2015–16 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which is the Jayhawks 118th basketball season. The Jayhawks played their home games at Allen Fieldhouse. They were led by 13th year head coach Bill Self and were members of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 33–5, 15–3 in Big 12 play to win their 12th consecutive regular season Big 12 title. They defeated Kansas State, Baylor, and West Virginia to be champions of the Big 12 Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they were the tournament's overall #1 seed. They defeated Austin Peay, UConn, and Maryland to advance to the Elite Eight where they lost to Villanova.

2015–16 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
University of Kansas athletics (logo).svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 1
2015–16 record33–5 (15–3 Big 12)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaAllen Fieldhouse
Seasons
2015–16 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Kansas 15 3   .833     33 5   .868
No. 8 West Virginia 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 7 Oklahoma 12 6   .667     29 8   .784
Texas 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
No. 21 Baylor 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
No. 22 Iowa State 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Texas Tech 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Kansas State 5 13   .278     17 16   .515
Oklahoma State 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
TCU 2 16   .111     12 21   .364
2016 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll [1]

In July 2015, the Jayhawks represented the United States at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. The Jayhawks, along with Nic Moore from SMU and Julian DeBose from Florida Gulf Coast, went 8–0 to win the Gold Medal.

PreseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

GraduationEdit

Name Position
Christian Garrett G

Early draft entrantsEdit

Name Position Year
Kelly Oubre Jr. G Freshman
Cliff Alexander F Freshman

TransfersEdit

Name Position Old school New school
Josh Pollard G Kansas[2] Utah Valley
Dwight Coleby C Ole Miss Kansas[3]

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
LaGerald Vick
SG
Memphis, TN Douglass High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) May 13, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 85
Carlton Bragg Jr.
PF
Cleveland, OH Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jan 8, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 89
Cheick Diallo
PF
Kayes, Mali Our Savior New American 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Apr 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings:      Scout: #14     Rivals: #15     247Sports: #19      ESPN: #14 

TransfersEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Dwight Coleby
C
Piney Woods, MS Piney Woods HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Transfer 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77

World University GamesEdit

In April 2014, the Kansas basketball team was selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the 2015 World University Games. Kansas was selected as the team to represent the U.S. from the schools that expressed interest. This was the second time a college team represented the United States in the World University Games; University of Northern Iowa had finished 9th in 2007.

Current university students or recent graduates, born between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec. 31, 1997, were eligible for the 2015 Games. Only U.S. citizens were eligible for the U.S. team; therefore Cheick Diallo, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and Dwight Coleby (from Mali, Ukraine, and Bahamas respectively) were ineligible. The Kansas travel party, consisting of 12 competitors and 11 staff (23 total), left Lawrence on June 28 and lived in the athlete village throughout the Games. There were two non-Jayhawks on the U.S. roster: guards Nic Moore of SMU[4] and Julian DeBose of Florida Gulf Coast,[5] replacing injured Kansas guard Devonte' Graham.

Team USA won all their matches in the tournament, beating Germany 84–77 in double overtime on July 13, 2015, to win the gold medal.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Frank Mason III 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Petersburg, VA
G 1 Wayne Selden Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Boston, MA
G 2 LaGerald Vick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Memphis, TN
G 4 Devonte' Graham 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Raleigh, NC
G 5 Evan Manning 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Lawrence, KS
G 10 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Cherkasy, Ukraine
G 11 Tyler Self 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) RS Jr Lawrence, KS
F 13 Cheick Diallo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Kayes, Mali
G 14 Brannen Greene 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Monroe, GA
F 15 Carlton Bragg Jr. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Cleveland, OH
F 21 Clay Young 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS So Lansing, KS
F 22 Dwight Coleby Jr.   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Nassau, Bahamas
F 31 Jamari Traylor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Chicago, IL
F 33 Landen Lucas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Jr Portland, OR
F 34 Perry Ellis (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Wichita, KS
F 42 Hunter Mickelson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Jonesboro, AR
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: July 23, 2015

