1991–92 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1991–92 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
SEC Regular season champions
SEC Tournament champions
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 6
1991–92 record29–7 (12–4 SEC)
Head coachRick Pitino (3rd season)
Assistant coachHerb Sendek
Assistant coachBilly Donovan
Assistant coachBernadette Locke-Mattox
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons
1991–92 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#6 Kentucky 12 4   .750     29 7   .806
Florida 9 7   .563     19 14   .576
Tennessee 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Georgia 7 9   .438     15 14   .517
Vanderbilt 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
South Carolina 3 13   .188     11 17   .393
West
#9 Arkansas 13 3   .813     26 8   .765
#25 LSU 12 4   .750     21 10   .677
#13 Alabama 10 6   .625     26 9   .743
Mississippi State 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Auburn 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
Ole Miss 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
1992 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]
Jerseys honoring the team's four seniors—"The Unforgettables"—hang in Rupp Arena

The 1991–92 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in NCAA competition in the 1991–92 season. Coached by Rick Pitino, the Wildcats were, then as now, a member of the Southeastern Conference and played their home games at Rupp Arena.

This season's team is one of the most fondly remembered in UK's long basketball history. The Wildcats were coming off a two-year postseason ban due to major recruiting violations committed during the tenure of Pitino's predecessor Eddie Sutton, although the NCAA found Sutton was not personally liable. The violations mainly centered on alleged cheating by former player Eric Manuel on the ACT college entrance exam and cash payments to the guardian of another former player, Chris Mills.

The team's four seniors, three of whom were Kentucky natives, had remained loyal to the program throughout its probation, and would enter Kentucky basketball history as "The Unforgettables". They were:

Although the seniors were the heart and soul of the team, its biggest star was sophomore Jamal Mashburn, who would go on to become a consensus first-team All-American the following season and have a successful 12-year NBA career; he is now an NBA analyst for ESPN.

The Wildcats' run in the NCAA Tournament would end in a regional final against Duke that is often cited as the greatest college game ever played. The heavily favored Blue Devils survived an overtime thriller on Christian Laettner's last-second shot at the buzzer.

The legacy of "The Unforgettables" at UK was great enough that the UK program decided to retire their jerseys (but not their numbers) almost immediately after that game. While jersey retirement is not uncommon, it is rare for a school to bestow this honor so soon after a player's career ends.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • Kentucky (2) 88, Old Dominion (15) 69
    • Kentucky 106, Iowa State (10) 98
    • Kentucky 87, Massachusetts (3) 77
    • Duke (1) 104, Kentucky 103 (OT)

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • David Reed - Executive towelboy

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Not one member of the Wildcats was claimed in the 1992 NBA Draft. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1991-92 Southeastern Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1992
  3. ^ "1992 NBA Draft on". Databasebasketball.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-04-30.