|2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||North Carolina|
|Regular season||November 13, 2015 – March 13, 2016|
|Tournament dates||March 15 – April 4, 2016|
|National Championship|| NRG Stadium |
|Other champions|| George Washington (NIT),|
Old Dominion (Vegas 16),
|Player of the Year|
|Buddy Hield, Oklahoma|
The 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 13. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and ended with the Final Four in Houston April 2–4. Practices officially began on October 2.
The following rule changes were proposed by the NCAA Men's Rules Committee for the 2015–16 season,and officially approved by the NCAA Men's Playing Rules Oversight Panel:
After a tumultuous four years in which over 80 Division I schools moved to new conferences—some more than once—only two schools joined new conferences as full members for 2015–16:
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|NJIT Highlanders||Independent||Atlantic Sun|
|Northern Kentucky Norse||Atlantic Sun||Horizon|
Another change in membership involved the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). This did not involve a school moving to a new league, but rather a change in identity of a Division I school. During the summer of 2015, the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) merged to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The UTPA athletic program was inherited by UTRGV, which retained UTPA's WAC membership.
Following UAB's decision to drop football at the end of the 2014 season, its future membership in Conference USA (C-USA) beyond 2014–15 was initially uncertain, as league bylaws require all member schools to either sponsor FBS football or be committed to establishing an FBS program. Due to ongoing efforts by boosters and other supporters to raise funds to bring UAB football back, C-USA indicated that UAB would be allowed to remain in the league for the 2015–16 season, but not beyond that time unless football was reinstated.On June 1, 2015, UAB initially announced that the football program would be reinstated in 2016, later pushing back the return of football to 2017; this was sufficient to satisfy C-USA, which announced that it would keep UAB as a member.
The 2015–16 season was the last for Coastal Carolina in the Big South Conference. On September 1, 2015, the university and the Sun Belt Conference jointly announced that the Chanticleers would join the Sun Belt in July 2016, initially as a non-football member. The football team will join the Sun Belt in 2017, the second year of its transition from FCS to FBS football.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
|NIT Season Tip-Off||November 26–27|| Barclays Center |
(Brooklyn, New York)
|2K Sports Classic||November 20, 22|| Madison Square Garden |
(New York City)
|Puerto Rico Tip-Off||November 19–20, 22|| Roberto Clemente Coliseum |
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
|Charleston Classic||November 19–20, 22|| TD Arena |
(Charleston, South Carolina)
|Paradise Jam Tournament||November 20–23|| Sports and Fitness Center |
(Saint Thomas, VI)
|Hall of Fame Tip Off||November 21–22|| Mohegan Sun Arena |
|4||Purdue (Naismith) |
|Men Who Speak Up Main Event||November 23, 25|| MGM Grand Garden Arena |
|8||Howard (Middleweight Bracket) |
Creighton (Heavyweight Bracket)
|Corpus Christi Coastal Classic||November 27–28|| American Bank Center |
(Corpus Christi, Texas)
|CBE Hall of Fame Classic||November 23–24|| Sprint Center |
(Kansas City, Missouri)
|Legends Classic||November 23–24|| Barclays Center |
(Brooklyn, New York)
|Gulf Coast Showcase||November 23–25|| Germain Arena |
|Maui Invitational||November 23–25|| Lahaina Civic Center |
|Cancún Challenge||November 24–25||Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort |
|8||South Dakota State (Mayan Division) |
Maryland (Riviera Division)
|Great Alaska Shootout||November 25–28|| Sullivan Arena |
|Battle 4 Atlantis||November 25–27||Imperial Arena |
|AdvoCare Invitational||November 26–27, 29|| HP Field House |
(Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
|Wooden Legacy||November 26–27, 29|| Anaheim Convention Center |
|Las Vegas Invitational||November 26–27|| Orleans Arena |
|Emerald Coast Classic||November 27–28||Emerald Coast Classic Arena |
|Barclays Center Classic||November 27–28|| Barclays Center |
(Brooklyn, New York)
|Las Vegas Classic||December 22–23|| Orleans Arena |
|Diamond Head Classic||December 22–23, 25|| Stan Sheriff Center |
Thirty-one athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. All conferences also recognize regular-season champions, with co-championships being awarded in the case of ties. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. For the final time, the Ivy League did not hold a conference tournament, instead giving its automatic invitation to its regular season champion.
