2015–16 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team represented Purdue University. Their head coach was Matt Painter, in his 11th season with the Boilers. The team played its home games in Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana and were members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 26–9, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, they defeated Illinois and Michigan to advance to the championship game. In a closely fought championship game, they lost to Michigan State 66–62. The Boilermakers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed, their second straight trip to the Tournament. In the First Round, they were upset by No. 12-seed Little Rock 85–83 in double overtime.

2015–16 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball
Purdue Boilermakers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 12
2015–16 record26–9 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coachMatt Painter (11th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaMackey Arena
Seasons
2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 14 Indiana 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
No. 2 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 6   .829
No. 18 Maryland 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
No. 12 Purdue 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
No. 25 Iowa 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 12 6   .667     22 13   .629
Ohio State 11 7   .611     22 13   .629
Michigan 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
Northwestern 8 10   .444     20 12   .625
Penn State 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Nebraska 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
Illinois 5 13   .278     15 19   .441
Minnesota 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Rutgers 1 17   .056     7 25   .219
2016 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Boilermakers finished the 2014–15 season 21–13, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. As the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, they advanced to the semifinals where they lost to No. 1 seed Wisconsin. The Boilers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed. They lost in the Second Round to No. 9-seeded Cincinnati.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jon Octeus 0 G 6'4" 175 Senior Miramar, FL Graduated
Bryson Scott 1 G 6'1" 201 Sophomore Fort Wayne, IN Transferred (IPFW)
Anfernee Brown 24 G 6'1" 190 Sophomore East Chicago, IN Left the team due to personal reasons
Neal Beshears 30 F 6'7" 198 Senior Winchester, IN Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Johnny Hill 1 G 6'3" 180 RS Senior Glendale Heights, IL Elected to transfer from Texas–Arlington. Will be eligible to play immediately since Hill graduated from Texas–Arlington.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Johnny Hill 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Glendale Heights, IL
G 2 Jon McKeeman (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Fort Wayne, IN
G 3 P.J. Thompson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) So Indianapolis, IN
F 5 Basil Smotherman   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Jr Indianapolis, IN
G 11 Stephen Toyra (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Lafayette, IN
F 12 Vincent Edwards 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Middletown, OH
G 14 Ryan Cline 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Carmel, IN
C 20 A. J. Hammons 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Sr Carmel, IN
G 21 Kendall Stephens 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jr St. Charles, IL
G 22 Grant Weatherford   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Cicero, IN
F 23 Jacquil Taylor 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 217 lb (98 kg) So Cambridge, MA
F 24 Grady Eifert (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Fort Wayne, IN
G 31 Dakota Mathias 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) So Elida, OH
G 35 Raphael Davis (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Sr Fort Wayne, IN
C 44 Isaac Haas 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 297 lb (135 kg) So Piedmont, AL
F 50 Caleb Swanigan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Fort Wayne, IN
Head coach

Matt Painter (Purdue)

Assistant coach(es)

Jack Owens (Eastern Illinois)
Greg Gary (Tulane)
Brandon Brantley (Purdue)


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

Roster

Class of 2015 recruitsEdit

Caleb Swanigan had multiple high caliber teams recruiting him.[1] Swanigan verbally committed to Michigan State April 10, 2015, but decommitted from the school on May 7.[2][3] Twelve days later, he committed to Purdue and was the first Indiana's Mr. Basketball recruit since Glenn Robinson. He was also Purdue's first McDonald's All-American since 1996.[4]

Ryan Cline committed to Purdue on June 2, 2014.[5] Cline, an Indiana native, was expected to improve Purdue's 3-point shooting. On his recruitment, Cline said, "From the first visit to (Purdue) when I saw all of their coaches there, it just blew me away," he said. "Getting to know them from that time, I knew they wanted me."[6]

