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1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

The 1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1995–96 college basketball season. Coached by Rick Pitino, the team finished the season with a 34–2 record and won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship over the Syracuse University Orangemen, 76–67.

1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
SEC regular season champions
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
1995–96 record34–2 (16–0 SEC)
Head coachRick Pitino (7th season)
Assistant coachJim O'Brien
Assistant coachWinston Bennett
Assistant coachDelray Brooks
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons
1995–96 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
No. 2 Kentucky 16 0   1.000     34 2   .944
Georgia 9 7   .563     21 10   .677
South Carolina 8 8   .500     19 12   .613
Vanderbilt 7 9   .438     18 14   .563
Florida 6 10   .375     12 16   .429
Tennessee 6 10   .375     14 15   .483
West
No. 19 Mississippi State 10 6   .625     26 8   .765
Arkansas 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Alabama 9 7   .563     19 13   .594
Ole Miss 6 10   .375     12 15   .444
Auburn 6 10   .375     19 13   .594
LSU 4 12   .250     12 17   .414
1996 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

Also known as "The Untouchables",[2] nine players from the 95–96 team eventually played in the NBA. These players were Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, and Antoine Walker. The 1995-96 Kentucky team is widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in NCAA Division I Men's Basketball history.

Contents

RosterEdit

1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 00 Tony Delk 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Sr Brownsville, TN
G/F 3 Allen Edwards 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So Miami, FL
G 5 Wayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr Boston, MA
C 13 Nazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr Chicago, IL
G 15 Jeff Sheppard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Jr Peachtree City, GA
G 21 Cameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
So Lexington, KY
G/F 23 Derek Anderson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Jr Louisville, KY
F 24 Antoine Walker 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Chicago, IL
G 25 Anthony Epps 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Jr Lebanon, KY
F 32 Jared Prickett   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Jr Fairmont, WV
F 33 Ron Mercer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Fr Nashville, TN
F 40 Walter McCarty 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Sr Evansville, IN
C 41 Mark Pope 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Sr Bellevue, WA
F 43 Jason Lathrem 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr Bowling Green, KY
G 51 Oliver Simmons 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Fr Nashville, TN
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

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ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/7/1995*
no, UKTV
Cagiva Varese W 98-74 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
11/17/1995*
no, UKTV
Athletes in Action W 119-80 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
Regular Season
11/24/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 14 Maryland
Tip-off Classic
W 96-84  1-0
Springfield Civic Center (8,999)
Springfield, MA
11/28/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Massachusetts
Great Eight
L 82-92  1-1
The Palace (15,454)
Auburn Hills, MI
12/2/1995*
no, CBS
No. 1 vs. Indiana W 89-82  2-1
RCA Dome (41,071)
Indianapolis, IN
12/6/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 Wisconsin-Green Bay W 74-62  3-1
Rupp Arena (22,825)
Lexington, KY
12/9/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 5 No. 16 Georgia Tech W 83-60  4-1
Rupp Arena (24,238)
Lexington, KY
12/16/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 Morehead State W 96-32  5-1
Rupp Arena (24,065)
Lexington, KY
12/19/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 vs. Marshall W 118-99  6-1
Freedom Hall (19,795)
Louisville, KY
12/23/1995*
no, CBS
No. 4 No. 25 Louisville W 89-66  7-1
Rupp Arena (24,340)
Lexington, KY
12/27/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 2 vs. Rider
ECAC Holiday Festival
W 90-65  8-1
Madison Square Garden (13,175)
New York, NY
12/29/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 2 vs. Iona
ECAC Holiday Festival
W 106-79  9-1
Madison Square Garden (13,659)
New York, NY
01/03/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at South Carolina W 89-60  10-1 (1-0)
Frank McGuire Arena (12,068)
Columbia, SC
01/06/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 Mississippi W 90–60  11-1 (2-0)
Rupp Arena (21,275)
Lexington, KY
01/09/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 12 Mississippi State W 74-56  12-1 (3-0)
Humphrey Coliseum (10,315)
Starkville, MS
01/13/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 Tennessee W 61-44  13-1 (4-0)
Rupp Arena (24,247)
Lexington, KY
01/16/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at Louisiana State W 129-97  14-1 (5-0)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (12,684)
Baton Rouge, LA
01/20/1996*
no, ESPN
No. 2 Texas Christian W 124-80  15-1
Rupp Arena (24,189)
Lexington, KY
01/24/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Georgia W 82-77  16-1 (6-0)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
01/27/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 South Carolina W 89-57  17-1 (7-0)
Rupp Arena (24,229)
Lexington, KY
02/03/1996
no, JP
No. 2 Florida W 77-63  18-1 (8-0)
Rupp Arena (24,251)
Lexington, KY
02/07/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Vanderbilt W 120-81  19-1 (9-0)
Memorial Gymnasium (15,311)
Nashville, TN
02/11/1996
no, CBS
No. 2 Arkansas W 88-73  20-1 (10-0)
Rupp Arena (24,336)
Lexington, KY
02/11/1996
no, JP
No. 2 Georgia W 86-73  21-1 (11-0)
Rupp Arena (24,206)
Lexington, KY
02/17/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Tennessee W 90-50  22-1 (12-0)
Thompson-Boling Arena (23,115)
Knoxville, TN
02/20/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 Alabama W 84-65  23-1 (13-0)
Rupp Arena (24,175)
Lexington, KY
02/24/1996
no, CBS
No. 2 at Florida W 94-63  24-1 (14-0)
Stephen C. O'Connell Center (10,697)
Gainesville, FL
02/27/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at Auburn W 88-73  25-1 (15-0)
Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum (10,108)
Auburn, AL
03/02/1996
no, UKTV
No. 1 Vanderbilt W 101-63  26-1 (16-0)
Rupp Arena (24,257)
Lexington, KY
1996 SEC Tournament
03/08/1996
no, JP
No. 1 vs. Florida
Quarterfinals
W 100-76  27-1
Louisiana Superdome (21,248)
New Orleans, LA
03/09/1996
no, JP
No. 1 vs. Arkansas
Semifinals
W 95-75  28-1
Louisiana Superdome (24,556)
New Orleans, LA
03/10/1996
no, CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 25 Mississippi State
Finals
L 73-84  28-2
Louisiana Superdome (24,462)
New Orleans, LA
1996 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
03/14/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. (16) San Jose State
Midwest Regional 1st Round
W 110-72  29-2
Reunion Arena (13,458)
Dallas, TX
03/16/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 16 (9) Virginia Tech
Midwest Regional 2nd Round
W 84-60  30-2
Reunion Arena (15,469)
Dallas, TX
03/21/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 10 (4) Utah
Midwest Regional Semifinal
W 101-70  31-2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (30,334)
Minneapolis, MN
03/23/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 13 (2) Wake Forest
Midwest Regional Final
W 83-63  32-2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (30,397)
Minneapolis, MN
03/30/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (M1) vs. No. 1 (E1) Massachusetts
National Semifinal
W 81-74  33-2
Continental Airlines Arena (19,229)
East Rutherford, NJ
04/01/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (M1) vs. (W4) Syracuse
National Championship
W 76-67  34-2
Continental Airlines Arena (19,229)
East Rutherford, NJ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Awards and honorsEdit

Players drafted into the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1995-96 Southeastern Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ Bradley, Bill (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House, Inc. p. 236. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  3. ^ http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/roster1995-96.html
  4. ^ http://www.bigbluehistory.net
  5. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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