1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Uk logo preston ursini.svg
SEC Champions
Conference Southeast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
1996–97 record 35–5 (13–3 SEC)
Head coach Rick Pitino
Assistant coach Jim O'Brien
Assistant coach Winston Bennett
Assistant coach Delray Brooks
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 1995–96 1997–98 »

The 1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky coached by Rick Pitino . The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Rupp Arena.

Roster[edit]

1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G/F 3 Edwards, AllenAllen Edwards 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Miami, FL
G 4 Masiello, SteveSteve Masiello 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr White Plains, NY
G 5 Turner, WayneWayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
So Boston, MA
C 13 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
So Chicago, IL
G 21 Mills, CameronCameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Jr Lexington, KY
G/F 23 Anderson, DerekDerek Anderson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr Louisville, KY
G 25 Epps, AnthonyAnthony Epps 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Sr Lebanon, KY
F 32 Prickett, JaredJared Prickett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Sr Fairmont, WV
G/F 33 Mercer, RonRon Mercer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Nashville, TN
F 34 Padgett, ScottScott Padgett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
So Louisville, KY
C 42 Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr Toronto
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/4/1996* Athletes in Action Rupp ArenaLexington, KY W 79-62  -
11/20/1996* Australia Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 84-51  -
Regular Season
11/15/1996* vs. #20 Clemson #3 RCA DomeIndianapolis, IN
(BCA Classic)
L 71-79 (OT) 32,250 0-1
11/28/1996* vs. #12 Syracuse #8 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 87-53  8,285 1-1
11/29/1996* vs. Alaska Anchorage #8 Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 104-72  8,285 2-1
11/30/1996* vs. College of Charleston #8 Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 92-65  8,285 3-1
12/3/1996* vs. Purdue #8 United CenterChicago, IL
(Great Eight)
W 101-87  20,171 4-1
12/7/1996* vs. #8 Indiana #6 Freedom HallLouisville, KY W 99-65  20,074 5-1
12/9/1996* Wright State #6 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 90-62  23,127 6-1
12/14/1996* Notre Dame #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 80-56  24,152 7-1
12/21/1996* vs. Georgia Tech #3 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(Delta Air Lines Classic)
W 88-59  27,842 8-1
12/23/1996* UNC Asheville #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 105-51  23,891 9-1
12/28/1996* vs. Ohio State #3 Gund ArenaCleveland, OH
(Rock and Roll Shootout)
W 81-65  20,562 10-1
12/31/1996* at #16 Louisville #3 Freedom Hall • Louisville, KY W 74-54  20,075 11-1
01/04/1997 Tennessee #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 74-40  24,091 12-1 (1-0)
01/07/1997 Mississippi State #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 90-61  24,038 13-1 (2-0)
01/09/1997* Canisius #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 68-45  22,883 14-1
01/11/1997 Mississippi #3 Tad Smith ColiseumOxford, MS L 69-73  8,195 14-2 (2-1)
01/14/1997 at #24 Georgia #3 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA W 86-65  10,523 15-2 (3-1)
01/18/1997 Auburn #5 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 77-53  24,169 16-2 (4-1)
01/22/1997 vs. Vanderbilt #3 Riverfront ColiseumCincinnati, OH W 58-46  17.121 17-2 (5-1)
01/26/1997 at Arkansas #3 Bud Walton ArenaFayetteville, AR W 83-73  20,320 18-2 (6-1)
01/29/1997 at Florida #3 Stephen C. O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL W 92-65  11,629 19-2 (7-1)
02/01/1997 Georgia #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 82-57  24,197 20-2 (8-1)
02/04/1997 at #25 South Carolina #3 Frank McGuire ArenaColumbia, SC L 79-84 (OT) 12,575 20-3 (8-2)
02/06/1997* Western Carolina #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 82-55  22,134 21-3
02/09/1997* #18 Villanova #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 93-56  24,277 22-3
02/12/1997 Louisiana State #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 84-48  23,981 23-3 (9-2)
02/15/1997 Florida #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 85-56  24,191 24-3 (10-2)
02/19/1997 Alabama #3 Coleman ColiseumTuscaloosa, AL W 75-61  13,736 25-3 (11-2)
02/22/1997 at Vanderbilt #3 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN W 82-79  15,311 26-3 (12-2)
02/25/1997 at Tennessee #3 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN W 74-64  20,241 27-3 (13-2)
03/02/1997 #6 South Carolina #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY L 66-72  24,326 27-4 (13-3)
1997 SEC Tournament
03/07/1997 vs. Auburn #6 The PyramidMemphis, TN
(Quarterfinals)
W 92-50  20,000 28-4
03/08/1997 vs. Mississippi #6 The Pyramid • Memphis, TN
(Semifinals)
W 88-70  20,000 29-4
03/09/1997 vs. #24 Georgia #6 The Pyramid • Memphis, TN
(Finals)
W 95-68  19,423 30-4
1997 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
03/13/1997* vs. (16) Montana #5 (1) Huntsman CenterSalt Lake City, UT
(West Regional 1st Round)
W 92-54  13,832 31-4
03/15/1997* vs. (8) Iowa #5 (1) Huntsman Center • Salt Lake City, UT
(West Regional 2nd Round)
W 75-69  14,387 32-4
03/20/1997* vs. #12 (4) Saint Joseph's #5 (1) San Jose ArenaSan Jose, CA
(West Regional Semifinal)
W 83-68  18,543 33-4
03/22/1997* vs. #2 (2) Utah #5 (1) San Jose Arena • San Jose, CA
(West Regional Final)
W 72-59  18,543 34-4
03/29/1997* vs. #3 (MW1) Minnesota #5 (W1) RCA Dome • Indianapolis, IN
(National Semifinal)
W 78-69  47,028 35-4
03/31/1997* vs. #15 (SE4) Arizona #5 (W1) RCA Dome • Indianapolis, IN
(National Championship)
L 79-84 (OT) 47,028 35-5
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1997 1 6 Ron Mercer Boston Celtics
1997 1 13 Derek Anderson Cleveland Cavaliers
1998 1 29 Nazr Mohammed Utah Jazz
1999 1 28 Scott Padgett Utah Jazz
2000 1 19 Jamaal Magloire Charlotte Hornets

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bigbluehistory.net
  2. ^ "1997 NBA Draft on". Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20.