2015–16 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team

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2015–16 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 23
2015–16 record 22–13 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Ryan (12 games)
Greg Gard (23 games)
Assistant coach Gary Close
Assistant coach Lamont Paris
Assistant coach Howard Moore
Home arena Kohl Center
(Capacity 17,287)
Seasons
2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 14 Indiana 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
No. 2 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 6   .829
No. 18 Maryland 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
No. 12 Purdue 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
No. 25 Iowa 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 12 6   .667     22 13   .629
Ohio State 11 7   .611     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

The 2015–16 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was Bo Ryan's 15th season as head coach at Wisconsin, before he resigned 12 games into the season. On December 15, 2015, Ryan announced he would retire effective immediately leaving associate head coach Greg Gard as interim head coach. The team played their home games at the Kohl Center and were members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 22–13, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in a four way tie for third place in conference. Shortly after the regular season, Greg Gard had the interim tag removed as he was announced as the permanent head coach.[1] The Badgers were upset by Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, their 18th straight appearance in the Tournament. They defeated Pittsburgh and Xavier to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive year. In the Sweet Sixteen, they lost to Notre Dame.

Previous season[edit]

The Badgers finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 36–4, 16–2 in Big Ten play to win the Big Ten regular season championship. They defeated Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State to win the Big Ten Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This marked the Badgers 17th straight trip to the Tournament. In the Tournament, they defeated Coastal Carolina and Oregon to advance to their second straight Sweet Sixteen. They defeated North Carolina and Arizona to reach the school's fourth Final Four. By upsetting unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Kentucky 71–64 in the Final Four in Indianapolis, the Badgers moved on to play Duke in the National Championship Game, going for their first title in 74 years. However, Wisconsin lost the game 68–63.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Traevon Jackson 12 G 6'3" 207 Senior Westerville, OH Graduated/Signed by Washington Wizards
Duje Dukan 13 F 6'10" 218 Redshirt Senior Deerfield, IL Graduated/Signed by Sacramento Kings
Sam Dekker 15 F 6'9" 230 Junior Sheboygan, WI Declared for NBA draft/Drafted 18th overall by Houston Rockets
Josh Gasser 21 G 6'4" 192 Redshirt Senior Port Washington, WI Graduated/Signed by Brooklyn Nets
Frank Kaminsky 44 F 7'0" 242 Senior Lisle, IL Graduated/Drafted 9th overall by Charlotte Hornets

2015 Commitments[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alex Illikainen
SF
Grand Rapids, MN Brewster Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sep 21, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Brevin Pritzl
SG
De Pere, WI De Pere 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Charlie Thomas
PF
Clarksville, MD River Hill 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Oct 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Khalil Iverson
SF
Delaware, OH Rutherford B. Hayes 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Feb 12, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars
Andy Van Vliet
PF
Belgium Canarias Basketball Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) May 11, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
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 Wisconsin Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com.
  • "ESPN- Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Recruiting". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Will Decorah (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Waunakee, WI
G 1 Brevin Pritzl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr De Pere, WI
G 2 Jordan Smith (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Orono, MN
G 3 Zak Showalter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) RS Jr Germantown, WI
G 4 Matt Ferris (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 196 lb (89 kg) So Appleton, WI
F 5 Aaron Moesch (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 211 lb (96 kg) RS So Green Bay, WI
F 10 Nigel Hayes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Toledo, OH
G 11 Jordan Hill 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) RS So Pasadena, CA
G 13 Jackson Bax (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 157 lb (71 kg) Fr Frankfort, IL
F 15 Charlie Thomas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Fr Highland, MD
G 20 T.J. Schlundt (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) RS Fr Oconomowoc, WI
G/F 21 Khalil Iverson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Delaware, OH
F 22 Ethan Happ 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Fr Milan, IL
G 24 Bronson Koenig 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Jr La Crosse, WI
F 25 Alex Illikainen 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Grand Rapids, MN
F 30 Vitto Brown 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Bowling Green, OH
F 33 Andy Van Vliet (I) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Fr Belgium
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Season news[edit]

Greg Gard coaching the Badgers at the last home game of the season against Michigan

The first major news of the 2015–16 season came on June 29, 2015 when head coach Bo Ryan announced he would retire at the end of the season.[2] However, on August 13, he backed away from his previous announcement, saying he will make a final decision by the end of 2015. He also said that he could coach some more seasons. The 2015–16 season might not be his final year.[3]

