1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
UKentucky logo.png
SEC Regular season champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1995–96 record 34–2 (16–0 SEC)
Head coach Rick Pitino
Assistant coach Jim O'Brien
Assistant coach Winston Bennett
Assistant coach Delray Brooks
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 1994–95 1996–97 »

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.

Also known as "The Untouchables",[1] eleven players from the 95–96 team eventually played in the NBA. These players were Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Scott Padgett, 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.

Roster[edit]

1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 00 Delk, TonyTony Delk 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Sr Brownsville, TN
G/F 3 Edwards, AllenAllen Edwards 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So Miami, FL
G 5 Turner, WayneWayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr Boston, MA
C 13 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr Chicago, IL
G 15 Sheppard, JeffJeff Sheppard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Jr Peachtree City, GA
G 21 Mills, CameronCameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
So Lexington, KY
G/F 23 Anderson, DerekDerek Anderson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Jr Louisville, KY
F 24 Walker, AntoineAntoine Walker 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Chicago, IL
G 25 Epps, AnthonyAnthony Epps 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Jr Lebanon, KY
F 32 Prickett, JaredJared Prickett Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Jr Fairmont, WV
F 33 Mercer, RonRon Mercer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Fr Nashville, TN
F 40 McCarty, WalterWalter McCarty 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Sr Evansville, IN
C 41 Pope, MarkMark Pope 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Sr Bellevue, WA
F 43 Lathrem, JasonJason Lathrem 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr Bowling Green, KY
G 51 Simmons, OliverOliver 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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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/7/1995* Cagiva Varese Rupp ArenaLexington, KY W 98-74  -
11/17/1995* Athletes in Action Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 119-80  -
Regular Season
11/24/1995* vs. #14 Maryland #1 Springfield Civic CenterSpringfield, MA
(Tip-off Classic)
W 96-84  8,999 1-0
11/28/1995* vs. #5 Massachusetts #1 The PalaceAuburn Hills, MI
(Great Eight)
L 82-92  15,454 1-1
12/2/1995* vs. Indiana #1 RCA DomeIndianapolis, IN W 89-82  41,071 2-1
12/6/1995* Wisconsin-Green Bay #5 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 74-62  22,825 3-1
12/9/1995* #16 Georgia Tech #5 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 83-60  24,238 4-1
12/16/1995* Morehead State #5 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 96-32  24,065 5-1
12/19/1995* vs. Marshall #5 Freedom HallLouisville, KY W 118-99  19,795 6-1
12/23/1995* #25 Louisville #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 89-66  24,340 7-1
12/27/1995* vs. Rider #2 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(ECAC Holiday Festival)
W 90-65  13,175 8-1
12/29/1995* vs. Iona #2 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(ECAC Holiday Festival)
W 106-79  13,659 9-1
01/03/1996 at South Carolina #2 Frank McGuire ArenaColumbia, SC W 89-60  12,068 10-1 (1-0)
01/06/1996 Mississippi #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 90–60  21,275 11-1 (2-0)
01/09/1996 at #12 Mississippi State #2 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS W 74-56  10,315 12-1 (3-0)
01/13/1996 Tennessee #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 61-44  24,247 13-1 (4-0)
01/16/1996 at Louisiana State #2 Pete Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA W 129-97  12,684 14-1 (5-0)
01/20/1996* Texas Christian #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 124-80  24,189 15-1
01/24/1996 at Georgia #2 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA W 82-77  10,523 16-1 (6-0)
01/27/1996 South Carolina #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 89-57  24,229 17-1 (7-0)
02/03/1996 Florida #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 77-63  24,251 18-1 (8-0)
02/07/1996 at Vanderbilt #2 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN W 120-81  15,311 19-1 (9-0)
02/11/1996 Arkansas #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 88-73  24,336 20-1 (10-0)
02/11/1996 Georgia #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 86-73  24,206 21-1 (11-0)
02/17/1996 at Tennessee #2 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN W 90-50  23,115 22-1 (12-0)
02/20/1996 Alabama #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 84-65  24,175 23-1 (13-0)
02/24/1996 at Florida #2 Stephen C. O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL W 94-63  10,697 24-1 (14-0)
02/27/1996 at Auburn #2 Beard-Eaves Memorial ColiseumAuburn, AL W 88-73  10,108 25-1 (15-0)
03/02/1996 Vanderbilt #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 101-63  24,257 26-1 (16-0)
1996 SEC Tournament
03/08/1996 vs. Florida #1 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA
(Quarterfinals)
W 100-76  21,248 27-1
03/09/1996 vs. Arkansas #1 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA
(Semifinals)
W 95-75  24,556 28-1
03/10/1996 vs. #25 Mississippi State #1 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA
(Finals)
L 73-84  24,462 28-2
1996 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
03/14/1996* vs. (16) San Jose State #2 (1) Reunion ArenaDallas, TX
(Midwest Regional 1st Round)
W 110-72  13,458 29-2
03/16/1996* vs. #16 (9) Virginia Tech #2 (1) Reunion Arena • Dallas, TX
(Midwest Regional 2nd Round)
W 84-60  15,469 30-2
03/21/1996* vs. #10 (4) Utah #2 (1) Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN
(Midwest Regional Semifinal)
W 101-70  30,334 31-2
03/23/1996* vs. #13 (2) Wake Forest #2 (1) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN
(Midwest Regional Final)
W 83-63  30,397 32-2
03/30/1996* vs. #1 (E1) Massachusetts #2 (M1) Continental Airlines ArenaEast Rutherford, NJ
(National Semifinal)
W 81-74  19,229 33-2
04/01/1996* vs. #15 (W4) Syracuse #2 (M1) Continental Airlines Arena • East Rutherford, NJ
(National Championship)
W 76-67  19,229 34-2
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 6 Antoine Walker Boston Celtics
1 16 Tony Delk Charlotte Hornets
1 19 Walter McCarty Portland Trail Blazers
2 23 (52) Mark Pope Indiana Pacers

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