1989–90 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
|1989-90 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball|
|1989-90 record||14-14 (10-8 SEC)|
|Head coach||Rick Pitino (1st season)|
|Assistant coach||Herb Sendek|
|Assistant coach||Billy Donovan|
|Home arena||Rupp Arena|
|1989-90 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings|
|† 1990 SEC Tournament winner |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1989-90 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky in the 1989-90 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Rick Pitino and the team finished the season with an overall record of 14-14. The team utilized a fast-paced offense predicated on taking a large number of three-point shots; after the team hit 18 of 41 three-point attempts in a game against Tennessee Tech, Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John McGill dubbed them "Pitino's Bombinos", a nickname which stuck.
Coming off the controversy of the Eddie Sutton scandal, the NCAA banned the Kentucky Wildcats from television for one season. Pitino knew this and still took the challenge of making this team successful despite the many deficient parts of the program. Coming off an iffy season in the NBA with the Knicks, Pitino missed the college experience and felt that Kentucky would be the most interesting choice. The 14-14 record is a direct reflection of this but Pitino would definitely bounce back from this come in the next few years. Coming into the new season, not all the players were completely committed to playing considering the circumstances of their program was in shambles. Some players were reported to skip class or not put 100% effort into his practices. Ironically, the students that didn't compete were focusing more grades so they can graduate. Despite Rick Pitino's intense effort of coaching, the season included many iffy moments for the Wildcats including a 150-95 loss to Kansas( Which is consider the biggest blowout by a Kansas team ever). Combining all these blunders the Wildcats finished with an abysmal 14-14 record for the season.
- sports-reference.com 1989-90 Southeastern Conference Season Summary
- "1989-1990 Kentucky Wildcats Roster and Stats". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "1989-1990 Kentucky Wildcats Schedule and Results". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- Gregory, Eric (May 9, 1997). "Bravo, Pitino". Lexington Herald-Leader. p. C3.
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