Grant Weatherford was Purdue's last commitment of this class, committing to Purdue on August 2, 2014.[7] On Weatherford's potential impact as a freshman, Coach Painter said, "Well, he’s got to be able to get by some of those guys. Johnny Hill’s got a lot of experience. P.J. Thompson, you know, obviously played some for us last year, and both of those guys have really played well."[8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Caleb Swanigan
C
Fort Wayne, IN Homestead High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) May 19, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 94
Ryan Cline
SG
Carmel, IN Carmel High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 2, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Grant Weatherford
PG
Cicero, IN Hamilton Heights High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Aug 2, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 76
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 27
  • 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:

  • "2015 Purdue Signees". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  • "2015 Purdue Signees". Scout.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  • "2015 Purdue Signees". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 8, 2015*
5:00 pm
No. 23 Northwestern Ohio W 92–43 
 18  2 tied   11  Swanigan   7  Mathias  Mackey Arena (11,695)
West Lafayette, IN
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm
No. 23 North Carolina A&T
Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic
W 81–40  1–0
 14  2 tied   11  Swanigan   5  Hill  Mackey Arena (12,623)
West Lafayette, IN
Nov 15, 2015*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 23 Vermont
Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic
W 107–79  2–0
 17  Mathias   13  Swanigan   5  Davis  Mackey Arena (12,808)
West Lafayette, IN
Nov 18, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 21 Incarnate Word W 96–61  3–0
 17  Haas   12  Haas   5  Mathias  Mackey Arena (11,536)
West Lafayette, IN
Nov 21, 2015*
Noon, ESPN3
No. 21 vs. Old Dominion
Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic semifinals
W 61–39  4–0
 18  Hammons   8  Haas   2  3 tied  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
Nov 22, 2015*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 21 vs. Florida
Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic championship game
W 85–70  5–0
 18  Davis   7  Hammons   4  Thompson  Mohegan Sun Arena (3,813)
Uncasville, CT
Nov 28, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 16 Lehigh W 77–55  6–0
 24  Haas   12  Swanigan   7  Edwards  Mackey Arena (12,660)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 1, 2015*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 at Pittsburgh
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 72–59  7–0
 24  Hammons   12  Hammons   6  Edwards  Peterson Events Center (9,439)
Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 5, 2015*
2:15 pm, BTN
No. 11 New Mexico W 70–58  8–0
 21  Haas   11  Hammons   4  2 tied  Mackey Arena (14,221)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 7, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 11 IUPUI W 80–53  9–0
 14  Hammons   14  Swanigan   4  2 tied  Mackey Arena (12,404)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 9, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 11 Howard W 93–55  10–0
 19  Swanigan   12  Swanigan   0  Thompson  Mackey Arena (11,983)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 12, 2015*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 11 Youngstown State W 95–64  11–0
 15  2 tied   11  Hammons   6  Swanigan  Mackey Arena (14,026)
West Lafayette, IN
Dec 19, 2015*
5:00 pm, BTN
No. 9 vs. No. 17 Butler
Crossroads Classic
L 68–74  11–1
 25  Swanigan   11  Swanigan   7  Thompson  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (19,156)
Indianapolis, IN
Dec 22, 2015*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Vanderbilt W 68–55  12–1
 21  Hammons   10  Hammons   4  Mathias  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Big Ten regular season
Dec 29, 2015
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 at Wisconsin W 61–55  13–1
(1–0)
 24  Hammons   9  Swanigan   4  Thompson  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 2, 2016
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Iowa L 63–70  13–2
(1–1)
 12  Stephens   7  Hammons   3  3 tied  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Jan 7, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 20 Michigan W 87–70  14–2
(2–1)
 17  Hammons   7  2 tied   6  Davis  Mackey Arena (13,063)
West Lafayette, IN
Jan 10, 2016
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 20 at Illinois L 70–84  14–3
(2–2)
 12  2 tied   8  Hammons   4  Thompson  State Farm Center (12,246)
