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1996-97 Basketball Results

Gopher Basketball 1996-97 Season

  • Head Coach: Clem Haskins (11th season)
  • Overall Record: 31-4
  • Conference Record: 16-2
  • The San Juan Shootout took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Notes: 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. We have left the game scores and Big Ten standings as they were at the time, but officially speaking, it's as though we didn't even have a team those years.

1996-97 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

1996-97 Big Ten Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Minnesota 16-2 31-4
Iowa 12-6 22-10
Purdue 12-6 18-12
Illinois 11-7 22-10
Wisconsin 11-7 18-10
Michigan 9-9 24-11
Indiana 9-9 22-11
Michigan State 9-9 17-12
Ohio State 5-13 10-17
Penn State 3-15 10-17
Northwestern 2-16 7-22

1996-97 Gopher Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)
3 Archambault, Russ G Fr 6-1 185 Fort Yates, ND (Sartell, MN)
33 Harris, Eric G Jr 6-3 195 New York, NY (St. Raymond's)
24 Jackson, Bobby G Sr 6-1 185 Salisbury, NC (Salisbury/Western Nebraska CC)
5 Jacobson, Sam G/F Jr 6-6 210 Cottage Grove, MN (Park)
4 James, Courtney F So 6-8 270 Indianapolis, IN (Ben Davis)
20 Lewis, Quincy G/F So 6-7 200 Little Rock, AK (Parkview)
22 Loge, Kevin F/C Fr 6-10 230 Morris, MN (Morris Area)
51 Sanden, Kyle F/C Fr 6-11 230 Thief River Falls, MN (Lincoln)
30 Stanford, Jason F So 6-6 180 Milwaukee, WI (Nicolet)
31 Stanford, Jermaine F So 6-6 180 Milwaukee, WI (Nicolet)
15 Stauber, Aaron G Sr 6-0 185 Sheboygan, WI (North)
42 Tarver, Miles F So 6-8 225 Oakland, CA (St. Joseph's/Maine Central Prep)
34 Thomas, Charles G So 6-4 200 Harlan, KY
12 Thomas, John C Sr 6-9 275 Minneapolis, MN (Roosevelt)
50 Winter, Trevor C Sr 7-0 275 Slayton, MN

* Indicates a player who has used a redshirt season

1996-97 Final AP Poll

Team Record Pts
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

1996-97 Final USA Today Poll

Team
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

Final Four

Semifinals

Kentucky 78, Minnesota 69
Arizona 66, North Carolina 58

Finals

Arizona 84, Kentucky 79 (OT)