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Who has the most wins in Tennessee boys history?

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I posted this challenge on the girls board to find out which public school in Tennessee has the most wins in boys basketball.

 

Bradley Central has 2049 wins, 803 losses and 1 tie in their all-time history of nearly 100 years. The 1 tie resulted when a discrepancy arose in a game with Baylor many years ago when the manually operated scoreboard was in disagreement with the official score book. The official had already left the building so it was declared a tie.

 

Can any team show documented proof of more than 2049 wins? The Bear record is documented game-by-game. I would like to see some responses. Any school approaching or beating this total would have to be open 100 years or more.

 

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I posted this challenge on the girls board to find out which public school in Tennessee has the most wins in boys basketball.

 

Bradley Central has 2049 wins, 803 losses and 1 tie in their all-time history of nearly 100 years. The 1 tie resulted when a discrepancy arose in a game with Baylor many years ago when the manually operated scoreboard was in disagreement with the official score book. The official had already left the building so it was declared a tie.

 

Can any team show documented proof of more than 2049 wins? The Bear record is documented game-by-game. I would like to see some responses. Any school approaching or beating this total would have to be open 100 years or more.

Dobyns-Bennett used to be the All Time winningest team in TN history. Not sure if they still are or not though? Would have to check with one of their fans on that. I'll try to get OR's All time record. I just asked our stats guru. Waiting on his reply lol. We have a really good record, but we have only been playing since 1943, a lot shorter time than some of the original older schools like Bradley and DB.

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OR all time record is 1,539-670 since 1943

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I knew that Dave Clary would know the Oak Ridge totals but like you say, they've only been around since 1943. DB holds the all-time football record in wins. Surely someone will have their basketball records for all-time wins.

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I knew that Dave Clary would know the Oak Ridge totals but like you say, they've only been around since 1943. DB holds the all-time football record in wins. Surely someone will have their basketball records for all-time wins.

I'd bet Science Hill is up there too.

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Im guessing kent smith, who is now in bradleys hall of fame who retired 2 years ago thanks to knee surgery, is responsible for almost half those wins. He coached from mid 90s till 2014 and had great teams in early 2000s such as tanner oglesby who signed with clemson, mr basketball 2000 josh hare and his brother justin hare and another young guy that signed with belmont. After this year they will be in reload mode since they have 4 seniors

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Josh signed with East Tennessee State but transferred to Samford in Birmingham after Buzz Peterson left ETSU for UT. Justin played at Belmont and still holds many records for that school. Both are now doctors in Dalton, GA.

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Coach Kent Smith accounted for 436 of the 2049 wins while his grand dad "Tip" Smith recorded 288 total wins and two state titles in 1940 and 1942. Jimmie Lovell (the first Bear basketball coach starting in 1921) had 267 wins, Bill Walker had 268 wins and a state title in 1962 while Earl Rowan had 275 wins as the head coach. 

 

This is all documented in Ownbey's book about Bradley Central basketball.

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