1995–96 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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