2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 13. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and ended with the Final Four in Houston April 2–4. Practices officially began on October 2.

Rule changes[edit]

The following rule changes were proposed by the NCAA Men's Rules Committee for the 2015–16 season,[1][2] and officially approved by the NCAA Men's Playing Rules Oversight Panel:[3]

  • Reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds (same as the women's game).
  • Providing offensive players the same verticality protections as defensive players.
  • Extending the restricted-area arc from 3 feet to 4 feet from the basket.
  • Reducing the number of team timeouts from 5 to 4, with a limit of no more than 3 timeouts in the second half.
  • Ending the practice of coaches calling timeouts from the bench in live-ball situations.
  • Tightening the 10-second backcourt rule, under which the offensive team has 10 seconds to advance the ball from the backcourt to the frontcourt. The following situations, all of which resulted in a reset of the 10-second count under previous rules, no longer reset the count:
    • The defense deflects the ball out of bounds.
    • A held ball situation in the offensive backcourt in which the possession arrow favors the offense.
    • A technical foul against the offensive team during possession in its own backcourt.
  • Eliminating the five-second "closely-guarded" rule while the ball is being dribbled.
  • Allowing for technical fouls to be called on players who are determined to have faked a foul while reviewing for a flagrant foul.
  • Allow video replay of shot-clock violations throughout the game. Previously, this type of review was limited to only the final 2:00 of the game and in overtime.
  • "Class B" technical fouls, such as hanging on the rim and delay of game, now result in one free throw by the non-violating team instead of the previous two.
  • Requiring that a timeout taken 30 seconds or less before a scheduled media timeout break (which are at 16:00, 12:00, 8:00, and 4:00 of each half) become the media timeout. This particular change had been made in NCAA women's basketball effective with the 2013–14 season.
  • Stricter enforcement of resumption of play after timeouts, and reducing from 20 seconds to 15 seconds the time allowed to replace a disqualified (fouled out) player. Teams will receive a delay-of-game warning after the first violation, and a Class B technical foul for each subsequent violation.
  • Dunking will be allowed during team warmups and halftime.
  • An experimental rule allowing players six personal fouls instead of five will be used in all national postseason tournaments except for the NCAA Tournament.

Season headlines[edit]

  • May 27 – The NCAA announces its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2015–16 school year. A total of 21 programs in 9 sports are declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark, including the following four Division I men's basketball teams:[4]
  • June 29 – Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announced he would retire at the end of the 2015–16 season.[5]
  • August 13 – Ryan backed away from his previously announced retirement plans, saying that he was open to staying on beyond this season and that he would make his decision in the coming months.[6]
  • September 29 – The NCAA announces penalties against SMU following an investigation into a wide array of violations:[7]
    • The Mustangs are banned from postseason play for 2015–16.
    • Head coach Larry Brown is suspended for nine games.
    • SMU loses nine men's basketball scholarships from 2016–17 through 2018–19. Since the team has only 11 scholarship players for 2015–16, two short of the NCAA limit of 13, the two unused scholarships can count toward the penalty.
    • The men's basketball program is hit with three years' probation.
  • October 2 – Yahoo! Sports reveals that the University of Louisville is investigating allegations made in a soon-to-be-published book whose author, a self-described madam, claimed that she had been paid thousands of dollars by former Louisville graduate assistant and director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide women to dance for and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits.[8]
  • November 10 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer was the leading vote-getter (51 votes). Joining him on the team were Iowa State forward Georges Niang (46 votes), Providence guard Kris Dunn (43), Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (40) and LSU forward Ben Simmons (28).[9]
  • December 15 – Bo Ryan announced his retirement after a win against Texas A&M–Corpus Christi, effective immediately, with associate head coach Greg Gard assuming the title of interim head coach.[10]
  • December 23 – The NCAA announces penalties against Hawaiʻi for significant violations of NCAA rules:[11][12]
    • Former head coach Gib Arnold, who had been fired shortly before the 2014–15 season, receives a three-year show-cause penalty. An assistant involved in the violations receives a two-year show-cause.
    • The Rainbow Warriors will be banned from postseason play in 2016–17.
    • The team will lose two scholarships in both 2016–17 and 2017–18; it had previously announced a reduction of one scholarship for each of those seasons.
  • January 13
    • The NCAA Division I council approves the following changes to its rules regarding declaration for the NBA draft:[13]
      • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft.
      • NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft. For 2016, the withdrawal date will be May 25, about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline.
      • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and will also be allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
      • NCAA players may now enter and withdraw from the draft multiple times without loss of eligibility. Previously, the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility.
    • Missouri admits to major NCAA violations dating to 2011. While the NCAA has yet to announce its findings, Missouri voluntarily imposes the following sanctions:[14]
      • The Tigers will not participate in any postseason play this season, including the SEC Tournament.
      • All 23 of the Tigers' wins in the 2013–14 season are vacated.
      • The Tigers will lose one scholarship in each of the next two seasons, and restrict recruiting in 2016–17.
  • February 6
    • Louisville self-imposes ban for 2016 postseason
  • March 10
    • The Ivy League announces that it will institute men's and women's conference tournaments effective with the 2016–17 season. The top four teams in the regular-season standings will qualify for each tournament. While the tournament winners will receive automatic bids to the NCAA men's and women's tournaments, the official conference champions will continue to be determined solely by regular-season results, the inaugural editions will be held March 11–12, 2017 at the Palestra in Philadelphia.[15]
  • April 8 – The NCAA announces penalties against Southern Miss for a wide array of violations occurring during the tenure of former head coach Donnie Tyndall. The NCAA's findings indicate that mere weeks after Tyndall became head coach, he directed program staffers to complete fraudulent coursework so that several recruits would ostensibly be eligible to play, it was also found that Tyndall had arranged for cash payments to recruits, fabricated documents in an attempt to cover up the payments, and deleted emails relevant to the investigation.[16]
    • Tyndall receives a 10-year show-cause, and even after it expires in 2026, he will be suspended for 50% of his next full season as an NCAA coach. Three of his assistants receive 8-year, 7-year, and 6-year penalties, at the time, Tyndall planned to appeal his penalty.
    • The NCAA accepts the school's self-imposed two-year postseason ban, but places the Golden Eagles on three years' probation. All wins in which ineligible players participated are vacated, and the Golden Eagles lose four scholarships over the next three seasons.

