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2015–16 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Oklahoma Sooners basketball team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Sooners were led by Lon Kruger in his fifth season. They played their home games at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma as a member of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 29–8, 12–6 in Big 12 play to finish in third place. They defeated Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to West Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Cal State Bakersfield, VCU, Texas A&M, and Oregon to be champions of the West Regional and earn a trip to the Final Four for the fifth time in school history. At the Final Four, they lost in the national semifinal to the eventual champion Villanova by 44 points, the largest margin in Final Four history.

2015–16 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 7
2015–16 record29–8 (12–6 Big 12)
Head coachLon Kruger (5th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaLloyd Noble Center
Seasons
2015–16 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kansas 15 3   .833     33 5   .868
#8 West Virginia 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
#7 Oklahoma 12 6   .667     29 8   .784
Texas 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#21 Baylor 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
#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

Previous seasonEdit

The Sooners finished the season 24–11, 12–6 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for second place. They advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to Iowa State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Albany in the second round and Dayton in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Michigan State.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Frank Booker 1 G 6'4" 193 Sophomore Augusta, GA Transferred to Florida Atlantic
James Fraschilla 13 G 5'10" 154 Senior Dallas, TX Graduated
D. J. Bennett 31 F 6'8" 202 RS Senior Chicago, IL Graduated
TaShawn Thomas 35 F 6'8" 242 Senior Killeen, TX Graduated
Trey Slate 45 G 6'1" 205 Sophomore Gore, OK Walk-on; transferred

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Akolda Manyang 30 C 7'0" 235 Junior Rochester, MN Junior college transfer from Indian Hills Community College

RecruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Rashard Odomes
SF
Copperas Cove, TX Copperas Cove High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Christian James
SF
Houston, TX Bellaire High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Oct 23, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Oklahoma 2015 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  • "2015 Oklahoma Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.

