2011–12 Big East Conference men's basketball season

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2011–12 Big East Conference men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration December 27, 2011
through March 3, 2012
Number of teams 16
Total attendance 2,943,956 [1]
Average attendance 10,823 [1]
TV partner(s) Big East Network, ESPN
Regular Season
Champion Syracuse (17–1)
Runners-up Marquette (14–4)
Season MVP Jae Crowder (MARQ)
Tournament
Champions Louisville
  Runners-up Cincinnati
Tournament MVP Peyton Siva (LOU)
Big East Conference men's basketball seasons
2011–12 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Syracuse 17 1   .944     34 3   .919
#11 Marquette 14 4   .778     27 8   .771
Notre Dame 13 5   .722     22 12   .647
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     26 11   .703
#15 Georgetown 12 6   .667     24 9   .727
South Florida 12 6   .667     22 14   .611
#17 Louisville 10 8   .556     30 10   .750
West Virginia 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Connecticut 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Seton Hall 8 10   .444     21 13   .618
Rutgers 6 12   .333     14 18   .438
St. John's 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Pittsburgh 5 13   .278     22 17   .564
Villanova 5 13   .278     13 19   .406
Providence 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
DePaul 3 15   .167     12 19   .387
2012 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 31, 2012[2]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Big East Conference men's basketball season was the 33rd season of competitive basketball played by the Big East Conference, since its inception in 1979, and involved its 16 full-time member schools. The season officially opened on December 27, 2011, when Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh, 72–59, and St. John's defeated Providence, 91–67, and ended on March 3, 2012, with a 61–58 victory for Rutgers over St. John's.

Syracuse captured the regular season title for the tenth time,[3] and third outright, with a conference win-loss record of 17–1, which tied Connecticut in 1995–96 for most regular season conference wins in conference history.[4] The Orange also received the no. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament, and a bye into the quarterfinals, along with 2nd-seed Marquette, 3rd-seed Notre Dame, and 4th-seed Cincinnati. Georgetown, South Florida, Louisville, and West Virginia rounded out the top eight, and all received a bye into the tournament's second round. Play began at noon on Tuesday, March 6 in Madison Square Garden, when 9th-seed Connecticut defeated 16th-seed DePaul, 81–67.[5] Play ended on Saturday, March 10, when Louisville defeated Cincinnati, 50–44, for their second Big East Championship.[6]

The Big East led all conferences in having nine teams selected to the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[7]

The 2011–12 season marked the Big East's seventh and final season as a 16-team basketball league, with the departure of West Virginia to the Big 12 Conference for the 2012–13 season.

Preseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2011–12 season, one Big East program hired a new coach, following the dismissal or resignation of their former coach:

  • Providence: After three seasons, Providence fired Keno Davis on March 11, 2011, despite five years remaining on Davis' contract.[8] After an NIT berth in 2008–09, Davis' squad finished 15th and 14th in the conference in 2009–10 and 2010–11, respectively. Davis finished with a 46–50 (.479) overall record and 18–36 (.333) conference record. He was replaced with Fairfield head coach and Providence native Ed Cooley on March 22, 2011.[9]

Conference predictions[edit]

At Big East media day on October 19, the conference released their predictions for standings and All-Big East teams.[10][11]

Predicted Big East results[edit]

Big East Coaches[10] Big East Writers[12] Rivals.com[13]
T-1. Connecticut (7*) Syracuse (6) Connecticut
T-1. Syracuse (5) Connecticut (8) Syracuse
3. Louisville (3) Louisville (2) Pittsburgh
4. Pittsburgh (1) Pittsburgh Marquette
5. Cincinnati Marquette Louisville
6. Marquette Cincinnati Cincinnati
7. West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
8. Villanova Villanova Villanova
9. Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
10. Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown
11. Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers
12. St. John's St. John's DePaul
13. Seton Hall Seton Hall Seton Hall
14. South Florida South Florida St. John's
15. Providence DePaul Providence
16. DePaul Providence South Florida
*first place votes

