2015–16 SMU Mustangs men's basketball team

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2015–16 SMU Mustangs men's basketball
SMU Athletics wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Ranking
AP No. 24
2015–16 record 25–5 (13–5 AAC)
Head coach Larry Brown (4th season)
Assistant coach Tim Jankovich
Assistant coach K. T. Turner
Assistant coach Jerry Hobbie
Home arena Moody Coliseum
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 SMU Mustangs men's basketball team represented Southern Methodist University (SMU) during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Mustangs were led by fourth year head coach Larry Brown and played their home games on their campus in University Park, Texas at Moody Coliseum. They were members of the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs finished the season with a record of 25–5, 13–5 in AAC play to finish in second place in conference.

Due to multiple violations, including academic fraud and unethical conduct, SMU was ineligible for all postseason play including the AAC Tournament and NCAA Tournament.[1] Additionally, head coach Larry Brown was suspended for nine games.[2]

Previous season[edit]

The Mustangs finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 27–7, 15–3 in AAC play to win the AAC regular season championship. They defeated East Carolina, Temple, and Connecticut to win the AAC Tournament. They received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #6 seed where they lost on a controversial goaltending call in the Second Round to UCLA.[3]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ryan Manuel 1 G 6'4" 185 Senior Houston, TX Graduated
Yanick Moreira 2 C 6'11" 220 Senior Luanda, Angola Graduated
Kevin Dunleavy 10 G 6'3" 180 Senior New Providence, NJ Graduated
Crandall Head 13 G 6'4" 180 RS Senior Matteson, IL Graduated
Cannen Cunningham 15 C 6'10" 225 Senior Arlington, TX Graduated

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Semi Ojeleye 33 F 6'8" 230 Junior Ottawa, KS Transferred from Duke in January during the 2014–15 season. Under NCAA transfer rules, Semi Ojeleye has to sit out until January and will be eligible to start in January during the 2015–16 season. Semi Ojeleye has one and a half years of remaining eligibility.

2015 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Shake Milton
PG
Owasso, OK Owasso High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 15, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
Sedrick Barefield
PG
Corona, CA Centennial High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Jarrey Foster
SF
Houston, TX North Shore High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 8, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
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 SMU Mustangs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Moore, BenBen Moore 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Bolingbrook HS Bolingbrook, Illinois
G 1 Milton, MalikMalik Milton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Owasso HS Owasso, Oklahoma
G 2 Barefield, SedrickSedrick Barefield 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Centennial HS Corona, California
G 3 Brown, SterlingSterling Brown 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Proviso East HS Maywood, Illinois
G 4 Frazier, KeithKeith Frazier 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Kimball HS Dallas, Texas
F 5 Kennedy, MarkusMarkus Kennedy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Brewster Academy
Villanova
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G 10 Foster, JarreyJarrey Foster 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr North Shore HS Houston, Texas
G 11 Moore, NicNic Moore 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Warsaw Community HS Winona Lake, Indiana
G 21 Emelogu II, BenBen Emelogu II 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr South Grand Prairie HS
Virginia Tech
Grand Prairie, Texas
G 22 Wilfong, JonathanJonathan Wilfong 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Memphis University School Memphis, Tennessee
F 23 Tolbert, JordanJordan Tolbert 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr All Saints Episcopal School
Texas Tech
Fort Worth, Texas
F 33 Ojeleye, SemiSemi Ojeleye 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Ottawa Sr. HS
Duke
Ottawa, Kansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule[edit]

SMU has been invited to play in the Las Vegas Classic, where they will play against two the following three teams: Colorado, Penn State, Kent State. Two on-campus games will precede the Las Vegas-hosted games.[4] The Mustangs will host Gonzaga,[5] Michigan,[6] Brown,[7] and Yale.[8] SMU will also play true road games at Stanford[9] and TCU.[10]

