2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
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National Champions
Big 12 Tournament Champions
Big 12 Regular Season Co-Champions
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 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 Home town 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]

2007–08 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Home town
C 45 Aldrich, ColeCole Aldrich 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Bloomington, MN
F 00 Arthur, DarrellDarrell Arthur 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Dallas, TX
G 11 Bechard, BrennanBrennan Bechard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Lawrence, KS
G 22 Buford, ChaseChase Buford 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr San Antonio, TX
G 10 Case, JeremyJeremy Case 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr McAlester, OK
G 15 Chalmers, MarioMario Chalmers 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Anchorage, AK
G 4 Collins, SherronSherron Collins 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Crane Tech Chicago, IL
F 32 Jackson, DarnellDarnell Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Oklahoma City, OK
C 24 Kaun, SashaSasha Kaun 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Melbourne, FL
C 54 Kleinmann, MattMatt Kleinmann 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Overland Park, KS
G 12 Morningstar, BradyBrady Morningstar 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 187 lb (85 kg) So Lawrence, KS
G 14 Reed, TyrelTyrel Reed 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Burlington, KS
G 3 Robinson, RussellRussell Robinson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr New York, NY
G 25 Rush, BrandonBrandon Rush 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Kansas City, MO
G 5 Stewart, RodrickRodrick Stewart 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Seattle, WA
G 2 Teahan, ConnerConner Teahan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Leawood, KS
G 40 Witherspoon, BradBrad Witherspoon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Humboldt, KS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
2007/11/01*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Pittsburg State W 94–59 
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/06*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Fort Hays State W 93–56 
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, Kansas
Regular season
2007/11/09*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Louisiana-Monroe W 107–78  1–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/11*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 UMKC
Jayhawk Invitational
W 85–62  2–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/15*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Washburn
Jayhawk Invitational
W 92–60  3–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/21*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Northern Arizona
Jayhawk Invitational
W 87–46  4–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/25*
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 Arizona
Jayhawk Invitational/Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series
W 76–72 OT 5–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/11/28*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 4 Florida Atlantic W 87–49  6–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/02*
1:00 p.m., FSN
No. 4 at No. 24 USC W 59–55  7–0
Galen Center (10,017)
Los Angeles, California
2007/12/05*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Eastern Washington W 85–47  8–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/08*
1:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 DePaul W 84–66  9–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/15*
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Ohio
American Century Investments Shootout
W 88–51  10–0
Sprint Center (18,482)
Kansas City, Missouri
2007/12/18*
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Georgia Tech W 71–66  11–0
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)
Atlanta, Georgia
2007/12/22*
12:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Miami (OH) W 78–54  12–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2007/12/29*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Yale W 86–53  13–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/05*
11:00 a.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Boston College W 85–60  14–0
Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
2008/01/08*
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 3 Loyola (MD) W 90–60  15–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/12
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Nebraska W 79–58  16–0
Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,829)
Lincoln, Nebraska
2008/01/14
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 Oklahoma W 85–55  17–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/19
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 3 at Missouri W 76–70  18–0
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, Missouri
2008/01/23
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Iowa State W 83–59  19–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/26
12:45 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 2 Nebraska W 84–49  20–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/01/30
7:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 2 at No. 24 Kansas State L 75–84  20–1
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, Kansas
2008/02/02
2:30 p.m., ABC
No. 2 at Colorado W 72–59  21–1
Coors Events Center (10,347)
Boulder, Colorado
2008/02/04
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 Missouri W 90–71  22–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/09
7:00 p.m., J-TV
No. 5 Baylor W 100–90  23–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/11
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at No. 11 Texas L 69–72  23–2
Frank Erwin Center (16,755)
Austin, Texas
2008/02/16
12:45 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 3 Colorado W 69–45  24–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/02/23
3:00 p.m., CBS
No. 5 at Oklahoma State L 60–61  24–3
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,905)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
2008/02/27
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 at Iowa State W 75–64  25–3
Hilton Coliseum (13,624)
Ames, Iowa
2008/03/01
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 Kansas State W 88–74  26–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/03/03
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 6 Texas Tech W 109–51  27–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, Kansas
2008/03/08
3:00 p.m., CBS
No. 6 at Texas A&M W 72–55  28–3
Reed Arena (12,054)
College Station, Texas
Big 12 Tournament
2008/03/14
6:00 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 5 vs. Nebraska
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
W 64–54  29–3
Sprint Center (18,897)
Kansas City, Missouri
2008/03/15
3:20 p.m., BIG 12-ESPN+
No. 5 vs. Texas A&M
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
W 77–71  30–3
Sprint Center (18,897)
Kansas City, Missouri
2008/03/16
2:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 vs. No. 6 Texas
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
W 84–74  31–3
Sprint Center (19,047)
Kansas City, Missouri
NCAA Tournament
2008/03/20
11:25 a.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (16)Portland State
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional
W 85–61  32–3
Qwest Center Omaha (17,839)
Omaha, Nebraska
2008/03/22
5:50 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (8) UNLV
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional
W 75–56  33–3
Qwest Center Omaha (17,162)
Omaha, Nebraska
2008/03/28
8:50 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. (12) Villanova
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Regional Semifinal
W 72–57  34–3
Ford Field (57,028)
Detroit, Michigan
2008/03/30
4:05 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 23 (10) Davidson
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Regional Final
W 59–57  35–3
Ford Field (57,563)
Detroit, Michigan
2008/04/05
8:47 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 1 (1) North Carolina
NCAA Div. I Tournament National Semifinal
W 84–66  36–3
Alamo Dome (43,718)
San Antonio, Texas
2008/04/07
8:21 p.m., CBS
No. 4 (1) vs. No. 3 (1) Memphis
NCAA Div. I Tournament National Championship Game
W 75–68 OT 37–3
Alamo Dome (43,257)
San Antonio, Texas
*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.