2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

The 2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas for the NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball season of 2007–2008. The team was led by Bill Self in his fifth season as head coach. The team played its home games in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The team won the 2007–2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, marking the third tournament title in the school's history and fifth national title overall.

2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
University of Kansas athletics (logo).svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
Big 12 Tournament champions
Big 12 regular season co-champions
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 4
2007–08 record37–3 (13–3 Big 12)
Head coachBill Self
Assistant coachDanny Manning
Assistant coachJoe Dooley
Assistant coachKurtis Townsend
Home arenaAllen Fieldhouse
Seasons
2007–08 Big 12 Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team (Rank) W L PCT W L PCT
Kansas (#4) † 13 3 .813 37 3 .925
Texas (#7) 13 3 .813 31 7 .816
Kansas State 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
Oklahoma 9 7 .563 23 12 .657
Baylor 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Texas A&M 8 8 .500 25 11 .694
Nebraska 7 9 .438 20 13 .606
Texas Tech 7 9 .438 16 15 .516
Oklahoma State 7 9 .438 17 16 .515
Missouri 6 10 .375 16 16 .500
Iowa State 4 12 .250 14 18 .438
Colorado 3 13 .188 12 20 .375
† Big 12 Tournament winner

Contents

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chase Buford
SG
San Antonio, TX Alamo Heights HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) N/A 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 71
Cole Aldrich
C
Bloomington, MN Jefferson HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Nov 1, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Tyrel Reed
PG
Burlington, KS Burlington HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 15, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Conner Teahan
SF
Leawood, KS Rockhurst HS (Kansas City, MO) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 26, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 34   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • 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:

  • "Kansas 2007 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  • "2007 Kansas Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-04-11.

