2015–16 Utah Utes men's basketball team

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2015–16 Utah Utes men's basketball
Utah Utes logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferencePac-12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 20
APNo. 13
2015–16 record27–9 (13–5 Pac–12)
Head coachLarry Krystkowiak (5th season)
Assistant coachTommy Connor
Assistant coachDeMarlo Slocum
Assistant coachAndy Hill
Home arenaJon M. Huntsman Center
Seasons
2015–16 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Oregon 14 4   .778     31 7   .816
#13 Utah 13 5   .722     27 9   .750
#17 Arizona 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
#23 California 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Colorado 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
USC 9 9   .500     21 13   .618
Oregon State 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Washington 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Stanford 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
UCLA 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Arizona State 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Washington State 1 17   .056     9 22   .290
Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015–16 Utah Runnin' Utes men's basketball team represented the University of Utah during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They played their home games at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City as members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes were led by fifth year head coach Larry Krystkowiak. They the season 27–9, 13-5 in Pac-12 play to finish in second place. They defeated USC and California to advance to the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament where they lost to Oregon. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Fresno State in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Gonzaga.

Previous season[edit]

The 2014–15 Utah Utes finished the season 26–9, 13–5 in the Pac-12, to finish in a tie for second place. In the Pac-12 Tournament, the Utes made it to the semifinals where they lost to Oregon. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a 5-seed where they defeated Stephen F. Austin in the second round, and Georgetown in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Duke.[1]

Off-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Dallin Bachynski 31 C 7'0" 265 Senior Calgary, Alberta Graduated
Delon Wright 55 G 6'5" 190 Senior Los Angeles, California Graduated/2015 NBA draft
Jeremy Olsen 41 C 6'10" 240 RS Junior Lawrenceville, Georgia Retired from basketball for medical reasons[2]

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Lorenzo Bonam 15 G 6'4" 215 Junior Inkster, Michigan Junior college transfer from Gillette College.
Gabe Bealer 30 G/F 6'5" 180 Junior Lancaster, California Junior college transfer from City College of San Francisco.

2015 Recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Makol Mawien
C/F
West Valley City, Utah Granger HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Aug 7, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
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:

  • "2015 Utah Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  • "Utah Utes 2015 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Utah Utes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Brekkott Chapman 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Roy HS Roy, Utah
G 1 Isaiah Wright 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Borah HS Boise, Idaho
G 5 Austin Eastman (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Billings HS Billings, Montana
G 10 Jake Connor (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 183 lb (83 kg) RS Fr Highland HS Salt Lake City, Utah
G 11 Brandon Taylor 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Pacific Hills School Los Angeles, California
G/F 14 Dakari Tucker 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Sr Junípero Serra HS Los Angeles, California
G 15 Lorenzo Bonam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jr Robichaud HS/Gillette College Inkster, Michigan
F 20 Chris Reyes 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) Jr Damien HS/Citrus College La Verne, California
F 21 Jordan Loveridge 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr West Jordan HS West Jordan, Utah
G 25 Kenneth Ogbe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Jr Urspring Academy Ehingen, Germany
G/F 30 Gabe Bealer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Jr Antelope HS/CCSF San Francisco, California
F/C 34 Jayce Johnson Current redshirt 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Santa Monica HS Mission Viejo, California
F 35 Kyle Kuzma 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 221 lb (100 kg) So Rise Academy Burton, Michigan
F/C 40 Makol Mawien 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Granger HS West Valley City, Utah
F 41 Austin Montgomery (W) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Fr Lakeview Academy Gainesville, Georgia
C 42 Jakob Poeltl 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 248 lb (112 kg) So Arkadia Traiskirchen Vienna, Austria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: February 11, 2016