Preseason All-Big East teams[edit]

First Team Second Team Honorable Mention
Ashton Gibbs, G., PITT
Jeremy Lamb, G., CONN
Darius Johnson-Odom, G., MARQ
Tim Abromaitis, F., ND
Kris Joseph, F., SYR
Kevin Jones, F., WVU
Yancy Gates, F., CIN
Alex Oriakhi, F., CONN
Peyton Siva, G., LOU
Scoop Jardine, G., SYR
Maalik Wayns, G., VILL
Andre Drummond, C., CONN
Shabazz Napier, G., CONN
Cleveland Melvin, F., DEP
Jae Crowder, F., MARQ
Augustus Gilchrist, F., USF

Big East Preseason Player of the Year: Ashton Gibbs, G., Pittsburgh
Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year: Andre Drummond, C., Connecticut

Preseason national polls[edit]

AP[14] Coaches[15] Athlon Lindy's Sporting News[16] Fox Sports[17] CBS Sports[18] Rivals.com[19] Blue Ribbon
Cincinnati 22 21 18 17 21 16 23
Connecticut 4 4 4 8 4 4 3 3 5
DePaul
Georgetown
Louisville 8 9 8 12 16 9 8 16 13
Marquette 21 22 17 21 22 14 22
Notre Dame RV
Pittsburgh 11 10 10 6 11 10 10 9 8
Providence
Rutgers
St. John's RV
Seton Hall
South Florida
Syracuse 5 5 5 9 6 5 4 6 4
Villanova RV RV 25
West Virginia RV RV

Watchlists[edit]

On October 3, the Wooden Award preseason watch list included ten Big East players. The watchlist was composed of 50 players who were not transfers, freshmen or medical redshirts.[20] On November 7, the Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist of 50 players was announced, which included nine Big East names.[21]

Wooden[20] Naismith[21]
Tim Abromaitis, ND Green tickY Green tickY
Andre Drummond, CONN Green tickY
Ashton Gibbs, PITT Green tickY Green tickY
Scoop Jardine, SYR Green tickY
Darius Johnson-Odom, MARQ Green tickY Green tickY
Kevin Jones, WVU Green tickY Green tickY
Kris Joseph, SYR Green tickY Green tickY
Jeremy Lamb, CONN Green tickY Green tickY
Alex Oriakhi, CONN Green tickY Green tickY
Peyton Siva, LOU Green tickY Green tickY
Maalik Wayns, VILL Green tickY

Regular season[edit]

Season summary & highlights[edit]

  • Syracuse won the NIT Season Tip-Off, defeating Stanford in the finals, 69–63.[22]
  • Marquette won the Paradise Jam Tournament, defeating Norfolk State in the finals, 59–57.[23]
  • On November 11, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recorded his 600th career win in an 83–48 victory over Tennessee–Martin.[24] He became the 15th fastest coach to do so (38th overall).[24]
  • On November 27, Syracuse fired associate head coach Bernie Fine, who had been an assistant under head coach Jim Boeheim since 1976, after Fine was alleged to have sexually abused team ball boys decades prior.[25]
  • Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun was suspended for the first three games of the Big East regular season, following NCAA sanctions in February 2011 for recruiting violations.[26] Under associate head coach George Blaney, the Huskies went 2–1 to start their conference schedule.
  • On February 3, Calhoun took his second medical leave of absence in three seasons, eventually undergoing surgery on February 27 for spinal stenosis. The Huskies went 3–5 under Blaney before Calhoun returned to coach in the regular season finale.[27]
  • With 30 regular season wins, Syracuse set a school record, eclipsing the mark of 28 regular season wins set in 2009–10.[28] With a 17–1 conference record, the Orange tied the 1995–96 Connecticut squad, which also went 17–1, for conference wins.[28] They also became the first team in Big East history with just one regular season loss overall (January 21 at Notre Dame, 67–58).[28] Syracuse was also unbeaten at home in the Carrier Dome, for the second time in school history (2002–03).[4]