Milestones and records[edit]

Conference membership changes[edit]

After a tumultuous four years in which over 80 Division I schools moved to new conferences—some more than once—only two schools joined new conferences as full members for 2015–16:

School Former conference New conference
NJIT Highlanders Independent Atlantic Sun[39]
Northern Kentucky Norse Atlantic Sun Horizon[40]

Another change in membership involved the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), this did not involve a school moving to a new league, but rather a change in identity of a Division I school. During the summer of 2015, the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) merged to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The UTPA athletic program was inherited by UTRGV, which retained UTPA's WAC membership.

Following UAB's decision to drop football at the end of the 2014 season, its future membership in Conference USA (C-USA) beyond 2014–15 was initially uncertain, as league bylaws require all member schools to either sponsor FBS football or be committed to establishing an FBS program. Due to ongoing efforts by boosters and other supporters to raise funds to bring UAB football back, C-USA indicated that UAB would be allowed to remain in the league for the 2015–16 season, but not beyond that time unless football was reinstated,[41] on June 1, 2015, UAB initially announced that the football program would be reinstated in 2016,[42] later pushing back the return of football to 2017; this was sufficient to satisfy C-USA, which announced that it would keep UAB as a member.[43]

The 2015–16 season was the last for Coastal Carolina in the Big South Conference, on September 1, 2015, the university and the Sun Belt Conference jointly announced that the Chanticleers would join the Sun Belt in July 2016, initially as a non-football member. The football team will join the Sun Belt in 2017, the second year of its transition from FCS to FBS football.[44]

New arenas[edit]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre–season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

AP[47]
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina
2 Kentucky
3 Maryland
4 Kansas
5 Duke
6 Virginia
7 Iowa State
8 Oklahoma
9 Gonzaga
10 Wichita State
11 Villanova
12 Arizona
13 Michigan State
14 California
15 Indiana
16 Utah
17 Wisconsin
18 Vanderbilt
19 Notre Dame
20 Connecticut
21 LSU
22 Baylor
23 Purdue
24 Butler
25 Michigan
USA Today Coaches[48]
Ranking Team
1 Kentucky
1 North Carolina
3 Maryland
4 Duke
5 Kansas
6 Virginia
7 Iowa State
8 Oklahoma
9 Villanova
10 Arizona
11 Gonzaga
12 Wichita State
13 Michigan State
14 California
15 Indiana
16 Utah
17 Wisconsin
18 Notre Dame
19 LSU
20 Vanderbilt
21 Baylor
22 Butler
23 West Virginia
24 Connecticut
25 Purdue

Regular season[edit]

Early season tournaments[edit]

Name Dates Location No. teams Champion
NIT Season Tip-Off November 26–27 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4 Villanova
2K Sports Classic November 20, 22 Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
4 Duke
Puerto Rico Tip-Off November 19–20, 22 Roberto Clemente Coliseum
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
8 Miami (FL)
Charleston Classic November 19–20, 22 TD Arena
(Charleston, South Carolina)
8 Virginia
Paradise Jam Tournament November 20–23 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 South Carolina
Hall of Fame Tip Off November 21–22 Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, Connecticut)
4 Purdue (Naismith)

Buffalo (Springfield)

Men Who Speak Up Main Event November 23, 25 MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Las Vegas)
8 Howard (Middleweight Bracket)

Creighton (Heavyweight Bracket)

Corpus Christi Coastal Classic November 27–28 American Bank Center
(Corpus Christi, Texas)
4 UTEP
CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 23–24 Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
4 North Carolina
Legends Classic November 23–24 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4 Marquette
Gulf Coast Showcase November 23–25 Germain Arena
(Estero, Florida)
8 Weber State
Maui Invitational November 23–25 Lahaina Civic Center
(Lahaina, HI)
8 Kansas
Cancún Challenge November 24–25 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
8 South Dakota State (Mayan Division)

Maryland (Riviera Division)

Great Alaska Shootout November 25–28 Sullivan Arena
(Anchorage, AK)
8 Middle Tennessee
Battle 4 Atlantis November 25–27 Imperial Arena
(Nassau, BAH)
8 Syracuse
AdvoCare Invitational November 26–27, 29 HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
8 Xavier
Wooden Legacy November 26–27, 29 Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
8 Michigan State
Las Vegas Invitational November 26–27 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas)
4 West Virginia
Emerald Coast Classic November 27–28 Emerald Coast Classic Arena
(Niceville, Florida)
4 Iowa State
Barclays Center Classic November 27–28 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4 Cincinnati
Las Vegas Classic December 22–23 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas)
4 SMU
Diamond Head Classic December 22–23, 25 Stan Sheriff Center
(Honolulu, HI)
8 Oklahoma

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Thirty-one athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament, the team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. All conferences also recognize regular-season champions, with co-championships being awarded in the case of ties, the winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. For the final time, the Ivy League did not hold a conference tournament, instead giving its automatic invitation to its regular season champion.

