2015–16 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Tom Crean, who was in his eighth season with the Hoosiers. The team played its home games at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

2015–16 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Indiana Hoosiers logo.svg
Big Ten Regular Season champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 14
2015–16 record27–8 (15–3 Big Ten)
Head coachTom Crean (8th season)
Assistant coachTim Buckley (8th season)
Assistant coachChuck Martin (2nd season)
Assistant coachRob Judson (1st season)
Home arenaAssembly Hall
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

This season marked the 40th Anniversary of the 32–0 and National Championship 1975–76 Hoosiers team, a feat still unrivaled. To commemorate the anniversary, players' jerseys featured a commemorative patch on the back of the jersey. The Hoosiers also held a public recognition of the undefeated team during halftime of the home game against Wisconsin on January 5th, during which the announcement was made that a statue of the seniors and starters will be erected outside the south entrance of Assembly Hall. A new banner was also revealed honoring the '76 team as NCAA's #1 All-Time March Madness Team. Tom Abernethy and Bobby Wilkerson, two players from the team, were inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.[1]

IU's season-opener victory against Eastern Illinois was a milestone game, as it marked 1,000 home wins in Indiana basketball history. IU finished the regular season by winning their 22nd conference title, tying them with in-state rival, Purdue, for the most conference titles.

Indiana finished the season 27–8 overall, 15–3 in the Big Ten to win the Big Ten regular season title outright. They received the #1 seed in the 2016 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, where they made an early Quarterfinals exit by losing to Michigan. The Hoosiers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana defeated Chattanooga and Kentucky to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in five years; however, in the Sweet Sixteen they fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 86–101.

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The 2014–15 Hoosiers went 20–14 overall and 9–9 in the Big Ten Conference (tying for seventh place). Much of the Hoosiers' difficulties were caused by a lack of defense and post presence. The Hoosiers improved over the 13–14 season, in which they did not appear in any postseason tournament, by being selected to play in the NCAA Tournament as a #10 seed in the Midwest region. They made an early exit as the #7 Wichita State Shockers knocked them off in the second round.

Following the season, assistant coach Steve McClain was hired as the new head coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago.[2] Tom Crean named Rob Judson, who spent the 2014–15 season as Indiana's Director of Basketball Operations, as McClain's replacement.[3]

PreseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Indiana Departures
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Stanford Robinson 22 SG 6'4" 205 Sophomore Landover, Maryland Transfer (Rhode Island)
Max Hoetzel 3 F 6'9" 220 Freshman Calabasas, California Transfer (San Diego State)
Jeremiah April 44 C 7'0" 240 Freshman Phoenix, Arizona Transfer (Trinity Valley CC)
Devin Davis 15 F 6'7" 230 Sophomore Indianapolis, Indiana Dismissed/Transfer (Odessa College)
Hanner Mosquera-Perea 12 F 6'9" 225 Junior Istmina, Colombia Dismissed/Transfer (East Tennessee State)
Emmitt Holt 25 F 6'7" 230 Sophomore Webster, New York Dismissed/Transfer (Indian Hills CC)

Recruiting classEdit

On April, 4, 2015, McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand All-Star, Thomas Bryant committed to IU. With this commit, IU landed their fifth McDonald's All-American in a row, as well as secured a 6'10" rim-protector, which was something drastically missing from the previous season. Bryant made the announcement live on ESPN during the Dick's National Tournament.[4]

 
Max Bielfeldt transferred from Michigan

In addition to the three high school recruits, Indiana received a commitment from Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt.[5] The senior forward is eligible immediately to play for the Hoosiers.

A late addition of junior Pittsburgh transfer, Josh Newkirk, filled IU's last 2015–16 scholarship. Due to transfer rules and rehabilitating a knee injury from May, Newkirk will sit out the '15–'16 season. He will have two remaining seasons of eligibility left.[6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Juwan Morgan
F
Waynesville, MO Waynesville HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sep 10, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
OG Anunoby
F
Jefferson City, MO Jefferson City HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Thomas Bryant
F
Rochester, NY Huntington Prep 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Apr 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: 26  247Sports: 24  ESPN: 26
  • 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 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 14, 2015.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Max Bielfeldt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) GS Peoria Notre Dame HS / Michigan Peoria, Illinois
G 1 James Blackmon, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Marion High School Fort Wayne, Indiana
G 2 Nick Zeisloft 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Lyons Township HS / Illinois St La Grange, Illinois
F 3 OG Anunoby 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Jefferson City High School Jefferson City, Missouri
G 4 Robert Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Benedictine High School Richmond, Virginia
F 5 Troy Williams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Hampton, Virginia
F 10 Ryan Burton (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Bedford North Lawrence HS / Bellarmine Bedford, Indiana
G 11 Yogi Ferrell (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Park Tudor School Indianapolis, Indiana
G 12 Josh Newkirk   6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Word of God Christian Academy / Pittsburgh Raleigh, North Carolina
F 13 Juwan Morgan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Waynesville High School Waynesville, Missouri
G 15 Harrison Niego (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Lyons Township High School Western Springs, Illinois
G 22 Quentin Taylor (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School Indianapolis, Indiana
G 24 Jackson Tharp 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Zionsville Community High School Zionsville, Indiana
F 30 Collin Hartman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Cathedral High School Indianapolis, Indiana
C 31 Thomas Bryant 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Huntington Prep School Rochester, New York
C 35 Tim Priller 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Richland High School North Richland Hills, Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 3-09-2016