|Conference||Regular season first place|| Conference |
Player of the Year
| Conference |
Coach of the Year
|America East Conference||Stony Brook||Jameel Warney, Stony Brook||Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook||2016 America East Men's Basketball Tournament||Campus sites||Stony Brook|
|American Athletic Conference||Temple||Nic Moore, SMU||Fran Dunphy, Temple||2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Amway Center |
|Atlantic 10 Conference||VCU, St. Bonaventure & Dayton||DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph's||Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure||2016 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament|| Barclays Center |
(Brooklyn, New York)
|Atlantic Coast Conference||North Carolina||Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia||Jim Larrañaga, Miami||2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament|| Verizon Center |
|Atlantic Sun Conference||North Florida||Dallas Moore, North Florida||Matthew Driscoll, North Florida||2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament||Campus sites||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Big 12 Conference||Kansas||Buddy Hield, Oklahoma||Tubby Smith, Texas Tech||2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament|| Sprint Center |
(Kansas City, Missouri)
|Big East Conference||Villanova||Kris Dunn, Providence||Kevin Willard, Seton Hall & Jay Wright, Villanova||2016 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament|| Madison Square Garden |
(New York City)
|Big Sky Conference||Weber State||Joel Bolomboy, Weber State||Bill Evans, Idaho State||2016 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Reno Events Center |
|Big South Conference||High Point & Winthrop||John Brown, High Point||Ritchie McKay, Liberty||2016 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Pope Convocation Center |
(Buies Creek, North Carolina)
|Big Ten Conference||Indiana||Denzel Valentine, Michigan State||Tom Crean, Indiana||2016 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Bankers Life Fieldhouse |
|Big West Conference||Hawaii||Stefan Janković, Hawaii||Eran Ganot, Hawaii||2016 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Honda Center |
|Colonial Athletic Association||Hofstra & UNC Wilmington||Juan'ya Green, Hofstra||Kevin Keatts, UNC Wilmington||2016 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament|| Royal Farms Arena |
|Conference USA||UAB||Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech||Jerod Haase, UAB||2016 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament|| Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex |
|Horizon League||Valparaiso||Kay Felder, Oakland||Bryce Drew, Valparaiso||2016 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament|| Joe Louis Arena |
|Ivy League||Yale||Justin Sears, Yale||James Jones, Yale||No tournament|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Monmouth||Justin Robinson, Monmouth||King Rice, Monmouth||2016 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament|| Times Union Center |
(Albany, New York)
|Mid-American Conference|| Akron (East) |
Ball State & Central Michigan (West)
|Antonio Campbell, Ohio||Keith Dambrot, Akron||2016 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament||First round at campus sites|
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Hampton||James Daniel III, Howard||Murray Garvin, South Carolina State||2016 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament|| Norfolk Scope |
|Missouri Valley Conference||Wichita State||Fred VanVleet, Wichita State||Barry Hinson, Southern Illinois||2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Scottrade Center |
(St. Louis, Missouri)
|Mountain West Conference||San Diego State||Marvelle Harris, Fresno State||Steve Fisher, San Diego State||2016 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Thomas & Mack Center |
|Northeast Conference||Wagner||Cane Broome, Sacred Heart||Bashir Mason, Wagner||2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament||Campus sites||Fairleigh Dickinson|
|Ohio Valley Conference|| Belmont (East) |
Murray State & Tennessee–Martin (West)
|Evan Bradds, Belmont||Dana Ford, Tennessee State||2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Nashville Municipal Auditorium |
|Pac-12 Conference||Oregon||Jakob Pöltl, Utah||Dana Altman, Oregon||2016 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| MGM Grand Garden Arena |
|Patriot League||Bucknell||Tim Kempton, Lehigh||Nathan Davis, Bucknell||2016 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament||Campus sites||Holy Cross|
|Southeastern Conference||Kentucky & Texas A&M||Tyler Ulis, Kentucky||Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M||2016 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament|| Bridgestone Arena |
