NCAA Tournament: 1-seed in Midwest Region
Midwest First Round: (16) San Jose State (110-72)
Midwest Second Round: (9) Virginia Tech (84-60)
Midwest Regional Semifinal: (4) Utah (101-70)
Midwest Regional Final: (2) Wake Forest (83-63)
National Semifinal: (1) Massachusetts (81-74)
National Final: (4) Syracuse (76-67)
Final Four Most Outstanding Player: Tony Delk
What do you call a team that had 11 players eventually play in the NBA? At Kentucky, they called them “The Untouchables.”
They were: Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Scott Padgett, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, and Antoine Walker.
The 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats were the deepest team in NCAA history. Even the recent Wildcats’ teams do not compare with this prolific posse.
During their 34-2 season, the Cats average margin of victory was 22.2 points per game (91.6 PPG to their opponents 69. 4 PPG)
When it came to March Madness, head coach Rick Pitino’s were just as dominant. Up until the Final Four, UK beat their first four tournament opponents by an average of 28 points.
When they arrived at the Meadowlands, the Wildcats took care of business against UMass and Syracuse, with Delk, Walker and Mercer leading the way.