On December 15, 2015, following a win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Madison, Ryan announced he would be retiring effective immediately. Assistant Coach Greg Gard was named as interim head coach.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[5]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 4*
7:00 pm
No. 17 UW–River Falls W 101–46 
 16  Tied   10  Happ   6  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,213)
Madison, WI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 17 Western Illinois L 67–69  0–1
 17  Tied   7  Iverson   4  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Nov 15*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 17 Siena
2K Sports Classic
W 92–65  1–1
 23  Koenig   7  Brown   4  Tied  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Nov 17*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
North Dakota W 78–64  2–1
 17  Tied   7  Happ   7  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Nov 20*
4:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Georgetown
2K Sports Classic semifinals
L 61–71  2–2
 22  Hayes   10  Happ   3  Tied  Madison Square Garden (N/A)
New York City, NY
Nov 22*
2:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. VCU
2K Sports Classic third place game
W 74–73  3–2
 22  Koenig   10  Happ   6  Showalter  Madison Square Garden (17,287)
New York City, NY
Nov 25*
7:00 pm, BTN
Prairie View A&M W 85–67  4–2
 16  Koenig   8  Happ   7  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Nov 29*
1:30 pm, ESPN2
at No. 7 Oklahoma L 48–65  4–3
 20  Hayes   11  Hayes   4  Hayes  Lloyd Noble Center (8,988)
Norman, OK
Dec 2*
6:15 pm, ESPN2
at No. 14 Syracuse
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 66–58 OT 5–3
 18  Happ   15  Happ   6  Hayes  Carrier Dome (22,360)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 5*
11:30 am, CBS
Temple W 76–60  6–3
 18  Hayes   12  Hayes   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Dec 9*
8:00 pm, BTN
Milwaukee L 67–68  6–4
 32  Hayes   15  Happ   4  Showalter  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Dec 12*
12:30 pm, ESPN2
Marquette L 55–57  6–5
 15  Brown   10  Showalter   6  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Dec 15*
8:00 pm, BTN
Texas A&M Corpus Christi W 64–49  7–5
 15  Tied   16  Brown   6  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Dec 23*
8:00 pm, BTN
Green Bay W 84–79  8–5
 24  Hayes   9  Brown   4  Tied  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Big Ten regular season
Dec 29
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Purdue L 55–61  8–6
(0–1)
 17  Hayes   7  Hayes   3  Koenig  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 2
1:00 pm, BTN
Rutgers W 79–57  9–6
(1–1)
 21  Showalter   10  Happ   4  Koenig  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 5
6:00 pm, ESPN
at Indiana L 58–59  9–7
(1–2)
 15  Tied   8  Happ   2  Koenig  Assembly Hall (14,098)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 9
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 Maryland L 60–63  9–8
(1–3)
 17  Hayes   11  Happ   3  Koenig  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 12
6:00 pm, BTN
at Northwestern L 65–70  9–9
(1–4)
 17  Hayes   6  Hayes   7  Showalter  Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,264)
Evanston, IL
Jan 17
12:30 pm, CBS
No. 4 Michigan State W 77–76  10–9
(2–4)
 27  Koenig   8  Happ   4  Koenig  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 21
7:00 pm, BTN
at Penn State W 66–60  11–9
(3–4)
 20  Happ   11  Happ   5  Hayes  Bryce Jordan Center (7,145)
University Park, PA
Jan 26
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 19 Indiana W 82–79 OT 12–9
(4–4)
 31  Hayes   8  Happ   2  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 31
6:30 pm, BTN
at Illinois W 63–55  13–9
(5–4)
 17  Hayes   9  Happ   2  Tied  State Farm Center (13,609)
Champaign, IL
Feb 4
6:00 pm, ESPN
Ohio State W 79–68  14–9
(6–4)
 21  Hayes   7  Hayes   4  Showalter  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Feb 10
6:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska W 72–61  15–9
(7–4)
 20  Hayes   5  Tied   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Feb 13
5:30 pm, ESPN
at No. 2 Maryland W 70–57  16–9
(8–4)
 21  Brown   10  Happ   5  Koenig  Xfinity Center (17,950)
College Park, MD
Feb 18
8:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 8 Michigan State L 57–69  16–10
(8–5)
 18  Happ   8  Brown   2  Tied  Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 21
6:30 pm, BTN
Illinois W 69–60  17–10
(9–5)
 20  Happ   12  Happ   5  Showalter  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Feb 24
8:00 pm, BTN
at No. 8 Iowa W 67–59  18–10
(10–5)
 15  Koenig   6  Tied   4  Tied  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Feb 28
5:00 pm, BTN
Michigan W 68–57  19–10
(11–5)
 19  Koenig   7  Hayes   4  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Mar 2
8:00 pm, BTN
at Minnesota W 62–49  20–10
(12–5)
 14  Koenig   10  Happ   6  Koenig  Williams Arena (12,275)
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 6
6:30 pm, BTN
at No. 15 Purdue L 80–91  20–11
(12–6)
 30  Hayes   8  Hayes   4  Koenig  Mackey Arena (14,846)
West Lafayette, IN
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 10
8:00 pm, ESPN2
(6) vs. (11) Nebraska
Second round
L 58–70  20–12
 17  Happ   8  Brown   4  Koenig  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (15,571)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 18*
5:50 pm, TNT
(7 E) vs. (10 E) Pittsburgh
First round
W 47–43  21–12
 15  Happ   9  Happ   3  Happ  Scottrade Center (14,425)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 20*
7:40 pm, TNT
(7 E) vs. (2 E) No. 9 Xavier
Second round
W 66–63  22–12
 20  Koenig   8  Hayes   3  Tied  Scottrade Center (15,169)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 25*
6:27 pm, TBS
(7 E) vs. (6 E) Notre Dame
Sweet Sixteen
L 56–61  22–13
 14  Happ   12  Happ   3  Tied  Wells Fargo Center (20,686)
Philadelphia, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 17 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV N/A
Coaches 17 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 RV 23