|Southern Conference||Chattanooga||Stephen Croone, Furman||Matt McCall, Chattanooga||2016 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| U.S. Cellular Center |
(Asheville, North Carolina)
|Southland Conference||Stephen F. Austin||Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin||Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin||2016 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Leonard E. Merrell Center |
|Stephen F. Austin|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Texas Southern||Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern||Mike Davis, Texas Southern||2016 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament|| Toyota Center |
|The Summit League||IPFW & South Dakota State||Max Landis, IPFW||Jon Coffman, IPFW||2016 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament|| Denny Sanford Premier Center |
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
|South Dakota State|
|Sun Belt Conference||Little Rock||Shawn Long, Louisiana–Lafayette||Chris Beard, Little Rock||2016 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Lakefront Arena |
|West Coast Conference||Gonzaga & Saint Mary's||Kyle Collinsworth, BYU||Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's||2016 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|| Orleans Arena |
|Western Athletic Conference||New Mexico State||Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State||Rod Barnes, Cal State Bakersfield||2016 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament||Orleans Arena|
|Cal State Bakersfield|
|James Daniel III||Howard||27.1||Egidijus Mockevičius||Evansville||14.0||Kay Felder||Oakland||9.3||Tra-Deon Hollins||Omaha||4.0|
|Buddy Hield||Oklahoma||25.0||Rokas Gustys||Hofstra||13.0||Jordan Johnson||Milwaukee||8.1||Hameed Ali||Texas A&M–CC||2.7|
|Josh Adams||Wyoming||24.7||Joel Bolomboy||Weber State||12.6||Jaaron Simmons||Ohio||7.9||Carrington Love||Green Bay||2.6|
|Kay Felder||Oakland||24.4||Shawn Long||LA-Lafayette||12.1||Denzel Valentine||Michigan State||7.8||Gary Payton II||Oregon State||2.5|
|Stefan Moody||Ole Miss||23.6||Chris Horton||Austin Peay||12.0||Kyle Collinsworth||BYU||7.4||Kris Dunn||Providence||2.5|
|Vashil Fernandez||Valparaiso||3.3||Evan Bradds||Belmont||71.4||Giddy Potts||Middle Tennessee||50.6||Fletcher Magee||Wofford||92.5|
|Tai Odiase||UIC||3.2||Venky Jois||Eastern Washington||67.9||Bryn Forbes||Michigan State||48.1||Ben Millaud-Meunier||St. Francis (PA)||91.0|
|Jameel Warney||Stony Brook||3.0||Derrick Griffin||Texas Southern||66.2||Fletcher Magee||Wofford||47.9||Q. J. Peterson||VMI||90.5|
|Laron Smith||Bethune–Cookman||3.0||Rokas Gustys||Hofstra||66.0||Matt Donlan||Youngstown State||46.3||Sam Hunt||NC A&T||90.4|
|Luke Kornet||Vanderbilt||3.0||Adrian Diaz||FIU||65.0||Trent Mackey||North Florida||46.0||Jaleen Smith||New Hampshire||90.0|
For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
|March 17||Yale (12)||79–75||Baylor (5)||West||Round of 64|
|March 17||Little Rock (12)||85–83 (2OT)||Purdue (5)||Midwest||Round of 64|
|March 18||Hawaii (13)||77–66||California (4)||South||Round of 64|
|March 18||Middle Tennessee (15)||90–81||Michigan State (2)||Midwest||Round of 64|
|March 18||Stephen F. Austin (14)||70–56||West Virginia (3)||East||Round of 64|
|March 19||Gonzaga (11)||82–59||Utah (3)||Midwest||Round of 32|
|March 27||Syracuse (10)||68–62||Virginia (1)||Midwest||Elite 8|
Final Four – NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
|National Championship game|
|1 (E)||North Carolina||74|
|1 (E)||North Carolina||83|
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the NCAA invited 32 teams to participate in the National Invitation Tournament. The tournament began on March 15, 2016 with all games prior to the semifinals were played on campus sites.
Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 29 and 31
The semifinals and final were held on March 29 and March 31 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
|2||San Diego State||46|
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, 8 teams were invited to participate in the first ever Vegas 16 Tournament. The tournament began on March 28, 2016 with all 8 teams playing in the opening round. The semifinals was played on March 29, and the Championship game on March 30. All games were played at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
|UC Santa Barbara||49|
|East Tennessee State||81|
The ninth College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament began on March 15, 2016. This tournament featured 16 teams who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT.
March 28, April 1
(best of three)
The eighth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament began on March 14 and ended with that championship game on March 29. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT. 26 teams participated in this tournament.
