Front Row: Assistant Coach Delray Brooks, Head Coach Rick Pitino, Allen Edwards, Derek Anderson, Jeff Sheppard, Tony Delk, Anthony Epps, Cameron Mills, Wayne Turner, Associate Coach Jim O’Brien, Assistant Coach Winston Bennett Back Row: Equipment Manager Bill Keightley, Administrative Assistant George Barber, Jason Lathrem, Oliver Simmons, Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Walter McCarty, Antoine Walker, Jared Prickett, Ron Mercer, Trainer Eddie Jamiel, Assistant Strength Coach Layne Kaufman, Strength Coach Shaun Brown
Kentucky still earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Dallas Regional and stomped San Jose State and Virginia Tech to easily advance to the Sweet 16. The competition proved no tougher in the next two rounds as the Wildcats outscored Utah and Wake Forest by a combined 62 points. A rematch with UMass awaited in the national semifinal, but Kentucky had no trouble with John Calipari’s Minutemen, surpassing them, 81-74. The Wildcats, behind six first-half 3-pointers by Delk, defeated Syracuse, 76-67, in the national title game.
Delk, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, canned seven of 12 3-pointers to lead the Cats with 24 points. But after Syracuse had cut the lead to two, 64-62, with 4:46 remaining, a Delk misfire was tipped in by Walter McCarty to extend UK’s lead to four. After holding the Orangemen on the next possession, Derek Anderson drained a 3 to push the lead to seven. SU would get no closer than five in the final minutes.
Most Outstanding Player: Tony Delk – national championship record 7-pointers and a team-high 24 points