2011–12 Baylor Bears basketball team

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2011–12 Baylor Bears men's basketball
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Las Vegas Classic Champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #9
2011–12 record 30-7 (12–6 Big 12)
Head coach Scott Drew
Assistant coach Jerome Tang
Assistant coach Grant McCasland
Assistant coach Paul Mills
Home arena Ferrell Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Kansas 16 2   .889     32 7   .821
#3 Missouri 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
Iowa State 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
#9 Baylor 12 6   .667     30 8   .789
Kansas State 10 8   .556     22 10   .688
Texas 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Oklahoma State 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Oklahoma 5 13   .278     15 16   .484
Texas A&M 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Texas Tech 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2012 Big 12 Tournament winner
As of March 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Baylor Bears basketball men's team finished 30-7 overall and 12-6 in Big 12 Conference play to finish in a 3rd-place tie with Iowa State. In postseason play, Baylor lost to Missouri in the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game and Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Pre-season[edit]

From August 12 to 15, the Baylor Bears participated in the Canadian Foreign Tour which began their pre-season, going 3-1 during the tour. The Bears concluded their pre-season against Abilene Christian University. The Bears began regular season play ranked #12 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Pre-season polls.

Coaching[edit]

Scott Drew guided the Bears to school records in both conference wins (12) and wins overall (30). It was his ninth season as head coach.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

In the 2011-12 season, Baylor had one of its best seasons since 2008-09, going 27-7, with their highest ranking being #3. They also won the Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic. These efforts lead to a #3 seed in the South region of the NCAA Tournament.

In Baylor's second round game of the tournament, there were a number of stand out performances. Bears sophomore Brady Heslip, hit nine 3-pointers on the way to a new career high of 27 points. Heslip help lead the Bears to a victory over the 11th seed University of Colorado, which earned them a spot in the final 16 to face Xavier University.

In the sweet 16 game vs Xavier University, Baylor shot out of the gate with a commanding 20-4 lead, only to have that lead cut to 7 at half time. The non-existent paint game of the Baylor Bears in the second and third rounds was finally existent in the game against Xavier. Quincy Acy's powerful dunks and paint game helped spark the Baylor bears throughout the game. Quincy Acy finished with a team high 20 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Pierre Jackson added 15 and Perry Jones III had 14 points. Burlington, Ontario's Brady Heslip helped clinch the victory by knocking down 4 crucial free throws in the last minute.

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, the Baylor Bears played The University of Kentucky in an Elite 8 match up to see who would advance to The Final Four in New Orleans. The Bears were unable to match the size and athleticism of the Kentucky players. Kentucky dominated the first half and led by 20 points going into half time. Kentucky managed to absorb a 9-1 Baylor run midway through the second half and got back to playing their up-tempo game, leading them to the 82-70 victory over the Bears. Unfortunately for the Bears, their season came to an end in this Elite 8 match-up.

"Kentucky are the most athletic team in the country; they forced us into turnovers and tough shots. They converted in transition and really showed their athleticism and sped the game up. They defended well too." Quote from Brady Heslip.

One of Baylor's four senior's, Quincy Acy, had an outstanding year as a Small Forward not only in the Final Four tournament but the regular season, and pre-season. He scored double-digits in the points column in a number of games, including setting a career high in blocks with 6 in a single game. Acy was named the Big 12 "Best Athlete" by Sporting News. Quincy will be graduating this year (2012) and is an eligible prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft. While Baylor will be losing a strong player and leader, they have a number of junior's and sophomore's with the talent and ability to step up into a leadership role for the 2012-13 season.

Roster[edit]

Source[1]

2011–12 Baylor Bears men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 0 Franklin, GaryGary Franklin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Mater Dei Santa Ana, CA
F 1 Jones III, PerryPerry Jones III 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Duncanville Duncanville, TX
F 2 Neubert, JacobJacob Neubert 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Midway Waco, TX
G 3 Ellis, FredFred Ellis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Sacramento Sacramento, CA
F 4 Acy, QuincyQuincy Acy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Horn Mesquite, TX
G 5 Heslip, BradyBrady Heslip 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So New Hampton
Boston College
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
C 11 Morgan, J'MisonJ'Mison Morgan Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Sr South Oak Cliff HS
UCLA
Dallas, TX
G 14 Bello, DeuceDeuce Bello 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Westchester Country Day School Greensboro, NC
G 20 Lowery, LoganLogan Lowery Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Kingwood
Centenary
Kingwood, TX
G 22 Walton, A.J.A.J. Walton 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Hall Little Rock, AR
F 30 Miller, QuincyQuincy Miller 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Westchester Country Day School Chicago, IL
F 34 Jefferson, CoryCory Jefferson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Killeen Killeen, TX
F 41 Jones, AnthonyAnthony Jones 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Yates Houston, TX
G 55 Jackson, PierrePierre Jackson 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Gary Franklin, who transferred from California after the 2010 fall semester, became eligible to play for Baylor in the 2012 spring semester.
  • Logan Lowery transferred from Centenary after the 2010–11 season. Because Centenary had reclassified to the non-scholarship Division III, Lowery was allowed to immediately play without sitting out a transfer year, but chose to redshirt instead.[2]

Rankings[edit]

On December 5, Baylor moved into sixth in the AP Poll and seventh in the Coaches Poll,[3] achieving the highest ranking in school history.[4]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP Poll[5] 12 11 9 7 6 6 6 6 4 4 3 6 6 6 9 13 9 12 9  
Coaches Poll[5] 12 12 10 8 7 7 7 7 5 4 3 7 6 6 10 14 10 11 10 8


Schedule and results[edit]

