1995–96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1995–96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season concluded in the 64-team 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament whose finals were held at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Kentucky Wildcats earned their sixth national championship by defeating the Syracuse Orangemen 76–67 on April 1, 1996. They were coached by Rick Pitino and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player was Kentucky's Tony Delk.

In the 32-team 1997 National Invitation Tournament, the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the St. Joseph's Hawks at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Following the season, the 1996 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American Consensus First team included Ray Allen, Marcus Camby, Tony Delk, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, and Kerry Kittles.

Season headlinesEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 25 from the pre-season AP Poll.

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Kentucky
2 Kansas
3 Villanova
5 Georgetown
6 Connecticut
7 Massachusetts
8 Iowa
9 Mississippi State
10 Utah
11 Wake Forest
12 Louisville
13 Memphis
14 Missouri
15 Maryland
16 Arkansas
17 Michigan
18 Stanford
19 Virginia
20 North Carolina
21 Cincinnati
22 Virginia Tech
23 Indiana
24 Purdue
25 California

Conference membership changesEdit

These schools joined new conferences for the 1995–96 season.

School Former conference New conference
Charlotte Metro Conference Conference USA
Cincinnati Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
Dayton Great Midwest Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
DePaul Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
Fordham Patriot League Atlantic 10 Conference
Hampton NCAA Division II Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Jacksonville State NCAA Division II Trans America Athletic Conference
La Salle Midwestern Collegiate Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Louisville Metro Conference Conference USA
Marquette Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
Memphis Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
Notre Dame NCAA Division I Independent Big East Conference
Rutgers Atlantic 10 Conference Big East Conference
Saint Louis Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
South Florida Metro Conference Conference USA
Southern Miss Metro Conference Conference USA
Towson Big South Conference North Atlantic Conference
Tulane Metro Conference Conference USA
UAB Great Midwest Conference Conference USA
VCU Metro Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Virginia Tech Metro Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
West Virginia Atlantic 10 Conference Big East Conference
Wofford NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent
Xavier Midwestern Collegiate Conference Atlantic 10 Conference

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

29 conference seasons concluded with a single-elimination tournament, with only the Big Ten Conference, Ivy League and the Pac-10 Conference choosing not to conduct conference tournaments. Conference tournament winners, with the exception of the American West Conference received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Conference Regular
Season Winner[1]
Player of the Year
Venue (City)
American West Conference Cal Poly —— 1996 American West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament —— Southern Utah
Atlantic 10 Conference UMass (East)
George Washington (West)
Virginia Tech (West)
Marcus Camby, UMass 1996 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Philadelphia Civic Center
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Atlantic Coast Conference Georgia Tech Tim Duncan, Wake Forest 1996 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Wake Forest
Big East Conference Connecticut (Big East 6)
Georgetown (Big East 7)
Ray Allen, Connecticut 1997 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Big Eight Conference Kansas Jacque Vaughn, Kansas 1996 Big Eight Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Iowa State
Big Sky Conference Montana State Jimmy DeGraffenried, Weber State
Quadre Lollis, Montana State
1996 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
(Bozeman, Montana)
Montana State
Big South Conference UNC Greensboro T. L. Latson, Charleston Southern 1996 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Vines Center
(Lynchburg, Virginia)
UNC Greensboro
Big Ten Conference Purdue Brian Evans, Indiana No Tournament
Big West Conference Long Beach State Raimonds Miglinieks, UC Irvine 1997 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Lawlor Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
San Jose State
Colonial Athletic Association VCU Bernard Hopkins, VCU 1996 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Conference USA Cincinnati (Blue)
Tulane (Red)
Memphis (White)
Danny Fortson, Cincinnati 1996 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Memphis Pyramid
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Ivy League Princeton Ira Bowman, Penn No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Fairfield
Darrell Barley, Canisius 1996 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Knickerbocker Arena
(Albany, New York)
Mid-American Conference Eastern Michigan Bonzi Wells, Ball State 1996 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament SeaGate Convention Centre
(Toledo, Ohio)
Eastern Michigan
Mid-Continent Conference Valparaiso Anthony Allison, Valparaiso 1996 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament The MARK of the Quad Cities
(Moline, Illinois)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coppin State Terquin Mott, Coppin State 1997 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Leon County Civic Center
(Tallahassee, Florida)
South Carolina State
Midwestern Collegiate Conference Green Bay Jeff Nordgaard, Green Bay 1996 MCC Men's Basketball Tournament Nutter Center
(Dayton, Ohio)
Northern Illinois
Missouri Valley Conference Bradley Anthony Parker, Bradley 1996 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Kiel Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
North Atlantic Conference Drexel Malik Rose, Drexel 1996 North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Daskalakis Athletic Center
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Northeast Conference Mount St. Mary's Chris McGuthrie, Mount St. Mary's 1996 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament William T. Boylan Gymnasium
(West Long Branch, New Jersey)
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State Marcus Brown, Murray State 1996 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Austin Peay
Pacific-10 Conference Arizona Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California No Tournament
Patriot League Colgate
Adonal Foyle, Colgate 1996 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Cotterell Court
(Hamilton, New York)
Southeastern Conference Kentucky (East)
Mississippi State (West)
Tony Delk, Kentucky 1996 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Louisiana Superdome
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
Mississippi State
Southern Conference Davidson (North)
Western Carolina (South)
Anquell McCollum, Western Carolina 1996 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Western Carolina
Southland Conference Louisiana–Monroe Paul Marshall, Louisiana–Monroe 1996 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
(Shreveport, Louisiana)
Southwest Conference Texas Tech Jason Sasser, Texas Tech 1996 Southwest Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Reunion Arena
(Dallas, Texas)
Texas Tech
Southwestern Athletic Conference Jackson State
Mississippi Valley State
Marcus Mann, Mississippi Valley State 1997 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Mississippi Valley State
Sun Belt Conference Little Rock
New Orleans
Derek Fisher, Little Rock 1996 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Barton Coliseum
(Little Rock, Arkansas)
New Orleans
Trans America Athletic Conference College of Charleston (East)
Samford (West)
Southeastern Louisiana (West)
Thaddeus Delaney, College of Charleston 1996 TAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Edmunds Center
(DeLand, Florida)
West Coast Conference Gonzaga
Santa Clara
Steve Nash, Santa Clara 1996 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Toso Pavilion
(Santa Clara, California)
Western Athletic Conference Utah Keith Van Horn, Utah 1996 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament The Pit
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
New Mexico

