2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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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.

Contents

Rule changes

The following rule changes were proposed by the NCAA Men's Rules Committee for the 2015–16 season, [1] [2] and officially approved by the NCAA Men's Playing Rules Oversight Panel: [3]

Season headlines

Milestones and records

Conference membership changes

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:

SchoolFormer conferenceNew conference
NJIT Highlanders Independent Atlantic Sun [39]
Northern Kentucky Norse Atlantic Sun Horizon [40]

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. [41] On June 1, 2015, UAB initially announced that the football program would be reinstated in 2016, [42] 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. [43]

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. [44]

New arenas

Season outlook

Pre–season polls

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

AP [47]
RankingTeam
1 North Carolina
2 Kentucky
3 Maryland
4 Kansas
5 Duke
6 Virginia
7 Iowa State
8 Oklahoma
9 Gonzaga
10 Wichita State
11 Villanova
12 Arizona
13 Michigan State
14 California
15 Indiana
16 Utah
17 Wisconsin
18 Vanderbilt
19 Notre Dame
20 UConn
21 LSU
22 Baylor
23 Purdue
24 Butler
25 Michigan
USA Today Coaches [48]
RankingTeam
1 Kentucky
1 North Carolina
3 Maryland
4 Duke
5 Kansas
6 Virginia
7 Iowa State
8 Oklahoma
9 Villanova
10 Arizona
11 Gonzaga
12 Wichita State
13 Michigan State
14 California
15 Indiana
16 Utah
17 Wisconsin
18 Notre Dame
19 LSU
20 Vanderbilt
21 Baylor
22 Butler
23 West Virginia
24 UConn
25 Purdue

Regular season

Early season tournaments

NameDatesLocationNo. teamsChampion
NIT Season Tip-Off November 26–27 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4Villanova
2K Sports Classic November 20, 22 Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
4Duke
Puerto Rico Tip-Off November 19–20, 22 Roberto Clemente Coliseum
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
8Miami (FL)
Charleston Classic November 19–20, 22 TD Arena
(Charleston, South Carolina)
8Virginia
Paradise Jam Tournament November 20–23 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8South Carolina
Hall of Fame Tip Off November 21–22 Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, Connecticut)
4Purdue (Naismith)

Buffalo (Springfield)

Men Who Speak Up Main Event November 23, 25 MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Las Vegas)
8Howard (Middleweight Bracket)

Creighton (Heavyweight Bracket)

Corpus Christi Coastal Classic November 27–28 American Bank Center
(Corpus Christi, Texas)
4UTEP
CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 23–24 Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
4North Carolina
Legends Classic November 23–24 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4Marquette
Gulf Coast Showcase November 23–25 Germain Arena
(Estero, Florida)
8Weber State
Maui Invitational November 23–25 Lahaina Civic Center
(Lahaina, HI)
8Kansas
Cancún Challenge November 24–25Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
8South Dakota State (Mayan Division)

Maryland (Riviera Division)

Great Alaska Shootout November 25–28 Sullivan Arena
(Anchorage, AK)
8Middle Tennessee
Battle 4 Atlantis November 25–27Imperial Arena
(Nassau, BAH)
8Syracuse
AdvoCare Invitational November 26–27, 29 HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
8Xavier
Wooden Legacy November 26–27, 29 Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
8Michigan State
Las Vegas Invitational November 26–27 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas)
4West Virginia
Emerald Coast Classic November 27–28Emerald Coast Classic Arena
(Niceville, Florida)
4Iowa State
Barclays Center Classic November 27–28 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
4Cincinnati
Las Vegas Classic December 22–23 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas)
4SMU
Diamond Head Classic December 22–23, 25 Stan Sheriff Center
(Honolulu, HI)
8Oklahoma

Conference winners and tournaments

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.

