2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
National Champions
Big 12 Tournament Champions
Big 12 Regular Season Co-Champions
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #4
2007–08 record 37–3 (13–3 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Danny Manning
Assistant coach Joe Dooley
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 Big 12 Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team (Rank) W L PCT W L PCT
Kansas (#4) † 13 3 .813 37 3 .925
Texas (#7) 13 3 .813 31 7 .816
Kansas State 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
Oklahoma 9 7 .563 23 12 .657
Baylor 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Texas A&M 8 8 .500 25 11 .694
Nebraska 7 9 .438 20 13 .606
Texas Tech 7 9 .438 16 15 .516
Oklahoma State 7 9 .438 17 16 .515
Missouri 6 10 .375 16 16 .500
Iowa State 4 12 .250 14 18 .438
Colorado 3 13 .188 12 20 .375
† Big 12 Tournament winner

The 2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas for the NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball season of 2007–2008. The team was led by Bill Self in his fifth season as head coach. The team played its home games in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The team won the 2007–2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, marking the third tournament title in the school's history and fifth national title overall.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chase Buford
SG
San Antonio, TX Alamo Heights HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) N/A 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 71
Cole Aldrich
C
Bloomington, MN Jefferson HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Nov 1, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Tyrel Reed
PG
Burlington, KS Burlington HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 15, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Conner Teahan
SF
Leawood, KS Rockhurst HS (Kansas City, MO) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 26, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 34   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
Cole Aldrich 45 Center 6–11 240 Freshman Bloomington, MN
Darrell Arthur 00 Forward 6–9 225 Sophomore Dallas, TX
Brennan Bechard 11 Guard 6–0 185 Junior Lawrence, KS
Chase Buford 22 Guard 6–3 200 Freshman San Antonio, TX
Jeremy Case 10 Guard 6–1 190 Senior McAlester, OK
Mario Chalmers 15 Guard 6–1 190 Junior Anchorage, AK
Sherron Collins 4 Guard 5–11 205 Sophomore Chicago, IL
Darnell Jackson 32 Forward 6–8 250 Senior Oklahoma City, OK
Sasha Kaun 24 Center 6–11 250 Senior Melbourne, FL
Matt Kleinmann 54 Center 6–10 250 Junior Overland Park, KS
Brady Morningstar 12 Guard 6–3 187 Sophomore Lawrence, KS
Tyrel Reed 14 Guard 6–3 185 Freshman Burlington, KS
Russell Robinson 3 Guard 6–1 205 Senior New York City, NY
Brandon Rush 25 Guard 6–6 210 Junior Kansas City, MO
Rodrick Stewart 5 Guard 6–4 200 Senior Seattle, WA
Conner Teahan 2 Guard 6–5 205 Freshman Leawood, KS
Brad Witherspoon 40 Guard 6–1 190 Senior Humboldt, KS

