The Sports Nerd: Is Pete Maravich's NCAA Record Still Unbreakable?

LSU players celebrate after a 2014 victory.
LSU players celebrate after a 2014 victory. Photo credit Getty Images

On the debut of "The Sports Nerd" segment on the Fan with Adam Epstein on Wednesday (Feb. 16), AWadd kicked things off with a discussion of some of the most unbreakable records in sports after LeBron James cleared Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points scored in NBA history.

Ranking among other "unbreakable" records, in the company of Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played in the MLB and Johnny Unitas' 47 straight games with touchdown passes, sit Pete Maravich's records of most points in an NCAA basketball career (3,667) and scoring average (44.2 points per game in three seasons at LSU).

"I truly believe nobody will ever break Pistol Pete's record," Epstein said, citing the evolution of college sports and the transfer portal. "[...] Nobody's ever gonna top that again.

"First off, you're not going to have somebody play three full seasons at that high of a level at the same university; if they want to stay in college basketball, they're going to take a NIL deal to go to another school and bigger program - or, after one year, they might go to the NBA."

Like a number of records from bygone eras -- Cy Young's 749 complete games, Wilt Chamberlain's 50.4 PPG average in 1962 -- Maravich's mark sits alone at the top.

"I mean, it's just unbelievable," he added. "It's one of those records that you're gonna look back on and be like, 'how the hell did he do that? How did he do that for such a long time [with] such an unbelievable amount of scoring at LSU?"

Check out the full segment from the show below.

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