The following players are recognized as the 2016 Consensus All-Americans:
|Brice Johnson||PF||Senior||North Carolina|
|Ben Simmons||F||Freshman||Louisiana State|
|Denzel Valentine||SG||Senior||Michigan State|
|Georges Niang||PF/SF||Senior||Iowa State|
Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Arkansas State||John Brady||Grant McCasland||Resigned, effective end of the season. Baylor assistant McCasland was named the new head coach.|
|Army||Zach Spiker||Jimmy Allen||Spiker left after 7 seasons for the Drexel job, and was replaced by top assistant Allen.|
|Canisius||Jim Baron||Reggie Witherspoon||Baron announced his immediate retirement on May 20, 2016, with Chattanooga assistant coach and former Buffalo head Coach Witherspoon succeeding him.|
|Central Connecticut||Howie Dickenman||Donyell Marshall||Dickenman announced his retirement from his alma mater after 20 seasons on February 18, effective at the end of the season. Central Connecticut hired Buffalo assistant Marshall, a former UConn star and NBA player.|
|Columbia||Kyle Smith||Jim Engles||Smith left after 6 seasons for the San Francisco job. NJIT coach Engles was hired as a replacement.|
|Cornell||Bill Courtney||Brian Earl||Courtney's contract was not renewed by Cornell for the 2016-17 season. The Big Red hired Princeton assistant Earl.|
|Dartmouth||Paul Cormier||David McLaughlin||Cormier was fired after 6 seasons into his 2nd stint as Dartmouth head coach. |
David McLaughlin is named as the new HC of the Dartmouth Big Green after being at Northeastern.
|Delaware||Monté Ross||Martin Ingelsby||Ross was fired after 10 seasons at Delaware and replaced by Notre Dame assistant Ingelsby.|
|Denver||Joe Scott||Rodney Billups||Scott was fired after 9 seasons at Denver and replaced by Colorado assistant and ex-Pioneer player Billups.|
|Detroit||Ray McCallum||Bacari Alexander||Detroit cleaned out its program after the season, starting with McCallum and two of his assistants. Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander returns to his alma mater to become the head coach the Titans.|
|Drexel||Bruiser Flint||Zach Spiker||On March 7, 2016, following the end of Drexel's season, Flint was fired as head basketball coach after 15 seasons with the team. Spiker was hired from Army.|
|George Washington||Mike Lonergan||Despite leading the Colonials to the NIT title, Lonergan was fired on September 16 amid a university investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of players. GW promoted assistant Joseph on an interim basis and removed the "interim" tag after the 2016–17 season, signing him to a 5-year contract.|
|Georgia Tech||Brian Gregory||Josh Pastner||Gregory was fired after missing the NCAA tournament in all five of his seasons at Georgia Tech. Memphis head coach Pastner was ultimately hired.|
|Jacksonville State||James Green||Ray Harper||Green was fired after the season and succeeded by recently departed Western Kentucky coach Harper.|
|James Madison||Matt Brady||Louis Rowe||On March 14, 2016, Brady "mutually parted ways" with the Dukes as after eight seasons and one NCAA appearance. JMU's athletic director cited declining attendance and poor performances in the CAA tournament. Former JMU player and Bowling Green assistant Rowe was named the new head coach.|
|Little Rock||Chris Beard||Wes Flanigan||Beard left after a single season to take the UNLV job, though he would later move to Texas Tech. Assistant coach Flanigan was elevated to the head coaching role.|
|Memphis||Josh Pastner||Tubby Smith||Pastner left Memphis after 7 seasons for the Georgia Tech job and was replaced by Texas Tech coach Smith.|
|Milwaukee||Rob Jeter||LaVall Jordan||Jeter was fired after 11 seasons at Milwaukee and was replaced by Michigan assistant Jordan.|
|New Mexico State||Marvin Menzies||Paul Weir||Menzies left after 9 seasons for the Rebels of UNLV HC job. After being the Associate HC of the Aggies, Paul Weir now will take the reins of the HC of the Aggies.|
|Nicholls State||J. P. Piper||Richie Riley||Piper was fired following the season. Former Assistant Coach at Clemson, Richie Riley has become the new HC of the Colonels.|
|NJIT||Jim Engles||Brian Kennedy||Engles left NJIT after 8 seasons for Columbia. Assistant coach Brian Kennedy was named as the next HC of the Highlanders.|
|North Carolina A&T||Cy Alexander||Alexander resigned on January 29 to pursue other opportunities within North Carolina A&T's athletics department. Alexander compiled an overall record of 43–80 during his 3+ years as North Carolina A&T's head coach, including a 5–17 mark in 2015–16 at the time of his resignation. Joyner had the interim tag removed on March 7 to become the next full-time head coach.|
|Northern Colorado||B. J. Hill||Jeff Linder||Hill was fired while Northern Colorado was under NCAA investigation. The Bears hired Boise State assistant Linder.|