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 3*
7:00 pm
No. 15 Ottawa W 82–54   
 15  Blackmon, Jr.   11  Bryant   6  Blackmon, Jr.  Assembly Hall (17,302)
Bloomington, IN
Nov 9*
7:00 pm
No. 15 Bellarmine W 73–62   
 21  Ferrell   8  Tied   4  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,174)
Bloomington, IN
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13*
7:00 pm
No. 15 Eastern Illinois W 88–49  1–0
 17  Blackmon, Jr.   9  Bryant   6  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Nov 16*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Austin Peay
Maui Invitational
Opening Round
W 102–76  2–0
 22  Ferrell   6  Tied   9  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Nov 19*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 14 Creighton
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 86–65  3–0
 19  Blackmon, Jr.   9  Ferrell   6  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Nov 23*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 13 vs. Wake Forest
Maui Invitational Quarterfinals
L 78–82  3–1
 16  Williams   8  Bryant   5  Ferrell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, HI
Nov 24*
2:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 13 vs. St. John's
Maui Invitational
Consolation Second Round
W 83–73  4–1
 22  Ferrell   9  Williams   7  Ferrell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, HI
Nov 25*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 13 vs. UNLV
Maui Invitational
Fifth Place Game
L 69–72  4–2
 17  Zeisloft   7  Blackmon, Jr.   9  Ferrell  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, HI
Nov 30*
7:00 pm, BTN
Alcorn State W 112–70  5–2
 33  Blackmon, Jr.   8  Williams   6  Johnson  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Dec 2*
9:15 pm, ESPN
at No. 7 Duke
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 74–94  5–3
 17  Williams   6  Johnson   5  Ferrell  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 5*
7:00 pm, BTN
Morehead State W 92–59  6–3
 16  Williams   6  Bryant   7  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Dec 9*
7:00 pm
IPFW W 90–65  7–3
 38  Ferrell   19  Williams   5  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Dec 12*
6:30 pm, BTN
McNeese State W 105–60  8–3
 24  Blackmon, Jr.   9  Bryant   7  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Dec 19*
2:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Notre Dame
Crossroads Classic
W 80–73  9–3
 18  Williams   10  Williams   3  Tied  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (19,156)
Indianapolis, IN
Dec 22*
6:00 pm, BTN
Kennesaw State W 99–72  10–3
 20  Tied   5  Tied   6  Williams  Assembly Hall (15,721)
Bloomington, IN
Big Ten regular season
Dec 30
1:00 pm, ESPN2
at Rutgers W 79–72  11–3
(1–0)
 20  Ferrell   14  Bielfeldt   7  Ferrell  The RAC (6,002)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 2
4:00 pm, BTN
at Nebraska W 79–69  12–3
(2–0)
 24  Ferrell   6  Bielfeldt   7  Ferrell  Pinnacle Bank Arena (13,831)
Lincoln, NE
Jan 5
7:00 pm, ESPN
Wisconsin W 59–58  13–3
(3–0)
 19  Ferrell   7  Tied   3  Tied  Assembly Hall (14,098)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 10
1:30 pm, CBS
Ohio State W 85–60  14–3
(4–0)
 23  Williams   13  Bryant   6  Tied  Assembly Hall (16,382)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 16
12:30 pm, BTN
at Minnesota W 70–63  15–3
(5–0)
 20  Ferrell   8  Williams   7  Ferrell  Williams Arena (11,176)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 19
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 25 Illinois
Rivalry
W 103–69  16–3
(6–0)
 21  Williams   8  Bielfeldt   9  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 23
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 25 Northwestern W 89–57  17–3
(7–0)
 17  Ferrell   7  Williams   6  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 26
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 19 at Wisconsin L 79–82 OT 17–4
(7–1)
 30  Ferrell   7  Tied   3  Johnson  Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
Jan 30
2:15 pm, BTN
No. 19 Minnesota W 74–68  18–4
(8–1)
 23  Bryant   8  Tied   3  Tied  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 2
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 at Michigan W 80–67  19–4
(9–1)
 17  Ferrell   7  Bielfeldt   9  Ferrell  Crisler Center (12,312)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 6
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 22 at Penn State L 63–68  19–5
(9–2)
 14  Zeisloft   8  Bryant   5  Tied  Bryce Jordan Center (10,351)
University Park, PA
Feb 11
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 Iowa W 85–78  20–5
(10–2)
 14  Ferrell   7  Tied   2  Tied  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 14
1:00 pm, CBS
at No. 8 Michigan State L 69–88  20–6
(10–3)
 15  Bielfeldt   10  Bielfeldt   7  Ferrell  Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 17
8:30 pm, BTN
No. 22 Nebraska W 80–64  21–6
(11–3)
 18  Williams   6  Anunoby   4  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 20
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 22 No. 17 Purdue
Rivalry/Indiana National Guard Governor's Cup
W 77–73  22–6
(12–3)
 19  Williams   6  Bielfeldt   4  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 25
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 at Illinois
Rivalry
W 74–47  23–6
(13–3)
 27  Ferrell   8  Bryant   5  Ferrell  State Farm Center (12,857)
Champaign, IL
Mar 1
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 at No. 16 Iowa W 81–78  24–6
(14–3)
 20  Ferrell   10  Bryant   5  Ferrell  Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Mar 6
4:30 pm, CBS
No. 12 No. 14 Maryland W 80–62  25–6
(15–3)
 23  Williams   8  Bryant   4  Ferrell  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, IN
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 11
12:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 10 vs. (8) Michigan
Quarterfinals
L 69–72  25–7
 16  Williams   7  Bryant   8  Ferrell  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,355)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17*
7:10 pm, CBS
(5 E) No. 14 vs. (12 E) Chattanooga
First round
W 99–74  26–7
 20  Ferrell   8  Williams   10  Ferrell  Wells Fargo Arena (16,774)
Des Moines, IA
Mar 19*
5:15 pm, CBS
(5 E) No. 14 vs. (4 E) No. 10 Kentucky
Second round/Rivalry
W 73–67  27–7
 19  Bryant   5  Tied   4  Ferrell  Wells Fargo Arena (16,824)
Des Moines, IA
Mar 25*
9:57 pm, TBS
(5 E) No. 14 vs. (1 E) No. 3 North Carolina
Sweet Sixteen
L 86–101  27–8
 25  Ferrell   8  Bryant   4  Ferrell  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 Eastern Time.