Midseason watchlists[edit]

On January 17, the Wooden Award midseason watchlist was released, and included four Big East players.[29] The list was composed of 25 players, reduced from the preseason list of 50. There were no newcomers to the list from the preseason. In addition, seven Big East players who were on the preseason list did not appear at midseason: Tim Abromaitis, Andre Drummond, Ashton Gibbs, Scoop Jardine, Alex Oriakhi, Peyton Siva, and Maalik Wayns.[29] On February 29, the Naismith Top 30 was announced, and included newcomer Syracuse guard Dion Waiters.[30] Meanwhile, Abromaitis, Drummond, Gibbs, Jeremy Lamb, Oriakhi, and Siva, who were on the preseason list, did not appear at midseason.

Wooden[29] Naismith[30]
Darius Johnson-Odom, MARQ Green tickY Green tickY
Kevin Jones, WVU Green tickY Green tickY
Kris Joseph, SYR Green tickY Green tickY
Jeremy Lamb, CONN Green tickY
Dion Waiters, SYR Green tickY

Composite matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play.

  Cincinnati Connecticut DePaul Georgetown Louisville Marquette Notre Dame Pittsburgh Providence Rutgers St. John's Seton Hall South Florida Syracuse Villanova West Virginia
vs. Cincinnati 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0
vs. Connecticut 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1
vs. DePaul 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Georgetown 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
vs. Louisville 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1
vs. Marquette 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1
vs. Notre Dame 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1-0 0-1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2
vs. Pittsburgh 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–1
vs. Providence 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Rutgers 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1-1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0
vs. St. John's 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Seton Hall 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. South Florida 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0
vs. Syracuse 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1
vs. Villanova 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0
vs. West Virginia 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1
Total 12–6 8–10 3–15 12–6 10–8 14–4 13–5 5–13 4–14 6–12 6–12 8–10 12–6 17–1 5–13 9–9

Statistical leaders[edit]

The regular season team, individual, and attendance figures include all conference and non-conference games played from November 7, 2011 through March 3, 2012.[31]

Team[edit]



Individual[edit]


Attendance[edit]