Conference Regular season first place Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference Stony Brook Jameel Warney, Stony Brook[49] Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook[49] 2016 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Stony Brook
American Athletic Conference Temple Nic Moore, SMU[50] Fran Dunphy, Temple[50] 2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Amway Center
(Orlando, Florida)
Connecticut
Atlantic 10 Conference VCU, St. Bonaventure & Dayton[n 1] DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph's[51] Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure[51] 2016 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
Saint Joseph's
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia[52][53] Jim Larrañaga, Miami[52][53] 2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Verizon Center
(Washington, D.C.)
North Carolina
Atlantic Sun Conference North Florida Dallas Moore, North Florida[54] Matthew Driscoll, North Florida[54] 2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12 Conference Kansas Buddy Hield, Oklahoma[55] Tubby Smith, Texas Tech[55] 2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Kansas
Big East Conference Villanova Kris Dunn, Providence[56] Kevin Willard, Seton Hall & Jay Wright, Villanova[56] 2016 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
Seton Hall
Big Sky Conference Weber State Joel Bolomboy, Weber State[57] Bill Evans, Idaho State[58] 2016 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Reno Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
Weber State
Big South Conference High Point[n 1] & Winthrop John Brown, High Point[59] Ritchie McKay, Liberty[59] 2016 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Pope Convocation Center
(Buies Creek, North Carolina)
UNC Asheville
Big Ten Conference Indiana Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Tom Crean, Indiana 2016 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis)
Michigan State
Big West Conference Hawaii Stefan Janković, Hawaii[60] Eran Ganot, Hawaii[60] 2016 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Honda Center
(Anaheim, California)
Hawaii
Colonial Athletic Association Hofstra[n 1] & UNC Wilmington Juan'ya Green, Hofstra[61] Kevin Keatts, UNC Wilmington[61] 2016 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Royal Farms Arena
(Baltimore)
UNC Wilmington
Conference USA UAB Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech[62] Jerod Haase, UAB[62] 2016 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Middle Tennessee
Horizon League Valparaiso Kay Felder, Oakland[63] Bryce Drew, Valparaiso[63] 2016 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Joe Louis Arena
(Detroit)
Green Bay
Ivy League Yale Justin Sears, Yale[64] James Jones, Yale[64] No tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Monmouth Justin Robinson, Monmouth[65] King Rice, Monmouth[66] 2016 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, New York)
Iona
Mid-American Conference Akron[n 1] (East)
Ball State & Central Michigan (West)
Antonio Campbell, Ohio[67] Keith Dambrot, Akron[67] 2016 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Buffalo
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton James Daniel III, Howard[68] Murray Garvin, South Carolina State[68] 2016 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, Virginia)
Hampton
Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State Fred VanVleet, Wichita State[69] Barry Hinson, Southern Illinois[70] 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Northern Iowa
Mountain West Conference San Diego State Marvelle Harris, Fresno State[71] Steve Fisher, San Diego State[71] 2016 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, Nevada)
Fresno State
Northeast Conference Wagner Cane Broome, Sacred Heart[72] Bashir Mason, Wagner[72] 2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley Conference Belmont[n 1] (East)
Murray State & Tennessee–Martin (West)
Evan Bradds, Belmont[73] Dana Ford, Tennessee State[73] 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Austin Peay
Pac-12 Conference Oregon Jakob Pöltl, Utah[74] Dana Altman, Oregon[74] 2016 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Oregon
Patriot League Bucknell Tim Kempton, Lehigh[75] Nathan Davis, Bucknell[75] 2016 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Holy Cross
Southeastern Conference Kentucky & Texas A&M[n 1] Tyler Ulis, Kentucky[76][77] Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M[76][77] 2016 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Bridgestone Arena
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Kentucky
Southern Conference Chattanooga Stephen Croone, Furman[78] Matt McCall, Chattanooga[78] 2016 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Center
(Asheville, North Carolina)
Chattanooga
Southland Conference Stephen F. Austin Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin[79] Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin[79] 2016 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, Texas)
Stephen F. Austin
Southwestern Athletic Conference Texas Southern Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern[80] Mike Davis, Texas Southern[80] 2016 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Toyota Center
(Houston, Texas)
Southern
The Summit League IPFW[n 1] & South Dakota State Max Landis, IPFW[81] Jon Coffman, IPFW[81] 2016 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Denny Sanford Premier Center
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
South Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Little Rock Shawn Long, Louisiana–Lafayette[82] Chris Beard, Little Rock[82] 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Lakefront Arena
(New Orleans)
Little Rock
West Coast Conference Gonzaga & Saint Mary's[n 1] Kyle Collinsworth, BYU[83] Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's[83] 2016 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Gonzaga
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State[84] Rod Barnes, Cal State Bakersfield[84] 2016 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Cal State Bakersfield

Statistical leaders[edit]

Points per game
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
James Daniel III Howard 27.1 Egidijus Mockevičius Evansville 14.0 Kay Felder Oakland 9.3 Tra-Deon Hollins Omaha 4.0
Buddy Hield Oklahoma 25.0 Rokas Gustys Hofstra 13.0 Jordan Johnson Milwaukee 8.1 Hameed Ali Texas A&M–CC 2.7
Josh Adams Wyoming 24.7 Joel Bolomboy Weber State 12.6 Jaaron Simmons Ohio 7.9 Carrington Love Green Bay 2.6
Kay Felder Oakland 24.4 Shawn Long LA-Lafayette 12.1 Denzel Valentine Michigan State 7.8 Gary Payton II Oregon State 2.5
Stefan Moody Ole Miss 23.6 Chris Horton Austin Peay 12.0 Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.4 Kris Dunn Providence 2.5
Blocked shots per game
Field goal percentage
Three-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Vashil Fernandez Valparaiso 3.3 Evan Bradds Belmont 71.4 Giddy Potts Middle Tennessee 50.6 Fletcher Magee Wofford 92.5
Tai Odiase UIC 3.2 Venky Jois Eastern Washington 67.9 Bryn Forbes Michigan State 48.1 Ben Millaud-Meunier St. Francis (PA) 91.0
Jameel Warney Stony Brook 3.0 Derrick Griffin Texas Southern 66.2 Fletcher Magee Wofford 47.9 Q. J. Peterson VMI 90.5
Laron Smith Bethune–Cookman 3.0 Rokas Gustys Hofstra 66.0 Matt Donlan Youngstown State 46.3 Sam Hunt NC A&T 90.4
Luke Kornet Vanderbilt 3.0 Adrian Diaz FIU 65.0 Trent Mackey North Florida 46.0 Jaleen Smith New Hampshire 90.0

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Tournament upsets[edit]

For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

Date Winner Score Loser Region Round
March 17 Yale (12) 79–75 Baylor (5) West Round of 64
March 17 Little Rock (12) 85–83 (2OT) Purdue (5) Midwest Round of 64
March 18 Hawaii (13) 77–66 California (4) South Round of 64
March 18 Middle Tennessee (15) 90–81 Michigan State (2) Midwest Round of 64
March 18 Stephen F. Austin (14) 70–56 West Virginia (3) East Round of 64
March 19 Gonzaga (11) 82–59 Utah (3) Midwest Round of 32
March 27 Syracuse (10) 68–62 Virginia (1) Midwest Elite 8

Final FourNRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

National Semifinals
April 2
National Championship game
Apr 4
           
2 (W) Oklahoma 51
2 (S) Villanova 95
2 (S) Villanova 77
1 (E) North Carolina 74
1 (E) North Carolina 83
10 (MW) Syracuse 66

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the NCAA invited 32 teams to participate in the National Invitation Tournament, the tournament began on March 15, 2016 with all games prior to the semifinals were played on campus sites.

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 29 and 31

The semifinals and final were held on March 29 and March 31 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Semifinals
March 29
Championship game
March 31
           
1 Valparaiso 72
2 BYU 70
1 Valparaiso 60
4 George Washington 76
4 George Washington 65
2 San Diego State 46

Vegas 16 Tournament[edit]

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, 8 teams were invited to participate in the first ever Vegas 16 Tournament, the tournament began on March 28, 2016 with all 8 teams playing in the opening round. The semifinals was played on March 29, and the Championship game on March 30. All games were played at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Semifinals
March 29
Championship game
March 30
           
Old Dominion 64
UC Santa Barbara 49
Old Dominion 68
Oakland 67
Oakland 104
East Tennessee State 81

College Basketball Invitational[edit]

The ninth College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament began on March 15, 2016. This tournament featured 16 teams who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT.

