2015–16 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represented Texas A&M University in the 2015–16 college basketball season.The team's head coach is Billy Kennedy, who was in his fifth season at Texas A&M. The team played their home games at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas and played its fourth season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 28–9, 13–5 in SEC play to win a share of the SEC regular season championship. They defeated Florida and LSU to advance to the championship game of the SEC Tournament where they lost to Kentucky. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Green Bay and Northern Iowa to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Oklahoma.

2015–16 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
Texas A&M University logo.svg
SEC regular season co–champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 15
2015–16 record28–9 (13–5 SEC)
Head coachBilly Kennedy (5th season)
Assistant coachKyle Keller
Assistant coachRick Stansbury
Assistant coachAmir Abdur-Rahim
Home arenaReed 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 team had a 21–12 (11–7 in Conference Play) record and entered the SEC Tournament as the 5th seed after losing two games to end conference play, where it lost to Auburn. The team earned an NIT Bid as a 2 seed (despite making noise for a bid to the NCAA Tournament which was silenced after a losing skid at the end of the season) and lost in the 2nd round of the NIT To Louisiana Tech after beating Montana in the 1st round.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Avery Johnson, Jr. 0 G 5'11" 182 Freshman Plano, TX Transferred to Alabama
Derek Cahn 2 F 6'5" 199 Freshman Highland Park, TX Walk-on; didn't return
Jordan Green 5 G 6'5" 188 Senior Flower Mound, TX Graduated
Kourtney Roberson 14 F 6'9" 247 Senior Arcadia, LA Graduated
Davonte Fitzgerald 15 F 6'7" 209 Sophomore Tucker, GA Transferred to Minnesota
Ramon White 22 G 6'2" 160 Junior Fort Worth, TX Walk-on; didn't return
Peyton Allen 22 G 6'5" 202 Freshman Chatham, IL Transferred to Wichita State
Antwan Space 24 F 6'8" 229 RS Junior DeSoto, TX Graduated & transferred to Massachusetts
Dylan Johns 45 C 6'11" 228 RS Sophomore Ipswich, England Transferred to Cal State Northridge

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Anthony Collins 11 G 6'1" 175 Senior Houston, TX Transferred from South Florida. Will be eligible to play immediately since Collins graduated from South Florida.

RecruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tyler Davis
#7 C
Plano, TX Plano West High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (120 kg) Aug 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 88
Elijah Thomas
#8 C
Lancaster, TX Lancaster High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 21, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 88
D. J. Hogg
#6 SF
Plano, TX Plano West High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 7, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 87
Admon Gilder
#22 SG
Dallas, TX James Madison High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oct 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: Not Ranked   Rivals: Not Ranked  ESPN: Not Ranked
  • 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:

  • "Texas A&M 2015 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  • "2015 Texas A&M Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

