2011-12 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Season
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2011%E2%80%9312 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Season

The 2011-12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2011 with the (2K Sports Classic) and ended with the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 2, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The tournament began with four first-round games on March 13-14, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, US, followed by second and third rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 15-18, 2012. Regionals games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25, 2012, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, March 31 and April 2, 2012.

Kentucky claimed its eighth NCAA title, defeating Kansas 67-59 in the final. Consensus national player of the year Anthony Davis of Kentucky was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Season headlines

Milestones and records

Conference membership changes

The 2011-12 season saw the first wave of membership changes resulting from a major realignment of NCAA Division I conferences. The cycle began in 2010 with the Big Ten and the then-Pac-10 publicly announcing their intentions to expand. The fallout from these conferences' moves later affected a majority of D-I conferences.

New arenas

Major rule changes

Beginning in 2011-12, the following rules change was implemented:

  • The charge circle was instituted - a semi-circle in front of the basket. Secondary defenders must be outside of this circle to effectively draw a charge. Otherwise they will be assessed an automatic blocking foul.[57]

Season outlook

Pre-season polls

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.

Regular season

A number of early-season tournaments marked the beginning of the college basketball season.

Early-season tournaments


Name Dates No. teams Champion
2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic November 7, 2011 - November 8, 2011
Mississippi State
World Vision Classic November 12, 2011 - November 14, 2011
Hall of Fame Tipoff November 11, 2011 - November 20, 2011
Charleston Classic November 17, 2011 - November 20, 2011
Puerto Rico Tip-Off November 17, 2011 - November 20, 2011
Legends Classic November 19, 2011 - November 21, 2011
Paradise Jam Tournament November 14, 2011 - November 21, 2011
CBE Classic November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011
Cancún Challenge November 22, 2011 - November 23, 2011
Maui Invitational Tournament November 21, 2011 - November 23, 2011
NIT Season Tip-Off November 14, 2011 - November 25, 2011
Chicago Invitational Challenge November 13, 2011 - November 26, 2011
Great Alaska Shootout November 23, 2011 - November 26, 2011
Murray State
Las Vegas Invitational November 25, 2011 - November 26, 2011
South Padre Island Invitational November 25, 2011 - November 26, 2011
Northern Iowa
Battle 4 Atlantis November 23, 2011 - November 27, 2011
76 Classic November 24, 2011 - November 27, 2011
Saint Louis
Old Spice Classic November 23, 2011 - November 27, 2011
Las Vegas Classic December 13, 2011 - December 23, 2011
Diamond Head Classic December 22, 2011 - December 25, 2011
Kansas State

*Although these tournaments include more teams, only the number listed play for the championship.

Conference winners and tournaments

Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament, instead giving their automatic invitation to their regular-season champion. As of 2012, the Great West Conference does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Men or Women's College Tournament but the men's tourney champion does receive an automatic bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