  Semifinals
March 23
Championship Series
March 28, April 1
(best of three)
                     
Morehead State 77  
Ohio 72  
    Morehead State 86 68 82
  Nevada 83 77 85*
Nevada 86
Vermont 72  

CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament[edit]

The eighth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament began on March 14 and ended with that championship game on March 29. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT. 26 teams participated in this tournament.

Semifinals
March 27
Championship
March 29
           
NJIT 65
Columbia 80
Columbia 73
UC Irvine 67
UC Irvine 66
Coastal Carolina 47

Conference standings[edit]

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
2015–16 America East Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Stony Brook 14 2   .875     26 7   .788
Albany 13 3   .813     24 9   .727
Vermont 11 5   .688     23 14   .622
New Hampshire 11 5   .688     20 13   .606
UMass Lowell* 7 9   .438     11 18   .379
Binghamton 5 11   .313     8 22   .267
Hartford 4 12   .250     10 23   .303
Maine 4 12   .250     8 22   .267
UMBC 3 13   .188     7 25   .219
* Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I.
2016 America East Tournament winner
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
2015–16 Atlantic Sun men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Florida 10 4   .714     22 12   .647
NJIT 8 6   .571     20 15   .571
Jacksonville 8 6   .571     16 16   .500
Florida Gulf Coast 8 6   .571     21 14   .600
Kennesaw State 7 7   .500     11 20   .355
Lipscomb 7 7   .500     12 21   .364
Stetson* 4 10   .286     12 22   .353
USC Upstate 4 10   .286     10 22   .313
*ineligible for the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to APR violations
2016 Atlantic Sun Tournament winner
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .219
*Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2015–16 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Villanova 16 2   .889     35 5   .875
#9 Xavier 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
#20 Seton Hall 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Providence 10 8   .556     24 11   .686
Butler 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Creighton 9 9   .500     20 15   .571
Marquette 8 10   .444     20 13   .606
Georgetown 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
DePaul 3 15   .167     9 22   .290
St. John's 1 17   .056     8 24   .250
2016 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2015–16 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Weber State 15 3   .833     26 9   .743
Montana 14 4   .778     21 12   .636
Idaho 12 6   .667     21 13   .618
Idaho State 11 7   .611     16 15   .516
Eastern Washington 10 8   .556     18 16   .529
North Dakota 10 8   .556     17 16   .515
Montana State 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Portland State 8 10   .444     13 18   .419
Northern Colorado 7 11   .389     10 21   .323
Sacramento State 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Northern Arizona 3 15   .167     5 25   .167
Southern Utah 3 15   .167     5 24   .172
Conference tournament winner
2015–16 Big South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Winthrop 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
High Point 13 5   .722     21 11   .656
UNC Asheville 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Coastal Carolina 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Gardner–Webb 10 8   .556     17 16   .515
Liberty 10 8   .556     13 19   .406
Radford 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Campbell 5 13   .278     12 18   .400
Presbyterian 5 13   .278     11 20   .355
Longwood 5 13   .278     10 23   .303
Charleston Southern 5 13   .278     9 21   .300
2016 Big South Tournament winner
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 10   .688
Wisconsin 12 6   .667     22 13   .629
Ohio State 11 7   .611     21 14   .600
Michigan 10 8   .556     23 13   .639
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     8 23   .258
Rutgers 1 17   .056     7 25   .219
2016 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2015–16 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Hawaii 13 3   .813     28 5   .848
UC Irvine 13 3   .813     28 10   .737
Long Beach State 12 4   .750     20 15   .571
UC Santa Barbara 11 5   .688     19 14   .576
UC Davis 6 10   .375     11 19   .367
UC Riverside 5 11   .313     14 19   .424
Cal State Northridge* 5 11   .313     10 20   .333
Cal Poly 4 12   .250     10 20   .333
Cal State Fullerton 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
*ineligible for postseason due to self-imposed ban due to academic fraud violations
2016 Big West Tournament winner
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
2015–16 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Hofstra 14 4   .778     24 10   .706
UNC Wilmington 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
Towson 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
James Madison 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
William & Mary 11 7   .611     20 11   .645
Northeastern 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
College of Charleston 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Elon 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Drexel 3 15   .167     6 25   .194
Delaware 2 16   .111     7 23   .233
2016 CAA Tournament winner
2015–16 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UAB 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
Middle Tennessee 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Marshall 12 6   .667     17 16   .515
Louisiana Tech 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     25 13   .658
UTEP 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Charlotte 9 9   .500     14 19   .424
Western Kentucky 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
North Texas 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
Rice 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
FIU 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Florida Atlantic 5 13   .278     8 25   .242
Southern Miss* 5 13   .278     8 21   .276
UTSA 3 15   .167     5 27   .156
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 C-USA Tournament winner
2015–16 Horizon League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Valparaiso 16 2   .889     30 7   .811
Oakland 13 5   .722     23 12   .657
Wright State 13 5   .722     22 13   .629
Green Bay 11 7   .611     23 13   .639
Milwaukee 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Detroit 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Youngstown State 6 12   .333     11 21   .344
Northern Kentucky* 5 13   .278     9 21   .300
Cleveland State 4 14   .222     9 23   .281
UIC 3 15   .167     5 25   .167
* Ineligible for NCAA postseason during transition to Division I.
2016 Horizon League Tournament winner
2015–16 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Yale 13 1   .929     23 7   .767
Princeton 12 2   .857     22 7   .759
Columbia 10 4   .714     25 10   .714
Harvard 6 8   .429     14 16   .467
Penn 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Dartmouth 4 10   .286     10 18   .357
Cornell 3 11   .214     10 18   .357
Brown 3 11   .214     8 20   .286
† – NCAA Tournament participant
2015–16 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Akron 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
Ohio 11 7   .611     23 12   .657
Kent State 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Buffalo 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Miami (OH) 6 12   .333     13 20   .394
Bowling Green 5 13   .278     16 18   .471
West
Ball State 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Central Michigan 10 8   .556     17 16   .515
Northern Illinois 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Eastern Michigan 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
Toledo 8 10   .444     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
2016 MAC Tournament winner
2015–16 MAAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Monmouth 17 3   .850     28 8   .778
Iona 16 4   .800     22 11   .667
Siena 13 7   .650     21 13   .618
Fairfield 12 8   .600     19 14   .576
Saint Peter's 12 8   .600     14 16   .467
Manhattan 9 11   .450     13 18   .419
Canisius 8 12   .400     14 19   .424
Rider 8 12   .400     13 20   .394
Quinnipiac 6 14   .300     9 21   .300
Niagara 5 15   .250     7 25   .219
Marist 4 16   .200     7 23   .233
2016 MAAC Tournament winner
2015–16 MEAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Hampton 13 3   .813     21 11   .656
South Carolina State 12 4   .750     19 15   .559
Norfolk State 12 4   .750     17 17   .500
Bethune-Cookman 10 6   .625     14 18   .438
Savannah State 9 7   .563     16 16   .500
North Carolina Central 7 9   .438     13 19   .406
North Carolina A&T 7 9   .438     10 22   .313
Md. Eastern Shore 7 9   .438     10 22   .313
Howard 6 10   .375     12 20   .375
Morgan State 6 10   .375     9 22   .290
Coppin State 6 10   .375     9 22   .290
Delaware State 5 11   .313     7 25   .219