Recruits for class of 2016Edit

RosterEdit

2015–16 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Kobie Eubanks 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Our Savior New American School Fort Lauderdale, Florida
F 1 D. J. Hogg 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Fr Plano West Plano, Texas
G 3 Admon Gilder 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Fr James Madison Dallas, Texas
C 10 Tonny Trocha-Morelos 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 229 lb (104 kg) RS So Mayor Jose Celestino Mutis Cartagena, Colombia
G 11 Anthony Collins 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Sr Westbury Christian School/South Florida Houston, Texas
G/F 12 Jalen Jones 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Kimball/SMU Dallas, Texas
G 13 Juan Aparicio (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Sr Second Baptist (TX) Bogotá, Colombia
G 20 Chris Collins (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 178 lb (81 kg) So Friendswood Friendswood, Texas
G 21 Alex Caruso 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Sr A&M Consolidated College Station, Texas
G 22 Frank Byers 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr South Oak Cliff Dallas, Texas
G 23 Danuel House 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) RS Sr Hightower HS/Houston Sugar Land, Texas
G 25 Kyle Dobbins (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Memorial Houston, Texas
G 33 T. J. Distefano 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Fr St. Joseph College Station, Texas
C 34 Tyler Davis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Fr Plano West Plano, Texas
F 42 Tavario Miller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Jr Wheatley (TX) Long Island, Bahamas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov. 6*
7:00 PM
Texas A&M International W 83–45 
Reed Arena (4,065)
College Station, TX
Regular season
Nov. 13*
8:30 PM
USC Upstate W 104–54  1–0
Reed Arena (6,552)
College Station, TX
Nov. 16*
7:00 PM
Southeastern Louisiana W 100–58  2–0
Reed Arena (4,903)
College Station, TX
Nov. 19*
7:00 PM
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Battle 4 Atlantis Opening Round
W 95–70  3–0
Reed Arena (5,392)
College Station, TX
Nov. 21*
3:00 PM
UNC Asheville W 75–47  4–0
Reed Arena (5,557)
College Station, TX
Nov. 25*
6:00 PM, AXS TV
No. 25 vs. Texas
Battle 4 Atlantis Quarterfinals
W 84–73  5–0
Imperial Arena (1,647)
Nassau, BS
Nov. 26*
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 25 vs. No. 10 Gonzaga
Battle 4 Atlantis Semifinals
W 62–61  6–0
Imperial Arena (1,331)
Nassau, BS
Nov. 27*
2:00 PM, ESPN
No. 25 vs. Syracuse
Battle 4 Atlantis Championship
L 67–74  6–1
Imperial Arena (2,309)
Nassau, BS
Dec. 2*
7:00 PM
No. 18 Florida Gulf Coast W 75–65  7–1
Reed Arena (5,589)
College Station, TX
Dec. 5*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 at Arizona State L 54–67  7–2
Wells Fargo Arena (7,608)
Tempe, AZ
Dec. 12*
4:30 PM, SECN
Kansas State W 78–68  8–2
Reed Arena (7,003)
College Station, TX
Dec. 19*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 24 No. 16 Baylor W 80–61  9–2
Reed Arena (9,056)
College Station, TX
Dec. 29*
7:00 PM
No. 20 Cal Poly W 82–63  10–2
Reed Arena (7,442)
College Station, TX
Jan. 2
3:30 PM, SECN
No. 20 Arkansas W 92–69  11–2
(1–0)
Reed Arena (11,332)
College Station, TX
Jan. 6
8:00 PM, SECN
No. 21 at Mississippi State W 61–60  12–2
(2–0)
Humphrey Coliseum (6,693)
Starkville, MS
Jan. 9
12:00 PM, SECN
No. 21 at Tennessee W 92–88  13–2
(3–0)
Thompson–Boling Arena (14,907)
Knoxville, TN
Jan. 12
6:00 PM, SECN
No. 15 Florida W 71–68  14–2
(4–0)
Reed Arena (9,766)
College Station, TX
Jan. 16
1:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 15 at Georgia W 79–45  15–2
(5–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
Jan. 19
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 LSU W 71–57  16–2
(6–0)
Reed Arena (13,888)
College Station, TX
Jan. 23
3:00 PM, SECN
No. 10 Missouri W 66–53  17–2
(7–0)
Reed Arena (12,198)
College Station, TX
Jan. 27
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 5 at Arkansas L 71–74  17–3
(7–1)
Bud Walton Arena (14,410)
Fayetteville, AR
Jan. 30*
1:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 No. 14 Iowa State
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 72–62  18–3
Reed Arena (12,473)
College Station, TX
Feb. 4
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 at Vanderbilt L 60–77  18–4
(7–2)
Memorial Gymnasium (10,432)
Nashville, TN
Feb. 6
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 No. 25 South Carolina L 78–81  18–5
(7–3)
Reed Arena (11,240)
College Station, TX
Feb. 10
6:00 PM, SECN
No. 15 at Alabama L 62–63  18–6
(7–4)
Coleman Coliseum (11,086)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 13
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 15 at LSU L 71–76  18–7
(7–5)
Maravich Center (12,928)
Baton Rouge, LA
Feb. 16
8:00 PM, ESPNU
Ole Miss W 71–56  19–7
(8–5)
Reed Arena (6,460)
College Station, TX
Feb. 20
5:30 PM, ESPN
No. 14 Kentucky
College GameDay
W 79–77 OT 20–7
(9–5)
Reed Arena (12,029)
College Station, TX
Feb. 24
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 21 Mississippi State W 68–66  21–7
(10–5)
Reed Arena (8,312)
College Station, TX
Feb. 27
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 21 at Missouri W 84–69  22–7
(11–5)
Mizzou Arena (7,189)
Columbia, MO
Mar. 1
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 20 at Auburn W 81–63  23–7
(12–5)
Auburn Arena (7,238)
Auburn, AL
Mar. 5
11:00 AM, ESPN2
No. 20 Vanderbilt W 76–67  24–7
(13–5)
Reed Arena (12,007)
College Station, TX
SEC Tournament
Mar. 11
12:00 PM, SECN
(1) No. 17 vs. (8) Florida
Quarterfinals
W 72–66  25–7
Bridgestone Arena (15,222)
Nashville, TN
Mar. 12
12:00 PM, ESPN
(1) No. 17 vs. (4) LSU
Semifinals
W 71–38  26–7
Bridgestone Arena (19,108)
Nashville, TN
Mar. 13
12:00 PM, ESPN
(1) No. 17 vs. (2) No. 16 Kentucky
Championship game
L 77–82 OT 26–8
Bridgestone Arena (19,613)
Nashville, TN
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 18*
6:20 PM, TBS
(3 W) No. 15 vs. (14 W) Green Bay
First round
W 92–65  27–8
Chesapeake Energy Arena (15,279)
Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 20*
6:40 PM, truTV
(3 W) No. 15 vs. (11 W) Northern Iowa
Second round
W 92–88 2OT 28–8
Chesapeake Energy Arena (15,279)
Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 26*
6:37 PM, TBS
(3 W) No. 15 vs. (2 W) No. 7 Oklahoma
Sweet Sixteen
L 63–77  28–9
Honda Center (17,601)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
All times are in Central 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 RV RV 25т 18 RV 24 21 20 21 15 10 5 8 15 RV 21 20 17 15 N/A
Coaches RV RV RV 20 25 24 19 19 17 14 8 5 8 13 24 21 18 17 15 12

ReferencesEdit