Conference Regular
season winner
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
venue (city)
America East Conference Stony Brook Darryl Partin, Boston University[62] Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook[62] 2012 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Chase Family Arena
(West Hartford, Connecticut)
Final at campus site
Atlantic 10 Conference Temple Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure[63] Fran Dunphy, Temple[63] 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, New Jersey)
St. Bonaventure
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina Tyler Zeller, North Carolina[64] Leonard Hamilton, Florida State[64] 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Philips Arena
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Florida State
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont Torrey Craig, South Carolina Upstate[65] Eddie Payne, South Carolina Upstate[65] 2012 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament University Center
(Macon, Georgia)
Big 12 Conference Kansas Thomas Robinson, Kansas[66] Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State & Bill Self, Kansas[66] 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Big East Conference Syracuse Jae Crowder, Marquette[67] Stan Heath, South Florida[67] 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York, New York)
Big Sky Conference Montana Damian Lillard, Weber State[68] Wayne Tinkle, Montana[69] 2012 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites Montana
Big South Conference UNC Asheville Matt Dickey, UNC Asheville[70] Barclay Radebaugh, Charleston Southern[70] 2012 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites UNC Asheville
Big Ten Conference Michigan State,
Ohio State
& Michigan
Draymond Green, Michigan State[71] Tom Izzo, Michigan State[71] 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Michigan State
Big West Conference Long Beach State Casper Ware, Long Beach State[72] Dan Monson, Long Beach State[72] 2012 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Honda Center
Anaheim, California
Long Beach State
Colonial Athletic Association Drexel Ryan Pearson, George Mason[73] Bruiser Flint, Drexel[73] 2012 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Conference USA Memphis Will Barton, Memphis[74] Larry Eustachy, Southern Miss[74] 2012 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Great West Conference Utah Valley Isaiah Wilkerson, NJIT[75] Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley[75] 2012 Great West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center
North Dakota
Horizon League Valparaiso Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso[76] Bryce Drew, Valparaiso[76] 2012 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Second round and semifinals at No. 1 seed
Final at top surviving seed
Independent Cal State Bakersfield Antwan Carter, Longwood[77] No Tournament
Ivy League Harvard Zack Rosen, Penn[78] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Iona Scott Machado, Iona[79] Jimmy Patsos, Loyola (MD)[80] 2012 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament MassMutual Center
Springfield, Massachusetts
Loyola (MD)
Mid-American Conference Akron (East)
Eastern Michigan (West)
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo[81] Rob Murphy, Eastern Michigan[81] 2012 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Savannah State Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State[82] Horace Broadnax, Savannah State[82] 2012 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament LJVM Coliseum
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Norfolk State
Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State Doug McDermott, Creighton[83] Gregg Marshall, Wichita State[84] 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Mountain West Conference New Mexico & San Diego State Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State[85] Steve Fisher, San Diego State[85] 2012 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, Nevada)
New Mexico
Northeast Conference Long Island Julian Boyd, Long Island[86] Glenn Braica, St. Francis (NY)[86] 2012 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Long Island
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State Isaiah Canaan, Murray State[87] Steve Prohm, Murray State[87] 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Murray State
Pac-12 Conference Washington Jorge Gutierrez, California[88] Lorenzo Romar, Washington[88] 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles, California)
Patriot League Bucknell C. J. McCollum, Lehigh[89] Dave Paulsen, Bucknell[89] 2012 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Lehigh
Southeastern Conference Kentucky Anthony Davis,[90][91] Kentucky John Calipari, Kentucky[90][91] 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament New Orleans Arena
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
Southern Conference Davidson (South)
UNC Greensboro (North)
De'Mon Brooks[92] (Coaches) & Jake Cohen[93] (Media), Davidson Bob McKillop, Davidson (Coaches)[92]
Wes Miller, UNC Greensboro (Media)[93]
2012 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Asheville Civic Center
Asheville, North Carolina
Southland Conference Lamar (East)
Texas-Arlington (West)
Patrick Richard, McNeese State[94] Scott Cross, Texas-Arlington[94] 2012 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
Katy, Texas
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State Paul Crosby, Mississippi Valley State[95] Sean Woods, Mississippi Valley State[95] 2012 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Garland Special Events Center
Garland, Texas
Mississippi Valley State
The Summit League Oral Roberts Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts[96] Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts[96] 2012 The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Sioux Falls Arena
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
South Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Middle Tennessee (East)
Arkansas-Little Rock (West)
LaRon Dendy, Middle Tennessee[97] Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee[97] 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Summit Arena
(Hot Springs, Arkansas)
Western Kentucky
West Coast Conference Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's[98] Max Good, Loyola Marymount[98] 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Saint Mary's
Western Athletic Conference Nevada Deonte Burton, Nevada[99] David Carter, Nevada[99] 2012 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
New Mexico State

Statistical leaders

Postseason tournaments

NCAA tournament

Final Four - Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

National Semifinals
March 31
National Championship Game
April 2
S1 Kentucky 69
W4 Louisville 61
S1 Kentucky 67
M2 Kansas 59
E2 Ohio State 62
M2 Kansas 64

Tournament upsets

For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

Date Winner Score Loser
March 15 VCU (#12, South) 62-59 Wichita State (#5, South)
March 16 Norfolk State (#15, West) 86-84 Missouri (#2, West)
March 16 Ohio (#13, Midwest) 65-60 Michigan (#4, Midwest)
March 16 Lehigh (#15, South) 75-70 Duke (#2, South)
March 16 South Florida (#12, Midwest) 58-44 Temple (#5, Midwest)
March 18 NC State (#11, Midwest) 66-63 Georgetown (#3, Midwest)

National Invitation tournament

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the NCAA invited 32 teams to participate in the National Invitation Tournament. The tournament began on March 13, with all games prior to the semifinals played on campus sites. The semifinals and final were respectively held on March 27 and 29 at the traditional site of Madison Square Garden.

NIT Semifinals and Final

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

March 27, 2012
Championship Game
March 29, 2012
1 Washington 67
6 Minnesota 68OT
6 Minnesota 51
3 Stanford 75
5 UMass 64
3 Stanford 74

College Basketball Invitational

The fifth College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament was held beginning March 13 and ended with a best-of-three final, which went to the maximum number of games and ended on March 30.

March 31, 2012
Championship Series
March 26, 28, 30
(best of three)
  Washington State 72  
  Oregon State 55  
    Host Gm.1 Washington State 67 53 65
  Host Gm.2/3 Pittsburgh 66 57 71
  Pittsburgh 68OT
  Butler 62  

CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

The fourth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was held beginning March 15 and ended with a championship game on March 28. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT.

