2015–16 Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball team represented Saint Louis University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Billikens were led by fourth year head coach Jim Crews.[1] The team played their home games at Chaifetz Arena. They were a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season with an 11–22, 5–13 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for 12th place. They defeated George Mason in the first round of the A-10 Tournament to advance to the second round where they lost to George Washington.

2015–16 Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball
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ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
2015–16 record11–21 (5–13 A-10)
Head coachJim Crews (4th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaChaifetz Arena
Seasons
2015–16 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Dayton 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
VCU 14 4   .778     25 11   .694
St. Bonaventure 14 4   .778     22 9   .710
Saint Joseph's 13 5   .722     28 8   .778
George Washington 11 7   .611     28 10   .737
Davidson 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Rhode Island 9 9   .500     17 15   .531
Fordham 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Richmond 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
UMass 6 12   .333     14 18   .438
Duquesne 6 12   .333     17 17   .500
George Mason 5 13   .278     11 21   .344
Saint Louis 5 13   .278     11 21   .344
La Salle 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2016 A10 Tournament winner

On March 10, following their exit in the A-10 tournament, head coach Jim Crews was released from his coaching duties by the school.[2] He finished at Saint Louis with a four year record of 77–56.

Previous seasonEdit

The Billikens finished the season with an overall record of 11–21, with a record of 3–15 in the Atlantic 10 regular season to end up in the bottom of the Atlantic 10 standings. In the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Billikens lost to Duquesne in the first round.

Off seasonEdit

After a terrible 2014-2015 campaign, three of Saint Louis's top players (Grandy Glaze, Austin McBroom, and Tanner Lanconca) decided to leave the program and John Manning graduated from the University. With these four leaving the program Saint Louis lost 303 games of experience and 95 starts from the combined group. This marked a second consecutive year with massive turnover in the players in the program.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Grandy Glaze 1 F 6'6" 235 Senior Toronto, ON Transferred to Grand Canyon
Austin McBroom 2 G 5'9" 165 RS Junior North Hollywood, CA Transferred to Eastern Washington
Stephen Leazer 12 G 6'4" 180 Freshman Mt. Prospect, IL Personal Reasons
Tanner Lancona 15 F 6'8" 230 Sophomore Trabuco Canyon, CA Transferred to Point Loma Nazarene
Grant Hollander 22 G 6'3" 175 Freshman St. Charles, MO Personal Reasons
Royce Simpson 33 G 6'2 180 Sophomore Chicago, IL Personal Reasons
John Manning 54 C 6'11 250 Senior Chantilly, VA Graduated

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Elliot Welmer
PF
Columbus, IN Brighton Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Dec 4, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 73
Matt Neufeld
C
Victoria, British Columbia Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Jermaine Bishop
PG
Queens, NY Holy Cross High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Mar 30, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 62
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:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-06-29.

RosterEdit

[3]

2015–16 Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Marcus Bartley 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Douglas MacArthur Decatur, IL
F 1 Milik Yarbrough 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Zion-Benton Zion, IL
G 2 Miles Reynolds 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Whitney Young Chicago, IL
G 3 Ash Yacoubou 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Long Island Lutheran
Villanova
Bronx, NY
G 5 Davell Roby 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So White Station Memphis, TN
G 10 Aaron Hines 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Parkway North
John Wood CC
St. Louis, MO
G 11 Jermaine Bishop 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Holy Cross Queens, NY
C 13 Matt Neufeld 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Victoria, BC
F 14 Brett Jolly 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Blair Academy Southlake, TX
G 21 Markos Psimitis (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Experimental
Harris-Stowe
Mytilene, Greece
G 24 Austin Eagleton (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Sacred Heart-Griffin Springfield, IL
C 25 Austin Gillman 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Oakville St. Louis, MO
G 32 Mike Crawford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Tipton Tipton, IN
F 33 Elliott Welmer     6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Brighton Academy Columbus, IN
F 35 Reggie Agbeko 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr South Kent School Buffalo, NY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 3-3-2016