Player statistics[edit]

Individual player statistics[6]
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
Bax, Jackson 3 0 2 0.7 0 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Brown, Vitto 35 34 888 25.4 340 9.7 130 292 .445 38 95 .400 42 55 .764 60 114 174 5.0 29 40 19 19
Dearring, Riley 3 0 6 2.0 2 0.7 0 2 .000 0 2 .000 2 2 1.000 0 2 2 0.7 0 2 0 0
Decorah, Will 4 0 3 0.8 0 0.0 0 1 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 1 0 1 0.3 0 1 0 0
Happ, Ethan 35 35 982 28.1 434 12.4 163 303 .538 0 0 .000 108 168 .643 88 190 278 7.9 44 76 32 63
Hayes, Nigel 35 35 1267 36.2 551 15.7 161 438 .368 39 133 .293 190 258 .736 69 135 205 5.8 104 79 14 39
Hill, Jordan 30 1 467 15.6 87 2.9 33 87 .379 17 51 .333 4 6 .667 14 28 42 1.4 24 19 1 9
Illikainen, Alex 33 0 324 9.8 71 2.2 26 63 .413 9 28 .321 10 15 .667 16 33 49 1.5 13 11 3 6
Iverson, Khalil 34 0 443 13.0 87 2.6 33 70 .471 2 12 .167 19 36 .528 24 39 63 1.9 21 31 20 12
Koenig, Bronson 35 35 1222 34.9 459 13.1 151 385 .392 83 213 .390 74 97 .763 13 84 97 2.8 84 52 6 14
Moesch, Aaron 16 0 48 3.0 4 0.3 1 2 .500 0 0 .000 2 2 1.000 2 3 5 0.3 1 1 0 2
Pritzl, Brevin 1 0 4 4.0 0 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
Schlundt, T.J. 5 0 4 0.8 0 0.0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
Showalter, Zak 35 35 1099 31.4 262 7.5 90 198 .455 37 107 .346 45 56 .804 26 108 134 3.8 76 48 7 36
Smith, Jordan 8 0 9 1.1 4 0.5 1 3 .333 0 0 .000 2 3 .667 1 1 2 0.3 0 1 1 0
Thomas, Charlie 31 0 282 9.1 72 2.3 27 73 .370 4 15 .267 14 30 .467 21 42 63 2.0 3 5 11 5
Team 63 51 114 3.2 19
Total 35 7050 2373 67.8 816 1917 .426 229 656 .349 512 728 .703 398 830 1228 35.1 400 386 114 205
Opponents 35 7050 2233 63.8 794 1862 .426 201 539 .373 444 626 .709 318 803 1121 32.0 371 419 116 190
Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high

Season highs[edit]

Player Game Date
Points 32 Nigel Hayes vs. Milwaukee December 9, 2015
Rebounds 16 Vitto Brown vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi December 15, 2015
Assists 7 Nigel Hayes vs. North Dakota November 17, 2015
Nigel Hayes vs. Prairie View A&M November 25, 2015
Zak Showalter at Northwestern January 12, 2016
Steals 6 Ethan Happ vs. Illinois February 21, 2016
Blocks 3 Khalil Iverson vs. Western Illinois November 13, 2015
Ethan Happ at Syracuse December 2, 2015
Ethan Happ vs. Milwaukee December 9, 2015
Ethan Happ vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi December 15, 2015
Vitto Brown vs. Green Bay December 23, 2015
Khalil Iverson vs. Xavier March 20, 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wisconsin hires Greg Gard, gives him five-year contract". www.jsonline.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Goodman, Jeff (June 29, 2015). "Bo Ryan to retire after next season". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Katz, Andy (August 13, 2015). "Badgers' Bo Ryan leaves door open for return after 2015-16 season". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan retiring; Greg Gard named interim coach". ESPN.com. December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "2015–16 Schedule". UW Badgers. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Wisconsin Combined Team Statistics". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved February 23, 2016.