ConferenceRegular season first place Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference Stony Brook Jameel Warney, Stony Brook [49] Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook [49] 2016 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sitesStony Brook
American Athletic Conference Temple Nic Moore, SMU [50] Fran Dunphy, Temple [50] 2016 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Amway Center
(Orlando, Florida)
UConn
Atlantic 10 Conference VCU, St. Bonaventure & Dayton [n 1] DeAndre’ Bembry, Saint Joseph's [51] Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure [51] 2016 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
Saint Joseph's
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia [52] [53] Jim Larrañaga, Miami [52] [53] 2016 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Verizon Center
(Washington, D.C.)
North Carolina
Atlantic Sun Conference North Florida Dallas Moore, North Florida [54] Matthew Driscoll, North Florida [54] 2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12 Conference Kansas Buddy Hield, Oklahoma [55] Tubby Smith, Texas Tech [55] 2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Kansas
Big East Conference Villanova Kris Dunn, Providence [56] Kevin Willard, Seton Hall & Jay Wright, Villanova [56] 2016 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
Seton Hall
Big Sky Conference Weber State Joel Bolomboy, Weber State [57] Bill Evans, Idaho State [58] 2016 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Reno Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
Weber State
Big South Conference High Point [n 1] & Winthrop John Brown, High Point [59] Ritchie McKay, Liberty [59] 2016 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Pope Convocation Center
(Buies Creek, North Carolina)
UNC Asheville
Big Ten Conference Indiana Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Tom Crean, Indiana 2016 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis)
Michigan State
Big West Conference Hawaii Stefan Janković, Hawaii [60] Eran Ganot, Hawaii [60] 2016 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Honda Center
(Anaheim, California)
Hawaii
Colonial Athletic Association Hofstra [n 1] & UNC Wilmington Juan'ya Green, Hofstra [61] Kevin Keatts, UNC Wilmington [61] 2016 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Royal Farms Arena
(Baltimore)
UNC Wilmington
Conference USA UAB Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech [62] Jerod Haase, UAB [62] 2016 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Middle Tennessee
Horizon League Valparaiso Kay Felder, Oakland [63] Bryce Drew, Valparaiso [63] 2016 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Joe Louis Arena
(Detroit)
Green Bay
Ivy League Yale Justin Sears, Yale [64] James Jones, Yale [64] No tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Monmouth Justin Robinson, Monmouth [65] King Rice, Monmouth [66] 2016 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, New York)
Iona
Mid-American Conference Akron [n 1] (East)
Ball State & Central Michigan (West)
Antonio Campbell, Ohio [67] Keith Dambrot, Akron [67] 2016 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Buffalo
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton James Daniel III, Howard [68] Murray Garvin, South Carolina State [68] 2016 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, Virginia)
Hampton
Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State Fred VanVleet, Wichita State [69] Barry Hinson, Southern Illinois [70] 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Northern Iowa
Mountain West Conference San Diego State Marvelle Harris, Fresno State [71] Steve Fisher, San Diego State [71] 2016 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, Nevada)
Fresno State
Northeast Conference Wagner Cane Broome, Sacred Heart [72] Bashir Mason, Wagner [72] 2016 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley Conference Belmont [n 1] (East)
Murray State & Tennessee–Martin (West)
Evan Bradds, Belmont [73] Dana Ford, Tennessee State [73] 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Austin Peay
Pac-12 Conference Oregon Jakob Pöltl, Utah [74] Dana Altman, Oregon [74] 2016 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Oregon
Patriot League Bucknell Tim Kempton, Lehigh [75] Nathan Davis, Bucknell [75] 2016 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Holy Cross
Southeastern Conference Kentucky & Texas A&M [n 1] Tyler Ulis, Kentucky [76] [77] Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M [76] [77] 2016 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Bridgestone Arena
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Kentucky
Southern Conference Chattanooga Stephen Croone, Furman [78] Matt McCall, Chattanooga [78] 2016 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Center
(Asheville, North Carolina)
Chattanooga
Southland Conference Stephen F. Austin Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin [79] Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin [79] 2016 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, Texas)
Stephen F. Austin
Southwestern Athletic Conference Texas Southern Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern [80] Mike Davis, Texas Southern [80] 2016 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Toyota Center
(Houston, Texas)
Southern
The Summit League IPFW [n 1] & South Dakota State Max Landis, IPFW [81] Jon Coffman, IPFW [81] 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 [82] Chris Beard, Little Rock [82] 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Lakefront Arena
(New Orleans)
Little Rock
West Coast Conference Gonzaga & Saint Mary's [n 1] Kyle Collinsworth, BYU [83] Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's [83] 2016 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Gonzaga
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State [84] Rod Barnes, Cal State Bakersfield [84] 2016 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Cal State Bakersfield

    Statistical leaders

    Points per game
    Rebounds per game
    Assists per game
    Steals per game
    PlayerSchoolPPGPlayerSchoolRPGPlayerSchoolAPGPlayerSchoolSPG
    James Daniel III Howard 27.1 Egidijus Mockevičius Evansville 14.0 Kay Felder Oakland 9.3 Tra-Deon Hollins Omaha 4.0
    Buddy Hield Oklahoma25.0 Rokas Gustys Hofstra13.0 Jordan Johnson Milwaukee8.1 Hameed Ali Texas A&M–CC2.7
    Josh Adams Wyoming24.7 Joel Bolomboy Weber State12.6 Jaaron Simmons Ohio7.9 Carrington Love Green Bay2.6
    Kay Felder Oakland24.4 Shawn Long LA-Lafayette12.1 Denzel Valentine Michigan State7.8 Gary Payton II Oregon State2.5
    Stefan Moody Ole Miss23.6 Chris Horton Austin Peay12.0 Kyle Collinsworth BYU7.4 Kris Dunn Providence2.5
    Blocked shots per game
    Field goal percentage
    Three-point field goal percentage
    Free throw percentage
    PlayerSchoolBPGPlayerSchoolFG%PlayerSchool3FG%PlayerSchoolFT%
    Vashil Fernandez Valparaiso 3.3 Evan Bradds Belmont 71.4 Giddy Potts Middle Tennessee 50.6 Fletcher Magee Wofford 92.5
    Tai Odiase UIC3.2 Venky Jois Eastern Washington67.9 Bryn Forbes Michigan State48.1 Ben Millaud-Meunier St. Francis (PA)91.0
    Jameel Warney Stony Brook3.0 Derrick Griffin Texas Southern66.2 Fletcher Magee Wofford47.9 Q. J. Peterson VMI90.5
    Laron Smith Bethune–Cookman3.0 Rokas Gustys Hofstra66.0 Matt Donlan Youngstown State46.3 Sam Hunt NC A&T90.4
    Luke Kornet Vanderbilt3.0 Adrian Diaz FIU65.0 Trent Mackey North Florida46.0 Jaleen Smith New Hampshire90.0

