1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
SEC Regular season champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 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] nine players from the 95–96 team eventually played in the NBA. These players were Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, 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
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/7/1995*
no, UKTV
Cagiva Varese W 98-74 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
11/17/1995*
no, UKTV
Athletes in Action W 119-80 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
Regular Season
11/24/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 14 Maryland
Tip-off Classic
W 96-84  1-0
Springfield Civic Center (8,999)
Springfield, MA
11/28/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Massachusetts
Great Eight
L 82-92  1-1
The Palace (15,454)
Auburn Hills, MI
12/2/1995*
no, CBS
No. 1 vs. Indiana W 89-82  2-1
RCA Dome (41,071)
Indianapolis, IN
12/6/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 Wisconsin-Green Bay W 74-62  3-1
Rupp Arena (22,825)
Lexington, KY
12/9/1995*
no, ESPN
No. 5 No. 16 Georgia Tech W 83-60  4-1
Rupp Arena (24,238)
Lexington, KY
12/16/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 Morehead State W 96-32  5-1
Rupp Arena (24,065)
Lexington, KY
12/19/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 5 vs. Marshall W 118-99  6-1
Freedom Hall (19,795)
Louisville, KY
12/23/1995*
no, CBS
No. 4 No. 25 Louisville W 89-66  7-1
Rupp Arena (24,340)
Lexington, KY
12/27/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 2 vs. Rider
ECAC Holiday Festival
W 90-65  8-1
Madison Square Garden (13,175)
New York, NY
12/29/1995*
no, UKTV
No. 2 vs. Iona
ECAC Holiday Festival
W 106-79  9-1
Madison Square Garden (13,659)
New York, NY
01/03/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at South Carolina W 89-60  10-1 (1-0)
Frank McGuire Arena (12,068)
Columbia, SC
01/06/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 Mississippi W 90–60  11-1 (2-0)
Rupp Arena (21,275)
Lexington, KY
01/09/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 12 Mississippi State W 74-56  12-1 (3-0)
Humphrey Coliseum (10,315)
Starkville, MS
01/13/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 Tennessee W 61-44  13-1 (4-0)
Rupp Arena (24,247)
Lexington, KY
01/16/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at Louisiana State W 129-97  14-1 (5-0)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (12,684)
Baton Rouge, LA
01/20/1996*
no, ESPN
No. 2 Texas Christian W 124-80  15-1
Rupp Arena (24,189)
Lexington, KY
01/24/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Georgia W 82-77  16-1 (6-0)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
01/27/1996
no, UKTV
No. 2 South Carolina W 89-57  17-1 (7-0)
Rupp Arena (24,229)
Lexington, KY
02/03/1996
no, JP
No. 2 Florida W 77-63  18-1 (8-0)
Rupp Arena (24,251)
Lexington, KY
02/07/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Vanderbilt W 120-81  19-1 (9-0)
Memorial Gymnasium (15,311)
Nashville, TN
02/11/1996
no, CBS
No. 2 Arkansas W 88-73  20-1 (10-0)
Rupp Arena (24,336)
Lexington, KY
02/11/1996
no, JP
No. 2 Georgia W 86-73  21-1 (11-0)
Rupp Arena (24,206)
Lexington, KY
02/17/1996
no, JP
No. 2 at Tennessee W 90-50  22-1 (12-0)
Thompson-Boling Arena (23,115)
Knoxville, TN
02/20/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 Alabama W 84-65  23-1 (13-0)
Rupp Arena (24,175)
Lexington, KY
02/24/1996
no, CBS
No. 2 at Florida W 94-63  24-1 (14-0)
Stephen C. O'Connell Center (10,697)
Gainesville, FL
02/27/1996
no, ESPN
No. 2 at Auburn W 88-73  25-1 (15-0)
Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum (10,108)
Auburn, AL
03/02/1996
no, UKTV
No. 1 Vanderbilt W 101-63  26-1 (16-0)
Rupp Arena (24,257)
Lexington, KY
1996 SEC Tournament
03/08/1996
no, JP
No. 1 vs. Florida
Quarterfinals
W 100-76  27-1
Louisiana Superdome (21,248)
New Orleans, LA
03/09/1996
no, JP
No. 1 vs. Arkansas
Semifinals
W 95-75  28-1
Louisiana Superdome (24,556)
New Orleans, LA
03/10/1996
no, CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 25 Mississippi State
Finals
L 73-84  28-2
Louisiana Superdome (24,462)
New Orleans, LA
1996 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
03/14/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. (16) San Jose State
Midwest Regional 1st Round
W 110-72  29-2
Reunion Arena (13,458)
Dallas, TX
03/16/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 16 (9) Virginia Tech
Midwest Regional 2nd Round
W 84-60  30-2
Reunion Arena (15,469)
Dallas, TX
03/21/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 10 (4) Utah
Midwest Regional Semifinal
W 101-70  31-2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (30,334)
Minneapolis, MN
03/23/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 13 (2) Wake Forest
Midwest Regional Final
W 83-63  32-2
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (30,397)
Minneapolis, MN
03/30/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (M1) vs. No. 1 (E1) Massachusetts
National Semifinal
W 81-74  33-2
Continental Airlines Arena (19,229)
East Rutherford, NJ
04/01/1996*
no, CBS
No. 2 (M1) vs. (W4) Syracuse
National Championship
W 76-67  34-2
Continental Airlines Arena (19,229)
East Rutherford, NJ
*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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