1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

The 1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team were coached by Tubby Smith. He was in his first season as head coach after taking over from Rick Pitino. The team finished the season with a 29–4 record and won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship over the Utah Utes, 78–69.

1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
NCAA tournament National champions
SEC regular season and tournament champions
ConferenceSoutheast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 5
Record35–4 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons
1997–98 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
East
No. 5 Kentucky 14 2   .875 35 4   .897
No. 14 South Carolina 11 5   .688 23 8   .742
Tennessee 9 7   .563 20 9   .690
Georgia 7 9   .438 20 15   .571
Vanderbilt 7 9   .438 20 13   .606
Florida 6 10   .375 14 15   .483
West
No. 13 Ole Miss 12 4   .750 22 7   .759
No. 17 Arkansas 11 5   .688 24 9   .727
Auburn 7 9   .438 16 14   .533
Alabama 6 10   .375 15 16   .484
Mississippi State 4 12   .250 15 15   .500
LSU 2 14   .125 9 18   .333
1998 SEC tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

RosterEdit

1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G/F 3 Allen Edwards 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Miami, Florida
G 4 Steve Masiello 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So White Plains, New York
G 5 Wayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Boston, Massachusetts
G 11 Saul Smith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Athens, Georgia
C 13 Nazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Chicago, Illinois
F 14 Heshimu Evans 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Bronx, New York
G 15 Jeff Sheppard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Sr Peachtree City, Georgia
G 21 Cameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Sr Lexington, Kentucky
G 22 Ryan Hogan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Deerfield, Illinois
F 25 Myron Anthony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Neptune Beach, Florida
F/C 33 Michael Bradley 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Worcester, Massachusetts
F 34 Scott Padgett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Louisville, Kentucky
C 42 Jamaal Magloire 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Toronto, Ontario
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Nazr Mohammed Jamaal Magloire Michael Bradley
PF Scott Padgett
SF Allen Edwards Heshimu Evans Myron Anthony
SG Jeff Sheppard Cameron Mills Ryan Hogan Steve Masiello
PG Wayne Turner Saul Smith

ScheduleEdit

NovemberEdit

The Tubby Smith-era officially began on November 18 with an 88 to 49 victory over Morehead State at Rupp Arena.[2][3] Allen Edwards added 15 points, Wayne Turner had 12 points and Heshimu Evans had 10 points.[2][3] Four days later Kentucky traveled to island of Maui to compete in the annual Maui Invitational Tournament, Kentucky defeated George Washington 70 to 55 in the first round of the tournament.[4][5] The victory over the Colonials set up a game the next night in the semifinals against No. 1 Arizona, a rematch of the 1997 NCAA tournament championship Game. Kentucky experienced its first loss of the season with a 74 to 89 set back.[6][7] After the loss the Wildcats rebounded the next night in the 3rd-place game against Missouri with a 77 to 55 victory.[8][9] After Kentucky left Maui they traveled to Phoenix three days later to defeat No. 13 Clemson 76 to 61.[10][11] Kentucky finished November ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and with a 4–1 record.

DecemberEdit

On December 3 Kentucky defeated No. 6 Purdue 89 to 75 in the annual Great Eight Classic in Chicago.[12][13] Nazr Mohammed carried Kentucky with 19 points on 8-10 field goal shooting.[12][13] Three days later Kentucky traveled to Indianapolis to defeat rival Indiana 75 to 72.[14][15] Nazr Mohammed and Jeff Sheppard led the way with 21 points a piece.[14][15] Four days later Kentucky traveled to Buffalo to defeat Canisius 81 to 54. On December 13 the Wildcats played its first home game in 23 days against No. 24 Georgia Tech. They defeated the Yellow Jackets 85 to 71 behind 14 points and 10 rebounds by Heshimu Evans.[16][17] One week later Kentucky defeated Tubby Smith's former school Tulsa 74 to 53.[18][19] Three nights later Kentucky defeated American 75 to 52. Four days later Kentucky played in-state rival Louisville in the annual Battle for the Bluegrass. Kentucky was upset by the Cardinals 76 to 79 due in part to the Wildcats shooting 5 for 23 from the 3 point line.[20] Three nights later the Wildcats bounced back on the road in Athens, OH with a 95 to 58 victory over Ohio.[21] Kentucky finished the 1997 calendar year with a 11-2 record and ranked 6th in the AP poll.

JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

MarchEdit

ResultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 11, 1997*
7:30 pm
No. 9 Court Authority W 86–62  0–0
 20  Edwards   6  Tied   6  Turner  Rupp Arena (20,041)
Lexington, KY
November 18, 1997*
8:00 pm, BBSN
No. 9 Melbourne W 91–63  0–0
 14  Edwards   7  Tied   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (20,102)
Lexington, KY
Non-conference regular season
November 20, 1997*
8:00 pm, BBSN
No. 9 Morehead State W 88–49  1–0
 15  Edwards   8  Magloire   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (23,097)
Lexington, KY
November 24, 1997*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 9 vs. George Washington
Maui Invitational Tournament first round
W 70–55  2–0
 16  Turner   11  Evans   4  Evans  Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 25, 1997*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 vs. No. 1 Arizona
Maui Invitational Tournament Semifinals
L 74–89  2–1
 16  Padgett   16  Mohammed   4  Tied  Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 26, 1997*
7:30 pm
No. 8 vs. Missouri
Maui Invitational Tournament 3rd-place game
W 77–55  3–1
 18  Magloire   17  Magloire   5  Sheppard  Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 29, 1997*
7:30 pm, SportsChannel
No. 8 vs. No. 13 Clemson W 76–61  4–1
 17  Turner   6  Mohammed   5  Turner  America West Arena (4,306)
Phoenix, AZ
December 3, 1997*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 7 vs. No. 6 Purdue
Great Eight Classic
W 89–75  5–1
 19  Mohammed   9  Padgett   8  Turner  United Center (19,567)
Chicago, IL
December 6, 1997*
3:30 pm, CBS
No. 7 vs. Indiana W 75–72  6–1
 21  Tied   12  Mohammed   5  Turner  RCA Dome (38,504)
Indianapolis, IN
December 10, 1997*
8:00 pm, BBSN
No. 4 at Canisius W 81–54  7–1
 21  Sheppard   8  Turner   6  Turner  Marine Midland Arena (10,083)
Buffalo, NY
December 13, 1997*
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 No. 24 Georgia Tech W 85–71  8–1
 14  Evans   10  Evans   6  Edwards  Rupp Arena (24,112)
Lexington, KY
December 20, 1997*
7:30 pm, ESPN
No. 4 Tulsa W 74–53  9–1
 17  Mohammed   8  Padgett   5  Edwards  Rupp Arena (24,082)
Lexington, KY
December 23, 1997*
8:00 pm, BBSN
No. 4 American W 74–53  10–1
 16  Edwards   6  Magloire   5  Tied  Rupp Arena (22,856)
Lexington, KY
December 27, 1997*
4:00 pm, CBS
No. 4 Louisville L 76–79  10–2
 18  Sheppard   9  Mohammed   4  Padgett  Rupp Arena (24,303)
Lexington, KY
December 30, 1997*
7:00 pm, BBSN
No. 6 at Ohio W 95–58  11–2
 15  Tied   7  Mohammed   4  Tied  Convocation Center (13,083)
Athens, OH
January 3, 1998
6:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 6 Vanderbilt W 71–62  12–2
(1–0)
 19  Mohammed   14  Padgett   5  Edwards  Rupp Arena (24,236)
Lexington, KY
January 6, 1998
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Georgia W 90–79  13–2
(2–0)
 20  Turner   7  Tied   5  Turner  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
January 10, 1998
4:30 pm, JP Sports
No. 6 at Mississippi State W 77–71  14–2
(3–0)
 23  Padgett   10  Padgett   4  Turner  Humphrey Coliseum (9,334)
Starkville, MS
January 13, 1998
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 6 No. 14 South Carolina W 91–70  15–2
(4–0)
 16  Sheppard   8  Mohammed   12  Edwards  Rupp Arena (24,241)
Lexington, KY
January 17, 1998
4:00 pm, CBS
No. 6 No. 22 Arkansas W 80–77 OT 16–2
(5–0)
 20  Evans   13  Mohammed   4  Sheppard  Rupp Arena (24,266)
Lexington, KY
January 21, 1998
8:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 Alabama W 70–67  17–2
(6–0)
 24  Padgett   10  Mohammed   4  Turner  Freedom Hall (19,734)
Louisville, KY
January 24, 1998
7:30 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 at Tennessee W 90–79  18–2
(7–0)
 20  Padgett   7  Tied   11  Turner  Thompson-Boling Arena (23,146)