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
World University Games Exhibition
June 24, 2015*
7:00 pm
at Team Canada W 91–83 
 28  Mason III   10  Traylor   6  Selden Jr.  Sprint Center (8,235)
Kansas City, MO
June 26, 2015*
7:00 pm
vs. Team Canada W 87–76 
 22  Selden Jr.   10  Selden Jr.   11  Mason III  Sprint Center (8,415)
Kansas City, MO
July 2, 2015*
10:00 pm
vs. Team China W 93–56 
 13  Vick              Seolwol Girls School Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
World University Games
July 4, 2015*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Turkey
Preliminary Round – Group D
W 66–57  1–0
 19  Selden Jr.   9  Selden Jr.   4  Mason III  Dongkang College Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 5, 2015*
8:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Brazil
Preliminary Round – Group D
W 81–72  2–0
 23  Selden Jr.   8  3 Tied   7  Mason III  Dongkang College Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 7, 2015*
2:30 pm
vs. Team Chile
Preliminary Round – Group D
W 106–41  3–0
 23  Mason III   14  Lucas   5  Selden Jr.  Muan Indoor Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 8, 2015*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Serbia
Preliminary Round – Group D
W 66–65  4–0
 21  Selden Jr.   9  Ellis   6  Moore (SMU)  Dongkang College Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 9, 2015*
10:00 am, ESPNU
vs. Team Switzerland
Preliminary Round – Group D
W 96–57  5–0
 18  Debose (FGCU)   7  Vick   6  Moore (SMU)  Muan Indoor Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 11, 2015*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Lithuania
Medal round – Quarterfinals
W 70–48  6–0
 18  Mason III   9  Lucas   4  Mason III  Gwangju University Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 12, 2015*
6:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Russia
Medal round – Semifinals
W 78–68  7–0
 23  Ellis   6  2 Tied   4  Mason III  Dongkang College Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
July 13, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Team Germany
Medal round – Finals
W 84–77 2OT 8–0
 22  Selden Jr.   10  Ellis   6  Mason III  Yeomju Gymnasium 
Gwangju, South Korea
Exhibition
November 4, 2015*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 4 Pittsburg State W 89–66 
 22  Ellis   12  Ellis   8  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 10, 2015*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 4 Fort Hays State W 95–59 
 16  Ellis   9  Bragg Jr.   6  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Regular season
November 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 4 Northern Colorado
Maui Invitational Opening Round
W 109–72  1–0
 18  Greene   7  2 Tied   9  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
November 17, 2015*
9:20 pm, ESPN
No. 4 vs. No. 13 Michigan State
Champions Classic
L 73–79  1–1
 21  Ellis   6  Lucas   6  Graham  United Center (21,461)
Chicago, IL
November 23, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 vs. Chaminade
Maui Invitational quarterfinals
W 123–72  2–1
 18  Tied   11  Lucas   7  Tied  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 24, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 vs. UCLA
Maui Invitational semifinals
W 92–73  3–1
 24  Ellis   6  Ellis   7  Mason III  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 25, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 vs. No. 19 Vanderbilt
Maui Invitational final
W 70–63  4–1
 25  Selden   8  Ellis   3  Mason  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
December 1, 2015*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 4 Loyola (MD) W 94–61  5–1
 18  Selden Jr.   6  5 Tied   5  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 5, 2015*
2:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 Harvard W 75–69  6–1
 21  Mason III   8  Lucas   5  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 9, 2015*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 2 Holy Cross W 92–59  7–1
 15  Selden Jr.   5  Bragg Jr.   5  2 Tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 12, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 vs. Oregon State
Kansas City Shootout
W 82–67  8–1
 22  Selden Jr.   9  Ellis   6  Mason III  Sprint Center (18,612)
Kansas City, MO
December 19, 2015*
1:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
No. 2 Montana W 88–46  9–1
 18  Ellis   9  Ellis   9  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
December 22, 2015*
10:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 2 at San Diego State W 70–57  10–1
 20  Ellis   6  Traylor   3  3 Tied  Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
December 29, 2015*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 2 UC Irvine W 78–53  11–1
 14  Ellis   9  Ellis   6  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 2, 2016
3:00 pm, CBS
No. 2 No. 23 Baylor W 102–74  12–1
(1–0)
 24  Selden Jr.   6  2 Tied   4  3 Tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 4, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 No. 2 Oklahoma W 109–106 3OT 13–1
(2–0)
 27  Ellis   13  Ellis   6  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 9, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 1 at Texas Tech W 69–59  14–1
(3–0)
 17  Mason III   10  2 Tied   5  Mason III  United Supermarkets Arena (14,231)