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov. 5*
6:00 PM, P12N
No. 16 Cal State Monterey Bay W 124–70 
 20  Taylor   10  Tied   6  Wright  Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Non-conference regular season
Nov. 13*
7:30 PM, P12N
No. 16 Southern Utah
Old Oquirrh Bucket
W 82–71  1–0
 26  Poeltl   12  Kuzma   5  Tied  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,050)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 16*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 San Diego State
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
W 81–76  2–0
 21  Loveridge   12  Poeltl   3  Bonam  Jon M. Huntsman Center (13,587)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 19*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Texas Tech
Puerto Rico Tip-Off quarterfinals
W 73–63  3–0
 20  Bonam   9  Poeltl   4  Tied  Roberto Clemente Coliseum (1,947)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 20*
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 16 vs. Miami (FL)
Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinals
L 66–90  3–1
 18  Loveridge   6  Poeltl   4  Chapman  Roberto Clemente Coliseum (2,001)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 22*
2:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 16 vs. Temple
Puerto Rico Tip-Off 3rd place game
W 74–68  4–1
 32  Poeltl   11  Poeltl   3  Tied  Roberto Clemente Coliseum (5,309)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 27*
7:00 PM, P12N
Idaho State W 102–72  5–1
 19  Poeltl   12  Kuzma   4  Loveridge  Jon M. Huntsman Center (13,185)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 2*
8:00 PM, P12N
BYU
Old Oquirrh Bucket/Deseret First Duel
W 83–75  6–1
 26  Poeltl   13  Poeltl   9  Taylor  Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,131)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 5*
12:00 PM, P12N
IPFW W 96–79  7–1
 21  Poeltl   8  Kuzma   6  Poeltl  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,241)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 12*
1:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 25 at Wichita State L 50–67  7–2
 11  Poeltl   9  Poeltl   3  Taylor  Intrust Bank Arena (15,004)
Wichita, Kansas
Dec. 16*
6:00 PM, P12N
Savannah State W 99–53  8–2
 18  Kuzma   7  Tied   7  Bonam  Jon M. Huntsman Center (11,911)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 19*
10:00 AM, ESPN
vs. No. 7 Duke
Madison Square Garden Showcase
W 77–75 OT 9–2
 21  Kuzma   14  Poeltl   9  Bonam  Madison Square Garden (13,174)
New York City, New York
Dec. 22*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 24 Delaware State W 105–58  10–2
 15  Kuzma   7  Tied   6  Tied  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,041)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 28*
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 21 College of Idaho W 115–74  11–2
 17  Tied   9  Poeltl   5  Wright  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,329)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pac-12 regular season
Jan. 1
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 21 at Stanford L 68–70 OT 11–3
(0–1)
 16  Poeltl   12  Kuzma   5  Bonam  Maples Pavilion (4,065)
Stanford, California
Jan. 3
5:30 PM, P12N
No. 21 at California L 58–71  11–4
(0–2)
 19  Poeltl   10  Poeltl   5  Taylor  Haas Pavilion (10,188)
Berkeley, California
Jan. 8
7:00 PM, FS1
at Colorado W 56–54  12–4
(1–2)
 17  Bonam   11  Poeltl   3  Bonam  Coors Events Center (8,701)
Boulder, Colorado
Jan. 14
8:00 PM, P12N
Oregon L 59–77  12–5
(1–3)
 12  Taylor   7  Poeltl   4  Wright  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,733)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 17
6:30 PM, ESPNU
Oregon State W 59–53  13–5
(2–3)
 15  Poeltl   9  Kuzma   4  Taylor  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,417)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 21
9:00 PM, FS1
at Washington State W 92–71  14–5
(3–3)
 22  Loveridge   6  Reyes   5  Poeltl  Beasley Coliseum (2,717)
Pullman, Washington
Jan. 24
7:30 PM, ESPNU
at Washington W 80–75 OT 15–5
(4–3)
 29  Poeltl   10  Tied   4  Poeltl  Alaska Airlines Arena (8,073)
Seattle, Washington
Jan. 27
9:00 PM, ESPNU
California W 73–64  16–5
(5–3)
 21  Poeltl   9  Poeltl   6  Tied  Jon M. Huntsman Center (13,055)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 30
3:00 PM, P12N
Stanford W 96–74  17–5
(6–3)
 23  Poeltl   7  Tied   5  Bonam  Jon M. Huntsman Center (14,109)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 4
9:00 PM, ESPNU
at Oregon State L 69–71  17–6
(6–4)
 20  Poeltl   9  Poeltl   4  Taylor  Gill Coliseum (5,242)
Corvallis, Oregon
Feb. 7
2:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 16 Oregon L 66–76  17–7
(6–5)
 18  Kuzma   10  Loveridge   3  Tied  Matthew Knight Arena (6,807)
Eugene, Oregon
Feb. 10
7:00 PM, ESPN2
Washington W 90–82  18–7
(7–5)
 23  Poeltl   6  Poeltl   7  Kuzma  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,616)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 14
1:00 PM, P12N
Washington State W 88–47  19–7
(8–5)
 25  Poeltl   10  Poeltl   5  Wright  Jon M. Huntsman Center (11,646)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 18
8:00 PM, ESPN2
at UCLA W 75–73  20–7
(9–5)
 17  Loveridge   11  Poeltl   7  Taylor  Pauley Pavilion (7,249)
Los Angeles, California
Feb. 21
4:00 PM, P12N
at USC W 80–69  21–7
(10–5)
 29  Poeltl   13  Poeltl   10  Taylor  Galen Center (7,931)
Los Angeles, California
Feb. 25
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 22 Arizona State W 81–46  22–7
(11–5)
 15  Chapman   9  Chapman   4  Taylor  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,523)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 27
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 22 No. 9 Arizona W 70–64  23–7
(12–5)
 19  Taylor   10  Poeltl   3  Chapman  Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,508)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar. 5
7:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 13 Colorado W 57–55  24–7
(13–5)
 16  Poeltl   8  Poeltl   4  Taylor  Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pac-12 Tournament
Mar. 10
7:00 PM, P12N
No. 12 vs. USC
Quarterfinals
W 80–72  25–7
 23  Kuzma   8  Poeltl   6  Loveridge  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, Nevada
Mar. 11
9:30 PM, FS1
No. 12 vs. No. 24 California
Semifinals
W 82–78 OT 26–7
 29  Poeltl   11  Proeltl   3  Bonam  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, Nevada
Mar. 12
7:00 PM, FS1
No. 12 vs. No. 8 Oregon
Championship
L 57–88  26–8
 13  Peltl   5  Kuzma   3  Loveridge  MGM Grand Garden Arena (12,916)
Paradise, Nevada
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 17*
5:27 PM, truTV
(3 MW) No. 13 vs. (14 MW) Fresno State
First Round
W 80–69  27–8
 17  Bonam   18  Poeltl   6  Taylor  Pepsi Center (19,500)
Denver, Colorado
Mar. 19*
6:40 PM, TNT
(3 MW) No. 13 vs. (11 MW) Gonzaga
Second Round
L 59–82  27–9
 15  Kuzma   4  Tied   4  Taylor  Pepsi Center (19,551)
Denver, Colorado
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest Region.
All times are in Mountain Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. RV=Received votes. NV= Received no votes.
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 16 16 RV RV 25 RV 24 21 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 13 12 13 N/A
Coaches 16 16 RV RV 24 RV RV 22 RV RV NV RV RV RV RV 23 13 12 14 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utah's Late-Game Rally Falls Short Against Duke". UtahUtes.com.
  2. ^ Goon, Kyle. "Utah basketball: Center Jeremy Olsen retires, while Utes add juco guard to roster". SLTrib.com. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 7 May 2015.