2014–15 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2014–15 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
University of Kansas "KU" logo.png
Big 12 regular season champions
Orlando Classic champions
NCAA Tournament, Third Round vs. Wichita State, L 65-78
Conference Big 12
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #10
2014–15 record 27–9 (13–5 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self (12th year)
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Assistant coach Norm Roberts
Assistant coach Jerrance Howard
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 2013–14 2015–16 »
2014–15 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#10 Kansas 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
#9 Iowa State 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
#13 Oklahoma 12 6   .667     24 11   .686
#16 Baylor 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
#20 West Virginia 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
Oklahoma State 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Texas 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Kansas State 8 10   .444     15 17   .469
TCU 4 14   .222     18 15   .545
Texas Tech 3 15   .167     13 19   .406
2015 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014–15 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which was the Jayhawks' 117th basketball season. The Jayhawks played their home games at Allen Fieldhouse. They were led by 12th year head coach Bill Self and were members of the Big 12 Conference. Despite losing 8 players, 5 who received substantial playing time, from the previous season, the Jayhawks still entered the season ranked 5th in the AP and Coaches poll, due in large part to a recruiting class ranked in the top 10 by Scout (4th),[1] Rivals (3rd),[2] and ESPN (9th).[3] They finished the season 27–9, 13–5 in Big 12 play to finish win their 11th consecutive Big 12 regular season championship. They advanced to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to Iowa State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated New Mexico State in the second round before losing in the third round to cross state opponent, Wichita State in what was long anticipated game between both schools due to a repeated refusals to play by Kansas. The last time the two schools met was on January 6, 1993 when Kansas blew out Wichita State 103-54 led by Greg Ostertag.

Preseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Position Reason
Justin Wesley F Graduation
Niko Roberts G Graduation
Tarik Black F Graduation (NBA Draft result: Undrafted)
Andrew Wiggins G Entered NBA Draft[4] (Round: 1 Pick: 1st)
Joel Embiid C Entered NBA Draft[5] (Round: 1 Pick: 3rd)
Naadir Tharpe G Entered NBADL draft[6]

Transfers[edit]

Name Position Old school New school
Andrew White III G Kansas[7] Nebraska
Conner Frankamp G Kansas[8] Wichita State

Recruiting[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Cliff Alexander
PF
Chicago, IL Curie High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Nov 15, 2013 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 97
Devonte Graham
PG
Raleigh, NC Brewster Academy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) May 2, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 83
Kelly Oubre
SF
Richmond, TX Findlay College Prep 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 8, 2013 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 96
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
SG
Cherkasy, Ukraine Cherkaski Mavpy (Ukrainian Super League) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 21, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings:'      Scout: 4     Rivals: 3      ESPN: 9 

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Mason III, FrankFrank Mason III 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Petersburg, VA
G 1 Selden, Jr., WayneWayne Selden, Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Boston, MA
F 2 Alexander, CliffCliff Alexander 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
G 4 Graham, DevonteDevonte Graham 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Raleigh, NC
G 5 Manning, EvanEvan Manning 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Lawrence, KS
G 10 Mykhailiuk, SviatoslavSviatoslav Mykhailiuk 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Cherkasy, Ukraine
G 11 Self, TylerTyler Self 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) RS So Lawrence, KS
G 12 Oubre Jr., KellyKelly Oubre Jr. 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr New Orleans, LA
G 14 Greene, BrannenBrannen Greene 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Monroe, GA
G 15 Garrett, ChristianChristian Garrett 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Sr Los Angeles, CA
G 22 Pollard, JoshJosh Pollard (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Cedar Hills, UT
F 31 Traylor, JamariJamari Traylor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Jr Chicago, IL
F 33 Lucas, LandenLanden Lucas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Portland, OR
F 34 Ellis, PerryPerry Ellis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Wichita, KS
F 42 Mickelson, HunterHunter Mickelson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr Jonesboro, AR
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: November 6, 2014

