Kentucky Capsule

Nickname: Wildcats                       Coach: Tubby Smith
Location: Lexington, Kentucky            Record at Kentucky: 262-82
Conference: Southeastern                 Career Record: 386-144
Overall Record: 21-11
Conference Record and Finish: 9-7, 3rd East

Seed, Region and Bid: 8, West, At-Large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 48
NCAA Tournament Record: 99-43 (.697)
Final Four Appearances: 13 (1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975
                            1978, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 7 (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998)
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL CHAMPION

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 13

Record vs. teams in the field: 6-8

Starters:
F -- Bobby Perry (6-8, 215, Sr. -- 8.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
C -- Randolph Morris (6-11, 259, Jr. -- 15.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
G -- Joe Crawford (6-5, 211, Jr. -- 14.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G -- Ramel Bradley (6-2, 176, Jr. -- 13.8 ppg, 3.7 apg)
G -- Derrick Jasper (6-6, 213, Fr. -- 4.1 ppg, 3.1 apg)

Key Reserves:
G -- Jodie Meeks (6-5, 206, Fr. -- 8.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
F -- Perry Stevenson (6-9, 178, Fr. -- 3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
F -- Sheray Thomas (6-8, 236, Sr. -- 2.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: It not has been a season that coach Smith will look
back on in any fondness, especially if the Wildcats fail to
extend their streak of posting at least one win in the NCAA
Tournament.  Kentucky has won its last 16 first-round games
dating to 1988.  If the Wildcats do come up short against
Villanova, Smith is mostly likely to face the prospect of losing
his job, as Kentucky has not reached a Final Four since 1998.
Failing to beat a ranked foe this season, the Wildcats also did
not play well with their backs up against the wall, ending the
season with six losses in their last nine games.  The lone
bright spot during that slide was Perry, who had two 20-point
efforts and averaged 15.0 points in the last five games.

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (9) Villanova at Chicago