Florida A&M* 4 12   .250     8 21   .276
*ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
2016 MEAC Tournament winner
As of March 18, 2016; 
2015–16 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wichita State 16 2   .889     26 9   .743
Evansville 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Illinois State 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
Southern Illinois 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
Northern Iowa 11 7   .611     23 13   .639
Indiana State 8 10   .444     15 17   .469
Missouri State 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
Loyola (IL) 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Bradley 3 15   .167     5 27   .156
Drake 2 16   .111     7 24   .226
2016 MVC Tournament winner
2015–16 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego State 16 2   .889     28 10   .737
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Boise State 11 7   .611     20 12   .625
Nevada 10 8   .556     24 14   .632
New Mexico 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
Colorado State 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
UNLV 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Utah State 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Wyoming 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Air Force 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
San Jose State 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2016 MWC Tournament winner
2015–16 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wagner 13 5   .722     23 11   .676
Fairleigh Dickinson 11 7   .611     18 15   .545
Sacred Heart 11 7   .611     12 18   .400
St. Francis Brooklyn 11 7   .611     15 17   .469
Mount St. Mary's 10 8   .556     14 19   .424
LIU Brooklyn 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Saint Francis (PA) 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
Robert Morris 8 10   .444     10 22   .313
Bryant 5 13   .278     8 23   .258
Central Connecticut 3 15   .167     4 25   .138
2016 NEC Tournament winner
2015–16 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Belmont 12 4   .750     20 12   .625
Tennessee State 11 5   .688     20 11   .645
Tennessee Tech 11 5   .688     19 12   .613
Morehead State 11 5   .688     23 14   .622
Eastern Kentucky 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Jacksonville State 4 12   .250     8 23   .258
West
UT Martin 10 6   .625     20 15   .571
Murray State 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Eastern Illinois 9 7   .563     13 17   .433
Austin Peay 7 9   .438     18 18   .500
SIU Edwardsville 3 13   .188     6 22   .214
Southeast Missouri St. 2 14   .125     5 24   .172
2016 OVC tournament winner
2015–16 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Oregon 14 4   .778     31 7   .816
#13 Utah 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
#17 Arizona 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
#23 California 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Colorado 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
USC 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Oregon State 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Washington 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Stanford 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
UCLA 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Arizona State 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Washington State 1 17   .056     9 22   .290
2016 Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2015–16 Patriot League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 14 4   .778     17 14   .548
Lehigh 13 5   .722     17 15   .531
Boston University 11 7   .611     19 15   .559
Army 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Navy 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Colgate 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
American 9 9   .500     12 19   .387
Loyola (MD) 8 10   .444     9 21   .300
Holy Cross 5 13   .278     15 20   .429
Lafayette 3 15   .167     6 24   .200
2016 Patriot League Tournament winner
2015–16 SEC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Texas A&M 13 5   .722     28 9   .757
#10 Kentucky 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
South Carolina 11 7   .611     25 9   .735
Vanderbilt 11 7   .611     19 14   .576
LSU 11 7   .611     19 14   .576
Ole Miss 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Georgia 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
Florida 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Arkansas 9 9   .500     16 16   .500
Alabama 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Mississippi State 7 11   .389     14 17   .452
Tennessee 6 12   .333     15 19   .441
Auburn 5 13   .278     11 20   .355
Missouri* 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2015–16 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chattanooga 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
East Tennessee State 14 4   .778     24 12   .667
Furman 11 7   .611     19 16   .543
Wofford 11 7   .611     15 17   .469
Western Carolina 10 8   .556     16 18   .471
UNC Greensboro 10 8   .556     15 19   .441
Mercer 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Samford 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
VMI 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
The Citadel 3 15   .167     10 22   .313
2016 SoCon Tournament winner
2015–16 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Stephen F. Austin 18 0   1.000     28 6   .824
Texas A&M–CC 15 3   .833     25 8   .758
Sam Houston State 12 6   .667     18 16   .529
Incarnate Word* 12 6   .667     17 12   .586
Houston Baptist 10 8   .556     17 17   .500
Southeastern Louisiana 9 9   .500     12 21   .364
Abilene Christian* 8 10   .444     13 18   .419
McNeese State 7 11   .389     9 20   .310
Central Arkansas** 6 12   .333     7 21   .250
New Orleans 6 12   .333     10 20   .333
Nicholls State 6 12   .333     11 23   .324
Northwestern State 5 13   .278     8 20   .286
Lamar 3 15   .167     11 19   .367
* Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I
** Ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
2016 Southland Tournament winner
2015–16 SWAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Texas Southern 16 2   .889     18 15   .545
Alcorn State* 13 5   .722     15 15   .500
Jackson State 12 6   .667     20 16   .556
Southern 11 7   .611     22 13   .629
Alabama State 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Prairie View A&M 7 11   .389     7 24   .226
Alabama A&M 6 12   .333     11 18   .379
Arkansas–Pine Bluff 6 12   .333     8 25   .242
Mississippi Valley State 6 12   .333     8 27   .229
Grambling State 4 14   .222     7 24   .226
*ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
2016 SWAC Tournament winner
2015–16 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Little Rock 17 3   .850     30 5   .857
Louisiana–Monroe 15 5   .750     20 14   .588
Texas–Arlington 13 7   .650     24 11   .686
Louisiana–Lafayette 12 8   .600     19 15   .559
Georgia Southern 10 10   .500     14 17   .452
Georgia State 9 11   .450     16 14   .533
Texas State 8 12   .400     15 16   .484
South Alabama 8 12   .400     14 19   .424
Arkansas State 7 13   .350     11 20   .355
Appalachian State 7 13   .350     9 22   .290
Troy 4 16   .200     9 22   .290
2016 Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner
2015–16 Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
IPFW 12 4   .750     24 10   .706
South Dakota State 12 4   .750     26 8   .765
Omaha 10 6   .625     18 14   .563
IUPUI 9 7   .563     13 19   .406
North Dakota State 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
Denver 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Oral Roberts 6 10   .375     14 17   .452
South Dakota 5 11   .313     14 18   .438
Western Illinois 3 13   .188     10 17   .370
2016 Summit League Tournament winner
2015–16 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Saint Mary's 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
Gonzaga 15 3   .833     28 8   .778
BYU 13 5   .722     26 11   .703
Pepperdine 10 8   .556     18 14   .563
San Francisco 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
Santa Clara 7 11   .389     11 20   .355
Portland 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Loyola Marymount 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Pacific* 6 12   .333     8 20   .286
San Diego 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
*ineligible for postseason due to self probation
2016 West Coast Conference Tournament winner
2015–16 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
New Mexico State 13 1   .929     23 11   .676
Grand Canyon* 11 3   .786     27 7   .794
Cal State Bakersfield 11 3   .786     24 9   .727
Seattle 7 7   .500     15 17   .469
Utah Valley 6 8   .429     12 18   .400
UMKC 4 10   .286     12 19   .387
UT Rio Grande Valley 4 10   .286     8 22   .267
Chicago State 0 14   .000     4 28   .125
* Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I.
2016 WAC Tournament winner

