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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 BradleyAcademics Jack FliggFootball Operations John CroppSpecial Projects Rena ViciniMedia 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: 9Tony Delk, Allen Edwards, Anthony Epps, Waltet McCarty, Cameron Mills, Matk Pope, Jared Prickett, Jeff Sheppard, Antoine Walket Lettermen Lost: 4Chris Harrison, Scott Padgett, Andte Riddick, Rodrick Rhodes Starters Returning: 3Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Jeff Sheppard Starters Lost: 2Andte Riddick, Rodrick Rhodes Newcomers: 6Derek Anderson, Jason Lathtem, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Oliver Simmons, Wayne Turner