SMU's American Athletic Conference schedule will include home-and-home matchups with Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, Tulane, and Tulsa. The Mustangs will also host UCF and play a true road game at Temple during its conference schedule.[11]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
11/14/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Sam Houston State W 85–50  1–0
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
11/19/2015*
10:30 PM, ESPN2
at Stanford W 85–70  2–0
Maples Pavilion (3,687)
Stanford, CA
11/22/2015*
3:30 PM, ESPNews
Yale W 71–69  3–0
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
11/29/2015*
2:00 PM, TWCS
No. 25 Brown W 77–69  4–0
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, FSSW
No. 22 at TCU W 75–70  5–0
Schollmaier Arena (4,672)
Fort Worth, TX
12/05/2015*
12:30 PM, TWCS
No. 22 New Hampshire W 98–44  6–0
Moody Coliseum (6,754)
Dallas, TX
12/08/2015*
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 19 Michigan W 82–58  7–0
Moody Coliseum (7,245)
Dallas, TX
12/16/2015*
7:00 PM, TWCS
No. 18 Nicholls State
Las Vegas Classic Regional Round
W 86–42  8–0
Moody Coliseum (6,460)
Dallas, TX
12/17/2015*
6:00 PM, TWCS
No. 18 Hampton
Las Vegas Classic Regional Round
W 105–72  9–0
Moody Coliseum (6,329)
Dallas, TX
12/22/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 18 vs. Kent State
Las Vegas Classic Semifinals
W 90–74  10–0
Orleans Arena (2,120)
Paradise, NV
12/23/2015*
9:30 PM, FS1
No. 18 vs. Colorado
Las Vegas Classic Championship
W 70–66  11–0
Orleans Arena (2,154)
Paradise, NV
12/29/2015
4:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 at Tulsa W 81–69  12–0
(1–0)
Reynolds Center (5,364)
Tulsa, OK
01/02/2016
6:30 PM, ESPNews
No. 17 South Florida W 72–58  13–0
(2–0)
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
01/07/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 15 Cincinnati W 59–57  14–0
(3–0)
Moody Coliseum (6,971)
Dallas, TX
01/10/2016
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 15 UCF W 88-73  15-0
(4-0)
Moody Coliseum (6,952)
Dallas, TX
01/13/2016
5:15 PM, ESPNews
No. 10 at East Carolina W 79–55  16–0
(5–0)
Williams Arena (6,022)
Greenville, NC
01/17/2016
2:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 10 at Tulane W 60–45  17–0
(6–0)
Devlin Fieldhouse 
New Orleans, LA
01/19/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 Houston W 77–73  18–0
(7–0)
Moody Coliseum (7,059)
Dallas, TX
01/24/2016
11:00 AM, ESPN2
No. 8 at Temple L 80–89  18–1
(7–1)
Liacouras Center (6,096)
Philadelphia, PA
01/30/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 13 Memphis W 80–68  19–1
(8–1)
Moody Coliseum (7,205)
Dallas, TX
02/01/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 12 at Houston L 68–71  19–2
(8–2)
Hofheinz Pavilion (6,195)
Houston, TX
02/07/2016
1:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 12 at South Florida W 92–58  20–2
(9–2)
USF Sun Dome (2,857)
Tampa, FL
02/10/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 16 Tulsa L 77–82  20–3
(9–3)
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
02/13/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 Gonzaga W 69–60  21–3
Moody Coliseum (7,249)
Dallas, TX
02/18/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 21 at Connecticut L 62–68  21–4
(9–4)
XL Center (15,564)
Hartford, CT
02/21/2016
1:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 21 East Carolina W 74–63  22–4
(10–4)
Moody Coliseum (6,852)
Dallas, TX
02/25/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 24 at Memphis W 69–62  23–4
(11–4)
FedEx Forum (13,546)
Memphis, TN
02/28/2016
2:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 24 Tulane W 74–53  24–4
(12–4)
Moody Coliseum (6,781)
Dallas, TX
03/03/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 24 Connecticut W 80–54  25–4
(13–4)
Moody Coliseum (7,303)
Dallas, TX
03/06/2015
11:00 AM, CBS
No. 24 at Cincinnati L 54–61  25–5
(13–5)
Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
Cincinnati, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP RV RV 25 22 22 19 18 18 17 15 10 8 13 12 16 21 24 24 25 24

SMU is ineligible to be ranked in the Coaches poll due to sanctions stemming from academic fraud and unethical conduct.

Midseason recognition[edit]

On February 1, 2016, Nic Moore was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.[12] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA bans SMU from 2016 postseason, Larry Brown for nine games". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "SMU, Brown disciplined by NCAA for violations". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Late goaltending call helps UCLA topple SMU". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Fox takes over Vegas hoops tourneys" (PDF). March 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "SMU Basketball: "SMU at Gonzaga on Monday, Nov. 17, as part of @ESPNCBB College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Gonzaga returns to @NewMoody in 2015-16. #PonyUp"". May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jon Rothstein: "SMU will host Michigan on Tuesday 12/8/15 at Moody Coliseum, source told @CBSSports. Return game of home-and-home series."". May 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jon Rothstein: "SMU will host Brown on Sunday 11/29/15 as part of its non-conference schedule, source told @CBSSports."". April 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sunday Gravy: Yale men's basketball gearing up for Duke, SMU, USC". April 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jon Rothstein: "SMU + Stanford will start a H + H series starting next year in Palo Alto, source told @CBSSports. Return game in Dallas in 16-17. Dates TBD. "". May 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jon Rothstein: "TCU will host SMU on Wednesday 12/2/15, source told @CBSSports. Start of home-and-home series."". April 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2015-16 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Schedule Pairings, Tournament Dates Announced". May 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Nortlander, Matt (February 1, 2016). "Cat Barber, Fred VanVleet missing from list of Cousy Award finalists". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.