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

The following players are recognized as the 2016 Consensus All-Americans:

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Malcolm Brogdon SG Senior Virginia
Buddy Hield SG Senior Oklahoma
Brice Johnson PF Senior North Carolina
Ben Simmons F Freshman Louisiana State
Tyler Ulis PG Sophomore Kentucky
Denzel Valentine SG Senior Michigan State


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Kris Dunn PG Junior Providence
Perry Ellis PF Senior Kansas
Georges Niang PF/SF Senior Iowa State
Jakob Pöltl C Sophomore Utah
Jarrod Uthoff PF Senior Iowa

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
coach
Interim
coach
New
coach
Reason
Arkansas State John Brady Grant McCasland Resigned, effective end of the season.[109] Baylor assistant McCasland was named the new head coach.[110]
Army Zach Spiker Jimmy Allen Spiker left after 7 seasons for the Drexel job,[111] and was replaced by top assistant Allen.[112]
Canisius Jim Baron Reggie Witherspoon Baron announced his immediate retirement on May 20, 2016,[113] with former Buffalo head Coach Witherspoon succeeding him.[114]
Central Connecticut Howie Dickenman Donyell Marshall Dickenman announced his retirement from his alma mater after 20 seasons on February 18, effective at the end of the season.[115] Central Connecticut hired Buffalo assistant Marshall, a former UConn star and NBA player.[116]
Columbia Kyle Smith Jim Engles Smith left after 6 seasons for the San Francisco job.[117] NJIT coach Engles was hired as a replacement.[118]
Cornell Bill Courtney Brian Earl Courtney's contract was not renewed by Cornell for the 2016-17 season.[119] The Big Red hired Princeton assistant Earl.[120]
Dartmouth Paul Cormier David McLaughlin Cormier was fired after 6 seasons into his 2nd stint as Dartmouth head coach.[121]
David McLaughlin is named as the new HC of the Dartmouth Big Green after being at Northeastern.[122]
Delaware Monté Ross Martin Ingelsby Ross was fired after 10 seasons at Delaware[123] and replaced by Notre Dame assistant Ingelsby.[124]
Denver Joe Scott Rodney Billups Scott was fired after 9 seasons at Denver and replaced by Colorado assistant and ex-Pioneer player Billups.[125][126]
Detroit Ray McCallum Bacari Alexander Detroit cleaned out its program after the season, starting with McCallum and two of his assistants.[127] Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander returns to his alma mater to become the head coach the Titans.[128]
Drexel Bruiser Flint Zach Spiker On March 7, 2016, following the end of Drexel's season, Flint was fired as head basketball coach after 15 seasons with the team.[129] Spiker was hired from Army.[111]
George Washington Mike Lonergan
Maurice Joseph
Despite leading the Colonials to the NIT title, Lonergan was fired on September 16 amid a university investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of players.[130] GW promoted assistant Joseph on an interim basis[131] and removed the "interim" tag after the 2016–17 season, signing him to a 5-year contract.[132]
Georgia Tech Brian Gregory Josh Pastner Gregory was fired after missing the NCAA tournament in all five of his seasons at Georgia Tech.[133] Memphis head coach Pastner was ultimately hired.[134]
Jacksonville State James Green Ray Harper Green was fired after the season[135] and succeeded by recently departed Western Kentucky coach Harper.[136]
James Madison Matt Brady Louis Rowe On March 14, 2016, Brady "mutually parted ways" with the Dukes as after eight seasons and one NCAA appearance. JMU's athletic director cited declining attendance and poor performances in the CAA tournament.[137] Former JMU player and Bowling Green assistant Rowe was named the new head coach.[138]
Little Rock Chris Beard Wes Flanigan Beard left after a single season to take the UNLV job,[139] though he would later move to Texas Tech.[140] Assistant coach Flanigan was elevated to the head coaching role.[141]
Memphis Josh Pastner Tubby Smith Pastner left Memphis after 7 seasons for the Georgia Tech job[134] and was replaced by Texas Tech coach Smith.[142]
Milwaukee Rob Jeter LaVall Jordan Jeter was fired after 11 seasons at Milwaukee[143] and was replaced by Michigan assistant Jordan.[144]
New Mexico State Marvin Menzies Paul Weir Menzies left after 9 seasons for the Rebels of UNLV HC job.[145] After being the Associate HC of the Aggies, Paul Weir now will take the reins of the HC of the Aggies.[146]
Nicholls State J. P. Piper Richie Riley Piper was fired following the season.[147] Former Assistant Coach at Clemson, Richie Riley has become the new HC of the Colonels.[148]
NJIT Jim Engles Brian Kennedy Engles left NJIT after 8 seasons for Columbia.[118] Assistant coach Brian Kennedy was named as the next HC of the Highlanders.[149]
North Carolina A&T Cy Alexander
Jay Joyner
Alexander resigned on January 29 to pursue other opportunities within North Carolina A&T's athletics department.[150] Alexander compiled an overall record of 43–80 during his 3+ years as North Carolina A&T's head coach, including a 5–17 mark in 2015–16 at the time of his resignation.[150] Joyner had the interim tag removed on March 7 to become the next full-time head coach.[151]
Northern Colorado B. J. Hill Jeff Linder Hill was fired while Northern Colorado was under NCAA investigation.[152] The Bears hired Boise State assistant Linder.[153]
Oklahoma State Travis Ford Brad Underwood Ford was fired after nine seasons at Oklahoma State[154] Underwood took the job after leading Stephen F. Austin to NCAA tournament success.[155]
Pacific Ron Verlin Mike Burns Damon Stoudamire Pacific fired Verlin on March 3, along with assistant Dwight Young. Both had been suspended since December amid an NCAA investigation into alleged academic misconduct,[156] the Tigers hired Memphis assistant Stoudamire, better known for his 13 seasons as an NBA player.[157]
Pittsburgh Jamie Dixon Kevin Stallings Dixon left Pittsburgh after 13 years to take the head coach job at his alma mater, TCU.[158] The Panthers hired Stallings away from Vanderbilt.[159]
Portland Eric Reveno Terry Porter Reveno was fired after 10 seasons and an overall 140–178 record, finishing with a 12–20 season in 2015–16.[160] The Pilots hired one of their city's basketball icons in Porter, a longtime star for the Portland Trail Blazers who later had extensive NBA coaching experience.[161]
Prairie View Byron Rimm
Byron Smith
