The University of Kentucky is known internationally as one of the elite college basketball programs in the United States. The highlights of the school's tradition include:
• 1,616-518 AMime Record
• Five NCAA Tides (1948, '49, '51, '58, '78)
• Two NCAA Runner-Up Finishes (1966, '75)
• 10 Final Four Appearances (1942, '48, '49, '51, '58, '66, '75, '78, '84, '93)
• 36 NCAA Tournament Appearances
• 37 SEC Championships
• 19 SEC Tournament Tides
The 1994-95 Kentucky Wildcats led the nation in scoring margin, the average number of points by which they defeated each opponent. In finishing with a 28-5 record, Kentucky outscored its opponents by 18.4 points per game to lead Division I college basketball.
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• Coach Rick Pitino has won at least 20 games in five of his six seasons at UK. (His first team finished 14-14.)
• He needs 17 wins this season to hit the 300-win plateau in his 14 years as a college head coach.
• The Cats' win in the Southeast Regional over Arizona State last season was Pitino's 150th victory as UK's head coach.
• Pitino is 12-0 in SEC Tournament play with four-consecutive tournament titles.
• Pitino is also 23-4 in postseason play (SEC/NCAA) the past four years.
Covering the Cats
PRESS CONFERENCES-Coach Pitino will conduct several press conferences throughout the season at Memorial Coliseum. Contact the Media Relations office for scheduling details.
RADID CALL IN SHOWS — As specified by the Southeastern Conference, no players will be allowed to participate in radio call-in shows. Coach Pitino may not participate in any radio show other than those specified in his contract.
TELEPHONE PLAYER INTERVIEWS —
Request telephone interviews at least 24 hours in advance through the Media Relations office. Telephone requests will be returned during the 30-minute block of time befote practices one day prior to games.
Kentucky Quick Facts
Location: Lexington, KY 40506-0019 Founded: 1865
Enrollment: 24,000 (campus) 30,000 (at 14
community colleges) President: Dr. Charles T. Wethington Jr. Faculty Representative: Dr. Virginia Atwood Conference: Southeastern (Eastern Division) Nickname: Wildcats Colors: Blue and White Arena: Rupp Arena Capacity: 23,000
UK Athletics Association
Athletics Director: C. M. Newton
Senior Associate Director: Latry W. Ivy
Associate Director: Kathy DeBoer
Directors: Bob Bradley—Academics
Jack Fligg—Football Operations John Cropp—Special Projects Rena Vicini—Media Relations
Assistants to the A.D.: Frank Ham, Micki King
Director of Compliance: Sandra Bell
Ticket Manager: Barbara Donnelly
Rick Pitino (Massachusetts, 1974) College Coaching Record: 283-1 17
(13 years, 70.8%) NBA Coaching Record: 90-74
(2 years, 54.9%) Kentucky Coaching Record: 150-43
(6 years, 77.7%)
Associate Coach: Jim O'Brien (St Joseph's, 1974)
Delray Brooks (Providence, 1988) Winston Bennett (Kentucky, 1987)
Strength/Conditioning Coach: Shaun Brown
Assistant Strength Coach: Layne Kaufman
Equipment Manager: Bill Keightley
Trainer: Eddie Jamiel
Administrative Assistant: Marta McMackin
Staff Assistant: Erin Smith
Basketball Phone Number: (606) 257-1916
1994-95 Record: 28-5
SEC Record: 14-2 (1st SEC East/Overall)
Final AP Poll: 2nd
Final CNN-USA Today Poll: 5th
SEC — 3-0, Tournament Champions;
NCAA — 3-1, lost Southeast Region
Championship, 74-61, to North Carolina. Lettermen Returning: 9—Tony Delk, Allen
Edwards, Anthony Epps, Waltet McCarty,
Cameron Mills, Matk Pope, Jared Prickett, Jeff
Sheppard, Antoine Walket Lettermen Lost: 4—Chris Harrison, Scott
Padgett, Andte Riddick, Rodrick Rhodes Starters Returning: 3—Tony Delk, Walter
McCarty, Jeff Sheppard Starters Lost: 2—Andte Riddick, Rodrick Rhodes Newcomers: 6—Derek Anderson, Jason Lathtem,
Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Oliver Simmons,