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1996: College Basketball

NCAA Title Goes to Old Kentucky Home; Wildcats Hold Off Syracuse

After losing just two games all season, Kentucky beat Syracuse, 76-67, to claim the NCAA men's basketball championship. The emotion on the players' faces after they won the school's first national championship since 1978 (and the first of Coach Rick Pitino's career) didn't look like elation. It looked more like relief.

Semifinal Action:

Kentucky Too Cool for U-Mass | Syracuse's Defense Tops Mississippi St.


Tennessee Rocks Georgia as Vols Win Fourth NCAA Championship

The Lady Vols shut down the Naismith national player of the year, Georgia point guard Saudia Roundtree, and won their record fourth NCAA championship. Tennessee has also won NCAA titles in 1987, '89 and '91, but played what Coach Pat Summitt said was as close to a perfect game as she has coached in 22 seasons.
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