|Oklahoma State||Travis Ford||Brad Underwood||Ford was fired after nine seasons at Oklahoma State Underwood took the job after leading Stephen F. Austin to NCAA tournament success.|
|Pacific||Ron Verlin||Mike Burns||Damon Stoudamire||Pacific fired Verlin on March 3, along with assistant Dwight Young. Both had been suspended since December amid an NCAA investigation into alleged academic misconduct. The Tigers hired Memphis assistant Stoudamire, better known for his 13 seasons as an NBA player.|
|Pittsburgh||Jamie Dixon||Kevin Stallings||Dixon left Pittsburgh after 13 years to take the head coach job at his alma mater, TCU. The Panthers hired Stallings away from Vanderbilt.|
|Portland||Eric Reveno||Terry Porter||Reveno was fired after 10 seasons and an overall 140–178 record, finishing with a 12–20 season in 2015–16. The Pilots hired one of their city's basketball icons in Porter, a longtime star for the Portland Trail Blazers who later had extensive NBA coaching experience.|
|Prairie View||Byron Rimm||Rimm announced his resignation on January 27, effective immediately, with the Panthers at 1–18 on the season. Rimm had only two winning seasons in 10 seasons as head coach. Assistant Byron Smith was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Prairie View removed the interim tag from Smith on March 13.|
|Rutgers||Eddie Jordan||Steve Pikiell||Jordan was fired on March 10 after three seasons at his alma mater. Jordan compiled an overall record of 29–68, ending with a 7–25 overall record and a 1–15 Big Ten record in 2015–16. The Scarlet Knights turned to Stony Brook coach Pikiell.|
|Saint Louis||Jim Crews||Travis Ford||Crews was fired on March 9 after four seasons. The Billikens made the NCAA tournament in each of Crews' first two seasons as head coach, but went 11–21 in each of the last two seasons. SLU replaced Crews with newly departed Oklahoma State coach Ford.|
|San Francisco||Rex Walters||Kyle Smith||Walters was fired on March 9, following the West Coast Conference tournament, after eight seasons in charge. After a run of three postseason appearances in four seasons, the Dons finished under .500 in WCC play in both 2014–15 and 2015–16. USF hired Columbia's Smith fresh off the Lions' CIT victory.|
|Santa Clara||Kerry Keating||Herb Sendek||Keating was fired after 9 seasons at Santa Clara. Ex-Arizona State head coach Sendek was hired as head coach of the Broncos.|
|SMU||Larry Brown||Tim Jankovich||Brown surprisingly stepped down as SMU coach on July 8, 2016 after 4 seasons. Jankovich, who had been hired along with Brown in 2012 as his top assistant and designated successor, was elevated to the top spot.|
|South Dakota State||Scott Nagy||T. J. Otzelberger||Nagy left S. Dakota St. after 21 seasons for the Wright State job and was replaced by Iowa State assistant Otzelberger.|
|Southern Utah||Nick Robinson||Todd Simon||Robinson was fired after a 28-90 record in 4 seasons at SUU. Former UNLV interim head coach Simon was hired to replace Robinson.|
|Stanford||Johnny Dawkins||Jerod Haase||Dawkins was fired after eight seasons, and replaced by UAB head coach Haase.|
|Stephen F. Austin||Brad Underwood||Kyle Keller||Underwood left SFA after 3 seasons for Oklahoma State and was replaced by Texas A&M assistant Keller.|
|Stony Brook||Steve Pikiell||Jeff Boals||Pikiell left Stony Brook after 11 seasons for the Rutgers job and was replaced by Ohio State assistant Boals.|
|TCU||Trent Johnson||Jamie Dixon||Johnson was fired after four seasons, a 50–79 overall record at the school, and an 8–64 record in Big 12 play. He was replaced by Pittsburgh head coach and former TCU player Dixon.|
|Tennessee–Martin||Heath Schroyer||Schroyer left his post to become assistant head coach at NC State. Assistant Stewart was initially named interim head coach for the 2016–17 season but had the interim tag removed before the start of the season on November 3, 2016, signing a 4-year contract with UT Martin.|
|Texas Tech||Tubby Smith||Chris Beard||Smith left Texas Tech after 3 seasons for Memphis. After leaving Little Rock for UNLV less than a month earlier, Beard left for Texas Tech, where he had served as an assistant from 2001 to 2011.|
|Texas–Rio Grande Valley||Dan Hipsher||Lew Hill||Hipsher was fired after 3 seasons at UTRGV. The Vaqueros hired Oklahoma assistant Hill.|
|Tulane||Ed Conroy||Mike Dunleavy||Word of Conroy's impending firing came to him as he was coaching the Green Wave to an upset victory in the 2016 AAC Tournament. The move was made official a few days later. Former NBA coach Dunleavy was hired for his first college coaching job, after a six-year hiatus from coaching.|
|UAB||Jerod Haase||Robert Ehsan||Haase left UAB after 4 seasons to take the Stanford job and was replaced by assistant Ehsan.|
|UCF||Donnie Jones||Johnny Dawkins||Jones was fired on March 10 after six seasons. Although he compiled a 100–88 overall record, the Knights went 12–18 overall and 6–12 in American Athletic play this season. Dawkins was hired fresh off his firing by Stanford.|
