2015–16 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2015–16 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference American Athletic Conference
2015–16 record 25–11 (11–7 The American)
Head coach Kevin Ollie (4th season)
Assistant coach Glen Miller
Assistant coach Karl Hobbs
Assistant coach Ricky Moore
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
2015–16 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 14 4   .778     21 12   .636
#24 SMU* 13 5   .722     25 5   .833
Houston 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Tulsa 12 6   .667     20 12   .625
Connecticut 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Memphis 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
UCF 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
East Carolina 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
South Florida 4 14   .222     8 25   .242
Tulane 3 15   .167     12 22   .353
*Ineligible for postseason due to postseason ban
American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015–16 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies were led by fourth-year head coach Kevin Ollie. The Huskies split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies were members of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 25–11, 11–7 in American Athletic play to finish in sixth place. They defeated Cincinnati, Temple, and Memphis to be champions of the American Athletic Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Colorado in the Round of 64 before losing to Kansas in the Round of 32.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished the season 20–15, 10–8 in AAC play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They advanced to the championship game of the American Athletic Tournament where they lost to SMU. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Arizona State.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Terrence Samuel 3 G 6'4" 202 Sophomore Brooklyn, NY Transferred to Penn State
Ryan Boatright 11 G 6'0" 175 Senior Aurora, IL Graduated/Went undrafted in 2015 NBA draft
Rakim Lubin 14 F 6'8" 260 Freshman Miami, FL Transferred to Cal State Northridge
Pat Lenehan 22 G 6'3" 190 Senior Cheshire, CT Graduated
Dan Guest 24 G 6'2" 214 Senior West Hartford, CT Graduated
Terrance Ditimi 33 F 6'2" 209 Senior Stamford, CT Graduated

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Sterling Gibbs 4 G 6'2" 185 Graduate Student Scotch Plains, NJ Transferred from Seton Hall. Under NCAA transfer rules, Gibbs will be eligible to start at the beginning the 2015–16 season. Gibbs has one year of remaining eligibility.
Terry Larrier 22 G/F 6'8" 185 RS Freshman Bronx, NY Transferred from VCU. Under NCAA transfer rules, Larrier will sit out for one year and be eligible to start at the beginning the 2016–17 season. Larrier will have three years of remaining eligibility.
Shonn Miller 32 F 6'7" 210 Graduate Student Euclid, OH Transferred from Cornell. Under NCAA transfer rules, Miller will be eligible to start at the beginning the 2015–16 season. Miller has one year of remaining eligibility.

Recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Adams
PG
Roxbury, MA Brewster Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jun 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Steven Enoch
C
Norwalk, CT St. Thomas More School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sep 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
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:

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
PF 0 Phillip Nolan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Sr Riverside University Milwaukee, WI
PG 2 Jalen Adams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Brewster Academy Roxbury, MA
