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1996-97 Southeastern Conference Season Summary

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Record: 219-157, .582 W-L% (5th of 31) (Schedule and Results)
*Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games.
SRS: 10.19 (6th of 31) ▪ SOS: 6.74 (5th of 31)

Regular Season Champion: South Carolina (East) and Mississippi (West)
Tournament Champion: Kentucky

NCAA Tournament: 5 (Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Arkansas and Kentucky)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina)

Standings

Conference Overall PTS/G SRS
Rk East W L W-L% W L W-L% Own Opp SRS SOS
1 South CarolinaR 15 1 .938 24 8 .750 74.4 67.0 14.4 7.0
2 KentuckyTF 13 3 .813 35 5 .875 82.6 62.6 29.2 9.2
3 Georgia 10 6 .625 24 9 .727 72.0 65.9 13.0 6.9
4 Vanderbilt 9 7 .563 19 12 .613 69.9 66.1 11.5 7.7
5 Florida  5 11 .313 13 17 .433 73.3 73.0 5.5 5.2
6 Tennessee  4 12 .250 11 16 .407 57.2 61.6 1.8 6.2
Rk West W L W-L% W L W-L% Own Opp SRS SOS
1 MississippiR 11 5 .688 20 9 .690 69.5 63.8 11.3 5.7
2 Arkansas  8 8 .500 18 14 .563 79.0 71.3 14.7 7.0
3 Auburn  6 10 .375 16 15 .516 64.4 64.4 5.4 5.4
4 Alabama  6 10 .375 17 14 .548 69.0 65.4 9.7 6.0
5 Mississippi State  6 10 .375 12 18 .400 64.7 69.7 1.9 6.9
6 Louisiana State  3 13 .188 10 20 .333 66.7 70.5 3.9 7.7

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 12/17 12/24 12/31 1/7 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/4 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/4 Final
Kentucky 3 8 8 6 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 4 3 3 6 5
South Carolina                       25 19 12 9 6 4 6
Georgia                 24 21             24 17
Alabama         24 20 19                      
Arkansas 13 16 16 22 20 19 22 22                    
Mississippi                   20                

NCAA Tournament

First Round
Georgia lost (73-70) versus Chattanooga (Southeast Regional)
Kentucky won (92-54) versus Montana (West Regional)
Mississippi lost (62-40) versus Temple (Midwest Regional)
South Carolina lost (78-65) versus Coppin State (East Regional)
Vanderbilt lost (80-68) versus Xavier (Midwest Regional)

Second Round
Kentucky won (75-69) versus Iowa (West Regional)

Regional Semifinal
Kentucky won (83-68) versus Saint Joseph's (West Regional)

Regional Final
Kentucky won (72-59) versus Utah (West Regional)

National Semifinal
Kentucky won (78-69) versus Minnesota

National Final
Kentucky lost (84-79) versus Arizona