March 24, 25
March 28
1 Mercer 64
4 Fairfield 59
Mercer 70
Utah State 67
3 Oakland 81
2 Utah State 105

Award winners

Consensus All-American teams

The following players are recognized as the 2012 Consensus All-Americans:

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Anthony Davis C-PF Freshman Kentucky
Draymond Green PF-C Senior Michigan State
Doug McDermott G-F Sophomore Creighton
Thomas Robinson F Junior Kansas
Jared Sullinger PF-C Sophomore Ohio State

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Isaiah Canaan G Junior Murray State
Marcus Denmon G Senior Missouri
Kevin Jones F Junior West Virginia
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF-SG Freshman Kentucky
Tyler Zeller PF-C Senior North Carolina

Major player of the year awards

Major freshman of the year awards

Major coach of the year awards

Other major awards

Coaching changes

A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
Air Force Jeff Reynolds Dave Pilopovich Reynolds was fired February 8. ESPN wrote that "His intensity on the bench began to rub the Falcons the wrong way, zapping the fun from the game."[126] Dave Pilopovich was named interim coach, then later given the job permanently.
Binghamton Mark Macon Tommy Dempsey Macon compiled a 24-68 record in his three seasons as head coach, including a 2-29 mark last winter, 1-15 in America East Conference play[127]
Brown Jesse Agel Mike Martin[128] Agel was fired after his fourth season following an 8-23 season.[129]
Cal State Fullerton Bob Burton Andy Newman Dedrique Taylor Burton resigned on June 22 and assistant Newman was named interim head coach for the 2012-13 season.[130]
Canisius Tom Parrotta Jim Baron In six seasons as the Griffs' head coach, Parrotta posted a career record of 64-121 and a 30-78 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The team went 5-25 overall and 1-17 in league during the 2011-12 campaign.[131]
Central Michigan Ernie Zeigler Keno Davis Zeigler was 75-111 over six seasons. He was given a new, four-year contract two years ago when he was just about to sign his son, Trey, to a scholarship to play for the Chippewas.[132]
College of Charleston Bobby Cremins Doug Wojcik Cremins announced his retirement on Monday, March 19 at the College of Charleston. Cremins had coached at the school for six seasons after retiring from Georgia Tech, but took a leave of absence in late January due to exhaustion.[133]
Colorado State Tim Miles Larry Eustachy[134] Miles resigned on March 23 to take the job at Nebraska. Miles led the Rams to the NCAA tournament and a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West (8-6) and a 20-12 overall record. Miles spent five years with the Rams and improved the win total every season from seven to nine to 16 to 19 to 20. He also went to the CBI, NIT and now the NCAA tournament.[135]
Duquesne Ron Everhart Jim Ferry Everhart was 98-88 in six seasons with Duquesne, going 46-50 in Atlantic 10 play. Questions began to surface when three members of the team - including sophomore point guard T.J. McConnell, the team's best overall player - announced intentions to transfer.[136]
Eastern Illinois Mike Miller Jay Spoonhour Miller compiled a 75-130 overall record and a 44-84 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference in seven seasons at Eastern Illinois.[137] The Panthers hired Jay Spoonhour, a successful junior college coach and son of Charlie Spoonhour, a longtime college coach who died in February 2012.[138]
FIU Isiah Thomas Richard Pitino[139] Thomas went 26-65 in three seasons. Under Thomas, FIU never won more than 11 games in a season.[140] The Golden Panthers hired Pitino, who had been associate head coach at Louisville under his father Rick.
Grambling State Bobby Washington Joseph Price[141] Grambling reassigned Washington to another role within the university.[142]
Idaho State Joe O'Brien Deane Martin Bill Evans O'Brien resigned as Bengals coach in a move announced December 19, 2011.[143]
Illinois Bruce Weber John Groce Weber coached the Illini for nine years, posting a 210-101 record and seven 20-win seasons. However, the Illini missed the NCAA Tournament three of the last five years, and won only two tournament games since reaching the national championship game in 2005.[144]
Illinois State Tim Jankovich Dan Muller Jankovich left Illinois State to become Associate Head Coach and coach-in-waiting at SMU.[145]
Kansas State Frank Martin Bruce Weber Martin left to take the South Carolina job.
Long Island Jim Ferry Jack Perri Ferry left to take the Duquesne job. Assistant coach Jack Perri was appointed the new head coach on April 10, 2012.[146]
LSU Trent Johnson Johnny Jones[147] Johnson left LSU to take the TCU job.
Miami (OH) Charlie Coles John Cooper Coles retired after 16 years at Miami.[148]