PG 4 Sterling Gibbs 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) GS Seton Hall University Scotch Plains, NJ
SF 5 Daniel Hamilton 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So St. John Bosco Los Angeles, CA
PG 10 Sam Cassell Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) RS Jr Chipola College Baltimore, MD
PF 12 Kentan Facey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Jr Long Island (NY) Lutheran Trelawny, Jamaica
C 13 Steven Enoch 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr St. Thomas More Norwalk, CT
SG 21 Omar Calhoun 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Christ the King Brooklyn, NY
SF 22 Terry Larrier (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr Virginia Commonwealth University Bronx, NY
PF 23 Nnamdi Amilo 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Avon Old Farms New Fairfield, CT
PF 24 Christian Foxen (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) So South Kent Prep Rocky Hill, CT
SG 31 Michael Noyes (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Granby Memorial Granby, CT
PF 32 Shonn Miller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) GS Cornell University Euclid, OH
C 35 Amida Brimah 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll Accra, Ghana
SG 44 Rodney Purvis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Upper Room Christian Academy Raleigh, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 3/19/16

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/01/2015*
2:00 PM, HuskyVision
No. 20 Tampa W 88–72 
 18  Miller   8  Hamilton   5  Gibbs  Gampel Pavilion (7,153)
Storrs, CT
11/07/2015*
1:00 PM, HuskyVision
No. 20 New Haven W 83–43 
 11  Tied   7  Brimah   4  Tied  XL Center (7,518)
Hartford, CT
Regular season
11/13/2015*
7:30 PM, SNY
No. 20 Maine W 100–56  1–0
 20  Gibbs   10  Miller   9  Hamilton  Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
11/17/2015*
7:00 PM, SNY
No. 19 New Hampshire W 85–66  2–0
 21  Gibbs   11  Hamilton   6  Hamilton  Gampel Pavilion (9,047)
Storrs, CT
11/21/2015*
12:00 PM, SNY
No. 19 Furman
Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland
W 83–58  3–0
 18  Miller   7  Miller   7  Purvis  Gampel Pavilion (8,190)
Storrs, CT
11/25/2015*
9:30 PM, AXS TV
No. 18 vs. Michigan
Battle 4 Atlantis Quarterfinals
W 74–60  4–0
 16  Hamilton   9  Hamilton   9  Hamilton  Imperial Arena (2,491)
Nassau, Bahamas
11/26/2015*
3:30 PM, ESPN
No. 18 vs. Syracuse
Battle 4 Atlantis Semifinals/Rivalry
L 76–79  4–1
 18  Hamilton   12  Hamilton   7  Hamilton  Imperial Arena (3,009)
Nassau, Bahamas
11/27/2015*
12:30 PM, ESPN
No. 18 vs. No. 10 Gonzaga
Battle 4 Atlantis Third Place Game
L 70–73  4–2
 19  Miller   7  Hamilton   2  4 tied  Imperial Arena (2,122)
Nassau, Bahamas
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, SNY
Sacred Heart W 82–49  5–2
 19  Purvis   13  Hamilton   7  Hamilton  XL Center (8,563)
Hartford, CT
12/08/2015*
9:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 6 Maryland
Jimmy V Classic
L 66–76  5–3
 23  Hamilton   7  Brimah   2  3 tied  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City, NY
12/12/2015*
12:00 PM, CBS
Ohio State W 75–55  6–3
 14  Calhoun   9  Miller   5  Tied  Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
12/20/2015*
4:00 PM, SNY
No. 25 UMass Lowell W 88–79  7–3
 28  Purvis   11  Hamilton   7  Hamilton  XL Center (9,848)
Hartford, CT
12/23/2015*
12:30 PM, ESPNU
Central Connecticut W 99–52  8–3
 25  Miller   12  Facey   11  Hamilton  XL Center (7,123)
Hartford, CT
12/29/2015*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at Texas W 71–66  9–3
 16  Purvis   8  Facey   4  Gibbs  Frank Erwin Center (13,931)
Austin, TX
01/02/2016
7:30 PM, CBSSN