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Jamari Traylor Cliff Alexander Hunter Mickelson
PF Perry Ellis Landen Lucas Josh Pollard
SF Kelly Oubre Jr. Brannen Greene Christian Garrett
SG Wayne Selden Jr. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk Evan Manning
PG Frank Mason III Devonte Graham Tyler Self

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/03/2014*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#5 Washburn W 85–53  1–0
 14 - Alexander   9 - Alexander   7 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
11/11/2014*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#5 Emporia State W 109–56  2–0
 13 - 2 tied   6 - 2 tied   6 - Selden  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Non-conference regular season
11/14/2014*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#5 UC Santa Barbara W 69–59  1–0
 14 - Graham   10 - 2 tied   3 - Mykhailiuk  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
11/18/2014*
8:00 pm, ESPN
#5 vs. #1 Kentucky
Champions Classic
L 40–72  1–1
 9 - Selden, Jr   7 - Alexander   1 - 4 tied  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (19,306)
Indianapolis, IN
11/24/2014*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#11 Rider W 87–60  2–1
 17 - 2 tied   5 - 2 tied   9 - Selden Jr.  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
11/27/2014*
1:30 pm, ESPN2
#11 vs. Rhode Island
Orlando Classic
W 76–60  3–1
 17 - Ellis   8 - Alexander   5 - Mason III  HP Field House (3,915)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
11/28/2014*
11:00 am, ESPN
#11 vs. Tennessee
Orlando Classic semi-finals
W 82–67  4–1
 24 - Ellis   13 - Ellis   7 - Mason III  HP Fieldhouse (N/A)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
11/30/2014*
12:00 pm, ESPN
#11 vs. #20 Michigan State
Orlando Classic championship
W 61–56  5–1
 17 - Ellis   10 - Mason III   5 - Mason III  HP Fieldhouse (4,842)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/05/2014*
8:00 pm, ESPN
#11 Florida W 71–65  6–1
 21 - Selden Jr.   10 - Alexander   3 - Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/10/2014*
6:00 pm, Fox Sports 1
#10 at Georgetown W 75–70  7–1
 19 - Greene   10 - Ellis   3 - 2 tied  Verizon Center (14,164)
Washington, D.C.
12/13/2014*
2:15 pm, ESPN
#10 vs. #13 Utah W 63–60  8–1
 14 - Ellis   6 - 2 tied   5 - Mason III  Sprint Center (17,627)
Kansas City, MO
12/20/2014*
2:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#10 Lafayette W 96-69  9–1
 23 - Oubre Jr.   10 - Oubre Jr.   9 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/22/2014*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
#10 at Temple L 52–77  9–2
 20 - Mason III   7 - Oubre Jr.   3 - Selden Jr.  Wells Fargo Center (11,188)
Philadelphia, PA
12/30/2014*
7:00 pm, Jayhawk TV/ESPN3
#13 Kent State W 78–62  10–2
 20 - Oubre Jr.   8 - Ellis   4 - 2 tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/04/2015*
3:30 pm, CBS
#13 UNLV W 76–61  11–2
 18 - Mason III   12 - Oubre Jr   7 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Big 12 regular season
01/07/2015
8:00 pm, ESPNU
#12 at #21 Baylor W 56–55  12–2 (1–0)
 13 - Traylor   5 - 2 tied   5 - Mason III  Ferrell Center (7,088)
Waco, TX
01/10/2015
2:00 pm, ESPNU
#12 Texas Tech W 86–54  13–2 (2–0)
 15 - Ellis   6 - Graham   6 - Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/13/2015
6:00 pm, ESPN2
#9 #24 Oklahoma State W 67–57  14–2 (3–0)
 16 - Mason III   9 - Mason III   3 - 3 tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/17/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN
#9 at #11 Iowa State L 81–86  14–3 (3–1)
 21 - Mason III   11 - Ellis   4 - Graham  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