RosterEdit

2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 45 Cole Aldrich 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Bloomington, MN
F 00 Darrell Arthur 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Dallas, TX
G 11 Brennan Bechard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Lawrence, KS
G 22 Chase Buford 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr San Antonio, TX
G 10 Jeremy Case 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr McAlester, OK
G 15 Mario Chalmers 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Anchorage, AK
G 4 Sherron Collins 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Crane Tech Chicago, IL
F 32 Darnell Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Oklahoma City, OK
C 24 Sasha Kaun 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Tomsk, Russia
C 54 Matt Kleinmann 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Overland Park, KS
G 12 Brady Morningstar 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 187 lb (85 kg) So Lawrence, KS
G 14 Tyrel Reed 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Burlington, KS
G 3 Russell Robinson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr New York, NY
G 25 Brandon Rush 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Kansas City, MO
G 5 Rodrick Stewart 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Seattle, WA
G 2 Conner Teahan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Leawood, KS
G 40 Brad Witherspoon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Humboldt, KS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
2007/11/01*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Pittsburg State W 94–59 
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/06*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Fort Hays State W 93–56 
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, Kansas
Regular season
2007/11/09*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Louisiana-Monroe W 107–78  1–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/11*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 UMKC
Jayhawk Invitational
W 85–62  2–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/15*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Washburn
Jayhawk Invitational
W 92–60  3–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/21*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Northern Arizona
Jayhawk Invitational
W 87–46  4–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/25*
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 Arizona
Jayhawk Invitational/Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series
W 76–72 OT 5–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/28*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Florida Atlantic W 87–49  6–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/02*
1:00 p.m., FSN
No. 4 at No. 24 USC W 59–55  7–0
Galen Center (10,017)
Los Angeles, California
2007/12/05*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Eastern Washington W 85–47  8–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/08*
1:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 DePaul W 84–66  9–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/15*
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Ohio
American Century Investments Shootout
W 88–51  10–0
Sprint Center (18,482)
Kansas City, Missouri
2007/12/18*
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Georgia Tech W 71–66  11–0
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)
Atlanta, Georgia
2007/12/22*
12:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Miami (OH) W 78–54  12–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/29*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Yale W 86–53  13–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/05*
11:00 a.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Boston College W 85–60  14–0
Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
2008/01/08*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Loyola (MD) W 90–60  15–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/12
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Nebraska W 79–58  16–0
Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,829)
Lincoln, Nebraska
2008/01/14
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 Oklahoma W 85–55  17–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/19
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 3 at Missouri W 76–70  18–0
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, Missouri
2008/01/23
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Iowa State W 83–59  19–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/26
12:45 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 2 Nebraska W 84–49  20–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/30
7:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 2 at No. 24 Kansas State L 75–84  20–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
2008/02/02
2:30 p.m., ABC
No. 2 at Colorado W 72–59  21–1
Coors Events Center (10,347)
Boulder, Colorado
2008/02/04
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 Missouri W 90–71  22–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/09
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 5 Baylor W 100–90  23–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/11
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at No. 11 Texas L 69–72  23–2
Frank Erwin Center (16,755)
Austin, Texas
2008/02/16
12:45 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 3 Colorado W 69–45  24–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/23
3:00 p.m., CBS
No. 5 at Oklahoma State L 60–61  24–3
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,905)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
2008/02/27
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 at Iowa State W 75–64  25–3
Hilton Coliseum (13,624)
Ames, Iowa
2008/03/01
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 Kansas State
ESPN College GameDay
W 88–74  26–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/03/03
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 6 Texas Tech W 109–51  27–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/03/08
3:00 p.m., CBS
No. 6 at Texas A&M W 72–55  28–3
Reed Arena (12,054)
College Station, Texas
Big 12 Tournament
2008/03/14
6:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 5 vs. Nebraska
Quarterfinals
W 64–54  29–3
Sprint Center (18,897)
Kansas City, Missouri
2008/03/15
3:20 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 5 vs. Texas A&M
Semifinals
W 77–71  30–3
Sprint Center (18,897)
Kansas City, Missouri
2008/03/16
2:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 vs. No. 6 Texas
Championship
W 84–74  31–3
Sprint Center (19,047)
Kansas City, Missouri
NCAA Tournament
2008/03/20
11:25 a.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (16)Portland State
First round
W 85–61  32–3
Qwest Center Omaha (17,839)
Omaha, Nebraska
2008/03/22
5:50 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (8) UNLV
Second round
W 75–56  33–3
Qwest Center Omaha (17,162)
Omaha, Nebraska
2008/03/28
8:50 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (12) Villanova
Sweet Sixteen
W 72–57  34–3
Ford Field (57,028)
Detroit, Michigan
2008/03/30
4:05 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 23 (10) Davidson
Elite Eight
W 59–57  35–3
Ford Field (57,563)
Detroit, Michigan
2008/04/05
8:47 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 1 (1) North Carolina
Final Four
W 84–66  36–3
Alamodome (43,718)
San Antonio, Texas
2008/04/07
8:21 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 3 (1) Memphis
National Championship
W 75–68 OT 37–3
Alamodome (43,257)
San Antonio, Texas
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, NCAA tournament seeds shown in parenthesis. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

RankingsEdit

Poll Pre Wk 1 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 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 4 6 5 4 4
Coaches 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 5 3 5 7 6 5 4 1

AwardsEdit

Big 12 Sixth Man Award[1]
Sherron Collins (Sophomore, Guard); he is the first KU player to receive the award
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Darnell Jackson (Senior, Forward), January 7 (co-winner)[2]
Brandon Rush (Junior, Guard), March 3 (co-winner)[3]
Sherron Collins, March 9 (co-winner)[4]
All-Big 12 Teams[1]
Darrell Arthur (Sophomore, Forward), First Team
Brandon Rush, First Team; he is just the second player in Big 12 history to be a three-time All-Big 12 First Team choice
Mario Chalmers (Junior, Guard), Second Team
Darnell Jackson, Third Team
Big 12 All-Defensive Team[1]
Mario Chalmers; it is his third straight season
Russell Robinson (Senior, Guard); it is his third straight season
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team[5]
Brandon Rush, as Most Outstanding Player
Mario Chalmers
NCAA (Midwest) Regional All-Tournament Team[6]
Brandon Rush
Mario Chalmers
Sasha Kaun (Senior, Center)
NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player[7]
Mario Chalmers

ReferencesEdit