2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team

The 2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Frank Martin who was in his fourth season at South Carolina. The team played their home games at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 25–9, 11–7 in SEC play to finish in a three way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Georgia. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated High Point in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Georgia Tech.

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
NIT, Second round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2015–16 record25–9 (11–7 SEC)
Head coachFrank Martin (4th season)
Assistant coachMatt Figger
Assistant coachPerry Clark
Assistant coachLamont Evans
Home arenaColonial Life Arena
Seasons
2015–16 SEC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Texas A&M 13 5   .722     28 9   .757
#10 Kentucky 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
South Carolina 11 7   .611     25 9   .735
Vanderbilt 11 7   .611     19 14   .576
LSU 11 7   .611     19 14   .576
Ole Miss 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Georgia 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
Florida 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Arkansas 9 9   .500     16 16   .500
Alabama 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Mississippi State 7 11   .389     14 17   .452
Tennessee 6 12   .333     15 19   .441
Auburn 5 13   .278     11 20   .355
Missouri* 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Gamecocks finished the season 17–16, 6–12 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 11th place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament where they lost to Georgia.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Tyrone Johnson 4 G 6'3" 196 Senior Plainfield, NJ Graduated
Shamiek Sheppard 12 G/F 6'6" 215 Freshman Brooklyn, NY Suspended[1]
Reggie Theus, Jr. 15 F 6'6" 218 Sophomore Los Angeles, CA Transferred to Cal State Northridge
Demetrius Henry 21 F/C 6'9" 227 Sophomore Miami, FL Suspended[2]
Austin Constable 31 G 5'11" 180 Junior West Chester, PA Left team

RecruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
P. J. Dozier
PG
Columbia, SC Spring Valley High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Chris Silva
PF
Roselle, NJ Roselle Catholic High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 19, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Eric Cobb
C
Jacksonville, FL Potters House Christian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) May 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Ray Doby
PF
Saint Louis, MO St. John's NW Military Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jun 7, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN: 
Travon Bunch
C
Racine, WI Score Sports Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Mar 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN: 
Jamall Gregory
SG
Washington, D.C. Elev8 Basketball Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Apr 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 28   Rivals: 23  ESPN: 23
  • 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:

  • "South Carolina 2015 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  • "2015 South Carolina Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.