Statistical leadersEdit

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Steals Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Kevin Granger TX Southern 27.0 Marcus Mann Miss. Valley St. 13.6 Raimonds Miglinieks UC Irvine 8.5 Pointer Williams McNeese St. 4.4
Marcus Brown Murray St. 26.4 Malik Rose Drexel 13.2 Curtis McCants George Mason 8.3 Johnny Rhodes Maryland 3.7
Bubba Wells Austin Peay 24.4 Adonal Foyle Colgate 12.6 Dan Pogue Campbell 8.0 Roderick Taylor Jackson St. 3.7
Jafonde Williams Hampton 25.7 Tim Duncan Wake Forest 12.3 Pointer Williams McNeese St. 7.4 Rasul Salahuddin Long Beach St. 3.6
Bonzi Wells Ball St. 25.4 Scott Farley Mercer 12.0 Lazarus Sims Syracuse 7.4 Andrell Hoard Northeastern Illinois 3.6
Blocked Shots Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Three-Point FG Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Keith Closs C. Connecticut St. 6.4 Quadre Lollis Montana State .675 Mike Derockkis Drexel .477 Mike Dillard Sam Houston St. .926
Adonal Foyle Colgate 5.7 Daniel Watts Nevada .656 Peter Lisicky Penn State .471 Dion Cross Stanford .920
Roy Rogers Alabama 4.9 Link Abrams Centenary .654 Ray Allen Connecticut .466 Roderick Howard Charlotte .903
Jerome James Florida A&M 4.4 Alexander Koul George Washington .642 Keith Veney Marshall .455 Geoff Billet Rutgers .900
Peter Aluma Liberty 3.9 Terquin Mott Coppin St. .638 Tim Gill Oral Roberts .451 Steve Nash Santa Clara .894
Alan Tomidy Marist

Post-Season TournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four – RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IndianaEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E1 Massachusetts 74
M1 Kentucky 81
M1 Kentucky 76
W4 Syracuse 67
SE5 Mississippi State 69
W4 Syracuse 77

National Invitation TournamentEdit

Semifinals & FinalsEdit

Semifinals Finals
  Tulane 78
  Nebraska 90
  Nebraska 60
  St. Joseph's 56
  Alabama 69
  St. Joseph's 74
  • Third Place – Tulane 87, Alabama 76

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit


Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Ray Allen G Junior Connecticut
Marcus Camby C Junior Massachusetts
Tony Delk G Senior Kentucky
Tim Duncan C Junior Wake Forest
Allen Iverson G Sophomore Georgetown
Kerry Kittles G Senior Villanova

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Danny Fortson F Sophomore Cincinnati
Keith Van Horn F Junior Utah
Jacque Vaughn G Junior Kansas
John Wallace F Senior Syracuse
Lorenzen Wright F/C Sophomore Memphis

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major freshman of the year awardsEdit

  • USBWA Freshman of the Year: No Award Given

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit


  1. ^ "2001 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book – Conferences Section" (PDF). NCAA. 2001. Retrieved February 4, 2009.