Rk Team Home Gms. Home Att. Avg. Home Away Gms. Away Att. Avg. Away Neut. Gms. Neut. Att. Avg. Neut. Total Gms. Total Att. Avg.
1 Syracuse 19 448,736 23,618 10 141,933 14,193 2 16,770 8,385 31 607,439 19,595
2 Louisville 20 430,052 21,503 11 160,957 14,632 0 0 0 31 591,009 19,065
3 Marquette 16 242,205 15,138 11 145,954 13,269 4 17,066 4,266 31 405,225 13,072
4 Connecticut 17 214,873 12,640 10 146,339 14,634 3 5,146 1,715 30 366,358 12,212
5 Pittsburgh 18 182,968 10,165 11 142,781 12,980 2 32,926 16,463 31 358,675 11,570
6 Georgetown 16 180,530 11,283 10 147,312 14,731 3 7,200 2,400 29 335,042 11,553
7 West Virginia 16 158,887 9,930 10 111,890 11,189 5 40,882 8,176 31 311,659 10,054
8 Notre Dame 17 135,975 7,999 10 121,025 12,102 4 41,214 13,738* 31 298,214 9,940*
9 Villanova 15 133,839 8,923 11 125,039 11,367 4 9,658 4,829** 30 268,536 9,591**
10 St. John's 17 133,129 7,831 12 125,713 10,476 2 9,036 9,036† 31 267,878 8,929†
11 Cincinnati 18 145,235 8,069 12 115,055 9,588 1 4,439 4,439 31 264,729 8,540
12 Seton Hall 16 121,587 7,599 11 114,796 10,436 3 6,504 3,252‡ 30 242,887 8,375‡
13 Providence 17 134,007 7,883 12 108,950 9,079 2 1,375 688 31 244,332 7,882
14 DePaul 16 123,832 7,740 11 89,353 8,123 3 8,275 2,758 30 221,460 7,382
15 South Florida 16 61,590 3,849 13 147,679 11,360 2 n/a n/a 31 209,269 7,216§
16 Rutgers 18 96,511 5,362 10 104,860 10,486 3 862 862§§ 31 202,233 6,974§§
  TOTALS 272 2,943,956 10,823 175 2,049,636 11,712 43 201,353 5,922^ 490 5,194,945 10,800^
* – does not factor one neutral game played, vs. Georgia, in the 2011 CBE Classic, which does not have an attendance figure on record.[32] Averages are therefore calculated based on the three neutral games and 30 total games with attendance figures.
** – does not factor two neutral games played, vs. Saint Louis and Santa Clara, in the 2011 76 Classic, which do not have attendance figures on record.[33][34] Averages are therefore calculated based on the two neutral games and 28 total games with attendance figures.
† – does not factor one neutral game played, vs. Texas A&M, in the 2011 2K Sports Classic, which does not have an attendance figure on record.[35] Averages are therefore calculated based on the one neutral game and 30 total games with attendance figures.
‡ – does not factor one neutral game played, vs. St. Joseph's, in the 2011 Charleston Classic, which does not have an attendance figure on record.[36] Averages are therefore calculated based on the two neutral games and 29 total games with attendance figures.
§ – does not factor two neutral games played, vs. Old Dominion and Penn State, in the 2011 Hall of Fame Tip-Off, which do not have attendance figures on record.[37][38] Overall average is therefore calculated based on the 29 games with attendance figures.
§§ – does not factor two neutral games played, vs. Illinois State, in the 2011 Cancún Challenge, and vs. Stony Brook, in the 2011 Holiday Festival, which do not have attendance figures on record.[39][40] Averages are therefore calculated based on the one neutral game and 29 total games with attendance figures.
^ – due to games without attendance figures, overall averages are therefore calculated based on the 34 neutral games and 481 total games with attendance figures.

Postseason[edit]

Big East Tournament[edit]

For the fourth straight year, all 16 teams in the conference participated in the Big East Tournament.[41] Under this format, the teams finishing 9 through 16 in the regular season standings played first round games, while teams 5 through 8 received a bye to the second round. The top 4 teams during the regular season received a bye to the quarterfinals. The five-round tournament spanned five consecutive days, from Tuesday, March 6, through Saturday, March 10, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament seeds and results[41]
Seed School Conf. Over. Tiebreaker[42] First Round
Tuesday, March 6
Second Round
Wednesday, March 7
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 8
Semifinals
Friday, March 9
Championship
Saturday, March 10
1. ‡†Syracuse 17–1 31–2 BYE BYE #9 CONN – W, 58–55[43] #4 CIN – L, 68–71[44]
2. Marquette 14–4 25–7 BYE BYE #7 LOU – L, 71–84[45]
3. Notre Dame 13–5 22–11 BYE BYE #6 USF – W, 57–53OT[46] #7 LOU – L, 50–64[47]
4. Cincinnati 12–6 24–10 1–1 vs. USF/GTWN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 1–1 vs. MARQ;
1–0 vs. ND; 1–0 vs. GTWN
BYE BYE #5 GTWN – W, 72–702OT[48] #1 SYR – W, 71–68[44] #7 LOU – L, 44–50[6]
5. #Georgetown 12–6 23–8 1–1 vs. USF/CIN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 1–1 vs. MARQ;
1–0 vs. ND; 0–1 vs. CIN
BYE #13 PITT – W, 64–52[49] #4 CIN – L, 70–722OT[48]
6. #South Florida 12–6 20–13 1–1 vs. CIN/GTWN; 0–1 vs. SYR;
0–1 vs. MARQ; 0–1 vs. ND
BYE #14 VILL – W, 56–47[50] #3 ND – L, 53–57OT[46]
7. #Louisville 10–8 26–9 BYE #10 HALL – W, 61–55[51] #2 MARQ – W, 84–71[45] #3 ND – W, 64–50[47] #4 CIN – W, 50–44[6]
8. #West Virginia 9–9 19–13 BYE #9 CONN – L, 67–71OT[52]
9. Connecticut 8–10 20–13 1–1 vs. HALL; 0–2 vs. SYR; 0–1 vs. MARQ;
1–1 vs. ND; 1–2 vs. GTWN/CIN/USF; 0–1 vs. LOU;
1–0 vs. WVU; 2–1 vs. SJU/RUT; 2–0 vs. PITT/VILL
#16 DEP – W, 81–67[5] #8 WVU – W, 71–67OT[52] #1 SYR – L, 55–58[43]
10. Seton Hall 8–10 20–12 1–1 vs. CONN; 0–1 vs. SYR; 0–1 vs. MARQ;
0–1 vs. ND; 1–2 vs. GTWN/CIN/USF; 0–1 vs. LOU;
1–0 vs. WVU; 1–1 vs. SJU/RUT; 1–1 vs. PITT/VILL
#15 PROV – W, 79–47[53] #7 LOU – L, 55–61[51]
11. Rutgers 6–12 14–18 1–0 vs. SJU #14 VILL – L, 49–70[54]
12. St. John's 6–12 13–19 0–1 vs. RUT #13 PITT – L, 59–73[55]
13. Pittsburgh 5–13 17–15 1–0 vs. VILL #12 SJU – W, 73–59[55] #5 GTWN – L, 52–64[49]
14. Villanova 5–13 13–19 0–1 vs. PITT vs. #11 RUT – W, 70–49[54] #6 USF – L, 47–56[50]
15. Providence 4–14 15–17 #10 HALL – L, 47–79[53]
16. DePaul 3–15 12–19 #9 CONN – L, 67–81[5]
‡ – Big East regular season champions, and tournament No. 1 seed.
† – Received a double-bye in the conference tournament.
# – Received a single-bye in the conference tournament.
Overall records include all games played in the Big East Tournament.

