2014–15 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team

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2014–15 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceBig 12
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 13
2014–15 record24–11 (12–6 Big 12)
Head coachLon Kruger (4th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaLloyd Noble Center
Seasons
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 Oklahoma Sooners basketball team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Sooners were led by Lon Kruger in his fourth season. The team played its home games at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma as a member of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 24–11, 12–6 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for second place. They advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to Iowa State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Albany in the second round and Dayton in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Michigan State.

Previous season[edit]

The 2013–14 Oklahoma Sooners finished the season with an overall record of 23–10, with a record of 12–6 in the Big 12 play to finish in second place. In the 2014 Big 12 Tournament, the Sooners were defeated by Baylor in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to North Dakota State.

Preseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Tyler Neal 15 F 6'7" 231 Senior Oklahoma City, OK Graduated
Cameron Clark 21 G 6'7" 209 Senior Sherman, TX Graduated
Je'lon Hornbeak 5 G 6'4" 186 Sophomore Arlington, TX Transferred to Monmouth

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Dinjiyl Walker 2 G 6'2" 195 Junior Vaughan, ON Junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College.
TaShawn Thomas 35 F 6'8" 242 Senior Killeen, TX Transferred from Houston. Thomas was declared eligible by NCAA for the entire 2014-15 season on November 15, 2014.

Recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Dante Buford
F
Jacksonville, FL Arlington Country Day School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Nov 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Khadeem Lattin
C
Houston, TX Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 24, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Jamuni McNeace
C
Allen, TX Allen 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 6, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Bola Alade
G
Plano, TX John Paul II 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Mar 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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:

  • "Oklahoma 2014 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  • "2014 Oklahoma Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 00 Ryan Spangler 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Bridge Creek
Gonzaga
Bridge Creek, OK
G 1 Frank Booker Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) So Westside Augusta, GA
G 2 Dinjiyl Walker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jr Iowa Western CC Vaughan, ON
C 4 Jamuni McNeace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Fr Allen Allen, TX
G 10 Jordan Woodard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 189 lb (86 kg) So Edmond Memorial Arcadia, OK
G 11 Isaiah Cousins 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Jr Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, NY
F 12 Khadeem Lattin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Fr Redemption Christian Homeschool Acad. Houston, TX
G 13 James Fraschilla 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 154 lb (70 kg) Sr Highland Park Dallas, TX
G 14 Bola Alade 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Fr John Paul II Plano, TX
F 21 Dante Buford 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Arlington Country Day Jacksonville, FL
G 22 Daniel Harper 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) RS So Norman Norman, OK
G 24 Buddy Hield 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Jr Sunrise Christian Academy Freeport, Bahamas
F 25 C. J. Cole 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS So Sperry Sperry, OK
F 31 D. J. Bennett 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Sr Indian Hills CC Chicago, IL
F 35 TaShawn Thomas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Sr Houston Killen, TX
F 41 Austin Mankin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 201 lb (91 kg) So Coppell Coppell, TX
G 45 Trey Slate 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Gore Gore, OK
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/07/2014*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 19 Washburn W 73–48 
Lloyd Noble Center (13,023)
Norman, OK
11/11/2014*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 19 SW Oklahoma State W 78–37 
McCasland Field House (2,605)
Norman, OK
Non-conference Regular Season
11/16/2014*
2:00 PM, SSTV
No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana W 78–53  1–0
Lloyd Noble Center (9,626)
Norman, OK
11/19/2014*
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 18 at Creighton L 63–65  1–1
CenturyLink Center (17,393)
Omaha, NE
11/23/2014*
2:00 PM, SSTV
No. 18 Northwestern State W 90–68  2–1
Lloyd Noble Center (10,056)
Norman, OK
11/26/2014*
1:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 22 UCLA
Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals
W 75–65  3–1
Imperial Arena (2,174)
Nassau, BAH
11/27/2014*
12:00 PM, ESPN
vs. Butler
Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals
W 59–46  4–1
Imperial Arena (2,107)
Nassau, BAH
11/28/2014*
3:30 p.m., ESPN
vs. No. 2 Wisconsin
Battle 4 Atlantis championship
L 56–69  4–2
Imperial Arena (2,667)
Nassau, BAH
12/05/2014*
8:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 22 Missouri
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 82–63  5–2
Lloyd Noble Center (11,652)
Norman, OK
12/13/2014*
1:30 PM, CBSSN
No. 16 at Tulsa W 87–68  6–2
Reynolds Center (6,885)
Tulsa, OK
12/16/2014*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 15 Oral Roberts W 85–53  7–2
Lloyd Noble Center (9,713)
Norman, OK
12/20/2014*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 15 vs. No. 16 Washington
MGM Grand Garden Showcase
L 67–69  7–3
MGM Grand Garden Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
12/22/2014*
7:00 PM, SSTV
No. 19 Weber State W 85–51  8–3
Lloyd Noble Center (10,645)
Norman, OK
12/31/2014*
4:00 PM, SSTV
No. 18 George Mason W 61–43  9–3
Lloyd Noble Center (10,597)
Norman, OK
Big 12 Regular Season
01/03/2015
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 18 No. 22 Baylor W 73–63  10–3 (1–0)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,322)
Norman, OK
01/05/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 16 at No. 10 Texas W 70–49  11–3 (2–0)
Frank Erwin Center (12,625)
Austin, TX
01/10/2015
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 16 Kansas State L 63–66  11–4 (2–1)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,426)
Norman, OK
01/13/2015
6:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 18 at No. 16 West Virginia L 65–86  11–5 (2–2)
WVU Coliseum (9,196)
Morgantown, WV
01/17/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 No. 24 Oklahoma State
Bedlam Series
W 82–65  12–5 (3–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,730)
Norman, OK
01/19/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 19 at No. 11 Kansas L 78–85  12–6 (3–3)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/24/2015
5:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 19 at No. 21 Baylor L 58–69  12–7 (3–4)
Ferrell Center (8,753)
Waco, TX
01/28/2015
6:30 PM, ESPNews
No. 24 Texas Tech W 81–36  13–7 (4–4)
Lloyd Noble Center (9,857)
Norman, OK
01/31/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 24 at Oklahoma State
Bedlam Series
W 64–56  14–7 (5–4)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
Stillwater, OK
02/03/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 21 No. 15 West Virginia W 71–52  15–7 (6–4)
Lloyd Noble Center (10,154)
Norman, OK
02/07/2015
2:00 PM, ESPNews
No. 21 at TCU W 68–56  16–7 (7–4)
Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (4,500)
Fort Worth, TX
02/09/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 17 No. 14 Iowa State W 94–83  17–7 (8–4)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,099)
Norman, OK
02/14/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 at Kansas State L 56–59  17–8 (8–5)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
02/17/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 Texas W 71–69  18–8 (9–5)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,413)
Norman, OK
02/21/2015
11:00 AM, ESPNews
No. 17 at Texas Tech W 79–75 OT 19–8 (10–5)
United Supermarkets Arena (6,761)
Lubbock, TX
02/28/2015
1:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 16 TCU W 67–60  20–8 (11–5)
Lloyd Noble Center (5,091)
Norman, OK
03/02/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 15 at No. 17 Iowa State L 70–77  20–9 (11–6)
Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
03/07/2015
3:00 PM, ESPN
No. 15 No. 9 Kansas W 75–73  21–9 (12–6)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,104)
Norman, OK
Big 12 Tournament
03/12/2015
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 15 vs. Oklahoma State
Quarterfinals
W 64–49  22–9
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/13/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 15 vs. No. 13 Iowa State
Semifinals
L 65–67  22–10
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2015*
6:27 PM, truTV
No. 13 (3 E) vs. (14 E) Albany
Second round
W 69–60  23–10
Nationwide Arena (17,584)
Columbus, OH
03/22/2015*
5:10 PM, TNT
No. 13 (3 E) vs. (11 E) Dayton
Third round
W 72–66  24–10
Nationwide Arena (19,115)
Columbus, OH
03/27/2015*
9:07 PM, TBS
No. 13 (3 E) vs. No. 23 (7 E) Michigan State
Sweet Sixteen
L 58–62  24–11
Carrier Dome (24,453)
Syracuse, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed within region E=East.

x- Sooner Sports Television (SSTV) is aired locally on Fox Sports. However the contract allows games to air on various affiliates. Those affiliates are FSSW, FSSW+, FSOK, FSOK+, and FCS Atlantic, Central, and Pacific.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
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 19 18 RV 22 16 15 19 18 16 18 19 24 21 17 17 16 15 15 13 n/a
Coaches 19 18 21 20 15 15 20 21 18 18 20 RV 21 17 17т 17 15 14 15 13

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