Player statisticsEdit

Individual player statistics (Final)
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
Anunoby, OG 34 0 466 13.7 165 4.9 66 116 .569 13 29 .448 20 42 .476 42 48 90 2.6 18 28 26 27
Bielfeldt, Max 35 5 612 17.5 286 8.2 113 219 .516 29 64 .453 31 44 .705 59 99 158 4.5 25 39 16 29
Blackmon, Jr., James 13 12 319 24.5 206 15.8 73 152 .480 37 80 .463 23 27 .852 17 37 54 4.2 22 25 5 16
Bryant, Thomas 35 35 791 22.6 415 11.9 157 230 .683 5 15 .333 96 136 .706 70 132 202 5.8 34 58 32 17
Burton, Ryan 22 0 77 3.5 14 0.6 5 9 .556 4 7 .571 0 1 .000 3 7 10 0.5 1 1 0 1
Ferrell, Yogi 35 35 1215 34.7 607 17.3 196 428 .458 79 188 .420 136 164 .829 34 99 133 3.8 195 88 1 38
Hartman, Collin 35 24 765 21.9 175 5.0 65 144 .451 29 81 .358 16 19 .842 35 74 109 3.1 60 37 10 28
Johnson, Robert 30 22 747 24.9 242 8.1 84 187 .449 51 114 .447 23 36 .639 12 88 100 3.3 94 51 5 19
Morgan, Juwan 30 0 273 9.1 71 2.4 21 41 .512 5 11 .455 24 30 .800 23 41 64 2.1 5 15 11 9
Niego, Harrison 23 0 110 4.8 11 0.5 4 13 .308 2 8 .250 1 3 .333 5 10 15 0.7 6 4 0 7
Priller, Tim 11 0 17 1.5 4 0.4 1 3 .333 0 2 .000 2 2 1.000 3 2 5 0.5 0 1 0 2
Taylor, Quentin 7 0 9 1.3 3 0.4 1 2 .500 0 0 1 2 .500 0 2 2 0.3 0 0 0 0
Tharp, Jackson 4 0 5 1.3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Williams, Troy 35 34 916 26.2 464 13.3 163 318 .513 26 75 .347 112 162 .691 50 154 204 5.8 70 93 28 39
Zeisloft, Nick 35 8 703 20.1 228 6.5 72 172 .419 65 156 .417 19 21 .905 11 46 57 1.6 29 17 3 7
Total 35 7050 2891 95.3 1021 2034 .502 345 830 .416 504 689 .731 364 839 1203 38.8 560 458 137 239
Opponents 35 7050 2447 69.9 905 2037 .444 218 636 .343 419 615 .681 361 698 1164 33.3 424 458 106 215
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

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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 15 14 13 RV RV NR NR NR RV RV 25 19 22 RV 22 18 12 10 14 N/A
Coaches 15 15 14 RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 23 17 21 22 21 15 11 10 12 9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bozich, Alex (November 6, 2015). "Indiana to honor undefeated 1976 team throughout 2015–2016 season". Inside the Hall. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.uicflames.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032315aaa.html
  3. ^ http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/2015/08/crean-confirms-judson-promotion-staff-addition-iubb/
  4. ^ Bozich, Alex (April 4, 2015). "Thomas Bryant Commits to Indiana". Inside the Hall. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (June 3, 2015). "Indiana adds much-needed frontcourt depth with Max Bielfeldt". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Bozich, Alex (August 23, 2015). "Indiana adds Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk". Inside the Hall. Retrieved August 23, 2015.