Highlights[edit]

  • The Championship match-up between Louisville and Cincinnati was the first time in the 34-year history of the tournament that at least one of the original seven members of the conference wasn't involved in the title game.[6]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The official tournament selection process took place on Sunday, March 11, and the following nine Big East teams received bids into the tournament:[7]

Seed Region School First Four Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four Championship
4 West Louisville n/a #13 DavidsonW, 69–62 #5 New MexicoW, 59–56 #1 Michigan StateW, 57–44 #7 FloridaW, 72–68 #1 Kentucky - L, 61–69  
1 East Syracuse n/a #16 UNC AshevilleW, 72–65 #8 Kansas StateW, 75–59 #4 WisconsinW, 64–63 #2 Ohio StateL, 70–77    
3 West Marquette n/a #14 BYUW, 88–68 #6 Murray StateW, 62–53 #7 FloridaL, 58–68      
6 East Cincinnati n/a #11 TexasW, 65–59 #3 Florida StateW, 62–56 #2 Ohio StateW, 81–66      
3 Midwest Georgetown n/a #14 BelmontW, 74–59 #11 NC StateL, 63–66        
12 Midwest South Florida #12 CaliforniaW, 65–54 #5 TempleW, 58–44 #13 OhioL, 56–62        
7 South Notre Dame n/a #10 XavierL, 63–67          
9 South Connecticut n/a #8 Iowa StateL, 64–77          
10 East West Virginia n/a #7 GonzagaL, 54–77          
9 Bids W-L (%): 1–0 (1.000) 6–3 (.667) 4–2 (.667) 2–2 (.500) 1–1 (.500) 0–1 (.000) TOTAL: 14–9 (.609)

After winning the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, Louisville continued its winning streak all the way to the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was defeated by Kentucky, who then defeated Kansas for the national championship. Louisville guard Peyton Siva, forward Chane Behanan, and center Gorgui Dieng were named to the West All-Regional team,[56] with Siva tapped as the Most Outstanding Player of the region. Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine was named to the East All-Regional team.[57]