    Postseason

    NCAA Tournament

    Tournament upsets

    For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

    DateWinnerScoreLoserRegionRound
    March 17 Yale (12)79–75 Baylor (5)WestRound of 64
    March 17 Little Rock (12)85–83 (2OT) Purdue (5)MidwestRound of 64
    March 18 Hawaii (13)77–66 California (4)SouthRound of 64
    March 18 Middle Tennessee (15)90–81 Michigan State (2)MidwestRound of 64
    March 18 Stephen F. Austin (14)70–56 West Virginia (3)EastRound of 64
    March 19 Gonzaga (11)82–59 Utah (3)MidwestRound of 32
    March 27 Syracuse (10)68–62 Virginia (1)MidwestElite 8

    Final FourNRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

    National Semifinals
    April 2
    National Championship game
    Apr 4
          
    2 (W) Oklahoma 51
    2 (S)Villanova95
    2 (S)Villanova77
    1 (E)North Carolina 74
    1 (E)North Carolina83
    10 (MW)Syracuse 66

    National Invitation Tournament

    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.

    NIT Semifinals and Final

    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.

    Semifinals
    March 29
    Championship game
    March 31
          
    1Valparaiso72
    2 BYU 70
    1 Valparaiso 60
    4George Washington76
    4George Washington65
    2 San Diego State 46

    Vegas 16 Tournament

    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.

    Semifinals
    March 29
    Championship game
    March 30
          
    Old Dominion64
    UC Santa Barbara 49
    Old Dominion68
    Oakland 67
    Oakland104
    East Tennessee State 81

    College Basketball Invitational

    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.

    Semifinals
    March 23
    Championship Series
    March 28, April 1
    (best of three)
            
    Morehead State77
    Ohio 72
    Morehead State 8668 82
    Nevada83 7785*
    Nevada86
    Vermont 72

    CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

    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.

    Semifinals
    March 27
    Championship
    March 29
          
    NJIT 65
    Columbia80
    Columbia73
    UC Irvine 67
    UC Irvine66
    Coastal Carolina 47

