on Ohio State's 1960 title team and then coached Indiana to championships in 1981 and '87. Smith was a reserve guard on Phog Allen's 1952 title team at Kansas.
 

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