1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats logo (1984-2005).png
SEC Champions
Conference Southeast Conference
Division . ..
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 5
1996–97 record 35–5 (13–3 SEC)
Head coach Rick Pitino
Assistant coach Jim O'Brien
Assistant coach Winston Bennett
Assistant coach Delray Brooks
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons

The 1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky coached by Rick Pitino . The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Rupp Arena.

Roster[edit]

1996–97 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G/F 3 Edwards, AllenAllen Edwards 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Miami, FL
G 4 Masiello, SteveSteve Masiello 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr White Plains, NY
G 5 Turner, WayneWayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
So Boston, MA
C 13 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
So Chicago, IL
G 21 Mills, CameronCameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Jr Lexington, KY
G/F 23 Anderson, DerekDerek Anderson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr Louisville, KY
G 25 Epps, AnthonyAnthony Epps 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Sr Lebanon, KY
F 32 Prickett, JaredJared Prickett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Sr Fairmont, WV
G/F 33 Mercer, RonRon Mercer 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Nashville, TN
F 34 Padgett, ScottScott Padgett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
So Louisville, KY
C 42 Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr Toronto
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/4/1996*
no, no
Athletes in Action W 79-62 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
11/20/1996*
no, no
Australia W 84-51 
Rupp Arena (-)
Lexington, KY
Regular Season
11/15/1996*
no, no
No. 3 vs. No. 20 Clemson
BCA Classic
L 71-79 (OT) 0-1
RCA Dome (32,250)
Indianapolis, IN
11/28/1996*
no, no
No. 8 vs. No. 12 Syracuse
Great Alaska Shootout
W 87-53  1-1
Sullivan Arena (8,285)
Anchorage, AK
11/29/1996*
no, no
No. 8 vs. Alaska Anchorage
Great Alaska Shootout
W 104-72  2-1
Sullivan Arena (8,285)
Anchorage, AK
11/30/1996*
no, no
No. 8 vs. College of Charleston
Great Alaska Shootout
W 92-65  3-1
Sullivan Arena (8,285)
Anchorage, AK
12/3/1996*
no, no
No. 8 vs. Purdue
Great Eight
W 101-87  4-1
United Center (20,171)
Chicago, IL
12/7/1996*
no, no
No. 6 vs. No. 8 Indiana W 99-65  5-1
Freedom Hall (20,074)
Louisville, KY
12/9/1996*
no, no
No. 6 Wright State W 90-62  6-1
Rupp Arena (23,127)
Lexington, KY
12/14/1996*
no, no
No. 3 Notre Dame W 80-56  7-1
Rupp Arena (24,152)
Lexington, KY
12/21/1996*
no, no
No. 3 vs. Georgia Tech
Delta Air Lines Classic
W 88-59  8-1
Georgia Dome (27,842)
Atlanta, GA
12/23/1996*
no, no
No. 3 UNC Asheville W 105-51  9-1
Rupp Arena (23,891)
Lexington, KY
12/28/1996*
no, no
No. 3 vs. Ohio State
Rock and Roll Shootout
W 81-65  10-1
Gund Arena (20,562)
Cleveland, OH
12/31/1996*
no, no
No. 3 at No. 16 Louisville W 74-54  11-1
Freedom Hall (20,075)
Louisville, KY
01/04/1997
no, no
No. 3 Tennessee W 74-40  12-1 (1-0)
Rupp Arena (24,091)
Lexington, KY
01/07/1997
no, no
No. 3 Mississippi State W 90-61  13-1 (2-0)
Rupp Arena (24,038)
Lexington, KY
01/09/1997*
no, no
