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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
Seasons
« 2007-08 2009-10 »
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
Texas A&M 9 7 .563 24 10 .706
Oklahoma State 9 7 .563 23 12 .657
Texas 9 7 .563 23 12 .657
Kansas State 9 7 .563 22 12 .647
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.

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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.

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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 Hometown High School Height Weight Commit date
Tyrone Appleton
PG
Midland, Texas Midland College (TX) 6′3″ 190 2008-02-25 
Scout:3 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: N/A
Mario Little
SF
Chicago, IL Chipola Community College (FL) 6′5″ 210 2007-10-07 
Scout:3 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: N/A
Marcus Morris
PF
Pennsauken, NJ Apex Academy 6′9″ 215 2007-10-31 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 94
Markieff Morris
PF
Pennsauken, NJ Apex Academy 6′9″ 230 2007-10-31 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 93
Travis Releford
SG
Shawnee Mission, KS Bishop Miege H.S. (KS) 6′5″ 190 2007-06-19 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 95
Tyshawn Taylor
PG
Jersey City, NJ Saint Anthony's H.S. (NJ) 6′2″ 185 2008-04-29 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 92
Quintrell Thomas
PF
Elizabeth, NJ Saint Patrick's H.S. (NJ) 6′7″ 220 2007-10-23 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:3 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 95
Overall Recruiting Rankings: Scout - 12   Rivals - 2  ESPN - 5
† Weight is in pounds
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100 point scale.
Sources:
"Kansas 2008 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. http://www.rivals.com/commitlist.asp?year=2008&sport=2&school=33. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
"2008 Kansas Basketball Commits". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=172&p=9&cfg=bb&c=8&yr=2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
"ESPN". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/school?schoolId=2305&season=2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
"Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=172&p=9&cfg=bb&c=14&yr=2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
"2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=839831. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  

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]

Schedule

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

Roster

Name # Position Height Weight Year Home Town
Cole Aldrich 45 Center 6-11 245 Sophomore Bloomington, MN
Tyrone Appleton 32 Guard 6-3 190 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 6-8 230 Freshman Pennsauken, NJ
Markieff Morris 21 Forward 6-9 220 Freshman Pennsauken, NJ
Tyrel Reed 14 Guard 6-3 180 Sophomore Burlington, KS
Travis Releford 24 Guard 6-5 190 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]

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. ^ Stell, Jeff (2008-10-18). "Catching up with Harrison Barnes". Ames Tribune. Iowa Newspapers, Inc.. http://www.midiowanews.com/site/tab1.cfm?newsid=20196915&BRD=2700&PAG=461&dept_id=554330&rfi=6. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  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. ^ "Sporting News COY". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hFH4ki08. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  11. ^ "Athlon Sports COY". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hFH59vRO. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  12. ^ a b c "USBWA All-District Teams". Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1243997294248906. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  13. ^ "Yahoo Sports". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hFH5a6NS. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  14. ^ a b c Big 12 Academic Team
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "AP and Other Awards". Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. http://www.webcitation.org/5hRVrnrYH. Retrieved 2009-04-08.  
  16. ^ "NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional Team". Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. http://www.webcitation.org/5hRVs9rh3. Retrieved 2009-04-08.  
  17. ^ "Sporting News All-Americans". Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. http://www.webcitation.org/5hFH5xzgA. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  18. ^ KU's Collins is second-team All-American
  19. ^ 2008 Roster

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