GOLDEN GOPHER BASKETBALL

Gopher Basketball 1996-1997 Season

1996-1997 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
11/23/1996 Stephen F. Austin W 101-55
11/26/1996 @ Target Center (MN)
vs. West Virginia
W 76-61
11/29/1996 San Juan Shootout
vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
W 104-62
11/30/1996 San Juan Shootout
vs. Creighton
W 64-63
12/01/1996 San Juan Shootout
vs. Clemson
W 75-65
12/05/1996 @ Alabama L 67-70
12/15/1996 St. John's (NY) W 77-39
12/17/1996 @ Rhode Island W 82-72
12/21/1996 @ Nebraska W 70-56
12/23/1996 Alabama State W 114-34
12/28/1996 Long Island W 104-84
12/31/1996 Mercer W 94-53
01/02/1997 Wisconsin W 65-48
01/04/1997 @ Michigan State W 68-43
01/08/1997 @ Indiana W 96-91 OT
01/11/1997 Michigan W 70-64
01/14/1997 @ Illinois L 90-96
01/18/1997 @ Ohio State W 73-67
01/23/1997 Iowa W 66-51
01/25/1997 Purdue W 91-68
02/01/1997 @ Northwestern W 75-56
02/05/1997 Penn State W 85-70
02/12/1997 @ Purdue W 70-67
02/15/1997 @ Iowa W 68-66
02/19/1997 Ohio State W 60-48
02/22/1997 Illinois W 67-66
02/26/1997 @ Michigan W 55-54
03/01/1997 Indiana W 75-72
03/06/1997 Michigan State W 81-74
03/08/1997 @ Wisconsin L 65-66
03/14/1997 NCAA 1st Round
vs. SW Texas State
W 78-46
03/16/1997 NCAA 2nd Round
vs. Temple
W 76-57
03/20/1997 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
vs. Clemson
W 90-84 2OT
03/22/1997 NCAA Elite Eight
vs. UCLA
W 80-72
03/29/1997 NCAA Final Four
vs. Kentucky
L 69-78

1996-1997 Big Ten Standings

Team Conference Overall
W L PCT W L PCT
Minnesota 16 2 .889 31 4 .886
Iowa 12 6 .667 22 10 .688
Purdue 12 6 .667 18 12 .600
Illinois 11 7 .611 22 10 .688
Wisconsin 11 7 .611 18 10 .643
Michigan 9 9 .500 24 11 .686
Indiana 9 9 .500 22 11 .667
Michigan State 9 9 .500 17 12 .586
Ohio State 5 13 .278 10 17 .370
Penn State 3 15 .167 10 17 .370
Northwestern 2 16 .111 7 22 .241

Season notes:

Coached by Clem Haskins (11th season). The San Juan Shootout took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

According to the NCAA, our official record for all years from the 1993-1994 season through the 1998-1999 season is 0-0 due to a widespread academic scandal. This also wipes out all post-season appearances during those years, including our 1997 Final Four appearance and our 1998 NIT title. I have left the game scores and Big Ten standings as they were at the time, but offically speaking, it's as though we didn't even have a team those years.

Team Roster:

By Name By Number By Position By Eligibility

1996-1997 Poll Results

Associated Press USA Today
1. Kansas (70) 32-1 1,750
2. Utah 26-3 1,578
3. Minnesota 27-3 1,571
4. North Carolina 24-6 1,566
5. Kentucky 30-4 1,559
6. South Carolina 24-7 1,365
7. UCLA 21-7 1,343
8. Duke 23-8 1,245
9. Wake Forest 23-6 1,226
10. Cincinnati 25-7 1,014
11. New Mexico 24-7 949
12. St. Joseph's (PA) 24-6 856
13. Xavier (OH) 22-5 765
14. Clemson 21-9 713
15. Arizona 19-9 654
16. College of Charleton 28-2 599
17. Georgia 24-8 524
18. Iowa State 20-8 485
19. Illinois 21-9 437
20. Villanova 23-9 387
21. Stanford 20-7 371
22. Maryland 21-10 344
23. Boston College 21-8 255
24. Colorado 21-9 244
25. Louisville 23-8 226
1. Arizona
2. Kentucky
3. Minnesota
4. North Carolina
5. Kansas
6. Utah
7. UCLA
8. Clemson
9. Wake Forest
10. Louisville
11. Duke
12. Stanford
13. Iowa State
14. South Carolina
15. Providence
16. Cincinnati
17. St. Joseph's (PA)
18. California
19. New Mexico
20. Texas
21. College of Charleston
22. Xavier (OH)
23. Boston College
24. Michigan
25. Colorado