Champaign, IL
Jan 13, 2016
8:30 pm, BTN
No. 25 Penn State W 74–57  15–3
(3–2)
 19  Edwards   9  Swanigan   4  Mathias  Mackey Arena (13,802)
West Lafayette, IN
Jan 18, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 at Rutgers W 107–57  16–3
(4–2)
 12  4 tied   13  Swanigan   3  2 tied  The RAC (5,085)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 21, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 Ohio State W 75–64  17–3
(5–2)
 16  Hammons   10  Swanigan   3  Mathias  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Jan 24, 2016
1:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 at No. 9 Iowa L 71–83  17–4
(5–3)
 19  Edwards   8  2 tied   3  2 tied  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Jan 27, 2016
9:00 pm, BTN
No. 21 at Minnesota W 68–64  18–4
(6–3)
 24  Edwards   8  3 tied   4  Edwards  Williams Arena (10,484)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 30, 2016
4:30 pm, BTN
No. 21 Nebraska W 89–74  19–4
(7–3)
 32  Hammons   12  Swanigan   7  Thompson  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 6, 2016
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 at No. 4 Maryland L 61–72  19–5
(7–4)
 18  Hammons   10  Hammons   7  Edwards  Xfinity Center (17,950)
College Park, MD
Feb 9, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 No. 8 Michigan State W 82–81 OT 20–5
(8–4)
 24  Davis   13  Hammons   3  3 tied  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 13, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 at Michigan L 56–61  20–6
(8–5)
 14  Swanigan   10  Edwards   3  Edwards  Crisler Arena (12,707)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 16, 2016
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 17 Northwestern W 71–61  21–6
(9–5)
 18  Hammons   12  Hammons   3  Hill  Mackey Arena (12,868)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 20, 2016
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 17 at No. 22 Indiana
Rivalry/Crimson and Gold Cup
L 73–77  21–7
(9–6)
 14  Swanigan   8  Swanigan   4  Edwards  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 27, 2016
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 No. 10 Maryland W 83–79  22–7
(10–6)
 19  Hammons   7  4 tied   4  3 tied  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Mar 1, 2016
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 15 at Nebraska W 81–62  23–7
(11–6)
 20  Edwards   6  Davis   6  Hill  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,572)
Lincoln, NE
Mar 6, 2016
6:30 pm, BTN
No. 15 Wisconsin W 91–80  24–7
(12–6)
 27  Swanigan   8  Swanigan   5  Edwards  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 11, 2016
2:30 pm, ESPN
(4) No. 13 vs. (12) Illinois
Quarterfinals
W 89–58  25–7
 16  Haas   12  Swanigan   6  Hill  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,355)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 12, 2016
1:00 pm, CBS
(4) No. 13 vs. (8) Michigan
Semifinals
W 76–59  26–7
 27  Hammons   11  Hammons   6  Davis  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,339)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 13, 2016
3:00 pm, CBS
(4) No. 13 vs. (2) No. 2 Michigan State
Championship game
L 62–66  26–8
 19  Edwards   9  Hammons   3  Davis  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (16,429)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17, 2016*
4:20 pm, TBS
(5 MW) No. 12 vs. (12 MW) Little Rock
First Round
L 83–85 2OT 26–9
 24  Edwards   15  Hammons   4  Mathias  Pepsi Center (19,499)
Denver, CO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest Region Source[9].
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
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 23 21 16 11 11 9 14 14 20 24 22 21 18 18 17 20 15 13 12 N/A*
Coaches 24 23 15 11 11 8 13 14 18 24 22 21 16 16 16 19 13 13 10 19

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Caleb Swanigan Recruiting". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Borzello, Jeff (April 10, 2015). "Caleb Swanigan, No. 8 in ESPN 100, commits to Michigan St". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (May 7, 2015). "Sources: Caleb Swanigan decommits from Michigan State Spartans". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Baird, Nathan (May 19, 2015). "Mr. Basketball Caleb Swanigan commits to Purdue". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "As a Recruit". 247 Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (June 2, 2014). "Carmel's Ryan Cline commits to Purdue". Indy Star. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Grant Weatherford". 247 Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Kaufman, Simon (January 6, 2016). "Behind Enemy Lines: Purdue coach Matt Painter". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/purdue/2016-schedule.html