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1996 Team to Reunite at Mississippi State Game

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The 1996 UK team will be having a reunion at Rupp Arena on Feb 27, the night of the Mississippi State game. The team, which first got together this summer, will be introduced to the fans at the game and will get their chance to get a Rupp ovation together as a group for the first time in a long time. John Calipari helped put the event together and it will be great to see one of the all time best groups back again.

And one member of that team, Derek Anderson, made the trip to Lexington today to meet with Nerlens Noel and help talk with him about his injury. You may remember that Anderson had the same injury years ago and I am sure Nerlens was glad to speak with him. The picture below is a great one of UK eras past and present:

Article written by Matt Jones

22 Comments for 1996 Team to Reunite at Mississippi State Game



  1. Brink
    10:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome!!



  2. 2 Cool 4 Skool
    10:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Is Pitino coming too?



  3. Scotty B
    10:11 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Will Mr. Pitino be invited? Hmm



  4. Scotty B
    10:11 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    FEBUK for old school haters.



  5. James
    10:22 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s show Mr. Wiggins how the BBN welcomes back former players.



  6. GREAT ONE
    10:26 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #5



  7. smeebeebler
    10:29 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens with a smile somehow made me realize that he is going to be OK as far as his future goes. If he can smile right now, why can’t we be more positive?



  8. Roland65
    10:32 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Two great young men. I remember so well when Derek got hurt. It speaks a lot about him that he would come back to help Nerlen through his rough time. May God bless them both.



  9. Big Blue
    10:52 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    2 class acts there!! Go Cats.



  10. CB
    10:55 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Channel 11 just showed an angle of Nerlen’s injury I hadn’t seen before. It’s nothing short of a miracle that all he has is ACL damage. Great to see him smile after last night.



  11. Mike
    10:59 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    La Familia…



  12. snarkster
    11:19 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    That’s the night of Wiggins’ OV to UK. Maybe they can help. 😀



  13. Brian
    11:21 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I seriously doubt Rick Pitino would be invited and even if he was why would he attend??? With all the hatred UK fans have for him it would be like walking into an ambush. He would be booed and probably pelted with garbage!



  14. I'll go happy for Wiggins
    11:30 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    WIGGINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!



  15. Rolling Fork
    11:56 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why would I hate Pitino after all he did for UK? Sure I do not like Louisville at all, but Pitino coached our first NCAA title in 18 years back in 1996. I still like Pitino, Tubby and Cal, along with Hall and Rupp all who have won titles at UK. Anything less is ignorance in my opinion.
    Are fans going to hate Cal after he leaves or something?



  16. AP
    12:40 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t hate the 96 Pitino, I dislike the 2013 Pitino.



  17. ok-cats-computer
    12:47 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Very classy move by DA to take some time to visit with Nerlens today.



  18. BravoBigBlue
    6:03 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino WILL make a brief appearance. For 15 seconds. But only if UL doesn’t lose. Don’t you just love the guy? Such a man of utmost character. I just love the way he tries to tell everybody else how they should live their lives, with all his motivational books and speeches. Ricky, we love thee.



  19. RealCatsFan
    7:22 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    18, LMAO!

    I guess BBN can impress Mr. Wiggins with visions of what can happen if he comes to UK – a national championship team forever revered by the fans. Hopefully that will leave a better impression on him than a bunch of ho’s. It would be nice if our team can bring their A-game and defeat Miss St handily – might keep Cal from having to yell at them too much. 🙂



  20. MattJonesIsAnIdiot
    8:20 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    How’s a couple of months a long time? There were 10 members of the 1996 team at the Portland game in December & they were introduced at that game. Get your facts straight!



  21. Big Blue Coming At You
    9:08 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    The greatest team of all time.



  22. Greg
    9:37 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ironic-Coach Cal assembling 1996 National champion UK Wildcats….the team that defeated his 1996 UMASS Minutemen in the final 4 in route to that Championship.