1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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SEC Regular season champions
Conference Southeast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #5
1997–98 record 35–4 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach Tubby Smith
Assistant coach Mike Sutton
Assistant coach George Felton
Assistant coach Shawn Finney
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 1996–97 1998–99 »

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.

Roster[edit]

1997–98 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) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Miami, FL
G 4 Masiello, SteveSteve Masiello 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So White Plains, NY
G 5 Turner, WayneWayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Boston, MA
G 11 Smith, SaulSaul Smith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Athens, GA
C 13 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Chicago, IL
F 14 Evans, HeshimuHeshimu Evans 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Bronx, NY
G 15 Sheppard, JeffJeff Sheppard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Sr Peachtree City, GA
G 21 Mills, CameronCameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Sr Lexington, KY
G 22 Hogan, RyanRyan Hogan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Deerfield, IL
F 25 Anthony, MyronMyron Anthony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Neptune Beach, FL
F/C 33 Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Worcester, MA
F 34 Padgett, ScottScott Padgett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Louisville, KY
C 42 Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Toronto
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chart[edit]

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

Schedule and Results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/11/1997* Court Authority Rupp ArenaLexington, KY W 86-62  -
11/18/1997* North Melbourne Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 91-63  -
Regular Season
November 20, 1997* 8:00 PM Morehead State #9 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY W 88–49  23,097 1–0
November 24, 1997* 11:00 PM vs. George Washington #9 Lahaina Civic CenterMaui, HI
(Maui Invitational Tournament)
W 70–55  2,500 2–0
November 25, 1997* 7:00 PM vs. #1 Arizona #9 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui, HI
(Maui Invitational Tournament)
L 74–89  2,500 2–1
November 26, 1997* 7:00 PM vs. Missouri #8 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui, HI
(Maui Invitational Tournament)
W 77–55  2,500 3–1
November 29, 1997* 7:00 PM vs. #13 Clemson #8 America West ArenaPhoenix, AZ
(Premier Classic)
W 76–61  4,306 4–1
December 3, 1997* 7:00 PM vs. #6 Purdue #7 United CenterChicago, IL W 89–75  19,567 5–1
December 6, 1997* 12:00 PM vs. Indiana #7 RCA DomeIndianapolis, IN CBS W 75–72  38,504 6–1
December 10, 1997* 7:00 PM at Canisius #4 Marine Midland ArenaBuffalo, NY W 81–54  10,083 7–1
December 13, 1997* 2:00 PM #24 Georgia Tech #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 85–71  24,112 8–1
December 20, 1997* 12:00 PM Tulsa #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 74–53  24,082 9–1
December 23, 1997* 7:00 PM American #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 75–52  22,856 10–1
December 27, 1997* 4:00 PM Louisville #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
L 76–79  24,303 10–2
December 30, 1997* 7:00 PM at Ohio #4 Convocation CenterAthens, OH W 95–58  13,083 11–2
January 3, 1998 2:00 PM Vanderbilt #6 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 71–62  24,236 12–2 (1-0)
January 6, 1998 8:00 PM at Georgia #6 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA W 90–79  10,523 13–2 (2-0)
January 10, 1998 2:00 PM at Mississippi State #6 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS W 77–71  9,334 14–2 (3-0)
January 13, 1998 8:00 PM #16 South Carolina #6 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 91–70  24,241 15–2 (4-0)
January 17, 1998 3:00 PM #22 Arkansas #6 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 80–77 OT 24,266 16–2 (5-0)
January 21, 1998 8:00 PM Alabama #7 Freedom HallLouisville, KY W 80–77  19,734 17–2 (6-0)
January 24, 1998 3:00 PM at Tennessee #7 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN W 85–67  23,146 18–2 (7-0)
January 27, 1998 8:00 PM at Vanderbilt #7 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN W 63–61  15,311 19–2 (8-0)
February 1, 1998 8:00 PM Florida #7 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY L 78–86  24,186 19–3 (8-1)
February 4, 1998 4:00 PM at LSU #8 Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA W 63–61  8,686 20–3 (9-1)
February 8, 1998* 8:00 PM at Villanova #8 CoreStates CenterPhiladelphia, PA W 79–63  15,551 21–3
February 11, 1998 2:00 PM Tennessee #7 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 79–63  23,861 22–3 (10-1)
February 14, 1998 8:00 PM #18 Ole Miss #7 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY L 64–73  23,842 22–4 (10-2)
February 18, 1998 12:00 PM at Florida #8 O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL W 79–54  10,222 23–4 (11-2)
February 22, 1998 1:00 PM Georgia #8 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY W 85–74  24,272 24–4 (12-2)
February 25, 1998 9:00 PM at Auburn #7 Beard-Eaves-Memorial ColiseumAuburn, AL W 83–58  9,644 25–4 (13-2)
February 28, 1998 2:00 PM at #14 South Carolina #7 Frank McGuire ArenaColumbia, SC W 69–57  12,129 26–4 (14-2)
1998 SEC Tournament
March 6, 1998 3:00 PM vs. Alabama #7 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(Quarterfinals)
JP Sports W 82–71  21,109 27–4
March 7, 1998 3:00 PM vs. #16 Arkansas #7 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(Semifinals)
JP Sports W 99–74  25,190 28–4
March 8, 1998 3:00 PM vs. #15 South Carolina #7 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(Finals)
CBS W 86–56  24,545 29–4
1998 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
March 13, 1998 1:00 PM vs. (15) South Carolina State #5 (2) Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(South Regional 1st Round)
CBS W 82–67  17,474 30–4
March 15, 1998 12:00 PM vs. (10) Saint Louis #5 (2) Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(South Regional 2nd Round)
CBS W 88–61  19,423 31–4
March 20, 1998 9:00 PM vs. #19 (6) UCLA #5 (2) Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL
(South Regional Semifinal)
CBS W 94–68  40,589 32–4
March 22, 1998 4:00 PM vs. #3 (1) Duke #5 (2) Tropicana Field • St. Petersburg, FL
(South Regional Final)
CBS W 86–84  40,589 33–4
March 28, 1998 6:00 PM vs. #10 (M3) Stanford #5 (S2) AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX
(National Semifinal)
CBS W 86–85 OT 40,509 34–4
March 30, 1998 9:00 PM vs. #10 (W3) Utah #5 (S2) Alamodome • San Antonio TX
(National Championship)
CBS W 78–69  40,509 35–4
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 29 Nazr Mohammed Utah Jazz

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