Rimm announced his resignation on January 27, effective immediately, with the Panthers at 1–18 on the season. Rimm had only two winning seasons in 10 seasons as head coach. Assistant Byron Smith was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[162] Prairie View removed the interim tag from Smith on March 13.[163]
Rutgers Eddie Jordan Steve Pikiell Jordan was fired on March 10 after three seasons at his alma mater. Jordan compiled an overall record of 29–68, ending with a 7–25 overall record and a 1–15 Big Ten record in 2015–16,[164] the Scarlet Knights turned to Stony Brook coach Pikiell.[165]
Saint Louis Jim Crews Travis Ford Crews was fired on March 9 after four seasons. The Billikens made the NCAA tournament in each of Crews' first two seasons as head coach, but went 11–21 in each of the last two seasons.[166] SLU replaced Crews with newly departed Oklahoma State coach Ford.[167]
San Francisco Rex Walters Kyle Smith Walters was fired on March 9, following the West Coast Conference tournament, after eight seasons in charge. After a run of three postseason appearances in four seasons, the Dons finished under .500 in WCC play in both 2014–15 and 2015–16.[168] USF hired Columbia's Smith fresh off the Lions' CIT victory.[117]
Santa Clara Kerry Keating Herb Sendek Keating was fired after 9 seasons at Santa Clara.[169] Ex-Arizona State head coach Sendek was hired as head coach of the Broncos.[170]
SMU Larry Brown Tim Jankovich Brown surprisingly stepped down as SMU coach on July 8, 2016 after 4 seasons. Jankovich, who had been hired along with Brown in 2012 as his top assistant and designated successor, was elevated to the top spot.[171]
South Dakota State Scott Nagy T. J. Otzelberger Nagy left S. Dakota St. after 21 seasons for the Wright State job[172] and was replaced by Iowa State assistant Otzelberger.[173]
Southern Utah Nick Robinson Todd Simon Robinson was fired after a 28-90 record in 4 seasons at SUU.[174] Former UNLV interim head coach Simon was hired to replace Robinson.[175]
Stanford Johnny Dawkins Jerod Haase Dawkins was fired after eight seasons,[176] and replaced by UAB head coach Haase.[177]
Stephen F. Austin Brad Underwood Kyle Keller Underwood left SFA after 3 seasons for Oklahoma State and was replaced by Texas A&M assistant Keller.[178][179]
Stony Brook Steve Pikiell Jeff Boals Pikiell left Stony Brook after 11 seasons for the Rutgers job and was replaced by Ohio State assistant Boals.[180][181]
TCU Trent Johnson Jamie Dixon Johnson was fired after four seasons, a 50–79 overall record at the school, and an 8–64 record in Big 12 play.[182] He was replaced by Pittsburgh head coach and former TCU player Dixon.[158]
Tennessee–Martin Heath Schroyer
Anthony Stewart
Schroyer left his post to become assistant head coach at NC State.[183] Assistant Stewart was initially named interim head coach for the 2016–17 season[184] but had the interim tag removed before the start of the season on November 3, 2016, signing a 4-year contract with UT Martin.[185]
Texas Tech Tubby Smith Chris Beard Smith left Texas Tech after 3 seasons for Memphis.[142] After leaving Little Rock for UNLV less than a month earlier, Beard left for Texas Tech, where he had served as an assistant from 2001 to 2011.[140]
Texas–Rio Grande Valley Dan Hipsher Lew Hill Hipsher was fired after 3 seasons at UTRGV.[186] The Vaqueros hired Oklahoma assistant Hill.[187]
Tulane Ed Conroy Mike Dunleavy Word of Conroy's impending firing came to him as he was coaching the Green Wave to an upset victory in the 2016 AAC Tournament. The move was made official a few days later.[188] Former NBA coach Dunleavy was hired for his first college coaching job, after a six-year hiatus from coaching.[189]
UAB Jerod Haase Robert Ehsan Haase left UAB after 4 seasons to take the Stanford job[177] and was replaced by assistant Ehsan.[190]
UCF Donnie Jones Johnny Dawkins Jones was fired on March 10 after six seasons. Although he compiled a 100–88 overall record, the Knights went 12–18 overall and 6–12 in American Athletic play this season.[191] Dawkins was hired fresh off his firing by Stanford.[192]
UMBC Aki Thomas Ryan Odom Thomas was fired after 4 seasons and an overall record of 28-95 at UMBC.[193] The Retrievers hired former Charlotte interim head coach Odom.[194]
UNLV Dave Rice Todd Simon Marvin Menzies Rice was fired from his alma mater on January 10. Despite Rice's 98–54 record in four-plus seasons at UNLV, the Runnin' Rebels failed to make the postseason in either of the last two seasons, and an 0–3 start in Mountain West play was apparently the final straw for UNLV; top assistant Simon was named as interim head coach.[195] Following the season, Chris Beard was initially hired from Little Rock after leading the Trojans to NCAA Tournament success,[139][196] but left less than a month later for Texas Tech.[140] NMSU head coach Menzies, a UNLV assistant during the Lon Kruger era, was hired to replace Beard.[197]
UTSA Brooks Thompson Steve Henson Thompson was fired on March 10 after 10 seasons. He had a 133–178 overall record, with the Roadrunners finishing this season 5–27 overall and 3–15 in Conference USA play, he was replaced by Oklahoma assistant Henson.[198][199]
Valparaiso Bryce Drew Matt Lottich Drew left his alma mater after 5 seasons to take over at Vanderbilt and was replaced by assistant Lottich.[200][201]
Vanderbilt Kevin Stallings Bryce Drew Stallings left Vanderbilt after 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh job.[159] Vanderbilt hired Bryce Drew from Valparaiso.[200]
Western Kentucky Ray Harper Rick Stansbury Harper resigned on March 17, 2016 after three WKU players were suspended following a school disciplinary hearing,[202] eventually landing at Jacksonville State.[136] The Hilltoppers hired longtime Mississippi State head coach Stansbury from his then-current post as an assistant at Texas A&M.[203]
Wisconsin Bo Ryan
Greg Gard
Ryan announced his retirement on December 15, 2015, effective immediately.[204] Top assistant Gard was named as interim head coach; Wisconsin removed the interim tag after the regular season, signing Gard to a 5-year contract.[205]
Wright State Billy Donlon Scott Nagy Despite making it into the finals of the Horizon League Tournament, Donlon was fired on March 17 after 6 seasons at Wright State with a 109-93 career record.[206] The Raiders then hired Nagy away from South Dakota State.[172]
Wyoming Larry Shyatt Allen Edwards Shyatt announced his retirement after 5 seasons into his 2nd stint at Wyoming on March 21, 2016, turning the program over to top assistant Edwards.[207]

