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Eddie Sutton’s Career By the Numbers

A look back at Eddie Sutton’s jaw-dropping career.

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Basketball lost one of its all-time great coaches on all levels Friday night.

Eddie Sutton’s passing leaves behind a long list of numbers that only elite-level future coaches would dream of matching. Here is a breakdown of just some of those numbers.

806: Sutton’s 806 wins ranks ninth all time after Bob Huggins (809) passed him this past season.

368: Sutton won 368 games at Oklahoma State

2: Sutton had just two seasons below .500.

7: Oppose that last stat with the fact that he coached eight teams to a win percentage above .800.

26: In his 37 years at the DI level, Sutton teams went to the national tournament on 26 occasions.

13: Sutton took OSU to 13 NCAA Tournaments in his 16 seasons as the Cowboys’ coach.

6: Sutton took six OSU teams to the Sweet 16.

3: He took three OSU teams to the Elite Eight.

2: He took two OSU teams to the Final Four.

4: Sutton was the first coach to lead four schools (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU) to the national tournament.

4: Sutton won the national coach of the year four times.

8: He was named a conference coach of the year eight times.

118-53: One of the most inspiring things about Sutton’s career from a broad scope is that he had to work his way up the coaching ladder. Before the 806 wins at the Division-I level, Sutton spent seven seasons coaching at Tulsa Central High School. There he went a combined 118-53 including a 25-1 1964-65 season.

84-14: After those seven years coaching high schoolers, Sutton worked his way up to the junior college ranks. He spent three seasons at Southern Idaho, going a combined 84-14. That’s a .857 win percentage.

1,006: Sutton has 1,006 wins as a head coach counting his years spent below the DI level.

Sutton’s Year-by-Year Results
Season School Record
1960-70 Creighton 15-10
1970-71 Creighton 14-11
1971-72 Creighton 15-11
1972-73 Creighton 15-12
1973-74 Creighton 23-6
1974-75 Arkansas 17-9
1975-76 Arkansas 19-9
1976-77 Arkansas 26-2
1977-78 Arkansas 32-4
1978-79 Arkansas 25-5
1979-80 Arkansas 21-8
1980-81 Arkansas 24-8
1981-82 Arkansas 23-6
1982-83 Arkansas 26-4
1983-84 Arkansas 25-7
1984-85 Arkansas 22-13
1985-86 Kentucky 32-4
1986-87 Kentucky 18-11
1987-88 Kentucky 25-5*
1988-89 Kentucky 13-19
1990-91 Oklahoma State 24-8
1991-92 Oklahoma State 28-8
1992-93 Oklahoma State 20-9
1993-94 Oklahoma State 24-10
1994-95 Oklahoma State 27-10
1995-96 Oklahoma State 17-10
1996-97 Oklahoma State 17-15
1997-98 Oklahoma State 22-7
1998-99 Oklahoma State 23-11
1999-2000 Oklahoma State 27-7
2000-01 Oklahoma State 20-10
2001-02 Oklahoma State 23-9
2002-03 Oklahoma State 22-10
2003-04 Oklahoma State 31-4
2004-05 Oklahoma State 26-7
2005-06 Oklahoma State 17-16
2007-08 San Francisco 6-13

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