1996 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game

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1996 NCAA Tournament Championship Game
National Championship Game
12 Total
Syracuse 3334 67
Kentucky 4234 76
DateApril 1, 1996
ArenaContinental Airlines Arena
LocationEast Rutherford, New Jersey
MVPTony Delk, Kentucky
FavoriteKentucky by 14
Referee(s)John Clougherty, Scott Thornley and David Libbey
Attendance19,229
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersJim Nantz (play-by-play)
Billy Packer (color)
Michele Tafoya and Andrea Joyce (sideline)

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game was the finals of the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and it determined the national champion for the 1995-96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season The 1996 National Title Game was played on April 1, 1996, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 1996 National Title Game was played between the 1996 Midwest Regional Champions, #1-seeded Kentucky and the 1996 West Regional Champions, #4-seeded Syracuse.

This was the first time the national championship game was held in the Greater New York Area since 1950. This was also the last men's national championship game to be held in a basketball/hockey-specific facility. Every Men's National Championship Game since then has been held in a domed stadium (usually built for football) because of NCAA venue capacity requirements. Therefore, this was the last time the national championship game was held in the Greater New York Area, or anywhere else in the Northeastern United States.

Kentucky star Antoine Walker faced off against former high school teammate, Donovan McNabb, in the national championship against Syracuse University. McNabb would later gain fame as a quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles.[1]

Participating teams[edit]

Syracuse[edit]

  • West
    • Syracuse (4) 88, Montana State (13) 55
    • Syracuse 69, Drexel (12) 58
    • Syracuse 83, Georgia (8) 81 (OT)
    • Syracuse 60, Kansas (2) 57
  • Final Four
    • Syracuse 77, Mississippi State (5) 69

Kentucky[edit]

  • Midwest
    • Kentucky (1) 110, San Jose State (16) 72
    • Kentucky 84, Virginia Tech (9) 60
    • Kentucky 101, Utah (4) 70
    • Kentucky 83, Wake Forest (2) 63
  • Final Four
    • Kentucky 81, Massachusetts (1) 74

Game summary[edit]

CBS
Monday, April, 1
#1 Kentucky Wildcats 76, #4 Syracuse Orangemen 67
Pts: T. Delk - 24
Rebs: A. Walker - 9
Asts: A. Epps - 7
Pts: J. Wallace - 29
Rebs: J. Wallace, O. Hill - 10
Asts: L. Sims - 7
Halftime Score: Kentucky, 42-33
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

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