Schedule[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
2007/11/01* #4 Pittsburg State W 94–59  Allen Fieldhouse
2007/11/06* #4 Fort Hays State W 93–56  Allen Fieldhouse
Regular season
2007/11/09* #4 Louisiana-Monroe W 107–78  1–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/11/11* #4 UMKC
(Jayhawk Invitational)
W 85–62  2–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/11/15* #4 Washburn
(Jayhawk Invitational)
W 92–60  3–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/11/21* #4 Northern Arizona
(Jayhawk Invitational)
W 87–46  4–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/11/25* #4 Arizona
(Jayhawk Invitational/Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series)
W 76–72 OT 5–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/11/28* #4 Florida Atlantic W 87–49  6–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/12/02* #4 at #24 USC W 59–55  7–0 Galen Center (10,017)
2007/12/05* #3 Eastern Washington W 85–47  8–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/12/08* #3 DePaul W 84–66  9–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/12/15* #3 vs. Ohio
(American Century Investments Shootout)
W 88–51  10–0 Sprint Center (18,482)
2007/12/18* #3 at Georgia Tech W 71–66  11–0 Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)
2007/12/22* #3 Miami (OH) W 78–54  12–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2007/12/29* #3 Yale W 86–53  13–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/01/05* #3 at Boston College W 85–60  14–0 Conte Forum (8,606)
2008/01/08* #3 Loyola (MD) W 90–60  15–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/01/12 #3 at Nebraska W 79–58  16–0 Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,829)
2008/01/14 #3 Oklahoma W 85–55  17–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/01/19 #3 at Missouri W 76–70  18–0 Mizzou Arena (15,061)
2008/01/23 #2 Iowa State W 83–59  19–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/01/26 #2 Nebraska W 84–49  20–0 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/01/30 #2 at #24 Kansas State L 75–84  20–1 Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
2008/02/02 #2 at Colorado W 72–59  21–1 Coors Events Center (10,347)
2008/02/04 #5 Missouri W 90–71  22–1 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/02/09 #5 Baylor W 100–90  23–1 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/02/11 #3 at #11 Texas L 69–72  23–2 Frank Erwin Center (16,755)
2008/02/16 #3 Colorado W 69–45  24–2 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/02/23 #5 at Oklahoma State L 60–61  24–3 Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,905)
2008/02/27 #7 at Iowa State W 75–64  25–3 Hilton Coliseum (13,624)
2008/03/01 #7 Kansas State W 88–74  26–3 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/03/03 #6 Texas Tech W 109–51  27–3 Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
2008/03/08 #6 at Texas A&M W 72–55  28–3 Reed Arena (12,054)
Big 12 Tournament
2008/03/14 #5 vs. Nebraska
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship)
W 64–54  29–3 Sprint Center (18,897)
2008/03/15 #5 vs. Texas A&M
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship)
W 77–71  30–3 Sprint Center (18,897)
2008/03/16 #5 vs. #6 Texas
(Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship)
W 84–74  31–3 Sprint Center (19,047)
NCAA Tournament
2008/03/20 #4 (1) vs. (16)Portland State
(NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional)
W 85–61  32–3 Qwest Center Omaha (17,839)
2008/03/22 #4 (1) vs. (8) UNLV
(NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional)
W 75–56  33–3 Qwest Center Omaha (17,162)
2008/03/28 #4 (1) vs. (12) Villanova
(NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Regional Semifinal)
W 72–57  34–3 Ford Field (57,028)
2008/03/30 #4 (1) vs. #23 (10) Davidson
(NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Regional Final)
W 59–57  35–3 Ford Field (57,563)
2008/04/05 #4 (1) vs. #1 (1) North Carolina
(NCAA Div. I Tournament National Semifinal)
W 84–66  36–3 Alamo Dome (43,718)
2008/04/07 #4 (1) vs. #3 (1) Memphis
(NCAA Div. I Tournament National Championship Game)
W 75–68 OT 37–3 Alamo Dome (43,257)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, NCAA tournament seeds shown in parenthesis. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 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 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 4 6 5 4 4
Coaches 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 5 3 5 7 6 5 4 1

Awards[edit]

Big 12 Sixth Man Award[1]
Sherron Collins (Sophomore, Guard); he is the first KU player to receive the award
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Darnell Jackson (Senior, Forward), January 7 (co-winner)[2]
Brandon Rush (Junior, Guard), March 3 (co-winner)[3]
Sherron Collins, March 9 (co-winner)[4]
All-Big 12 Teams[1]
Darrell Arthur (Sophomore, Forward), First Team
Brandon Rush, First Team; he is just the second player in Big 12 history to be a three-time All-Big 12 First Team choice
Mario Chalmers (Junior, Guard), Second Team
Darnell Jackson, Third Team
Big 12 All-Defensive Team[1]
Mario Chalmers; it is his third straight season
Russell Robinson (Senior, Guard); it is his third straight season
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team[5]
Brandon Rush, as Most Outstanding Player
Mario Chalmers
NCAA (Midwest) Regional All-Tournament Team[6]
Brandon Rush
Mario Chalmers
Sasha Kaun (Senior, Center)
NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player[7]
Mario Chalmers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2008 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Selected". Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Weekly Honors Announced (Jan. 7)". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Three Players Share Men's Basketball Weekly Honors (March 3)". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards Announced". Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Kansas Defeats Texas 84–74 to Win the Big 12 Championship". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Kansas Defeats Davidson 59–57 to Advance to the Final Four". Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Chalmers' big shot leads Kansas to first national title since 1988". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-08.