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Image 5 of Basketball, 1996

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

GAI NIPS KENTUCKY TRADITION_ 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 NATIONAL LEADERS_ 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. PITINO S NUMBERS_ • 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. FEWER THREES_ 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 Assistant 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 _Head Coach_ 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%) Coaching Staff Associate Coach: Jim O'Brien (St Joseph's, 1974) Assistant Coaches: 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 _Team Information_ 1994-95 Record: 28-5 SEC Record: 14-2 (1st SEC East/Overall) Final AP Poll: 2nd Final CNN-USA Today Poll: 5th Postseason Play: 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, Wayne Turner