    Conference standings

    2015–16 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Temple 144 .778  2112 .636
    No. 24 SMU*135 .722  255 .833
    Houston 126 .667  2210 .688
    Cincinnati 126 .667  2211 .667
    Tulsa 126 .667  2012 .625
    UConn117 .611  2511 .694
    Memphis 810 .444  1915 .559
    UCF 612 .333  1218 .400
    East Carolina 414 .222  1220 .375
    South Florida 414 .222  825 .242
    Tulane 315 .167  1222 .353
    *Ineligible for postseason due to postseason ban
    American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 America East Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Stony Brook142 .875  267 .788
    Albany 133 .813  249 .727
    Vermont 115 .688  2314 .622
    New Hampshire 115 .688  2013 .606
    UMass Lowell*79 .438  1118 .379
    Binghamton 511 .313  822 .267
    Hartford 412 .250  1023 .303
    Maine 412 .250  822 .267
    UMBC 313 .188  725 .219
    * Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I.
    2016 America East Tournament winner
    201516 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Dayton 144 .778  258 .758
    VCU 144 .778  2511 .694
    St. Bonaventure 144 .778  229 .710
    Saint Joseph's135 .722  288 .778
    George Washington 117 .611  2810 .737
    Davidson 108 .556  2013 .606
    Rhode Island 99 .500  1715 .531
    Fordham 810 .444  1714 .548
    Richmond 711 .389  1616 .500
    UMass 612 .333  1418 .438
    Duquesne 612 .333  1717 .500
    George Mason 513 .278  1121 .344
    Saint Louis 513 .278  1121 .344
    La Salle 414 .222  922 .290
    2016 A10 Tournament winner
    2015–16 Atlantic Sun men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    North Florida 104 .714  2212 .647
    NJIT 86 .571  2015 .571
    Jacksonville 86 .571  1616 .500
    Florida Gulf Coast86 .571  2114 .600
    Kennesaw State 77 .500  1120 .355
    Lipscomb 77 .500  1221 .364
    Stetson*410 .286  1222 .353
    USC Upstate 410 .286  1022 .313
    *ineligible for the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to APR violations
    2016 Atlantic Sun Tournament winner
    2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 3 North Carolina144 .778  337 .825
    No. 4 Virginia 135 .722  298 .784
    No. 10 Miami (FL) 135 .722  278 .771
    No. 16 Louisville*126 .667  238 .742
    Notre Dame 117 .611  2412 .667
    No. 19 Duke 117 .611  2511 .694
    Virginia Tech 108 .556  2015 .571
    Clemson 108 .556  1714 .548
    Pittsburgh 99 .500  2112 .636
    Syracuse 99 .500  2314 .622
    Georgia Tech 810 .444  2115 .583
    Florida State 810 .444  2014 .588
    NC State 513 .278  1617 .485
    Wake Forest 216 .111  1120 .355
    Boston College 018 .000  725 .219
    *Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
    2016 ACC Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 Big East men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 6 Villanova 162 .889  355 .875
    No. 9 Xavier 144 .778  285 .848
    No. 20 Seton Hall126 .667  259 .735
    Providence 108 .556  2411 .686
    Butler 108 .556  2211 .667
    Creighton 99 .500  2015 .571
    Marquette 810 .444  2013 .606
    Georgetown 711 .389  1518 .455
    DePaul 315 .167  922 .290
    St. John's 117 .056  824 .250
    2016 Big East Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 Big Sky men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Weber State153 .833  269 .743
    Montana 144 .778  2112 .636
    Idaho 126 .667  2113 .618
    Idaho State 117 .611  1615 .516
    Eastern Washington 108 .556  1816 .529
    North Dakota 108 .556  1716 .515
    Montana State 99 .500  1417 .452
    Portland State 810 .444  1318 .419
    Northern Colorado 711 .389  1021 .323
    Sacramento State 612 .333  1417 .452
    Northern Arizona 315 .167  525 .167
    Southern Utah 315 .167  524 .172
    Conference tournament winner
    2015–16 Big South men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Winthrop 135 .722  239 .719
    High Point 135 .722  2111 .656
    UNC Asheville126 .667  2212 .647
    Coastal Carolina 126 .667  2112 .636
    Gardner–Webb 108 .556  1716 .515
    Liberty 108 .556  1319 .406
    Radford 99 .500  1615 .516
    Campbell 513 .278  1218 .400
    Presbyterian 513 .278  1120 .355
    Longwood 513 .278  1023 .303
    Charleston Southern 513 .278  921 .300
    2016 Big South Tournament winner
    2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 14 Indiana 153 .833  278 .771
    No. 2 Michigan State135 .722  296 .829
    No. 18 Maryland 126 .667  279 .750
    No. 12 Purdue 126 .667  269 .743
    No. 25 Iowa 126 .667  2211 .667
    Wisconsin 126 .667  2213 .629
    Ohio State 117 .611  2213 .629
    Michigan 108 .556  2313 .639
    Northwestern 810 .444  2012 .625
    Penn State 711 .389  1616 .500
    Nebraska 612 .333  1618 .471
    Illinois 513 .278  1519 .441
    Minnesota 216 .111  1120 .355
    Rutgers 117 .056  725 .219
    2016 Big Ten Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 Big West men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Hawaii133 .813  285 .848
    UC Irvine 133 .813  2810 .737
    Long Beach State 124 .750  2015 .571
    UC Santa Barbara 115 .688  1914 .576
    UC Davis 610 .375  1119 .367
    UC Riverside 511 .313  1419 .424
    Cal State Northridge*511 .313  1020 .333
    Cal Poly 412 .250  1020 .333
    Cal State Fullerton 313 .188  1020 .333
    *ineligible for postseason due to self-imposed ban due to academic fraud violations
    2016 Big West Tournament winner
    2015–16 Big 12 men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 1 Kansas153 .833  335 .868
    No. 8 West Virginia 135 .722  269 .743
    No. 7 Oklahoma 126 .667  298 .784
    Texas 117 .611  2013 .606