1996-1997 National Invitation Tournament


First Round

West Virginia 98, Bowling Green 95
North Carolina State 77, SW Missouri State 66
Florida State 82, Syracuse 67
Michigan State 65, George Washington 50
Connecticut 71, Iona 66
Bradley 66, Drexel 53
Nebraska 67, Washington 63
Nevada 97, Fresno State 86
Notre Dame 74, Oral Roberts 58
Texas Christian 85, Alabama-Birmingham 62
Michigan 76, Miami (FL) 63
Oklahoma State 79, Tulane 72
Pittsburgh 82, New Orleans 63
Arkansas 101, Northern Arizona 75
UNLV 66, Memphis 62
Hawaii 71, Oregon 61


Second Round

West Virginia 76, North Carolina State 73
Florida State 68, Michigan State 63
Connecticut 63, Bradley 47
Nebraska 78, Nevada 68
Notre Dame 82, Texas Christian 72
Michigan 75, Oklahoma State 65
Arkansas 76, Pittsburgh 71
UNLV 89, Hawaii 80 OT


Quarterfinals

Florida State 76, West Virginia 71
Connecticut 76, Nebraska 67
Michigan 67, Notre Dame 65
Arkansas 86, UNLV 73


NIT Final Four

Semifinals Finals
Florida State 71, Connecticut 65 OT
Michigan 77, Arkansas 62
Michigan 82, Florida State 73


1996-1997 NCAA Tournament


First Round

West Midwest
#1 Kentucky 92, #16 Montana 54
#8 Iowa 73, #9 Virginia 60
#5 Boston College 73, #12 Valparaiso 66
#4 St. Joseph's (PA) 75, #13 Pacific 65
#6 Stanford 80, #11 Oklahoma 67
#3 Wake Forest 68, #14 St. Mary's (CA) 46
#7 North Carolina-Charlotte 79, #10 Georgetown 67
#2 Utah 75, #15 Navy 61
#1 Minnesota 78, #16 SW Texas State 46
#9 Temple 62, #8 Mississippi 40
#5 Tulsa 81, #12 Boston U 52
#4 Clemson 68, #13 Miami (OH) 56
#6 Iowa State 69, #11 Illinois State 57
#3 Cincinnati 86, #14 Butler 69
#7 Xavier (OH) 80, #10 Vanderbilt 68
#2 UCLA 109, #15 Charleston Southern 75
East Southeast
#1 North Carolina 82, #16 Fairfield 74
#9 Colorado 80, #8 Indiana 62
#5 California 55, #12 Princeton 52
#4 Villanova 101, #13 Long Island 91
#6 Louisville 65, #11 Massachusetts 57
#3 New Mexico 59, #14 Old Dominion 55
#10 Texas 71, #7 Wisconsin 58
#15 Coppin State 78, #2 South Carolina 65
#1 Kansas 78, #16 Jackson State 64
#8 Purdue 83, #9 Rhode Island 76 (OT)
#12 College of Charleston 75, #5 Maryland 66
#4 Arizona 65, #13 South Alabama 57
#6 Illinois 90, #11 Southern California 77
#14 Tennessee-Chattanooga 73, Georgia 70
#10 Providence 81, #7 Marquette 59
#2 Duke 71, #15 Murray State 68


Second Round

West Midwest
#1 Kentucky 75, #8 Iowa 69
#4 St. Joseph's (PA) 81, #5 Boston College 77
#6 Stanford 72, #3 Wake Forest 66
#2 Utah 77, #7 North Carolina-Charlotte 58
#1 Minnesota 76, #9 Temple 57
#4 Clemson 65, #5 Tulsa 59
#6 Iowa State 67, #3 Cincinnati 66
#2 UCLA 96, #7 Xavier (OH) 83
East Southeast
#1 North Carolina 73, #9 Colorado 56
#5 California 75, #4 Villanova 68
#6 Louisville 64, #3 New Mexico 63
#10 Texas 82, #15 Coppin State 81
#1 Kansas 75, #8 Purdue 61
#4 Arizona 73, #12 College of Charleston 69
#14 Tennessee-Chattanooga 75, #6 Illinois 63
#10 Providence 98, #2 Duke 87


Sweet Sixteen

West Midwest
#1 Kentucky 83, #4 St. Joseph's (PA) 68
#2 Utah 82, #6 Stanford 77 (OT)
#1 Minnesota 90, #4 Clemson 84 (2OT)
#2 UCLA 74, #6 Iowa State 73 (OT)
East Southeast
#1 North Carolina 73, #5 California 67
#6 Louisville 78, #10 Texas 63
#4 Arizona 85, #1 Kansas 82
#10 Providence 71, #14 Tennessee-Chattanooga 65


Elite Eight

West Midwest
#1 Kentucky 72, #2 Utah 59 #1 Minnesota 80, #2 UCLA 72
East Southeast
#1 North Carolina 97, #6 Louisville 74 #4 Arizona 96, #10 Providence 92 (OT)


Final Four

Semifinals Finals
Kentucky 78, Minnesota 69
Arizona 66, North Carolina 58
Arizona 84, Kentucky 79 (OT)

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