|UMBC||Aki Thomas||Ryan Odom||Thomas was fired after 4 seasons and an overall record of 28-95 at UMBC. The Retrievers hired former Charlotte interim head coach Odom.|
|UNLV||Dave Rice||Todd Simon||Marvin Menzies||Rice was fired from his alma mater on January 10. Despite Rice's 98–54 record in four-plus seasons at UNLV, the Runnin' Rebels failed to make the postseason in either of the last two seasons, and an 0–3 start in Mountain West play was apparently the final straw for UNLV; top assistant Simon was named as interim head coach. Following the season, Chris Beard was initially hired from Little Rock after leading the Trojans to NCAA Tournament success, but left less than a month later for Texas Tech. NMSU head coach Menzies, a UNLV assistant during the Lon Kruger era, was hired to replace Beard.|
|UTSA||Brooks Thompson||Steve Henson||Thompson was fired on March 10 after 10 seasons. He had a 133–178 overall record, with the Roadrunners finishing this season 5–27 overall and 3–15 in Conference USA play. He was replaced by Oklahoma assistant Henson.|
|Valparaiso||Bryce Drew||Matt Lottich||Drew left his alma mater after 5 seasons to take over at Vanderbilt and was replaced by assistant Lottich.|
|Vanderbilt||Kevin Stallings||Bryce Drew||Stallings left Vanderbilt after 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh job. Vanderbilt hired Bryce Drew from Valparaiso.|
|Western Kentucky||Ray Harper||Rick Stansbury||Harper resigned on March 17, 2016 after three WKU players were suspended following a school disciplinary hearing, eventually landing at Jacksonville State. The Hilltoppers hired longtime Mississippi State head coach Stansbury from his then-current post as an assistant at Texas A&M.|
|Wisconsin||Bo Ryan||Ryan announced his retirement on December 15, 2015, effective immediately. Top assistant Gard was named as interim head coach; Wisconsin removed the interim tag after the regular season, signing Gard to a 5-year contract.|
|Wright State||Billy Donlon||Scott Nagy||Despite making it into the finals of the Horizon League Tournament, Donlon was fired on March 17 after 6 seasons at Wright State with a 109-93 career record. The Raiders then hired Nagy away from South Dakota State.|
|Wyoming||Larry Shyatt||Allen Edwards||Shyatt announced his retirement after 5 seasons into his 2nd stint at Wyoming on March 21, 2016, turning the program over to top assistant Edwards.|
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The 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2017. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season ended with the Final Four in San Antonio on April 2, 2018. Practices officially began on September 29, 2017.
The 2017–18 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began on November 10, 2017 and ended with the Final Four title game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on April 1, 2018. Practices officially began in September 29, 2017.
The 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2018. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season concluded with the Final Four in Minneapolis on April 8, 2019. Practices officially began on September 28, 2018. The season saw Zion Williamson dominate Player of the Year honors and media attention, while Virginia won its first NCAA Championship. The NCAA Championship Game between Virginia and Texas Tech would mark the final NCAA game with a 20 foot 9 inch three-point shot line, as it moved out to the FIBA standard of 22 feet and 2 inches the following year.
The 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November 2018 and concluded with the Final Four title game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida in April 2019. Practices officially began in September 2018.
The 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2019. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season concluded prematurely on March 12, 2020. The 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was scheduled to end in Atlanta on April 6, 2020, but was ultimately canceled. All other postseason tournaments were canceled as well. Practices officially began in late September.
The 2019–20 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November 2019 and concluded prematurely on March 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament was scheduled to end at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 5, 2020, but was ultimately canceled. All other postseason tournaments were canceled as well. It was the first cancellation in the history of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. Practices officially began in late September 2019.
The 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 25, 2020 and concluded on March 14, 2021. The 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament culminated the season and began on March 18 and concluded on April 5, 2021.