Attendances[208][edit]

Rank School G Attendance Average

1. Kentucky 17 397,148 23,361
2. Syracuse 17 367,068 21,592
3. Louisville 19 396,333 20,859
4. North Carolina 16 293,219 18,326
5. Maryland 17 303,676 17,863
6. Wisconsin 18 311,166 17,287
7. Indiana 17 290,809 17,106
8. North Carolina St. 18 301,646 16,758
9. Kansas 17 279,412 16,436
10. Creighton 19 302,887 15,941
11. Nebraska 18 277,739 15,429
12. Arkansas 18 267,825 14,879
13. Michigan St. 16 236,752 14,797
14. BYU 18 264,588 14,699
15. Arizona 18 261,478 14,526
16. Iowa St. 16 228,326 14,270
17. Tennessee 16 227,725 14,232
18. Virginia 15 211,671 14,111
19. Iowa 15 207,528 13,835
20. Purdue 18 245,916 13,662
21. Marquette 19 252,858 13,308
22. Alabama 15 196,655 13,110
23. New Mexico 16 208,492 13,030
24. Utah 17 220,959 12,997
25. Dayton 17 220,012 12,941
26. Texas 17 218,082 12,828
27. Illinois 13 165,409 12,723
28. Ohio St. 21 257,957 12,283
29. San Diego St. 20 244,190 12,209
30. Memphis 20 240,579 12,028
31. South Carolina 19 227,911 11,995
32. Kansas St. 18 214,252 11,902

Rank School G Attendance Average

33. Michigan 17 197,398 11,611
34. UNLV 17 196,219 11,542
35. LSU 18 204,890 11,382
36. Vanderbilt 16 178,167 11,135
37. Wichita St. 15 162,088 10,805
38. Minnesota 17 182,006 10,706
39. West Virginia 15 158,750 10,583
40. UConn 17 177,027 10,413
41. Xavier 16 164,501 10,281
42. California 18 183,293 10,182
43. Oklahoma 15 150,003 10,000
44. Providence 17 164,954 9,703
45. Florida 16 154,982 9,686
46. Wake Forest 15 142,807 9,520
47. Cincinnati 17 160,055 9,415
48. Duke 18 167,652 9,314
49. Pittsburgh 19 172,516 9,079
50. Texas A&M 18 161,199 8,955
51. Georgetown 17 150,945 8,879
52. Utah St. 16 141,989 8,874
53. Clemson 17 147,958 8,703
54. Colorado 17 145,180 8,540 
55. Notre Dame 16 136,282 8,517
56. Texas Tech 17 140,836 8,284
57. Auburn 15 123,244 8,216
58. Butler 16 130,637 8,164
59. Villanova 16 129,916 8,119
60. UCLA 17 137,247 8,073
61. Ole Miss 14 111,908 7,993
62. VCU 17 129,829 7,637
63. Oregon 18 134,405 7,466
64. UTEP 18 132,941 7,385

Rank School G Attendance Average

65. Georgia 19 139,570 7,345
66. Hawaii 20 141,637 7,081
67. Seton Hall 16 113,125 7,070
68. Old Dominion 16 112,604 7,037
69. Florida St. 15 105,221 7,014
70. Miami (FL) 16 112,110 7,006
71. St. John's (NY) 18 125,002 6,944
72. Northwestern 18 124,451 6,913
73. Penn St. 15 103,648 6,909
74. SMU 17 117,420 6,907
75. Weber St. 14 94,995 6,785
76. Washington 18 122,127 6,784
77. Saint Louis 18 121,633 6,757
78. Virginia Tech 19 126,506 6,658
79. Mississippi St. 15 98,338 6,555
80. Nevada 19 124,535 6,554
81. Richmond 16 102,965 6,435
82. Baylor 19 121,790 6,410

Rank School G Attendance Average

83. Temple 14 89,223 6,373
84. Fresno St. 18 113,333 6,296
85. Missouri 17 107,014 6,294
86. Boise St. 16 100,334 6,270
87. Siena 17 106,580 6,269
88. Oregon St. 17 106,354 6,256
89. Ohio 19 114,200 6,010
90. Gonzaga 15 90,000 6,000
91. Bradley 15 89,299 5,953
92. Oklahoma St. 16 93,713 5,857
93. Georgia Tech 19 110,804 5,831
94. Arizona St. 17 98,718 5,806
95. DePaul 14 77,190 5,513
96. Wyoming 15 82,218 5,481
97. Marshall 14 76,632 5,473
98. UNI 14 75,304 5,378
99. TCU 18 95,668 5,314
100. Southern Ill. 16 84,445 5,277 

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Top seed in conference tournament

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