    No. 21 Baylor 108 .556  2212 .647
    No. 22 Iowa State 108 .556  2312 .657
    Texas Tech 99 .500  1913 .594
    Kansas State 513 .278  1716 .515
    Oklahoma State 315 .167  1220 .375
    TCU 216 .111  1221 .364
    2016 Big 12 Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll [85]
    2015–16 CAA men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Hofstra 144 .778  2410 .706
    UNC Wilmington144 .778  258 .758
    Towson 117 .611  2013 .606
    James Madison 117 .611  2111 .656
    William & Mary 117 .611  2011 .645
    Northeastern 99 .500  1815 .545
    College of Charleston 810 .444  1714 .548
    Elon 711 .389  1616 .500
    Drexel 315 .167  625 .194
    Delaware 216 .111  723 .233
    2016 CAA Tournament winner
    2015–16 Conference USA men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    UAB 162 .889  267 .788
    Middle Tennessee135 .722  2510 .714
    Marshall 126 .667  1716 .515
    Louisiana Tech 126 .667  2310 .697
    Old Dominion 126 .667  2513 .658
    UTEP 108 .556  1914 .576
    Charlotte 99 .500  1419 .424
    Western Kentucky 810 .444  1816 .529
    North Texas 711 .389  1220 .375
    Rice 711 .389  1220 .375
    FIU 711 .389  1319 .406
    Florida Atlantic 513 .278  825 .242
    Southern Miss*513 .278  821 .276
    UTSA 315 .167  527 .156
    *Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
    2016 C-USA Tournament winner
    2015–16 Horizon League men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Valparaiso 162 .889  307 .811
    Oakland 135 .722  2312 .657
    Wright State 135 .722  2213 .629
    Green Bay117 .611  2313 .639
    Milwaukee 108 .556  2013 .606
    Detroit 99 .500  1615 .516
    Youngstown State 612 .333  1121 .344
    Northern Kentucky*513 .278  921 .300
    Cleveland State 414 .222  923 .281
    UIC 315 .167  525 .167
    * Ineligible for NCAA postseason during transition to Division I.
    2016 Horizon League Tournament winner
    2015–16 Ivy League men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    x-Yale131 .929  237 .767
    Princeton 122 .857  227 .759
    Columbia 104 .714  2510 .714
    Harvard 68 .429  1416 .467
    Penn 59 .357  1117 .393
    Dartmouth 410 .286  1018 .357
    Cornell 311 .214  1018 .357
    Brown 311 .214  820 .286
    x – Ivy League champions
    † – NCAA Tournament participant
    2015–16 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    East
    Akron 135 .722  269 .743
    Ohio 117 .611  2312 .657
    Kent State 108 .556  1913 .594
    Buffalo108 .556  2015 .571
    Miami (OH) 612 .333  1320 .394
    Bowling Green 513 .278  1618 .471
    West
    Ball State 108 .556  2114 .600
    Central Michigan 108 .556  1716 .515
    Northern Illinois 99 .500  2113 .618
    Eastern Michigan 99 .500  1815 .545
    Toledo 810 .444  1715 .531
    Western Michigan 711 .389  1319 .406
    2016 MAC Tournament winner
    2015–16 MAAC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Monmouth 173 .850  288 .778
    Iona164 .800  2211 .667
    Siena 137 .650  2113 .618
    Fairfield 128 .600  1914 .576
    Saint Peter's 128 .600  1416 .467
    Manhattan 911 .450  1318 .419
    Canisius 812 .400  1419 .424
    Rider 812 .400  1320 .394
    Quinnipiac 614 .300  921 .300
    Niagara 515 .250  725 .219
    Marist 416 .200  723 .233
    2016 MAAC Tournament winner
    2015–16 MEAC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Hampton133 .813  2111 .656
    South Carolina State 124 .750  1915 .559
    Norfolk State 124 .750  1717 .500
    Bethune-Cookman 106 .625  1418 .438
    Savannah State 97 .563  1616 .500
    North Carolina Central 79 .438  1319 .406
    North Carolina A&T 79 .438  1022 .313
    Md. Eastern Shore 79 .438  1022 .313
    Howard 610 .375  1220 .375
    Morgan State 610 .375  922 .290
    Coppin State 610 .375  922 .290
    Delaware State 511 .313  725 .219
    Florida A&M*412 .250  821 .276
    *ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
    2016 MEAC Tournament winner
    As of March 18, 2016; 
    2015–16 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Wichita State 162 .889  269 .743
    Evansville 126 .667  259 .735
    Illinois State 126 .667  1814 .563
    Southern Illinois 117 .611  2210 .688
    Northern Iowa117 .611  2313 .639
    Indiana State 810 .444  1517 .469
    Missouri State 810 .444  1319 .406
    Loyola (IL) 711 .389  1517 .469
    Bradley 315 .167  527 .156
    Drake 216 .111  724 .226
    2016 MVC Tournament winner
    2015–16 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    San Diego State 162 .889  2810 .737
    Fresno State135 .722  2510 .714
    Boise State 117 .611  2012 .625
    Nevada 108 .556  2414 .632
    New Mexico 108 .556  1715 .531
    Colorado State 810 .444  1816 .529
    UNLV 810 .444  1815 .545
    Utah State 711 .389  1615 .516
    Wyoming 711 .389  1418 .438
    Air Force 513 .278  1418 .438
    San Jose State 414 .222  922 .290
    2016 MWC Tournament winner
    2015–16 Northeast Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Wagner 135 .722  2311 .676
    Fairleigh Dickinson117 .611  1815 .545
    Sacred Heart 117 .611  1218 .400
    St. Francis Brooklyn 117 .611  1517 .469
    Mount St. Mary's 108 .556  1419 .424
    LIU Brooklyn 99 .500  1615 .516
    Saint Francis 99 .500  1317 .433
    Robert Morris 810 .444  1022 .313
    Bryant 513 .278  823 .258
    Central Connecticut 315 .167  425 .138
    2016 NEC Tournament winner
    2015–16 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    East
    Belmont 124 .750  2012 .625
    Tennessee State 115 .688  2011 .645
    Tennessee Tech 115 .688  1912 .613
    Morehead State 115 .688  2314 .622
    Eastern Kentucky 610 .375  1516 .484