Mississippi State Rick Stansbury Rick Ray Stansbury retired after 14 years at Mississippi State, Stansbury led the Bulldogs to a 293-166 record, including 11 postseason appearances - but last went to the NCAA tournament in 2009.[149]
Mississippi Valley State Sean Woods Chico Potts Woods left to take the Morehead State job.
Morehead State Donnie Tyndall Sean Woods[150] Tyndall left to take the Southern Miss job.
Mount St. Mary's Robert Burke Matt Henry Jamion Christian Burke was placed on administrative leave and Henry was named acting head coach on February 15. Burke formally resigned at the end of the season.[151]
Nebraska Doc Sadler Tim Miles Sadler was 89-70 overall and 34-64 in league play in the six years at Nebraska.[152]
North Carolina A&T Jerry Eaves Cy Alexander Eaves' contract with the school expires May 30, 2013. Eaves finishes his tenure at A&T with a 99-180 record over nine seasons. He is third on the program's all-time wins list.[153]
North Texas Johnny Jones Tony Benford Jones left to take the LSU job.
Northern Arizona Mike Adras Dave Brown Jack Murphy Adras resigned as head coach to pursue other opportunities.[154] After a disastrous season that ended with a 16-game losing streak, new AD Lisa Campos hired Murphy, who spent the last three years as an assistant with Memphis.[155]
Ohio John Groce Jim Christian Groce left to take the Illinois job.
Rhode Island Jim Baron Dan Hurley Baron was fired after the Rams finished 7-24 overall 4-12 in A-10 play and failed to qualify for the league tournament.[156] Dan Hurley was named the new coach on March 21, 2012.
Rider Tommy Dempsey Kevin Baggett Dempsey took the open position at Binghamton after the season ended.[157]
Saint Francis (PA) Don Friday Rob Krimmel Friday was let go and replaced by Krimmel - son of Saint Francis athletic director Bob Krimmel.[158]
Samford Jimmy Tillette Bennie Seltzer Tillette was the winningest coach in Samford history with an overall record of 229-219. He took the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000. The program had struggled since its transition to the Southern Conference.[159]
SMU Matt Doherty Larry Brown Doherty went 80-109 in six season with the Mustangs and just 30-67 in conference play. SMU finished 13-19 this season and lost 11 of its final 14 games.[160]
South Carolina Darrin Horn Frank Martin Horn was fired after the Gamecocks lost 24 of their last 27 SEC games. Horn finishes his career at South Carolina 23-45 in league games and 60-63 overall with three losing seasons in a row.[161]
Southern Illinois Chris Lowery Barry Hinson Lowery had been under fire for the last couple years as the program deteriorated and ultimately bottomed out with an 8-23 record this season - a school record for losses in a season.[162]
Southern Miss Larry Eustachy Donnie Tyndall Eustachy left to take the Colorado State job.
Southern Utah Roger Reid Nick Robinson After almost forty years of coaching basketball, Reid announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at Southern Utah. He retires with an overall Division I record of 205-173, including a 54-97 record at SUU.[163]
TCU Jim Christian Trent Johnson Christian accepted the job at Ohio, Christian has gone 56-73 in four seasons at the helm, but had success in his six years at Kent State.[164]
Tennessee State John Cooper Travis Williams Cooper left to take the Miami (OH) job.
Texas Southern Tony Harvey Mike Davis (Interim) Harvey's resignation was announced July 3, 2012.[165]
Tulsa Doug Wojcik Danny Manning Wojcik, compiled a career record of 140-92 in his seven seasons at Tulsa and became the school's all-time leader in coaching victories last month. The lack of an NCAA Tournament appearance and a deteriorating fan base may have weighed heavily against Wojcik.[166]
UAB Mike Davis Jerod Haase Davis said he was told he was fired because of poor ticket sales and attendance.[167]
UNC Greensboro Mike Dement Wes Miller Dement stepped aside as Spartans coach in a move announced on December 13, 2011.[168]
Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg James Johnson Greenberg was let go on April 23 after significant turnover from his coaching staff.[169]
Wagner Dan Hurley Bashir Mason Hurley left to take the Rhode Island job.[170] The Seahawks elevated assistant Mason to the top job, making him the current youngest Division I men's head coach at age 28.[171]
Western Kentucky Ken McDonald Ray Harper On January 6, McDonald was released from his contract, citing lackluster attendance and a 5-11 start to the season.[172] Ray Harper was named interim coach, then later given the job permanently.
Winthrop Randy Peele Pat Kelsey Peele was fired after Winthrop finished with a losing record for the second consecutive season - the first time the Eagles had back-to-back losing seasons since 1997 and 1998.[173]


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