2015–16 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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2015–16 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke Athletics logo.svg
2K Sports Classic champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 19
2015–16 record 25–11 (11–7 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski (36th year)
Assistant coach Jeff Capel
Nate James
Jon Scheyer
Captain Amile Jefferson[1]
Marshall Plumlee
Matt Jones
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .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

The 2015–16 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Blue Devils were led by 36th year head coach and Hall of Fame member Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 25–11, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They defeated NC State in the second round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Notre Dame. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated UNC Wilmington and Yale to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Oregon.

Off season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Quinn Cook 2 SG 6'2" 185 Senior Bowie, Maryland Graduated
Jahlil Okafor 15 C 6'11" 270 Freshman Chicago, Illinois Declared for 2015 NBA draft[2]
Tyus Jones 5 PG 6'1" 190 Freshman Apple Valley, Minnesota Declared for 2015 NBA draft [3]
Justise Winslow 12 SF 6'6" 225 Freshman Houston, Texas Declared for 2015 NBA draft [4]

Class of 2015 signees[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Luke Kennard
SG
Franklin, OH Franklin HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Mar 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Chase Jeter
C
Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Aug 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Justin Robinson
PF
San Antonio, TX San Antonio Christian 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Dec 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Antonio Vrankovic
C
Fort Lauderdale, FL Pine Crest School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Apr 15, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Derryck Thornton
PG
Chatsworth, CA Findlay Prep 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Apr 21, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Brandon Ingram
SF
Kinston, NC Kinston HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Apr 27, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #1   Rivals: #1  ESPN: #1
  • 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]

2015–16 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F/C 2 Chase Jeter 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, Nevada
G 3 Grayson Allen 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Providence School Jacksonville, Florida
G 5 Luke Kennard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Franklin HS Franklin, Ohio
G 12 Derryck Thornton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Findlay Prep Chatsworth, California
G 13 Matt Jones (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr DeSoto HS DeSoto, Texas
G/F 14 Brandon Ingram 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Kinston HS Kinston, North Carolina
F 21 Amile Jefferson Injured (C) Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Friends Central School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
C 30 Antonio Vrankovic 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Fr Pine Crest School Delray Beach, Florida
F 34 Sean Obi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) RS So Greens Farms Academy Kaduna, Nigeria
C 40 Marshall Plumlee (C) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Sr Christ School Warsaw, Indiana
G 45 Nick Pagliuca (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Milton Academy Weston, Massachusetts
F 50 Justin Robinson Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr San Antonio Christian San Antonio, Texas
G 53 Brennan Besser (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Latin School Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 07/16/2015

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 30, 2015*
7:00 pm
No. 5 Florida Southern W 112–68  1–0
 22  Thornton   12  Jefferson   6  Jefferson  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Nov 4, 2015*
7:00 pm
No. 5 Livingstone W 119–54  2–0
 25  Kennard   11  Jeter   7  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 Siena
2K Sports Classic Durham Regional
W 92–74  1–0
 26  Allen   12  Jefferson   2  Tied  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Nov 14, 2015*
8:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 5 Bryant
2K Sports Classic Durham Regional
W 113–75[5]  2–0
 28  Allen   11  Jefferson   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Nov 17, 2015[6]*
7:30 pm, ESPN
No. 5 vs. No. 2 Kentucky
Champions Classic
L 63–74  2–1
 16  Tied   15  Jefferson   3  Thornton  United Center (21,461)
Chicago, IL
Nov 20, 2015[7]*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 vs. VCU
2K Sports Classic Semifinal
W 79–71  3–1
 30  Allen   7  Jefferson   4  Thornton  Madison Square Garden (18,238)
New York, NY
Nov 22, 2015[7]*
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 vs. Georgetown
2K Sports Classic Championship
W 86–84  4–1
 32  Allen   8  Jefferson   4  Allen  Madison Square Garden (17,287)
New York, NY
Nov 25, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 Yale W 80–61  5–1
 17  Jones   12  Jefferson   5  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Nov 29, 2015*
12:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 Utah State W 85–52  6–1
 22  Tied   9  Jefferson   2  Tied  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 2, 2015[8]*
9:15 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Indiana
ACC-Big Ten Challenge
W 94–74  7–1
 24  Ingram   11  Jefferson   8  Jefferson  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 5, 2015*
5:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Buffalo W 82–59  8–1
 23  Ingram   11  Allen   5  Thornton  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 15, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Georgia Southern W 99–65  9–1
 26  Ingram   14  Ingram   5  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 19, 2015*
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 vs. Utah
Madison Square Garden Showcase
L 75–77 OT 9–2
 24  Kennard   8  Kennard   4  Thornton  Madison Square Garden (13,174)
New York, NY
Dec 28, 2015*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 Elon W 105–66  10–2
 26  Ingram   11  Tied   5  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 30, 2015*
4:00 pm, RSN
No. 15 Long Beach State W 103–81  11–2
 33  Allen   6  Allen   2  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC regular season
Jan 2, 2016
4:30 pm, RSN
No. 15 at Boston College W 81–64  12–2
(1–0)
 25  Ingram   9  Ingram   3  Ingram  Conte Forum (7,963)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Jan 6, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 14 at Wake Forest W 91–75  13–2
(2–0)
 24  Allen   7  Plumlee   3  Tied  LJVM Coliseum (13,466)
Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 9, 2016
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 14 Virginia Tech W 82–58  14–2
(3–0)
 21  Plumlee   10  Plumlee   7  Thornton  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Jan 13, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 at Clemson L 63–68  14–3
(3–1)
 17  Allen   9  Plumlee   4  Allen  Bon Secours Wellness Arena (12,972)
Greenville, NC
Jan 16, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 Notre Dame L 91–95  14–4
(3–2)
 30  Kennard   9  Plumlee   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Jan 18, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 Syracuse L 62–64  14–5
(3–3)
 19  Plumlee   17  Plumlee   6  Jones  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Jan 23, 2016
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 20 at NC State W 88–78  15–5
(4–3)
 28  Allen   8  Plumlee   7  Allen  PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
Jan 25, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 24 at No. 15 Miami (FL) L 69–80  15–6
(4–4)
 19  Ingram   10  Ingram   2  Tied  BankUnited Center (7,972)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 2, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Georgia Tech W 80–71  16–6
(5–4)
 27  Allen   12  Plumlee   4  Tied  Hank McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
Atlanta, GA
Feb 6, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPN
NC State W 88–80  17–6
(6–4)
 28  Allen   12  Plumlee   6  Jones  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 8, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 Louisville W 72–65  18–6
(7–4)
 19  Allen   10  Ingram   4  Ingram  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 13, 2016
4:30 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Virginia W 63–62  19–6
(8–4)
 25  Ingram   10  Plumlee   7  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 17, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 20 at No. 5 North Carolina
Rivalry
W 74–73  20–6
(9–4)
 23  Allen   10  Ingram   4  Ingram  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 20, 2016
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 at No. 18 Louisville L 64–71  20–7
(9–5)
 29  Allen   14  Plumlee   3  Tied  KFC Yum! Center (22,785)
Louisville, KY
Feb 25, 2016
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 15 Florida State W 80–65  21–7
(10–5)
 18  Allen   10  Plumlee   5  Tied  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 28, 2016
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 15 at Pittsburgh L 62–76  21–8
(10–6)
 22  Allen   4  Plumlee   2  Tied  Peterson Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 1, 2016
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 17 Wake Forest W 79–71  22–8
(11–6)
 30  Allen   17  Plumlee   4  Thornton  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Mar 5, 2016
6:30 pm, ESPN
No. 17 No. 8 North Carolina
Rivalry
L 72–76  22–9
(11–7)
 29  Allen   9  Plumlee   5  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
Mar 9, 2016
2:30 pm, ESPN
(5) No. 19 vs. (12) NC State
Second round
W 92–89  23–9
 22  Tied   10  Plumlee   6  Allen  Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C
Mar 10, 2016
2:00 pm, ESPN
(5) No. 19 vs. (4) Notre Dame
Quarterfinals
L 79–84 OT 23–10
 27  Allen   7  Ingram   4  Thornton  Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17, 2016*
12:15 pm, CBS
(4 W) No. 19 vs. (13 W) UNC Wilmington
First round
W 93–85  24–10
 23  Tied   10  Allen   5  Allen  Dunkin' Donuts Center (11,656)
Providence, RI
Mar 19, 2016*
2:40 pm, CBS
(4 W) No. 19 vs. (12 W) Yale
Second round
W 71–64  25–10
 29  Allen   10  Plumlee   5  Thornton  Dunkin' Donuts Center (11,679)
Providence, RI
Mar 24, 2016*
6:55 pm, TBS
(4 W) No. 19 vs. (1 W) No. 5 Oregon
Sweet Sixteen
L 68–82  25–11
 24  Ingram   11  Kennard   3  Tied  Honda Center (17,601)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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 Post Final
AP 5 5 6 7 8 7 15 15 14 9 20 24 RV RV 20 15 17 19 19 *N/A
Coaches 4 4 3 5 5 6 10 12 10 6 12 20 RV RV 19 18 21 21 20 18

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duke Sports Information (April 24, 2015). "Duke Holds Annual Postseason Awards Banquet". Go Duke. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Duke Sports Information (April 9, 2015). "Okafor to Enter 2015 NBA Draft". Go Duke. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ Duke Sports Information (April 15, 2015). "Jones to Enter NBA Draft". Go Duke. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Duke Sports Information (April 14, 2015). "Winslow to Enter NBA Draft". Go Duke. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jones, Allen lead No. 5 Duke past Bryant, 113-75". ESPN.com. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "About - Champions Classic". ESPN Events. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Duke Sports Information (April 20, 2015). "Field Announced for 2015 2K Classic". Go Duke. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Duke Sports Information (May 13, 2015). "Duke to Face Indiana in Big Ten/ACC Challenge". Go Duke. Retrieved May 13, 2015.