    Jacksonville State 412 .250  823 .258
    West
    UT Martin 106 .625  2015 .571
    Murray State 106 .625  1714 .548
    Eastern Illinois 97 .563  1317 .433
    Austin Peay79 .438  1818 .500
    SIU Edwardsville 313 .188  622 .214
    Southeast Missouri St. 214 .125  524 .172
    2016 OVC tournament winner
    2015–16 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 5 Oregon144 .778  317 .816
    No. 13 Utah 135 .722  279 .750
    No. 17 Arizona 126 .667  259 .735
    No. 23 California 126 .667  2311 .676
    Colorado 108 .556  2212 .647
    USC 99 .500  2113 .618
    Oregon State 99 .500  1913 .594
    Washington 99 .500  1915 .559
    Stanford 810 .444  1515 .500
    UCLA 612 .333  1517 .469
    Arizona State 513 .278  1517 .469
    Washington State 117 .056  922 .290
    Pac-12 Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 Patriot League men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Bucknell 144 .778  1714 .548
    Lehigh 135 .722  1715 .531
    Boston University 117 .611  1915 .559
    Army 99 .500  1914 .576
    Navy 99 .500  1914 .576
    Colgate 99 .500  1317 .433
    American 99 .500  1219 .387
    Loyola (MD) 810 .444  921 .300
    Holy Cross513 .278  1520 .429
    Lafayette 315 .167  624 .200
    2016 Patriot League Tournament winner
    2015–16 SEC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    No. 15 Texas A&M 135 .722  289 .757
    No. 10 Kentucky135 .722  279 .750
    South Carolina 117 .611  259 .735
    Vanderbilt 117 .611  1914 .576
    LSU 117 .611  1914 .576
    Ole Miss 108 .556  2012 .625
    Georgia 108 .556  2014 .588
    Florida 99 .500  2115 .583
    Arkansas 99 .500  1616 .500
    Alabama 810 .444  1815 .545
    Mississippi State 711 .389  1417 .452
    Tennessee 612 .333  1519 .441
    Auburn 513 .278  1120 .355
    Missouri*315 .167  1021 .323
    *Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
    2016 SEC Tournament winner
    Rankings from AP Poll
    2015–16 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Chattanooga153 .833  296 .829
    East Tennessee State 144 .778  2412 .667
    Furman 117 .611  1916 .543
    Wofford 117 .611  1517 .469
    Western Carolina 108 .556  1618 .471
    UNC Greensboro 108 .556  1519 .441
    Mercer 810 .444  1915 .559
    Samford 414 .222  1419 .424
    VMI 414 .222  921 .300
    The Citadel 315 .167  1022 .313
    2016 SoCon Tournament winner
    2015–16 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Stephen F. Austin180 1.000  286 .824
    Texas A&M–CC 153 .833  258 .758
    Sam Houston State 126 .667  1816 .529
    Incarnate Word*126 .667  1712 .586
    Houston Baptist 108 .556  1717 .500
    Southeastern Louisiana 99 .500  1221 .364
    Abilene Christian*810 .444  1318 .419
    McNeese State 711 .389  920 .310
    Central Arkansas**612 .333  721 .250
    New Orleans 612 .333  1020 .333
    Nicholls State 612 .333  1123 .324
    Northwestern State 513 .278  820 .286
    Lamar 315 .167  1119 .367
    * Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I
    ** Ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
    2016 Southland Tournament winner
    2015–16 SWAC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Texas Southern 162 .889  1815 .545
    Alcorn State*135 .722  1515 .500
    Jackson State 126 .667  2016 .556
    Southern117 .611  2213 .629
    Alabama State 99 .500  1417 .452
    Prairie View A&M 711 .389  724 .226
    Alabama A&M 612 .333  1118 .379
    Arkansas–Pine Bluff 612 .333  825 .242
    Mississippi Valley State 612 .333  827 .229
    Grambling State 414 .222  724 .226
    *ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
    2016 SWAC Tournament winner
    2015–16 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Little Rock173 .850  305 .857
    Louisiana–Monroe 155 .750  2014 .588
    Texas–Arlington 137 .650  2411 .686
    Louisiana–Lafayette 128 .600  1915 .559
    Georgia Southern 1010 .500  1417 .452
    Georgia State 911 .450  1614 .533
    Texas State 812 .400  1516 .484
    South Alabama 812 .400  1419 .424
    Arkansas State 713 .350  1120 .355
    Appalachian State 713 .350  922 .290
    Troy 416 .200  922 .290
    2016 Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner
    2015–16 Summit League men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    IPFW 124 .750  2410 .706
    South Dakota State124 .750  268 .765
    Omaha 106 .625  1814 .563
    IUPUI 97 .563  1319 .406
    North Dakota State 88 .500  2013 .606
    Denver 79 .438  1615 .516
    Oral Roberts 610 .375  1417 .452
    South Dakota 511 .313  1418 .438
    Western Illinois 313 .188  1017 .370
    2016 Summit League Tournament winner
    2015–16 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    Saint Mary's 153 .833  296 .829
    Gonzaga153 .833  288 .778
    BYU 135 .722  2611 .703
    Pepperdine 108 .556  1814 .563
    San Francisco 810 .444  1515 .500
    Santa Clara 711 .389  1120 .355
    Portland 612 .333  1220 .375
    Loyola Marymount 612 .333  1417 .452
    Pacific*612 .333  820 .286
    San Diego 414 .222  921 .300
    *ineligible for postseason due to self probation
    Conference tournament winner
    2015–16 WAC men's basketball standings
    Conf  Overall
    TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
    New Mexico State 131 .929  2311 .676
    Grand Canyon*113 .786  277 .794
    Cal State Bakersfield113 .786  249 .727
    Seattle 77 .500  1517 .469
    Utah Valley 68 .429  1218 .400
    UMKC 410 .286  1219 .387
    UT Rio Grande Valley 410 .286  822 .267
    Chicago State 014 .000  428 .125
    * Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I.
    2016 WAC Tournament winner