Source[6]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
8/12/2011* 4:00pm vs. Belgium Maple Leaf GardensToronto, ON L 68–81  NA
8/13/2011* 12:00pm vs. Canadian Juniors Maple Leaf Gardens • Toronto, ON W 104–78  NA
8/13/2011* 7:30pm at Ryerson Rams Maple Leaf Gardens • Toronto, ON sportscanada.tv W 93–71  NA
8/15/2011* 7:00pm vs. Ontario Revolution Maple Leaf Gardens • Toronto, ON W 103–68  NA
11/01/2011* 7:00pm Abilene Christian Ferrell CenterWaco, TX W 81–54  3,082
Regular Season
11/11/2011* 9:00pm Texas Southern #12 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX W 77–57  7,359 1–0
11/13/2011* 6:00pm Jackson State #12 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX W 92–59  6,103 2–0
11/15/2011* 1:00pm San Diego State #12 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPN W 77–67  6,941 3–0
11/22/2011* 9:00pm South Carolina State #9 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX W 70–50  6,438 4–0
11/23/2011* 7:00pm UT-Arlington #9 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX FSSW/FSH W 75–65  5,988 5–0
11/29/2011* 7:00pm Prairie View A&M #7 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX FSSW/FSH W 90–54  6,072 6–0
12/04/2011* 3:00pm at Northwestern #7 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN W 69–41  6,316 7–0
12/14/2011* 7:00pm Bethune-Cookman #6 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX
(Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic)
FSSW/FSH W 69–42  8,838 8–0
12/17/2011* 1:00pm at BYU #6 Marriott CenterProvo, UT BYUtv W 86–83  22,700 9–0
12/19/2011* 7:00pm Paul Quinn #6 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX
(Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic)
W 95–54  5,034 10–0
12/22/2011* 9:30pm vs. Saint Mary's #6 Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic)
ESPN3 W 72–59  1,526 11–0
12/23/2011* 8:00pm vs. West Virginia #6 Orleans Arena • Las Vegas, NV
(Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic)
ESPN W 83–81 OT 1,526 12–0
12/28/2011* 8:00pm vs. #15 Mississippi State #6 American Airlines CenterDallas, TX
(The Showcase)
ESPN2 W 54–52  6,707 13–0
01/02/2012 6:00pm Texas A&M #4 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPNU W 61–52  8,424 14–0 (1–0)
01/07/2012 12:45pm at Texas Tech #4 United Spirit ArenaLubbock, TX Big 12 Network W 73–60  8,247 15–0 (2–0)
01/10/2012 7:00pm at #18 Kansas State #4 Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS FSSW/FSH W 75–73  12,528 16–0 (3–0)
01/14/2012 2:00pm Oklahoma State #4 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPN2 W 106–65  9,594 17–0 (4–0)
01/16/2012 8:30pm at #7 Kansas #3 Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS ESPN L 74–92  16,300 17–1 (4–1)
01/21/2012 1:00pm #5 Missouri #3 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPN L 88–89  10,617 17–2 (4–2)
01/24/2012 7:00pm at Oklahoma #6 Lloyd Noble CenterNorman, OK Big 12 Network W 77–65  8,004 18–2 (5–2)
01/28/2012 12:00pm Texas #6 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX CBS W 76–71  10,299 19–2 (6–2)
02/01/2012 8:00pm at Texas A&M #6 Reed ArenaCollege Station, TX ESPN2 W 63–60  9,309 20–2 (7–2)
02/04/2012 12:45pm at Oklahoma State #6 Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK Big 12 Network W 64–60  10,775 21–2 (8–2)
02/08/2012 6:00pm #10 Kansas #6 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPN2 L 54–68  9,386 21–3 (8–3)
02/11/2012 12:45pm at #4 Missouri #6 Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO Big 12 Network L 57–72  15,061 21–4 (8–4)
02/13/2012 6:00pm Iowa State #9 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPNU W 79–64  7,047 22–4 (9–4)
02/18/2012 12:45pm Kansas State #9 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX Big 12 Network L 56–57  7,174 22–5 (9–5)
02/20/2012 8:00pm at Texas #13 Frank Erwin CenterAustin, TX ESPN W 77–72  14,501 23–5 (10–5)
02/25/2012 12:45pm Oklahoma #13 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX Big 12 Network W 70–60  7,793 24–5 (11–5)
02/27/2012 8:00pm Texas Tech #9 Ferrell Center • Waco, TX ESPNU W 77–48  7,123 25–5 (12–5)
03/03/2012 6:00pm at Iowa State #9 Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA Cyclones TVN L 72–80  14,376 25–6 (12–6)
2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament
03/08/2012 11:30am vs. Kansas State #12 Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN2 W 82–74  18,972 26–6
03/09/2012 6:30pm vs. #3 Kansas #12 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Semifinals)
Big 12 Network/ESPNU W 81–72  18,972 27–6
03/10/12 4:30pm vs. #5 Missouri #12 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Championship Game)
ESPN L 75–90  18,972 27–7
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/15/2012* 6:27 PM vs. (S 14) South Dakota State #9 (S 3) The PitAlbuquerque, NM
(Second Round)
truTV W 68–60  N/A 28–7
03/17/2012* 7:59 PM vs. (S 11) Colorado #9 (S 3) The Pit • Albuquerque, NM
(Third Round)
TNT W 80–63  N/A 29–7
03/23/2012* 6:15 PM vs. #(S 10) Xavier #9 (S 3) Georgia DomeAtlanta, Georgia
(Sweet Sixteen)
CBS W 75-70  N/A 30–7
03/25/2012* 1:20 PM vs. Kentucky #9 (S 3) Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(Elite Eight)
CBS L 70-82  N/A 30-8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

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