1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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SEC Regular season champions
Conference Southeast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 5
1997–98 record 35–4 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach Tubby Smith
Assistant coach Mike Sutton
Assistant coach George Felton
Assistant coach Shawn Finney
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons

The 1997–98 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team were coached by Tubby Smith. He was in his first season as head coach after taking over from Rick Pitino. The team finished the season with a 29–4 record and won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship over the Utah Utes, 78–69.

Roster[edit]

1997–98 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) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Miami
G 4 Masiello, SteveSteve Masiello 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So White Plains, New York
G 5 Turner, WayneWayne Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Boston
G 11 Smith, SaulSaul Smith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Athens, Georgia
C 13 Mohammed, NazrNazr Mohammed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Chicago
F 14 Evans, HeshimuHeshimu Evans 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Bronx, New York
G 15 Sheppard, JeffJeff Sheppard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Sr Peachtree City, Georgia
G 21 Mills, CameronCameron Mills 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Sr Lexington, Kentucky
G 22 Hogan, RyanRyan Hogan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Deerfield, Illinois
F 25 Anthony, MyronMyron Anthony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Neptune Beach, Florida
F/C 33 Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Worcester, Massachusetts
F 34 Padgett, ScottScott Padgett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Louisville, Kentucky
C 42 Magloire, JamaalJamaal Magloire 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Toronto
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Nazr Mohammed Jamaal Magloire Michael Bradley
PF Scott Padgett
SF Allen Edwards Heshimu Evans Myron Anthony
SG Jeff Sheppard Cameron Mills Ryan Hogan Steve Masiello
PG Wayne Turner Saul Smith

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 11, 1997*
Court Authority W 86–62 
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 18, 1997*
North Melbourne W 91–63 
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
Regular Season
November 20, 1997*
8:00 pm
No. 9 Morehead State W 88–49  1–0
Rupp Arena (23,097)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 24, 1997*
11:00 pm
No. 9 vs. George Washington
Maui Invitational Tournament
W 70–55  2–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Maui, Hawaii
November 25, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 9 vs. No. 1 Arizona
Maui Invitational Tournament
L 74–89  2–1
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Maui, Hawaii
November 26, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 8 vs. Missouri
Maui Invitational Tournament
W 77–55  3–1
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Maui, Hawaii
November 29, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 8 vs. No. 13 Clemson
Premier Classic
W 76–61  4–1
America West Arena (4,306)
Phoenix, Arizona
December 3, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 7 vs. No. 6 Purdue W 89–75  5–1
United Center (19,567)
Chicago, Illinois
December 6, 1997*
Noon, CBS
No. 7 vs. Indiana W 75–72  6–1
RCA Dome (38,504)
Indianapolis, Indiana
December 10, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 4 at Canisius W 81–54  7–1
Marine Midland Arena (10,083)
Buffalo, New York
December 13, 1997*
2:00 pm
No. 4 No. 24 Georgia Tech W 85–71  8–1
Rupp Arena (24,112)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 20, 1997*
Noon
No. 4 Tulsa W 74–53  9–1
Rupp Arena (24,082)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 23, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 4 American W 75–52  10–1
Rupp Arena (22,856)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 27, 1997*
4:00 pm
No. 4 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
L 76–79  10–2
Rupp Arena (24,303)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 30, 1997*
7:00 pm
No. 4 at Ohio W 95–58  11–2
Convocation Center (13,083)
Athens, Ohio
January 3, 1998
2:00 pm
No. 6 Vanderbilt W 71–62  12–2
(1–0)
Rupp Arena (24,236)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 6, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 6 at Georgia W 90–79  13–2
(2–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, Georgia
January 10, 1998
2:00 pm
No. 6 at Mississippi State W 77–71  14–2
(3–0)
Humphrey Coliseum (9,334)
Starkville, Mississippi
January 13, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 6 No. 16 South Carolina W 91–70  15–2
(4–0)
Rupp Arena (24,241)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 17, 1998
3:00 pm
No. 6 No. 22 Arkansas W 80–77 OT 16–2
(5–0)
Rupp Arena (24,266)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 21, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 7 Alabama W 80–77  17–2
(6–0)
Freedom Hall (19,734)
Louisville, Kentucky
January 24, 1998
3:00 pm
No. 7 at Tennessee W 85–67  18–2
(7–0)
Thompson–Boling Arena (23,146)
Knoxville, Tennessee
January 27, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 7 at Vanderbilt W 63–61  19–2
(8–0)
Memorial Gymnasium (15,311)
Nashville, Tennessee
February 1, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 7 Florida L 78–86  19–3
(8–1)
Rupp Arena (24,186)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 4, 1998
4:00 pm
No. 8 at LSU W 63–61  20–3
(9–1)
Maravich Assembly Center (8,686)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 8, 1998*
8:00 pm
No. 8 at Villanova W 79–63  21–3
CoreStates Center (15,551)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 11, 1998
2:00 pm
No. 7 Tennessee W 79–63  22–3
(10–1)
Rupp Arena (23,861)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 14, 1998
8:00 pm
No. 7 No. 18 Ole Miss L 64–73  22–4
(10–2)
Rupp Arena (23,842)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 18, 1998
Noon
No. 8 at Florida W 79–54  23–4
(11–2)
O'Connell Center (10,222)
Gainesville, Florida
February 22, 1998
1:00 pm
No. 8 Georgia W 85–74  24–4
(12–2)
Rupp Arena (24,272)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 25, 1998
9:00 pm
No. 7 at Auburn W 83–58  25–4
(13–2)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (9,644)
Auburn, Alabama
February 28, 1998
2:00 pm
No. 7 at No. 14 South Carolina W 69–57  26–4
(14–2)
Frank McGuire Arena (12,129)
Columbia, South Carolina
1998 SEC Tournament
March 6, 1998
3:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 vs. Alabama
Quarterfinals
W 82–71  27–4
Georgia Dome (21,109)
Atlanta, Georgia
March 7, 1998
3:00 pm, JP Sports
No. 7 vs. No. 16 Arkansas
Semifinals
W 99–74  28–4
Georgia Dome (25,190)
Atlanta, Georgia
March 8, 1998
3:00 pm, CBS
No. 7 vs. No. 15 South Carolina
Finals
W 86–56  29–4
Georgia Dome (24,545)
Atlanta, Georgia
1998 NCAA Tournament (Tournament seeding in parentheses)
March 13, 1998
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 (2) vs. (15) South Carolina State
South Regional 1st Round
W 82–67  30–4
Georgia Dome (17,474)
Atlanta, Georgia
March 15, 1998
Noon, CBS
No. 5 (2) vs. (10) Saint Louis
South Regional 2nd Round
W 88–61  31–4
Georgia Dome (19,423)
Atlanta, Georgia
March 20, 1998
9:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 (2) vs. No. 19 (6) UCLA
South Regional Semifinal
W 94–68  32–4
Tropicana Field (40,589)
St. Petersburg, Florida
March 22, 1998
4:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 (2) vs. No. 3 (1) Duke
South Regional Final
W 86–84  33–4
Tropicana Field (40,589)
St. Petersburg, Florida
March 28, 1998
6:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 (S2) vs. No. 10 (M3) Stanford
National Semifinal
W 86–85 OT 34–4
Alamodome (40,509)
San Antonio, Texas
March 30, 1998
9:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 (S2) vs. No. 10 (W3) Utah
National Championship
W 78–69  35–4
Alamodome (40,509)
San Antonio, Texas
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 29 Nazr Mohammed Utah Jazz

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