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

After not receiving a bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Seton Hall was selected as a top seed to the 2012 National Invitation Tournament. They defeated Stony Brook in the first round before losing to Massachusetts in the second round.[58][59]

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking.
  Drop in ranking.
RV Received votes, but were not ranked.
AP AP Poll.[60]
C ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.[61]
2011–12 Big East Conference Weekly Rankings
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
Cincinnati AP 21 20 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV n/a
C 22 20 RV RV RV RV RV 18
Connecticut AP 4 4 4 8 9 9 8 9 8 17 13 24 RV n/a
C 4 4 4 10 9 10 9 9 8 16 11 19 RV RV
DePaul AP n/a
C
Georgetown AP RV RV 18 16 16 12 9 11 10 9 14 12 10 9 11 13 15 n/a
C RV RV 21 17 16 12 9 11 12 10 14 11 9 8 12 14 15 17
Louisville AP 9 8 7 6 5 4 4 4 11 14 23 RV RV 24 19 17 19 RV 17 n/a
C 8 7 7 6 4 4 4 4 10 15 21 25 25 23 18 17 18 RV 18 4
Marquette AP 22 21 16 16 11 11 10 14 20 25 21 17 15 18 12 10 8 9 11 n/a
C 21 19 17 16 11 11 10 13 20 24 22 18 15 19 13 10 7 9 11 10
Notre Dame AP RV RV RV 23 20 20 23 RV n/a
C RV RV RV RV 25 18 19 23 RV RV
Pittsburgh AP 10 9 17 17 15 15 15 22 RV n/a
C 11 9 16 17 14 14 13 22 RV RV
Providence AP n/a
C
Rutgers AP n/a
C
St. John's AP n/a
C RV RV
Seton Hall AP RV 24 RV n/a
C RV RV RV RV
South Florida AP n/a
C RV
Syracuse AP 5 5 5 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a
C 5 5 5 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5
Villanova AP RV RV RV RV n/a
C RV RV RV
West Virginia AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV n/a
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV

Awards and honors[edit]

Conference awards and teams[edit]

The following individuals received postseason honors after having been chosen by the Big East Conference coaches.

2012 Big East Men's Basketball Individual Awards
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Year[62] Jae Crowder, F., MARQUETTE
Coach of the Year[62] Stan Heath, SOUTH FLORIDA
Defensive Player of the Year[63] Fab Melo, C., SYRACUSE
Rookie of the Year[62] Moe Harkless, F., ST. JOHN'S
Scholar-Athlete of the Year[64] Tim Abromaitis, F., NOTRE DAME
Most Improved Player[63] Jack Cooley, F., NOTRE DAME
Sixth Man Award[63] Dion Waiters, G., SYRACUSE
Sportsmanship Award[63] Jason Clark, G., GEORGETOWN

The Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards were announced on Tuesday, March 6, after the post-game interviews of the first session of the first round of the Big East Tournament. The remainder of the individual awards were announced on Monday, March 5, while the All-Big East Men's Basketball Teams were announced on Sunday, March 4.[63][65] Awardees are chosen by a simple ballot, in which coaches are not allowed to vote for their players or themselves (in the case of the Big East Coach of the Year). Coaches voted for Big East Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year from the first team and all-rookie lists, respectively.[65]

Marquette senior forward Jae Crowder was named Player of the Year. Crowder finished the regular season averaging 17.6 points per game, third in the conference, while ranking ninth in the conference in rebounds (7.9 per game). He also ranked second in the Big East in steals (2.4 per game) and recorded seven double-doubles for a Marquette squad that finished second in the conference.[31] South Florida head coach Stan Heath was named Coach of the Year, after leading the Bulls to their first winning conference record (12–6) in the school's seven seasons in the league.[62] Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis, a graduate forward, became the first player to receive the Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the third year in a row. He was limited to two games in 2011–12 due to injury.[64]

Defensive Player of the Year Feb Melo, a sophomore center from Syracuse, led the conference in blocks, averaging 3.7 blocks per game during the conference season.[63]

