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

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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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