2015–16 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represented the University of Houston during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cougars were led by second year head coach Kelvin Sampson and were members of the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars played their home games at Hofheinz Pavilion. They finished the season with a record of 22–11, 12–6 in AAC play to finish in a tie for third place in conference. They lost in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to Tulane. They received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to Georgia Tech in the first round.

2015–16 Houston Cougars men's basketball
Houston Cougars logo.svg
NIT, first round
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
2015–16 record22–10 (12–6 AAC)
Head coachKelvin Sampson (2nd season)
Assistant coachAlvin Brooks
Assistant coachTalvin Hester
Assistant coachKellen Sampson
Home arenaHofheinz Pavilion
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
UConn 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

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Cougars finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 13–19, 4–14 in AAC play to finish in tenth place in conference. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament where they lost to Tulsa.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Mikhail McLean 1 F 6'6" 210 Senior Nassau, Bahamas Graduated
Cavon Baker 3 G 6'1" 175 Junior Queens, NY Transferred to St. Peter's
J. C. Washington 11 F 6'6" 225 Freshman Houston, TX Transferred to Trinity Valley Community College
Adam Drexler 20 F 6'5" 205 Junior Houston, TX Walk-on; didn't return
Jherrod Stiggers 21 G 6'4" 215 Junior Terrell, TX Play professionally overseas

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Xavier Dupree 1 F 6'9" 210 Junior Houston, TX Junior college transferred from Paris Junior College
Rob Gray 2 G 6'2" 190 Sophomore Forest City, NC Junior college transferred from Howard College
Damyean Dotson 21 G 6'6" Junior Houston, TX Junior college transferred from Houston Community College
Kyle Meyer 33 C 6'10" 222 Junior Alpharetta, GA Junior college transferred from Eastern Florida State College

Class of 2015 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chris Harris
C
Houston, TX Madison High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Mar 13, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Galen Robinson
PG
Houston, TX Westbury Christian School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) N/A Nov 20, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   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:

  • "Houston Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  • "2015 Houston Basketball Commitment List". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Danrad Knowles 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Nassau, Bahamas
F 1 Xavier Dupree 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Houston, TX
G 2 Rob Gray 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Forest City, NC
G 3 Ronnie Johnson 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr Indianapolis, IN
G 4 LeRon Barnes 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Stonewall, LA
G 5 L. J. Rose 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Houston, TX
G 12 Wes VanBeck (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Houston, TX
F 13 Bertrand Nkali 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Jr Bertoua, Cameroon
G 21 Damyean Dotson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Houston, TX
G 23 Eric Weary, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr New Orleans, LA
F 24 Devonta Pollard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Porterville, MS
G 25 Galen Robinson, Jr. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Houston, TX
C 33 Kyle Meyer 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Atlanta, GA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/13/2015*
7:00 PM
Montana Tech W 96–65 
Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Non-conference regular season
11/18/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Prairie View A&M W 110–59  1–0
Hofheinz Pavilion (1,223)
Houston, TX
11/21/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Florida A&M W 97–52  2–0
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,163)
Houston, TX
11/28/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Louisiana–Monroe W 76–64  3–0
Hofheinz Pavilion (2,332)
Houston, TX
11/30/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 78–65  4–0
Hofheinz Pavilion (1,974)
Houston, TX
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Murray State W 93–78  5–0
Hofheinz Pavilion (2,089)
Houston, TX
12/08/2015*
6:00 PM
at Rhode Island L 57–67  5–1
Ryan Center (3,633)
Kingston, RI
12/13/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
LSU W 105–98 OT 6–1
Hofheinz Pavilion (7,918)
Houston, TX
12/16/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
North Carolina Central
Global Basketball Classic
W 73–65  7–1
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,342)
Houston, TX
12/19/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Eastern Illinois
Global Basketball Classic
W 81–65  8–1
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,428)
Houston, TX
12/21/2015*
7:00 PM
vs. Grand Canyon
Global Basketball Classic semifinals
L 69–78  8–2
Cox Pavilion 
Paradise, NV
12/22/2015*
7:00 PM
at Wyoming
Global Basketball Classic 3rd place game
W 94–89 OT 9–2
Cox Pavilion 
Paradise, NV
12/28/2015*
1:00 PM, ESPN3
Nicholls State W 76–49  10–2
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,403)
Houston, TX
AAC regular season
12/30/2015
1:00 PM, ESPNU
at South Florida W 73–67  11–2
(1–0)
USF Sun Dome (2,754)
Tampa, FL
01/02/2016
11:00 AM, ESPNews
at Temple W 77–50  12–2
(2–0)
Liacouras Center (5,374)
Philadelphia, PA
01/05/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Tulane W 63–45  13–2
(3–0)
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,235)
Houston, TX
01/13/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at Cincinnati L 59–70  13–3
(3–1)
Fifth Third Arena (9,345)
Cincinnati, OH
01/17/2016
1:00 PM, CBSSN
UConn L 57–69  13–4
(3–2)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,672)
Houston, TX
01/19/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 8 SMU L 73–77  13–5
(3–3)
Moody Coliseum (7,059)
Dallas, TX
01/23/2016
3:00 PM, CBSSN
South Florida L 62–71  13–6
(3–4)
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,724)
Houston, TX
01/27/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNews
Tulsa W 81–66  14–6
(4-4)
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,185)
Houston, TX
01/30/2016
11:00 AM, ESPNews
at East Carolina W 97–93 2OT 15–6
(5–4)
Williams Arena (5,212)
Greenville, NC
02/01/2016
7:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 12 SMU W 71–68  16–6
(6–4)
Hofheinz Pavilion (6,195)
Houston, TX
02/07/2016
2:00 PM, ESPNU
at Tulsa L 63–77  16–7
(6–5)
Reynolds Center (4,321)
Tulsa, OK
02/10/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
Memphis W 98–90  17–7
(7–5)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,060)
Houston, TX
02/13/2016
2:00 PM, ESPNews
UCF W 82–58  18–7
(8–5)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,126)
Houston, TX
02/17/2016
8:30 PM, ESPNews
at Tulane W 82–69  19–7
(9–5)
Devlin Fieldhouse (1,593)
New Orleans, LA
02/21/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNews
Temple L 66–69  19–8
(9–6)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,466)
Houston, TX
02/24/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at UCF W 88–61  20–8
(10–6)
CFE Arena (4,664)
Orlando, FL
02/28/2016
12:00 PM, CBSSN
at UConn W 75–68  21–8
(11–6)
Gampel Pavilion (9,667)
Storrs, CT
03/03/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
Cincinnati W 69–56  22–8
(12–6)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,171)
Houston, TX
American Athletic Conference Tournament
03/11/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
(2) vs. (10) Tulane
Quarterfinals
L 69–72  22–9
Amway Center 
Orlando, FL
NIT
03/16/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
(5) at (4) Georgia Tech
First round
L 62–81  22–10
Hank McCamish Pavilion 
Atlanta, GA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

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 19 Final 
AP RV Not released 
Coaches' RV RV

ReferencesEdit