Kentucky Wildcats 1995-1996 Legacy

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       Kentucky Wildcats x Legacy Collection

      19nine’s Legacy Collection dives inside the archives to bring back some college basketball classics. Like the originals, we crafted each Legacy pair of retro shorts with the materials and details to honor the original designs. It was a labor of love in our pursuit to provide an era specific keepsake that celebrates the most iconic styles in college basketball history.

      '96 Wildcat Legacy

      The rumor in college basketball circles coming into the 1995-1996 season was that Kentucky's non starters were good enough to be ranked the #2 team in the country.  No. 1, of course, would be Rick Pitino's 5 starters.  Unfortunately for the rest of college basketball all 9 future NBA players were on the same roster. 

      Tony Delk, Anthony Epps, Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Derek Anderson, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard and Ron Mercer ate up most of the minutes and provided more depth than a college coach could ever dream of.  After an early season slip up against #5 UMass the Cats ripped off 27 straight wins before losing to #25 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament Championship game.

      As the #1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament UK marched to the Final Four after beating 4th seed Utah by 31 and 2nd seed Wake Forest by 20.  A rematch with #1 UMass awaited the Wildcats in the Final Four.  

      This time it was Kentucky's night thanks in large part to Tony Delk and Antoine Walker combining for 34 points in a 81-74 victory.  Two nights later UK clinched the schools 6th National Championship, beating Syracuse 76-67 in Monday night's title game.  The 1996 Kentucky Wildcats go down in history as one of college basketball's best.

      "Coach Pitino did a tremendous job of meshing talent as well as the egos.  You look at it collectively as a team, guys had to sacrifice and understand everyone had a role on the team.  Everyone couldn't be the star, take all the shots and play all the minutes.  You had to share in some of your successes in order for the team to be successful."

      -Tony Delk  

      • Modern Standard-Length Fit - SIZE CHART 
      • Material: Double Ply- Dura Sheen 
      • Embroidered Team Graphics
      • Denim Side Panels
      • Premium Waistband with Drawstring 
      • Officially Licensed 
      • Imported 
      • All Designs are trademarks of 19nine, LLC.

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
100% recommend

The waste band is legit i wish i wish they made all shorts like this without mark up and with pockets. i love this company so def getting more.


These are FIRE!!! I had both uniforms back in 96 and these are spot on I can not stress enough how much you should get a pair!! Modern sizing they only had 2xl and I weigh 130 at most shorts fit perfectly. Thank you 19 nine for reliving my childhood BUY THESE QUICKLY

David B
The ‘95/96 Kentucky denim shorts are awesome!

I never had the opportunity to get a pair of the original Kentucky denim shorts back in the day so when these popped up on the 19nine site I had to take a chance. The shorts are well made and the little details (“untouchables” on the draw string) make them stand out. First time customer and will definitely be following the site for new gear! GO CATS!

Nick Bibbins

Do they have pockets?


10/10 will continue to buy thru 19nine