No. 3 Canisius W 68-45  14-1
Rupp Arena (22,883)
Lexington, KY
01/11/1997
no, no
No. 3 Mississippi L 69-73  14-2 (2-1)
Tad Smith Coliseum (8,195)
Oxford, MS
01/14/1997
no, no
No. 3 at No. 24 Georgia W 86-65  15-2 (3-1)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
01/18/1997
no, no
No. 5 Auburn W 77-53  16-2 (4-1)
Rupp Arena (24,169)
Lexington, KY
01/22/1997
no, no
No. 3 vs. Vanderbilt W 58-46  17-2 (5-1)
Riverfront Coliseum (17.121)
Cincinnati, OH
01/26/1997
no, no
No. 3 at Arkansas W 83-73  18-2 (6-1)
Bud Walton Arena (20,320)
Fayetteville, AR
01/29/1997
no, no
No. 3 at Florida W 92-65  19-2 (7-1)
Stephen C. O'Connell Center (11,629)
Gainesville, FL
02/01/1997
no, no
No. 3 Georgia W 82-57  20-2 (8-1)
Rupp Arena (24,197)
Lexington, KY
02/04/1997
no, no
No. 3 at No. 25 South Carolina L 79-84 (OT) 20-3 (8-2)
Frank McGuire Arena (12,575)
Columbia, SC
02/06/1997*
no, no
No. 3 Western Carolina W 82-55  21-3
Rupp Arena (22,134)
Lexington, KY
02/09/1997*
no, no
No. 3 No. 18 Villanova W 93-56  22-3
Rupp Arena (24,277)
Lexington, KY
02/12/1997
no, no
No. 4 Louisiana State W 84-48  23-3 (9-2)
Rupp Arena (23,981)
Lexington, KY
02/15/1997
no, no
No. 4 Florida W 85-56  24-3 (10-2)
Rupp Arena (24,191)
Lexington, KY
02/19/1997
no, no
No. 3 Alabama W 75-61  25-3 (11-2)
Coleman Coliseum (13,736)
Tuscaloosa, AL
02/22/1997
no, no
No. 3 at Vanderbilt W 82-79  26-3 (12-2)
Memorial Gymnasium (15,311)
Nashville, TN
02/25/1997
no, no
No. 3 at Tennessee W 74-64  27-3 (13-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena (20,241)
Knoxville, TN
03/02/1997
no, no
No. 3 No. 6 South Carolina L 66-72  27-4 (13-3)
Rupp Arena (24,326)
Lexington, KY
1997 SEC Tournament
03/07/1997
no, no
No. 6 vs. Auburn
Quarterfinals
W 92-50  28-4
The Pyramid (20,000)
Memphis, TN
03/08/1997
no, no
No. 6 vs. Mississippi
Semifinals
W 88-70  29-4
The Pyramid (20,000)
Memphis, TN
03/09/1997
no, no
No. 6 vs. No. 24 Georgia
Finals
W 95-68  30-4
The Pyramid (19,423)
Memphis, TN
1997 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
03/13/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (1) vs. (16) Montana
West Regional 1st Round
W 92-54  31-4
Huntsman Center (13,832)
Salt Lake City, UT
03/15/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (1) vs. (8) Iowa
West Regional 2nd Round
W 75-69  32-4
Huntsman Center (14,387)
Salt Lake City, UT
03/20/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (1) vs. No. 12 (4) Saint Joseph's
West Regional Semifinal
W 83-68  33-4
San Jose Arena (18,543)
San Jose, CA
03/22/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (1) vs. No. 2 (2) Utah
West Regional Final
W 72-59  34-4
San Jose Arena (18,543)
San Jose, CA
03/29/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (W1) vs. No. 3 (MW1) Minnesota
National Semifinal
W 78-69  35-4
RCA Dome (47,028)
Indianapolis, IN
03/31/1997*
no, no
No. 5 (W1) vs. No. 15 (SE4) Arizona
National Championship
L 79-84 (OT) 35-5
RCA Dome (47,028)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1997 1 6 Ron Mercer Boston Celtics
1997 1 13 Derek Anderson Cleveland Cavaliers
1998 1 29 Nazr Mohammed Utah Jazz
1999 1 28 Scott Padgett Utah Jazz
2000 1 19 Jamaal Magloire Charlotte Hornets

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bigbluehistory.net
  2. ^ "1997 NBA Draft on". Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20.