    Award winners

    Consensus All-American teams

    The following players are recognized as the 2016 Consensus All-Americans:

    Consensus First Team
    PlayerPositionClassTeam
    Malcolm Brogdon SGSenior Virginia
    Buddy Hield SGSenior Oklahoma
    Brice Johnson PFSenior North Carolina
    Ben Simmons FFreshman Louisiana State
    Tyler Ulis PGSophomore Kentucky
    Denzel Valentine SGSenior Michigan State


    Consensus Second Team
    PlayerPositionClassTeam
    Kris Dunn PGJunior Providence
    Perry Ellis PFSenior Kansas
    Georges Niang PF/SFSenior Iowa State
    Jakob Pöltl CSophomore Utah
    Jarrod Uthoff PFSenior Iowa

    Major player of the year awards

    Major freshman of the year awards

    Major coach of the year awards

    Other major awards

    Coaching changes

    Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.

    TeamFormer
    coach
    Interim
    coach
    New
    coach
    Reason
    Arkansas State John Brady Grant McCasland Resigned, effective end of the season. [110] Baylor assistant McCasland was named the new head coach. [111]
    Army Zach Spiker Jimmy Allen Spiker left after 7 seasons for the Drexel job, [112] and was replaced by top assistant Allen. [113]
    Canisius Jim Baron Reggie Witherspoon Baron announced his immediate retirement on May 20, 2016, [114] with Chattanooga assistant coach and former Buffalo head Coach Witherspoon succeeding him. [115]
    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. [116] Central Connecticut hired Buffalo assistant Marshall, a former UConn star and NBA player. [117]
    Columbia Kyle Smith Jim Engles Smith left after 6 seasons for the San Francisco job. [118] NJIT coach Engles was hired as a replacement. [119]
    Cornell Bill Courtney Brian Earl Courtney's contract was not renewed by Cornell for the 2016-17 season. [120] The Big Red hired Princeton assistant Earl. [121]
    Dartmouth Paul Cormier David McLaughlin Cormier was fired after 6 seasons into his 2nd stint as Dartmouth head coach. [122]
    David McLaughlin is named as the new HC of the Dartmouth Big Green after being at Northeastern. [123]
    Delaware Monté Ross Martin Ingelsby Ross was fired after 10 seasons at Delaware [124] and replaced by Notre Dame assistant Ingelsby. [125]
    Denver Joe Scott Rodney Billups Scott was fired after 9 seasons at Denver and replaced by Colorado assistant and ex-Pioneer player Billups. [126] [127]
    Detroit Ray McCallum Bacari Alexander Detroit cleaned out its program after the season, starting with McCallum and two of his assistants. [128] Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander returns to his alma mater to become the head coach the Titans. [129]
    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. [130] Spiker was hired from Army. [112]
    George Washington Mike Lonergan
    Maurice Joseph
    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. [131] GW promoted assistant Joseph on an interim basis [132] and removed the "interim" tag after the 2016–17 season, signing him to a 5-year contract. [133]
    Georgia Tech Brian Gregory Josh Pastner Gregory was fired after missing the NCAA tournament in all five of his seasons at Georgia Tech. [134] Memphis head coach Pastner was ultimately hired. [135]
    Jacksonville State James Green Ray Harper Green was fired after the season [136] and succeeded by recently departed Western Kentucky coach Harper. [137]
    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. [138] Former JMU player and Bowling Green assistant Rowe was named the new head coach. [139]
    Little Rock Chris Beard Wes Flanigan Beard left after a single season to take the UNLV job, [140] though he would later move to Texas Tech. [141] Assistant coach Flanigan was elevated to the head coaching role. [142]
    Memphis Josh Pastner Tubby Smith Pastner left Memphis after 7 seasons for the Georgia Tech job [135] and was replaced by Texas Tech coach Smith. [143]
    Milwaukee Rob Jeter LaVall Jordan Jeter was fired after 11 seasons at Milwaukee [144] and was replaced by Michigan assistant Jordan. [145]
    New Mexico State Marvin Menzies Paul Weir Menzies left after 9 seasons for the Rebels of UNLV HC job. [146] After being the Associate HC of the Aggies, Paul Weir now will take the reins of the HC of the Aggies. [147]
    Nicholls State J. P. Piper Richie Riley Piper was fired following the season. [148] Former Assistant Coach at Clemson, Richie Riley has become the new HC of the Colonels. [149]
    NJIT Jim Engles Brian Kennedy Engles left NJIT after 8 seasons for Columbia. [119] Assistant coach Brian Kennedy was named as the next HC of the Highlanders. [150]
    North Carolina A&T Cy Alexander
    Jay Joyner
    Alexander resigned on January 29 to pursue other opportunities within North Carolina A&T's athletics department. [151] 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. [151] Joyner had the interim tag removed on March 7 to become the next full-time head coach. [152]
    Northern Colorado B. J. Hill Jeff Linder Hill was fired while Northern Colorado was under NCAA investigation. [153] The Bears hired Boise State assistant Linder. [154]