Recruit class of 2016Edit

RosterEdit

2015–16 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 00 Ryan Spangler 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 234 lb (106 kg) RS Sr Bridge Creek
Gonzaga
Bridge Creek, OK
F 1 Rashard Odomes 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Copperas Cove Copperas Cove, TX
G 2 Dinjiyl Walker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Sr Iowa Western CC Vaughan, ON
G 3 Christian James 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Bellaire Houston, TX
C 4 Jamuni McNeace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Allen Allen, TX
G 10 Jordan Woodard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Jr Edmond Memorial Arcadia, OK
G 11 Isaiah Cousins 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, NY
F 12 Khadeem Lattin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 208 lb (94 kg) So Redemption Christian Homeschool Acad. Houston, TX
G 14 Bola Alade (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) RS Fr John Paul II Plano, TX
F 21 Dante Buford 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) RS Fr Arlington Country Day Jacksonville, FL
G 22 Daniel Harper (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Norman Norman, OK
G 24 Buddy Hield 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Sr Sunrise Christian Academy Freeport, Bahamas
F 25 C. J. Cole (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr Sperry Sperry, OK
C 30 Akolda Manyang 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Jr Potter House Christian Academy
Indian Hills CC
Rochester, MN
F 41 Austin Mankin (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Coppell Coppell, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/06/2015*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 8 Washburn W 112–62 
Lloyd Noble Center (7,892)
Norman, OK
11/12/2015*
7:00 PM, FSOK
No. 8 Mid-America Christian W 98–76 
Lloyd Noble Center (7,123)
Norman, OK
Regular season
11/17/2015*
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 at Memphis
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
W 84–78  1–0
FedEx Forum (12,688)
Memphis, TN
11/20/2015*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 8 McNeese State W 85–56  2–0
Lloyd Noble Center (8,364)
Norman, OK
11/24/2015*
7:00 PM, FSSW+
No. 7 Incarnate Word W 96–63  3–0
Lloyd Noble Center (7,332)
Norman, OK
11/29/2015*
1:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 Wisconsin W 65–48  4–0
Lloyd Noble Center (6,543)
Norman, OK
12/03/2015*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 6 Central Arkansas W 111–68  5–0
Lloyd Noble Center (7,109)
Norman, OK
12/07/2015*
6:00 PM, FS1
No. 7 vs. No. 9 Villanova
Pearl Harbor Classic
W 78–55  6–0
Bloch Arena (4,024)
Honolulu, HI
12/12/2015*
1:00 PM, SSTV
No. 7 Oral Roberts W 96–73  7–0
Lloyd Noble Center (9,421)
Norman, OK
12/19/2015*
1:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Creighton W 87–74  8–0
Lloyd Noble Center (9,528)
Norman, OK
12/22/2015*
10:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 vs. Washington State
Diamond Head Classic quarterfinals
W 88–60  9–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
12/23/2015*
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Hawaiʻi
Diamond Head Classic semifinals
W 84–81  10–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
12/25/2015*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Harvard
Diamond Head Classic championship
W 83–71  11–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
01/02/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 No. 11 Iowa State W 87–83  12–0
(1–0)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,251)
Norman, OK
01/04/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 1 Kansas L 106–109 3OT 12–1
(1–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/09/2016
3:30 PM, ESPNews
No. 2 Kansas State W 86–76  13–1
(2–1)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,113)
Norman, OK
01/13/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 2 at Oklahoma State
Bedlam Series
W 74–72  14–1
(3–1)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (9,380)
Stillwater, OK
01/16/2016
3:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 11 West Virginia W 70–68  15–1
(4–1)
Lloyd Noble Center (10,346)
Norman, OK
01/18/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 at No. 19 Iowa State L 77–82  15–2
(4–2)
Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
01/23/2016
11:00 AM, ESPN
No. 1 at No. 13 Baylor W 82–72  16–2
(5–2)
Ferrell Center (10,206)
Waco, TX
01/26/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 Texas Tech W 91–67  17–2
(6–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (10,682)
Norman, OK
01/30/2016*
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 at LSU
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 77–75  18–2
Maravich Center (13,822)
Baton Rouge, LA
02/02/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 1 TCU W 95–72  19-2
(7–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (7,455)
Norman, OK
02/06/2016
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 1 at Kansas State L 69–80  19–3
(7–3)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
02/08/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 No. 24 Texas W 63–60  20–3
(8–3)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,547)
Norman, OK
02/13/2016
1:30 PM, ESPN
No. 3 No. 6 Kansas
ESPN College GameDay
L 72–76  20–4
(8–4)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,247)
Norman, OK
02/17/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 at Texas Tech L 63–65  20–5
(8–5)
United Supermarkets Arena (14,471)
Lubbock, TX
02/20/2016
3:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 at No. 14 West Virginia W 76–62  21–5
(9–5)
WVU Coliseum (15,289)
Morgantown, WV
02/24/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Oklahoma State
Bedlam Series
W 71–49  22–5
(10–5)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,470)
Norman, OK
02/27/2016
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 3 at No. 25 Texas L 63–76  22–6
(10–6)
Frank Erwin Center (16,540)
Austin, TX
03/01/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 19 Baylor W 73–71  23–6
(11–6)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,563)
Norman, OK
03/05/2016
12:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 6 at TCU W 75–67  24–6
(12–6)
Schollmaier Arena (6,532)
Fort Worth, TX
Big 12 Tournament
03/10/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 6 vs. No. 21 Iowa State
Quarterfinals
W 79–76  25–6
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/11/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 vs. No. 9 West Virginia
Semifinals
L 67–69  25–7
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
3/18/2016*
3:00 PM, TNT
(2 W) No. 7 vs. (15 W) Cal State Bakersfield
First round
W 82–68  26–7
Chesapeake Energy Arena (15,662)
Oklahoma City, OK
3/20/2016*
4:15 PM, CBS
(2 W) No. 7 vs. (10 W) VCU
Second round
W 85–81  27–7
Chesapeake Energy Arena (15,279)
Oklahoma City, OK
03/24/2016*
6:37 PM, TBS
(2 W) No. 7 vs. (3 W) No. 15 Texas A&M
Sweet Sixteen
W 77–63  28–7
Honda Center (17,601)
Anaheim, CA
03/26/2016*
5:07 PM, CBS
(2 W) No. 7 vs. (1 W) No. 5 Oregon
Elite Eight
W 80–68  29–7
Honda Center (16,232)
Anaheim, CA
04/02/2016*
5:09 PM, TBS
(2 W) No. 7 vs. (2 S) No. 6 Villanova
Final Four
L 51–95  29–8
NRG Stadium (75,505)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
All times are in Central Time.

x- Sooner Sports Television (SSTV) is aired locally on Fox Sports. However the contract allows games to air on various affiliates. Those affiliates are FSSW, FSSW+, FSOK, FSOK+, and FCS Atlantic, Central, and Pacific.

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 Post Final
AP 8 8 7 6 7 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 3–T 6 6 7 *N/A
Coaches 8 8–T 6 8 8 3 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 3 3 4 6 6 7 4

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's Basketball". University of Oklahoma.