at Tulane W 75–67  10–3
(1–0)
 20  Purvis   9  Hamilton   7  Gibbs  Devlin Fieldhouse (2,243)
New Orleans, LA
01/05/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 23 Temple L 53–55  10–4
(1–1)
 18  Miller   9  Hamilton   2  Tied  XL Center (11,319)
Hartford, CT
01/09/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 23 Memphis W 81–78  11–4
(2–1)
 26  Gibbs   8  Hamilton   4  Hamilton  Gampel Pavilion (9,409)
Storrs, CT
01/14/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Tulsa L 51–60  11–5
(2–2)
 20  Gibbs   14  Hamilton   5  Hamilton  Reynolds Center (5,192)
Tulsa, OK
01/17/2016
2:00 PM, CBSSN
at Houston W 69–57  12–5
(3–2)
 20  Gibbs   9  Hamilton   3  3 tied  Hofheinz Pavilion (4,672)
Houston, TX
01/19/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
Tulane W 60–42  13–5
(4–2)
 18  Miller   7  Tied   3  Hamilton  XL Center (9,516)
Hartford, CT
01/23/2016*
12:00 PM, CBS
Georgetown
Rivalry
W 68–62  14–5
 17  Purvis   8  Hamilton   3  Hamilton  XL Center (15,564)
Hartford, CT
01/28/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Cincinnati L 57–58  14–6
(4–3)
 14  Gibbs   8  Tied   8  Hamilton  XL Center (13,242)
Hartford, CT
01/31/2016
4:00 PM, CBSSN
at UCF W 67–41  15–6
(5–3)
 11  Miller   8  Miller   5  Adams  CFE Arena (6,414)
Orlando, FL
02/04/2016
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at Memphis W 77–57  16–6
(6–3)
 16  Hamilton   13  Hamilton   8  Hamilton  FedEx Forum (13,323)
Memphis, TN
02/07/2016
12:00 PM, CBSSN
East Carolina W 85–67  17–6
(7–3)
 16  Tied   16  Hamilton   5  Hamilton  Gampel Pavilion (9,307)
Storrs, CT
02/11/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Temple L 58–63  17–7
(7–4)
 15  Miller   10  Hamilton   6  Hamilton  Liacouras Center (8,316)
Philadelphia, PA
02/13/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
Tulsa W 75–73  18–7
(8–4)
 14  Tied   10  Hamilton   5  Tied  Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
02/18/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 21 SMU W 68–62  19–7
(9–4)
 16  Brimah   8  Brimah   4  Hamilton  XL Center (15,564)
Hartford, CT
02/20/2016
4:00 PM, ESPN2
at Cincinnati L 60–65  19–8
(9–5)
 19  Adams   8  Hamilton   5  Hamilton  Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
Cincinnati, OH
02/25/2016
7:30 PM, CBSSN
at South Florida W 81–51  20–8
(10–5)
 18  Purvis   8  Hamilton   9  Hamilton  USF Sun Dome (4,668)
Tampa, FL
02/28/2016
1:00 PM, CBSSN
Houston L 68–75  20–9
(10–6)
 20  Hamilton   7  Tied   6  Adams  Gampel Pavilion (9,667)
Storrs, CT
03/03/2016
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 24 SMU L 54–80  20–10
(10–7)
 20  Gibbs   5  Hamilton   2  4 tied  Moody Coliseum (7,303)
Dallas, TX
03/06/2016
2:00 PM, ESPNU
UCF W 67–46  21–10
(11–7)
 12  Hamilton   7  Tied   5  Purvis  Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
AAC Tournament
03/11/2016
2:00 PM, ESPN2
(5) vs. (4) Cincinnati
Quarterfinals
W 104–97 4OT 22–10
 32  Hamilton   12  Hamilton   8  Hamilton  Amway Center (7,475)
Orlando, FL
03/12/2016
3:00 PM, ESPN2
(5) vs. (1) Temple
Semifinals
W 77–62  23–10
 19  Tied   11  Hamilton   8  Adams  Amway Center (7,465)
Orlando, FL
03/13/2016
3:15 PM, ESPN
(5) vs. (6) Memphis
Championship game
W 72–58  24–10
 13  Tied   11  Hamilton   6  Hamilton  Amway Center (7,990)
Orlando, FL
NCAA Tournament
03/17/2016*
1:30 PM, TNT
(9 S) vs. (8 S) Colorado
First round
W 74–67  25–10
 19  Purvis   10  Hamilton   3  Adams  Wells Fargo Arena (16,628)
Des Moines, IA
03/19/2016*
7:45 PM, CBS
(9 S) vs. (1 S) No. 1 Kansas
Second round
L 61–73  25–11
 20  Gibbs   8  Hamilton   6  Hamilton  Wells Fargo Arena (16,824)
Des Moines, IA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
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