Knoxville, TN
January 27, 1998
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at Vanderbilt W 63–61  19–2
(8–0)
 20  Padgett   7  Tied   11  Turner  Memorial Gymnasium (15,311)
Nashville, TN
February 1, 1998
3:30 pm, ABC
No. 7 Florida L 78–86  19–3
(8–1)
 31  Mills   10  Evans   4  Turner  Rupp Arena (24,186)
Lexington, KY
February 4, 1998
8:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 8 at LSU W 63–61  20–3
(9–1)
 12  Sheppard   3  Evans   4  Sheppard  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (8,686)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 8, 1998*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 8 at Villanova W 79–63  21–3
(9–1)
 18  Tied   11  Mohammed   6  Edwards  CoreStates Center (15,551)
Philadelphia, PA
February 11, 1998
8:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 Tennessee W 80–74  22–3
(10–1)
 21  Mohammed   16  Mohammed   5  Evans  Rupp Arena (23,861)
Lexington, KY
February 14, 1998
12:30 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 No. 18 Ole Miss L 64–73  22–4
(10–2)
 15  Sheppard   8  Mohammed   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (23,842)
Lexington, KY
February 18, 1998
8:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 8 at Florida W 79–54  23–4
(11–2)
 19  Mohammed   6  Tied   5  Turner  O'Connell Center (10,222)
Gainesville, FL
February 22, 1998
1:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 8 Georgia W 85–74  24–4
(12–2)
 16  Mohammed   11  Mohammed   8  Sheppard  Rupp Arena (24,272)
Lexington, KY
February 25, 1998
8:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 at Auburn W 83–58  25–4
(13–2)
 25  Sheppard   7  Padgett   5  Padgett  Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum (9,644)
Auburn, AL
February 25, 1998
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 7 at No. 14 South Carolina W 89–57  26–4
(14–2)
 24  Sheppard   12  Evans   5  Turner  Carolina Coliseum (12,129)
Columbia, SC
SEC Tournament
March 6, 1998
1:00 pm, JP Sports
(E1) No. 7 vs. (W5) Alabama
Quarterfinals
W 82–71  27–4
 17  Sheppard   13  Padgett   8  Turner  Georgia Dome (21,109)
Atlanta, GA
March 7, 1998
1:00 pm, JP Sports
(E1) No. 7 vs. (W2) No. 16 Arkansas
Semifinals
W 99–74  28–4
 17  Sheppard   10  Mohammed   7  Turner  Georgia Dome (25,190)
Atlanta, GA
March 8, 1998
12:00 pm, CBS
(E1) No. 7 vs. (E2) No. 15 South Carolina
Championship Game
W 86–56  29–4
 18  Turner   7  Mohammed   5  Edwards  Georgia Dome (24,545)
Atlanta, GA
NCAA tournament
March 13, 1998
12:15 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (15 S) South Carolina State
First Round
W 82–67  30–4
 18  Mohammed   6  Tied   6  Edwards  Georgia Dome (17,474)
Atlanta, GA
March 15, 1998
2:30 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (10 S) St. Louis
Second Round
W 88–61  31–4
 18  Sheppard   8  Mohammed   9  Turner  Georgia Dome (19,423)
Atlanta, GA
March 20, 1998
10:00 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (6 S) No. 19 UCLA
Sweet Sixteen
W 94–68  32–4
 19  Padgett   6  Padgett   5  Edwards  Tropicana Field (40,589)
St. Petersburg, FL
March 23, 1998
5:00 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (1 S) No. 3 Duke
Elite Eight
W 86–84  33–4
 18  Sheppard   11  Tied   8  Turner  Tropicana Field (40,589)
St. Petersburg, FL
March 28, 1998
5:42 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (3 MW) No. 10 Stanford
Final Four
W 86–85 OT 34–4
 27  Sheppard   6  Tied   4  Tied  Alamodome (40,509)
San Antonio, TX
March 30, 1998
9:17 pm, CBS
(2 S) No. 5 vs. (3 W) No. 7 Utah
National Championship
W 78–69  35–4
 17  Padgett   6  Evans   5  Edwards  Alamodome (40,509)
San Antonio, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 29 Nazr Mohammed Utah Jazz

[22]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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