01/19/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN
#11 #19 Oklahoma W 85–78  15–3 (4–1)
 19 - Oubre Jr.   13 - Alexander   4 - 3 tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/24/2015
1:00 pm, CBS
#11 at #17 Texas W 75–62  16–3 (5–1)
 15 - Alexander   9 - Alexander   4 - Mason III  Frank Erwin Center (16,540)
Austin, TX
01/28/2015
8:00 pm, ESPNU
#9 at TCU W 64–61  17–3 (6–1)
 16 - Mason III   7 - Lucas   4 - Selden Jr.  Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (5,439)
Fort Worth, TX
01/31/2015
1:00 pm, ESPN
#9 Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 68–57  18–3 (7–1)
 16 - Ellis   12 - Ellis   4 - Graham  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
02/02/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN
#8 #11 Iowa State W 89–76  19–3 (8–1)
 20 - Selden Jr.   6 - 2 tied   8 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
02/07/2015
1:00 pm, ESPN
#8 at Oklahoma State L 62–67  19–4 (8–2)
 15 - Selden Jr.   10 - Ellis   4 - Mason III  Gallagher-Iba Arena (10,399)
Stillwater, OK
02/10/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN2
#8 at Texas Tech W 73–51  20–4 (9–2)
 16 - Selden Jr.   9 - Ellis   8 - Mason III  United Supermarkets Arena (8,397)
Lubbock, TX
02/14/2015
12:00 pm, CBS
#8 #16 Baylor W 74–64  21–4 (10–2)
 18 - 2 tied   6 - 2 tied   8 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
02/16/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN
#8 at #23 West Virginia L 61–62  21–5 (10–3)
 19 - Ellis   7 - Oubre Jr.   3 - 2 tied  WVU Coliseum (7,033)
Morgantown, WV
02/21/2015
3:00 pm, ESPN2
#8 TCU W 81–72  22–5 (11–3)
 23 - Ellis   7 - Ellis   5 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
02/23/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN
#8 at Kansas State L 63–70  22–6 (11–4)
 24 - Ellis   9 - Ellis   4 - Selden Jr  Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
02/28/2015
4:00 pm, ESPN
#8 Texas W 69–64  23–6 (12–4)
 28 - Ellis   13 - Ellis   3 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
03/03/2015
8:00 pm, ESPN2
#9 #20 West Virginia
Senior Night
W 76–69 OT 24–6 (13–4)
 19 - Mason III   9 - Traylor   3 - Mason III  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
03/07/2015
3:00 pm, ESPN
#9 at #15 Oklahoma L 73–75  24–7 (13–5)
 21 - Mason III   12 - Lucas   3 - Graham  Lloyd Noble Center (12,104)
Norman, OK
Big 12 Tournament
03/12/2015
1:30 pm, ESPN2
#9 vs. TCU
Quarterfinals
W 64–59  25–7
 25 - Oubre Jr.   7 - Lucas   4 - Graham  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/13/2015
6:00 pm, ESPN2
#9 vs. #16 Baylor
Semifinals
W 62–52  26–7
 20 - Selden Jr.   8 - Selden Jr.   4 - Mason III  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/14/2015
5:00 pm, ESPN
#9 vs. #13 Iowa State
Championship game
L 66–70  26–8
 25 - Selden Jr.   9 - Ellis   4 - 2 tied  Sprint Center (19,075)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2015*
11:15 am, CBS
#10 (2 MW) vs. #(15 MW) New Mexico State
Second round
W 75–56  27–8
 17 - Mason III   9 - 2 tied   4 - 2 tied  CenturyLink Center (16,907)
Omaha, NE
03/22/2015*
4:15 pm, CBS
#10 (2 MW) vs. #14 (7 MW) Wichita State
Third round
L 65–78  27–9
 17 - Ellis, Graham   10 - Lucas   3 - Graham  CenturyLink Center (17,563)
Omaha, NE
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest Region.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre† Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 5 5 11 11 10 10 10 13 12 9 11 9 8 8 8 8 9 9 10 N/A
Coaches 5 5 12 11 10 10 10 14 13 10 14 11 9 9 8 9 10 10 11 17

*AP does not release post-tournament rankings
†Change is from final poll from 2013-2014 season

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