RosterEdit

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Sindarius Thornwell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Lancaster, SC
G 1 Marcus Stroman 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) So Keenan Columbia, SC
F 2 Raymond Doby 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Montrose Christian School Cahokia, IL
G 4 Jamall Gregory 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Coolidge HS Washington, D.C.
G 5 TeMarcus Blanton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) RS Fr Luella Locust Grove, GA
G 10 Duane Notice 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Jr St. Thomas More School Woodbridge, ON
F 14 Laimonas Chatkevicius 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Sr South Kent School Klaipėda, Lithuania
G 15 P. J. Dozier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Spring Valley HS Columbia, SC
G 20 Justin McKie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Irmo HS Columbia, SC
G 21 John Ragin (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Cardinal Newman HS Eastover, SC
F 23 Eric Cobb 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Fr St. Francis Academy Jacksonville, FL
F 24 Michael Carrera 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Sr Montrose Christian School Anzoátegui, Venezuela
F 25 Mindaugas Kacinas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Sr Word of Life School Klaipėda, Lithuania
F 30 Chris Silva 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Roselle Catholic HS Libreville, Gabon
F 31 Jarrell Holliman (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So Alpharetta HS
Elmhurst College
Alpharetta, GA
F 35 Brian Steele 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Wade Hampton HS Greenville, SC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Source: [1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 8, 2015*
4:00 pm
Allen W 71–43 
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
Non-conference games
November 14, 2015*
7:00 pm
Norfolk State W 84–69  1–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,623)
Columbia, SC
November 16, 2015*
7:30 pm, SECN
Oral Roberts W 84–66  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (9,640)
Columbia, SC
November 20, 2015*
6:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. DePaul
Paradise Jam Quarterfinals
W 76–61  3–0
Sports and Fitness Center (N/A)
St. Thomas, VI
November 22, 2015*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Hofstra
Paradise Jam Semifinals
W 94–84  4–0
Sports and Fitness Center (N/A)
St. Thomas, VI
November 23, 2015*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Tulsa
Paradise Jam Championship
W 83–75  5–0
Sports and Fitness Center (2,002)
St. Thomas, VI
November 27, 2015*
2:00 pm
Lipscomb W 92–76  6–0
Colonial Life Arena (8,793)
Columbia, SC
November 30, 2015*
7:00 pm, SECN
Western Carolina W 76–53  7–0
Colonial Life Arena (8,957)
Columbia, SC
December 5, 2015*
4:00 pm, SECN
South Florida W 81–63  8–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,721)
Columbia, SC
December 15, 2015*
7:00 pm
Drexel W 79–54  9–0
Colonial Life Arena (8,481)
Columbia, SC
December 18, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Clemson
Rivalry
W 65–59  10–0
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,446)
Greenville, SC
December 22, 2015*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 25 vs. St. John's
Mohegan Sun Showcase
W 75–61  11–0
Mohegan Sun Arena (2,355)
Uncasville, CT
December 30, 2015*
7:00 pm
No. 24 Francis Marion W 78–56  12–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,401)
Columbia, SC
January 2, 2016*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 24 Memphis W 86–76  13–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,035)
Columbia, SC
SEC regular season
January 5, 2016
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 22 at Auburn W 81–69  14–0
(1–0)
Auburn Arena (7,556)
Auburn, AL
January 9, 2016
3:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 22 Vanderbilt W 69–65  15–0
(2–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,055)
Columbia, SC
January 13, 2016
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 19 at Alabama L 50–73  15–1
(2–1)
Coleman Coliseum (12,443)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 16, 2016
1:00 pm, SECN
No. 19 Missouri W 81–72  16–1
(3–1)
Colonial Life Arena (15,389)
Columbia, SC
January 19, 2016
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 24 at Ole Miss W 77–74 OT 17–1
(4–1)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss (7,427)
Oxford, MS
January 23, 2016
12:00 pm, SECN
No. 24 at Tennessee L 69–78  17–2
(4–2)
Thompson–Boling Arena (13,928)
Knoxville, TN
January 26, 2016
7:00 pm, SECN
Mississippi State W 84–74  18–2
(5–2)
Colonial Life Arena (12,764)
Columbia, SC
January 30, 2016
6:00 pm, SECN
Alabama W 78–64  19–2
(6–2)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
February 2, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 25 at Georgia L 56–69  19–3
(6–3)
Stegeman Coliseum (6,427)
Athens, GA
February 6, 2016
4:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 25 at No. 8 Texas A&M W 81–78  20–3
(7–3)
Reed Arena (11,240)
College Station, TX
February 10, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
LSU W 94–83  21–3
(8–3)
Colonial Life Arena (16,009)
Columbia, SC
February 13, 2016
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 Kentucky L 62–89  21–4
(8–4)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
February 16, 2016
7:00 pm, SECN
at Missouri L 67–72  21–5
(8–5)
Mizzou Arena (5,017)
Columbia, MO
February 20, 2016
12:00 pm, SECN
Florida W 73–69 OT 22–5
(9–5)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
February 24, 2016
9:00 pm, SECN
Tennessee W 84–58  23–5
(10–5)
Colonial Life Arena (13,224)
Columbia, SC
February 27, 2016
2:30 pm, SECN
at Mississippi State L 58–68  23–6
(10–6)
Humphrey Coliseum (7,488)
Starkville, MS
March 3, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Georgia L 72–74  23–7
(10–7)
Colonial Life Arena (15,397)
Columbia, SC
March 5, 2016
5:00 pm, SECN
at Arkansas W 76–61  24–7
(11–7)
Bud Walton Arena (14,548)
Fayetteville, AR
SEC Tournament
March 11, 2016
9:30 pm, SECN
(3) vs. (6) Georgia
Quarterfinals
L 64–65  24–8
Bridgestone Arena (18,049)
Nashville, TN
NIT
March 15, 2016*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
(1) (8) High Point
First round – South Carolina Bracket
W 88–66  25–8
Colonial Life Arena (2,566)
Columbia, SC
March 21, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPN
(1) (4) Georgia Tech
Second round – South Carolina Bracket
L 66–83  25–9
Colonial Life Arena (2,856)
Columbia, SC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

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 NR NR NR NR RV RV 25 24 22 19 24 RV 25 RV RV RV NR NR NR N/A
Coaches NR NR NR RV RV 25 23 20 20 15 18 22 23 20 23 RV RV RV NR NR

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suspended Gamecocks won't travel". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  2. ^ "Suspended Gamecocks won't travel". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-08-07.