It all came together one year ago today. The wait, the hard work, the anticipation — they all came to one sweet conclusion with Kentucky’s 67-59 victory over Kansas in the in New Orleans. It was UK’s eighth national championship and first since 1998, not to mention it was John Calipari’s first title.
When Tony Delk walked to the center of Rupp Arena to receive his 1996 national championship ring last Wednesday night, the roar of the crowd made it clear just how important he still is to the Big Blue Nation.
Members of the 1996 national championship team returned to Rupp Arena Wednesday for a special halftime ceremony to receive rings from the school that they never got after winning the title in East Rutherford, N.J.
In a halftime ceremony at UK’s game vs. Mississippi State on Wednesday, members of the team will be given school rings to commemorate the 1996 national championship. Of the 15 players on the team’s roster, 11 – Anderson, Sheppard, Delk, Walker, McCarty, Ron Mercer, Anthony Epps, Wayne Turner, Jared Prickett, Oliver Simmons and Jason Lathrem – plan to be in attendance. Pope, Mohammed, Allen Edwards and Cameron Mills will receive their rings individually.
The NCAA is asking fans to vote for the top players, teams and moments in NCAA Tournament history, and last year’s national championship Kentucky team is among the entries.
When you walk into a John Calipari’s office, to the left you will notice a wall lined with painted balls from Coach Cal’s career. They highlight some of the crowning games of Calipari’s career, including marquee NCAA Tournament wins, career milestones, etc. The only one missing from the wall was a national championship ball. It’s missing no longer.
To kick off the 2012-13 college basketball season, George Raveling, a good friend of Coach Cal’s, Nike’s Director of International Basketball, and a former head coach at Washington State, Iowa and USC, is featuring Kentucky basketball with its “Conversation with Coach” video feature. Raveling sat down for a series of interviews CoachGeorgeRaveling.com will be releasing over the next week.
ARLINGTON, Texas – One could blame it on the hour-and-a-half delay from the four-overtime Kentucky-Baylor women’s basketball game earlier in the night, but that would be making an excuse for a UK team that showed a lot of glaring holes in its 67-62 loss to Baylor on Friday night. No, after watching his team get […]