Lubbock, TX
January 12, 2016
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 at No. 11 West Virginia L 63–74  14–2
(3–1)
 21  Ellis   7  Ellis   3  Tied  WVU Coliseum (12,097)
Morgantown, WV
January 16, 2016
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 TCU W 70–63  15–2
(4–1)
 11  Selden Jr.   9  2 Tied   6  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 19, 2016
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 at Oklahoma State L 67–86  15–3
(4–2)
 14  Mason III   5  2 Tied   5  Graham  Gallagher-Iba Arena (11,383)
Stillwater, OK
January 23, 2016
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 Texas W 76–67  16–3
(5–2)
 26  Ellis   10  Lucas   6  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
January 25, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 at No. 14 Iowa State L 72–85  16–4
(5–3)
 23  Ellis   9  Lucas   4  Graham  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 30, 2016*
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 No. 20 Kentucky
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 90–84 OT 17–4
 33  Selden Jr.   9  Ellis   5  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 3, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 77–59  18–4
(6–3)
 19  Ellis   6  Lucas   4  3 Tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 6, 2016
11:00 am, ESPN
No. 7 at TCU W 75–56  19–4
(7–3)
 23  Ellis   10  Ellis   6  Mason III  Schollmaier Arena (6,516)
Fort Worth, TX
February 9, 2016
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 10 West Virginia W 75–65  20–4
(8–3)
 21  Ellis   16  Lucas   4  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 13, 2016
1:30 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at No. 3 Oklahoma W 76–72  21–4
(9–3)
 27  Graham   10  Lucas   3  Mason III  Lloyd Noble Center (12,247)
Norman, OK
February 15, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 Oklahoma State W 94–67  22–4
(10–3)
 18  Selden Jr.   10  Lucas   6  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 20, 2016
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 at Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 72–63  23–4
(11–3)
 16  Mason III   8  Lucas   5  Mason III  Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
February 23, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 at No. 19 Baylor W 66–60  24–4
(12–3)
 19  Mason III   10  Lucas   7  Graham  Ferrell Center (8,259)
Waco, TX
February 27, 2016
11:00 am, ESPN
No. 2 Texas Tech W 67–58  25–4
(13–3)
 17  Mykhailiuk   8  Lucas   4  Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
February 29, 2016
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at No. 23 Texas W 86–56  26–4
(14–3)
 20  Ellis   8  Lucas   6  Mason III  Frank Erwin Center (16,540)
Austin, TX
March 5, 2016
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 No. 21 Iowa State W 85–78  27–4
(15–3)
 22  Ellis   7  2 tied   5  Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Big 12 Tournament
March 10, 2016
1:30 pm, ESPN2
(1) No. 1 vs. (8) Kansas State
Quarterfinals
W 85–63  28–4
 21  Ellis   6  Ellis   8  Graham  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
March 11, 2016
6:00 pm, ESPN2
(1) No. 1 vs. (5) No. 22 Baylor
Semifinals
W 70–66  29–4
 20  Ellis   7  2 tied   8  Graham  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
March 12, 2016
5:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (2) No. 9 West Virginia
Championship
W 81–71  30–4
 27  Graham   7  Lucas   7  Mason III  Sprint Center (19,046)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2016*
3:00 pm, TNT
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (16 S) Austin Peay
First Round
W 105–79  31–4
 23  Mykhailiuk   9  Traylor   6  Graham  Wells Fargo Arena (16,628)
Des Moines, IA
March 19, 2016*
6:45 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (9 S) UConn
Second Round
W 73–61  32–4
 22  Selden Jr.   11  Lucas   4  2 Tied  Wells Fargo Arena (16,824)
Des Moines, IA
March 24, 2016*
8:40 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (5 S) No. 18 Maryland
Sweet Sixteen
W 79–63  33–4
 27  Ellis   11  Lucas   6  Selden, Jr.  KFC Yum! Center (19,399)
Louisville, KY
March 26, 2016*
7:49 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (2 S) No. 6 Villanova
Elite Eight
L 59–64  33–5
 17  Graham   12  Lucas   4  Mason III  KFC Yum! Center (19,422)
Louisville, KY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South.
All times are in Central Time.

Source: [6]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre† Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 5 4 5 4 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 4 7 6 2 2 1 1 1 N/A*
Coaches 5 5 7 6 7 5 3 3 2 1 3 3 6 6 2 2 1 1 1 3

*AP does not release post-tournament rankings
†Change is from final poll from 2014–2015 season

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019-20 Big 12 Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. pp. 26–30. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "KU walk-on Josh Pollard to transfer to school closer to home".
  3. ^ "Former Ole Miss center Dwight Coleby transferring to KU".
  4. ^ "SMU's Nic Moore to play with Kansas team at University Games".
  5. ^ "Florida Gulf Coast's Julian DeBose will join KU for World University Games".
  6. ^ "University of Kansas Athletics". University of Kansas.