    Oklahoma State Travis Ford Brad Underwood Ford was fired after nine seasons at Oklahoma State [155] Underwood took the job after leading Stephen F. Austin to NCAA tournament success. [156]
    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. [157] The Tigers hired Memphis assistant Stoudamire, better known for his 13 seasons as an NBA player. [158]
    Pittsburgh Jamie Dixon Kevin Stallings Dixon left Pittsburgh after 13 years to take the head coach job at his alma mater, TCU. [159] The Panthers hired Stallings away from Vanderbilt. [160]
    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. [161] 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. [162]
    Prairie View Byron Rimm
    Byron Smith
    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. [163] Prairie View removed the interim tag from Smith on March 13. [164]
    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. [165] The Scarlet Knights turned to Stony Brook coach Pikiell. [166]
    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. [167] SLU replaced Crews with newly departed Oklahoma State coach Ford. [168]
    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. [169] USF hired Columbia's Smith fresh off the Lions' CIT victory. [118]
    Santa Clara Kerry Keating Herb Sendek Keating was fired after 9 seasons at Santa Clara. [170] Ex-Arizona State head coach Sendek was hired as head coach of the Broncos. [171]
    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. [172]
    South Dakota State Scott Nagy T. J. Otzelberger Nagy left S. Dakota St. after 21 seasons for the Wright State job [173] and was replaced by Iowa State assistant Otzelberger. [174]
    Southern Utah Nick Robinson Todd Simon Robinson was fired after a 28-90 record in 4 seasons at SUU. [175] Former UNLV interim head coach Simon was hired to replace Robinson. [176]
    Stanford Johnny Dawkins Jerod Haase Dawkins was fired after eight seasons, [177] and replaced by UAB head coach Haase. [178]
    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. [179] [180]
    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. [181] [182]
    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. [183] He was replaced by Pittsburgh head coach and former TCU player Dixon. [159]
    Tennessee–Martin Heath Schroyer
    Anthony Stewart
    Schroyer left his post to become assistant head coach at NC State. [184] Assistant Stewart was initially named interim head coach for the 2016–17 season [185] but had the interim tag removed before the start of the season on November 3, 2016, signing a 4-year contract with UT Martin. [186]
    Texas Tech Tubby Smith Chris Beard Smith left Texas Tech after 3 seasons for Memphis. [143] 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. [141]
    Texas–Rio Grande Valley Dan Hipsher Lew Hill Hipsher was fired after 3 seasons at UTRGV. [187] The Vaqueros hired Oklahoma assistant Hill. [188]
    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. [189] Former NBA coach Dunleavy was hired for his first college coaching job, after a six-year hiatus from coaching. [190]
    UAB Jerod Haase Robert Ehsan Haase left UAB after 4 seasons to take the Stanford job [178] and was replaced by assistant Ehsan. [191]
    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. [192] Dawkins was hired fresh off his firing by Stanford. [193]
    UMBC Aki Thomas Ryan Odom Thomas was fired after 4 seasons and an overall record of 28-95 at UMBC. [194] The Retrievers hired former Charlotte interim head coach Odom. [195]
    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. [196] Following the season, Chris Beard was initially hired from Little Rock after leading the Trojans to NCAA Tournament success, [140] [197] but left less than a month later for Texas Tech. [141] NMSU head coach Menzies, a UNLV assistant during the Lon Kruger era, was hired to replace Beard. [198]
    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. [199] [200]
    Valparaiso Bryce Drew Matt Lottich Drew left his alma mater after 5 seasons to take over at Vanderbilt and was replaced by assistant Lottich. [201] [202]
    Vanderbilt Kevin Stallings Bryce Drew Stallings left Vanderbilt after 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh job. [160] Vanderbilt hired Bryce Drew from Valparaiso. [201]
    Western Kentucky Ray Harper Rick Stansbury Harper resigned on March 17, 2016 after three WKU players were suspended following a school disciplinary hearing, [203] eventually landing at Jacksonville State. [137] The Hilltoppers hired longtime Mississippi State head coach Stansbury from his then-current post as an assistant at Texas A&M. [204]
    Wisconsin Bo Ryan
    Greg Gard
    Ryan announced his retirement on December 15, 2015, effective immediately. [205] 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. [206]
    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. [207] The Raiders then hired Nagy away from South Dakota State. [173]
    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. [208]

    See also

    Notes

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