basketball-men-d1 flag

Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | January 16, 2017

Roy Williams' 800 wins by the numbers

  Roy Williams got his 800th career win against Syracuse Monday night.

With an 85-68 win over Syracuse Monday night, Roy Williams won his 17th game of the season.

That's the number the coach was most proud of at the final buzzer. But there was one slightly larger number that stuck out: 800. As in the number of career wins Williams has to his name after the victory against the Orange. 

The victory came in Williams' 1,012th game at the helm. The first 519 contests came at Kansas, where Williams went 418-101 before returning to his alma mater in 2003, where the coach boasts a record of 382-111. All in all, Williams is 800-212 in his 29 years as a head coach.

Here's a look at some other numbers that tell the story of the Hall-of-Fame coach's career: 

79.1 - Williams' win percentage during his 1,012 games as head coach. Only one active coach has a higher win percentage, Gonzaga's Mark Few, who has won 81.3 percent of his games with the Bulldogs. Few only has 483 wins in his career, however.

74.5 - Williams' win percentage in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a 70-24 record during March Madness.

22 - Number of 25-plus win seasons during his 28 full seasons as head coach.

11 - Number of 30-plus win seasons.

2 - Seasons in which a Roy Williams-coached team failed to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The first came in Williams' first season at Kansas, when the Jayhawks went 19-12. It is also the number of seasons Williams has failed to reach 20 wins (that first year at Kansas in 1988-89, and 2003-04 at UNC). In both of those seasons, Williams won 19 games.

2 - National championships. Williams won his first ring in 2005 with a North Carolina team led by Sean May and Raymond Felton. His second came in 2009 with Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green.

1 - Coaches to reach 800 wins faster than Williams. Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, who coached the Wildcats for 41 years from 1930-1972, took only 972 games to record his 800th win. Williams' milestone came in his 1,012th contest.

A closer look at Villanova's last-second victory over North Carolina in the 2016 national championship game

Hall-of-Fame writer Mike Lopresti recounts Villanova's last-second victory over North Carolina in the 2016 national championship game.
READ MORE

5 college wrestling teams that exceeded expectations this year

These five programs far surpassed their preseason expectations and rose higher in the top 25 than most people outside those individual wrestling rooms expected.
READ MORE

The NCAA bracket tip to help you pick a 2019-20 men's national champion

Take a good look at how many points a team's starters average to pick a national champion in this season's NCAA bracket and you might get an edge on winning your bracket game.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners