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2008–09 Kansas Jayhawks men

2008–09 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
Big 12 Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 vs Michigan State,
L 62–67
Conference Big 12 North
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #14
2008–09 record 27–8 (14–2 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Danny Manning
Assistant coach Joe Dooley
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the Jayhawks' 111th basketball season. The Head Coach was Bill Self, serving his 6th year. The team played its home games in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and were the defending National Champions.

Pre-Season

The 2007–08 Jayhawks finished the season 37–3 overall with a 13–3 mark in conference play.[1] They won the Big 12 regular season men's basketball championship, which they shared with the Texas Longhorns. In post season play, the Jayhawks won the Big 12 conference tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team went on to win the national championship, 75–68, in overtime vs. the Memphis Tigers.[1] The Jayhawks finished the season #1 in the final Coaches Poll after the tournament and were ranked 5th in the final AP Poll before the tournament.[2] The team raised a temporary NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship banner to the rafters in an official ceremony to celebrate its 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament victory during Late Night in the Phog event. The official championship and final four banners were raised during the November 18 game against Florida Gulf Coast.[3]

The Jayhawks lost five scholarship seniors from their national title team in addition to three underclassmen (Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, and Darrell Arthur) who opted to enter the NBA draft and eventually signed with agents. Returning from the national championship team are stars Sherron Collins, point guard, and Cole Aldrich, center. Other players returning are: seniors Matt Kleinmann and Brennan Bechard, and sophomores Brady Morningstar, Chase Buford, Tyrel Reed, and Connor Teahan.

Recruiting

Coach Self signed seven recruits for the 2008–09 season.[4] The class was led by New Jersey twins Marcus and Markieff Morris who both played the power forward position. Another signee from New Jersey was Quintrell Thomas, who also played the power forward position. Travis Releford, a Kansas City product was the first signee for the Jayhawks and was in the mix for departed star Brandon Rush's spot in the starting rotation. Coach Self also managed to lure point guard Tyshawn Taylor to Lawrence, after he was released from his letter of intent to play for Marquette.[5] The Jayhawks also signed junior college transfers Tyrone Appleton and Mario Little.

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tyrone Appleton
PG
Midland, Texas Midland College (TX) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Feb 25, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Mario Little
SF
Chicago, IL Chipola Community College (FL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Marcus Morris
PF
Pennsauken, NJ Apex Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oct 31, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Markieff Morris
PF
Pennsauken, NJ Apex Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 31, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Travis Releford
SG
Shawnee Mission, KS Bishop Miege H.S. (KS) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jun 19, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Tyshawn Taylor
PG
Jersey City, NJ Saint Anthony's H.S. (NJ) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 29, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Quintrell Thomas
PF
Elizabeth, NJ Saint Patrick's H.S. (NJ) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 23, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 2  ESPN: 5
  • 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:

Season summary

Kansas finished the regular season 25–6 (14–2). After being picked to tie for 3rd in the conference in preseason,[6] the Jayhawks defied expectations and won their 5th straight Big 12 conference championship and 52nd overall.

Awards

  • Bill Self
  • Cole Aldrich
    • All-Big 12 First Team[7]
    • Big 12 All-Defensive Team[7]
    • Big 12 Defensive Co-Player of the Year[7]
    • Big 12 All-Academic Team[14]
    • AP All-American Honorable Mention[15]
    • Athlon Sports National Most Improved Player of the Year[15]
    • NABC District 8 First Team[15]
    • USBWA All-District VI Team[12]
    • NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional Team[16]
  • Sherron Collins
    • All-Big 12 First Team (unanimous selection)[7]
    • AP All-American Third Team[15]
    • CBSSports.com All-American Third Team[15]
    • Sporting News Third Team All-American[17]
    • USBWA All-District VI Team[12]
    • USBWA Second Team All-American.[18]
    • NABC District 8 First Team[15]
    • Finalist, Oscar Robertson Trophy[15]
    • Finalist, Bob Cousy Award[15]
  • Marcus Morris
    • Big 12 All-Rookie Team[7]
  • Tyshawn Taylor
    • Big 12 All-Rookie Team (unanimous selection)[7]
  • Tyrel Reed
    • Big 12 All-Academic Team[14]
  • Matt Kleinmann
    • Big 12 All-Academic Team[14]

Roster

Name # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
Cole Aldrich 45 Center 6–11 245 Sophomore Bloomington, MN
Tyrone Appleton 32 Guard 6–4 190 Junior Midland, Texas
Brennan Bechard 10 Guard 6–0 183 Senior Lawrence, KS
Chase Buford 41 Guard 6–3 200 Sophomore San Antonio, Texas
Sherron Collins 4 Guard 5–11 200 Junior Chicago, IL
Jordan Juenemann 40 Guard 6–4 195 Freshman Hays, KS
Matt Kleinmann 54 Center 6–10 247 Senior Overland Park, KS
Mario Little 23 Forward 6–5 210 Junior Marianna, FL
Brady Morningstar 12 Guard 6–3 185 Sophomore Lawrence, KS
Marcus Morris 22 Forward 6–9 230 Freshman Pennsauken, NJ
Markieff Morris 21 Forward 6–10 220 Freshman Pennsauken, NJ
Tyrel Reed 14 Guard 6–4 180 Sophomore Burlington, KS
Travis Releford 24 Guard 6–6 190 Freshman Shawnee Mission, KS
Tyshawn Taylor 15 Guard 6–3 160 Freshman Jersey City, NJ
Conner Teahan 2 Guard 6–5 200 Sophomore Leawood, KS
Quintrell Thomas 11 Forward 6–8 225 Freshman Elizabeth, NJ
[19]

Schedule

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Summer Canadian Exhibition Games
2008/08/30*
10:00 a.m., Not Televised
McGill University W 72–67 
Montpetit Hall Gym
Ottawa, Canada
2008/08/30*
6:00 p.m., Not Televised
Carleton University W 84–83 
Scotiabank Place
Ottawa, Canada
2008/08/31*
6:00 p.m., Not Televised
University of Ottawa W 95–60 
Montpetit Hall Gym
Ottawa, Canada
Exhibition
2008/11/4*
7:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
#24 Washburn W 98–79 
Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, KS
2008/11/11*
7:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
#24 Emporia State W 103–58 
Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, KS
Regular season
2008/11/16*
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
#24 UMKC
CBE Classic First Round
W 71–56  1–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/11/18*
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
#24 Florida Gulf Coast University
CBE Classic Second Round
W 85–45  2–0
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/11/24*
9:00 p.m., ESPN2
#22 vs. Washington
CBE Classic Semifinal
W 73–54  3–0
Sprint Center (14,720)
Kansas City, MO
2008/11/25*
9:15 p.m., ESPN2
#22 vs. Syracuse
CBE Classic Final
L 81–89 OT 3–1
Sprint Center (16,988)
Kansas City, MO
2008/11/28*
7:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
#22 Coppin State W 85–53  4–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/12/1*
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
Kent State W 87–60  5–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/12/3*
7:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
New Mexico State W 100–79  6–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/12/6*
1:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
Jackson State W 86–62  7–1
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/12/13*
1:00 p.m., ESPN
#25 vs. Massachusetts L 60–61  7–2
Sprint Center (17,252)
Kansas City, MO
2008/12/20*
1:30 p.m., ESPN2
Temple W 71–59  8–2
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2008/12/23*
9:30 p.m., FSN
at Arizona
Fiesta Bowl Classic & Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge
L 67–84  8–3
McKale Center (14,156)
Tucson, AZ
2008/12/30*
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
Albany W 79–43  9–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/1/03*
1:00 p.m., ESPN
#14 Tennessee W 92–85  10–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/1/06*
7:00 p.m., Jayhawk-TV
Siena W 91–84  11–3
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/1/10*
1:00 p.m., CBS
at #8 Michigan State L 62–75  11–4
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
2009/1/13
7:00 p.m., Big 12 (ESPN+)
Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 87–71  12–4
(1–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/1/17
2:30 p.m., ABC
at Colorado W 73–56  13–4
(2–0)
Coors Events Center (10,212)
Boulder, CO
2009/1/19
8:00 p.m., ESPN
Texas A&M W 73–53  14–4
(3–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/1/24
1:00 p.m., ESPN
at Iowa State W 82–67  15–4
(4–0)
Hilton Coliseum (13,170)
Ames, IA
2009/1/28
6:30 p.m., ESPN2
at Nebraska W 68–62  16–4
(5–0)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (11,407)
Lincoln, NE
2009/1/31
3:00 p.m., ESPNU
Colorado W 66–61  17–4
(6–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/2/2
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#21 at Baylor W 75–65  18–4
(7–0)
Ferrell Center (9,028)
Waco, Texas
2009/2/7
2:30 p.m., ABC
#21 Oklahoma State W 78–67  19–4
(8–0)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/2/9
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#16 at #17 Missouri
Border War
L 60–62  19–5
(8–1)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2009/2/14
2:30 p.m., ABC
#16 at Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 85–74  20–5
(9–1)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
2009/2/18
7:00 p.m., Big 12 (ESPN+)
#15 Iowa State W 72–55  21–5
(10–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/2/21
3:00 p.m., Big 12 (ESPN+)
#15 Nebraska W 70–53  22–5
(11–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/2/23
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#15 at #3 Oklahoma W 87–78  23–5
(12–1)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,625)
Norman, OK
2009/3/1
1:00 p.m., CBS
#15 #11 Missouri
Border War
W 90–65  24–5
(13–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2009/3/4
8:30 p.m., ESPN2
#9 at Texas Tech L 65–84  24–6
(13–2)
United Spirit Arena (9,883)
Lubbock, Texas
2009/3/7
3:00 p.m., CBS
#9 Texas W 83–73  25–6
(14–2)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Big 12 Tournament
2009/03/12
11:30 a.m., ESPN2
#11 vs. Baylor
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
L 64–71  25–7
Ford Center (14,909)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NCAA Tournament
2009/03/20
11:30 a.m., CBS
#14 (3) vs. (14) North Dakota State
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional
W 84–74  26–7
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (15,794)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009/03/22
1:30 p.m., CBS
#14 (3) vs. (11) Dayton
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Subregional
W 60–43  27–7
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (14,279)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009/03/27
8:37 p.m., CBS
#14 (3) vs. #8 (2) Michigan State
NCAA Div. I Tournament Midwest Regional
L 62–67  27–8
Lucas Oil Stadium (33,780)
Indianapolis, Indiana
*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

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 Final
AP 24 24 22 NR 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 21 16 15 15 9 11 14 N/A
Coaches 23 24 23 25 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 16 18 15 9 11 13 10

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 2008 Results
  2. ^ USA Today Poll
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kansas Commit List for 2008
  5. ^ Tyshawn Taylor commits
  6. ^ Oklahoma Selected First In Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
  7. ^ a b c d e f g 2008–09 Big 12 Awards
  8. ^ AP Coach of the Year
  9. ^ Self named national coach of the year by basketball writers
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b c
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b c Big 12 Academic Team
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ KU's Collins is second-team All-American
  19. ^ 2008 Roster
  • http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/commitlist.asp?Year=2008&Sport=2&School=33
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