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/10/2015*
7:00 PM
Missouri–Saint Louis W 71–44 
Chaifetz Arena 
St. Louis, MO
Non-conference regular season
11/15/2015*
4:00 PM, FSMW
Hartford
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 85–68  1–0
Chaifetz Arena (6,068)
St. Louis, MO
11/17/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
at SIU Edwardsville W 70–60  2–0
Vadalabene Center (3,931)
Edwardsville, IL
11/21/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW+
St. Francis Brooklyn
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 76–60[4]  3–0
Chaifetz Arena (6,087)
St. Louis, MO
11/24/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
North Florida
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 70–57  4–0
Chaifetz Arena (5,826)
St. Louis, MO
11/28/2015*
7:00 PM
vs. Louisville
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
L 57–77  4–1
Barclays Center 
Brooklyn, NY
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
Morehead State L 46–60  4–2
Chaifetz Arena (5,071)
St. Louis, MO
12/05/2015*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Wichita State L 58–63  4–3
Chaifetz Arena (8,458)
St. Louis, MO
12/12/2015*
7:00 PM
Alabama A&M W 75–58  5–3
Chaifetz Arena (5,419)
St. Louis, MO
12/16/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
Tennessee–Martin L 76–82  5–4
Chaifetz Arena (5,243)
St. Louis, MO
12/19/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
Indiana State L 68–76  5–5
Chaifetz Arena (7,244)
St. Louis, MO
12/21/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
Southern Illinois L 52–65  5–6
Chaifetz Arena (8,758)
St. Louis, MO
12/29/2015*
7:00 PM, FSMW
at Kansas State L 47–75  5–7
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
Atlantic 10 regular season
01/02/2016
3:30 PM, NBCSN
at Rhode Island L 57–85  5–8
(0–1)
Ryan Center (4,517)
Kingston, RI
01/06/2016
6:00 PM, FSMW
George Washington W 65–62  6–8
(1–1)
Chaifetz Arena (5,104)
St. Louis, MO
01/10/2016
3:00 PM, NBCSN
VCU L 72–56  6–9
(1–2)
Chaifetz Arena (8,719)
St. Louis, MO
01/13/2016
6:00 PM
at Duquesne L 71–81  6–10
(1–3)
Palumbo Center (1,506)
Pittsburgh, PA
01/17/2016
2:00 PM, NBCSN
George Mason L 79–92  6–11
(1–4)
Chaifetz Arena (7,022)
St. Louis, MO
01/20/2016
7:00 PM, FSMW
Davidson W 96–87  7–11
(2–4)
Chaifetz Arena (5,103)
St. Louis, MO
01/23/2016
11:00 AM
at Massachusetts W 86–75  8–11
(3–4)
Mullins Center (3,484)
Amherst, MA
01/27/2016
6:00 PM, FSMW
at Dayton L 37–73  8–12
(3–5)
UD Arena (13,455)
Dayton, OH
01/30/2016
5:00 PM, ASN
Duquesne L 67–78  8–13
(3–6)
Chaifetz Arena (8,412)
St. Louis, MO
02/07/2016
1:00 PM, NBCSN
at St. Bonaventure L 62–65  8–14
(3–7)
Reilly Center (3,712)
Olean, NY
02/10/2016
7:00 PM, FSMW
Richmond L 53–67  8–15
(3–8)
Chaifetz Arena (5,154)
St. Louis, MO
02/13/2016
5:00 PM, CBSSN
at VCU L 52–85  8–16
(3–9)
Siegel Center (7,637)
Richmond, VA
02/17/2016
6:00 PM
at George Mason W 79–77 OT 9–16
(4–9)
EagleBank Arena (3,015)
Fairfax, VA
02/20/2016
7:00 PM, ASN
Fordham W 76–68  10–16
(5–9)
Chaifetz Arena (8,591)
St. Louis, MO
02/23/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
Dayton L 49-52 OT 10-17
(5-10)
Chaifetz Arena (7,541)
St. Louis, MO
02/28/2016
12:00 PM, ASN
at Saint Joseph's L 63-77  10-18
(5-11)
Hagan Arena (4,200)
Philadelphia, PA
03/02/2016
6:00 PM
at La Salle L 68-76  10-19
(5-12)
Tom Gola Arena (1,612)
Philadelphia, PA
03/05/2016
7:00 PM, FSMW
St. Bonaventure L 67–76  10–20
(5–13)
Chaifetz Arena (7,812)
St. Louis, MO
Atlantic 10 Tournament
03/09/2016
5:30 PM, ASN
(13) vs. (12) George Mason
First round
W 83–78  11–20
Barclays Center (5,523)
Brooklyn, NY
03/10/2016
1:30 PM, NBCSN
(13) vs. (5) George Washington
Second Round
L 65–73  11–21
Barclays Center (6,519)
Brooklyn, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's Basketball - 2015-16 Coaches". SLU Billikens. Saint Louis University.
  2. ^ "Saint Louis University Announces Men's Basketball Coaching Change". Saint Louis University.
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball - 2015-16 Roster". SLU Billikens. Saint Louis University.
  4. ^ "St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers vs Saint Louis Billikens". ESPN.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015.