St. John's freshman forward Moe Harkless was named Rookie of the Year, after averaging 15.5 points per game, second highest among conference freshmen and sixth among freshmen nationally, and 8.5 rebounds per game, also second among Big East freshmen.[31][62]

Other awardees included most improved player Jack Cooley, a junior forward from Notre Dame, who went from playing 10.3 minutes per game in 2010–11 to leading the conference in field goal percentage (.621) and finishing fourth in rebounds per game (9.2) in both conference and non-conference play in 2011–12.[63] Syracuse sophomore guard Dion Waiters was honored with the Sixth Man Award, coming off the bench but serving as the Orange's second-leading scorer (11.9 points per game) and team leader in steals (1.9 per game).[63] Finally, Georgetown senior guard Jason Clark received the Sportsmanship Award.[63]

2012 All-Big East Men's Basketball Teams[65]
First Team Second Team Third Team Honorable Mention All-Rookie Team
Jeremy Lamb, G., CONN
Jason Clark, G., GTWN
Jae Crowder†, F., MARQ
Darius Johnson-Odom, G., MARQ
Kris Joseph, F., SYR
Kevin Jones, F., WVU
Sean Kilpatrick, G., CIN
Jack Cooley, F., ND
Jordan Theodore, G., HALL
Scoop Jardine, G., SYR
Maalik Wayns, G., VILL
Henry Sims, C., GTWN
Vincent Council, G., PROV
Herb Pope, F., HALL
Dion Waiters, G., SYR
Darryl Bryant, G., WVU
Cleveland Melvin, F., DEP
Hollis Thompson, F., GTWN
Kyle Kuric, G/F., LOU
Ashton Gibbs, G., PITT
Moe Harkless, F., SJU
Andre Drummond, C., CONN
Chane Behanan, F., LOU
Jerian Grant, G., ND
LaDontae Henton, F., PROV
Moe Harkless, F., SJU
D'Angelo Harrison, G., SJU
Anthony Collins, G., USF
- denotes unanimous selection

On the All-Big East Men's Basketball Teams, notable members of the first team included Clark, who was given no all-conference consideration prior to the start of the season, and Crowder, who was an honorable mention in the preseason. Crowder was the only unanimous selection for the first team, teaming up with Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who was also named to the first team, to form the highest-scoring pair in the conference. In conference games, Crowder finished fourth with 18.0 points per game and tied for first with 2.9 steals per contest. Selected as an honorable mention was Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs, who was selected to the preseason first-team and was named the Preseason Player of the Year.[11] Meanwhile, St. John's placed two players on the All-Rookie Team, guard D'Angelo Harrison and forward Moe Harkless, who were the top two freshman scorers in the conference.[65]

National awards and teams[edit]

Players[edit]

West Virginia forward Kevin Jones was recognized as a consensus Second Team All-American after being named to the second team All-American lists by the Associated Press,[66] the USBWA,[67] and the NABC,[68] while the Sporting News named him to their third team.[69] In addition, Marquette forward Jae Crowder was selected as a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press[66] and the Sporting News,[69] as well as to the third team by the NABC.[68] The NABC also named Syracuse forward Kris Joseph to their second team.[68]

Award finalists[edit]

On March 6, the Wooden Award final ballot was released, and included three Big East players.[70] The list was composed of 15 players, reduced from the midseason list of 25. Marquette forward Jae Crowder was the newcomer to the list, while two Big East players who were on the midseason list did not appear on the final ballot: Darius Johnson-Odom and Jeremy Lamb.[70] No Big East players were among the four finalists for the Naismith Award, announced on March 19.[71]

Wooden[70] Naismith[71]
Jae Crowder, MARQ Green tickY
Kevin Jones, WVU Green tickY
Kris Joseph, SYR Green tickY

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis was chosen as both the 2012 Wooden Award and 2012 Naismith Award recipient.[72][73]

Coaches[edit]

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was selected for the Jim Phelan Award for the nation's top head coach.[74]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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