2011–12 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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2011–12 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Indiana University (Athletics) logo.png
NCAA Tournament South Region 4 Seed, Sweet 16
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #16
2011–12 record 27–9 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Crean (4th year)
Assistant coach Tim Buckley (4th year)
Assistant coach Bennie Seltzer (4th year)
Assistant coach Steve McClain (2nd year)
Captain Verdell Jones III
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
#5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
#14 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
#16 Indiana 11 7   .611     27 9   .750
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 13   .629
Northwestern 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Iowa 8 10   .444     18 17   .514
Minnesota 6 12   .333     23 15   .605
Illinois 6 12   .333     17 15   .531
Nebraska 4 14   .222     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
2012 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University in the 2011–12 college basketball season. Their head coach was Tom Crean, in his fourth season with the Hoosiers. The team played its home games at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 27–9 overall and 11–7 in Big Ten play. They advanced to the second round of the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before falling to Wisconsin. They received an at-large bid in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Kentucky.

Preseason[edit]

Coach Tom Crean signed a three-man class in 2011.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Remy Abell
SF
Louisville, KY Eastern 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Apr 27, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Austin Etherington
SF
Cicero, IN Hamilton Heights 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Aug 3, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Cody Zeller
PF
Washington, IN Washington 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nov 11, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 26   Rivals: 27
  • 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:

Season[edit]

On December 10, 2011, top-ranked Kentucky traveled to Bloomington to take on unranked Indiana. Indiana fans sensed a resurgence in the program and possible upset, with students lining up outside the arena 10 hours before tipoff to get good seats.[1] The game remained close and hard-fought, with five lead changes in the final 121 seconds. At the last second, Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer, giving the Hoosiers a stunning 73–72 upset. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and five Hoosiers wound up in double figures. Watford's shot sent Indiana fans storming the court and crowding around players. Kentucky's loss was their only one of the regular season and prevented them from matching a record last set by Indiana's 1975–1976 team.

Video of Indiana fans reacting to the shot around the country went viral.[2] ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, who was covering the game for the network, said it was the "best game of the year"[3] and that "[t]he atmosphere there was unreal, as I felt the building shaking after Watford hit the shot."[4] According to Bob Kravitz, the win marked "a day when Hoosier Hysteria was restored to something akin to its former glory."[5]

On December 31, 2011, the Hoosiers knocked off 2nd ranked Ohio State and in doing so became the first IU team in history to knock off the top 2 team ranked teams in the same season. On February 28, 2012 they again beat a Top 5 team by beating No. 5 Michigan State, and became the first IU team since the undefeated 1975–76 team to beat 3 Top 5 teams in the same year.[6][7] The Hoosiers earned a number four seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and defeated New Mexico State in the second round. After defeating VCU in the third round, the Hoosiers lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Barnett, KoryKory Barnett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Sr Rochester, Indiana
G 1 Hulls, JordanJordan Hulls 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Jr Bloomington, Indiana
F 2 Watford, ChristianChristian Watford 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Birmingham, Alabama
G 3 Creek, MauriceMaurice Creek Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Oxon Hill, Maryland
G 4 Oladipo, VictorVictor Oladipo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 214 lb (97 kg) So Hyattsville, Maryland
G 5 Curcio, RobertRobert Curcio 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Fr Chicago, Illinois
F 10 , Will SheeheyWill Sheehey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Stuart, Florida
G 11 Moore, DanielDaniel Moore 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Carmel, Indiana
G 12 Jones III, VerdellVerdell Jones III Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Champaign, Illinois
F 13 Etherington, AustinAustin Etherington 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Fr Cicero, Indiana
G 15 Smith, RaphaelRaphael Smith 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Fr South Bend, Indiana
G 20 Wayer, TaylorTaylor Wayer 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 172 lb (78 kg) So Indianapolis, Indiana
G 23 Abell, RemyRemy Abell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Louisville, Kentucky
F 24 Howard, JeffJeff Howard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 238 lb (108 kg) So Westfield, Indiana
F 25 Pritchard, TomTom Pritchard 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Westlake, Ohio
G 30 Roth, MattMatt Roth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Washington, Illinois
F 32 Elston, DerekDerek Elston 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Tipton, Indiana
F 40 Zeller, CodyCody Zeller 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Washington, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2012-03-23

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 5, 2011* 7:00 pm UIndy Assembly HallBloomington, IN W 90–72  16,516
Regular Season
November 11, 2011* 7:00 pm Stony Brook Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 96–66  16,506 1–0
November 13, 2011* 5:00 pm Chattanooga Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN
(Hoosier Invitational)
BTN W 78–53  16,149 2–0
November 16, 2011* 8:00 pm at Evansville Ford CenterEvansville, IN ESPN3 W 94–73  9,640 3–0
November 19, 2011* 8:00 pm Savannah State Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN
(Hoosier Invitational)
BTN W 94–65  16,613 4–0
November 21, 2011* 6:30 pm Gardner–Webb Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN
(Hoosier Invitational)
BTN W 73–49  16,261 5–0
November 27, 2011* 7:00 pm Butler Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN
(Hoosier Invitational)
BTN W 75–59  17,265 6–0
November 30, 2011* 7:15 pm at NC State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2 W 86–75  16,597 7–0
December 4, 2011* 4:30 pm Stetson Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN W 84–50  16,821 8–0
December 10, 2011* 5:15 pm #1 Kentucky Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN W 73–72  17,472 9–0
December 17, 2011* 4:30 pm vs. Notre Dame #18 Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Close the Gap Crossroads Classic)
ESPN2 W 69–58  19,064 10–0
December 19, 2011* 6:30 pm Howard #17 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 107–50  11,111 11–0
December 22, 2011* 6:00 pm UMBC #17 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN3 W 89–47  12,665 12–0
December 28, 2011 7:30 pm at #16 Michigan State #13 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI BTN L 65–80  14,797 12–1 (0–1)
December 31, 2011 6:00 pm #2 Ohio State #13 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN2 W 74–70  17,472 13–1 (1–1)
January 5, 2012 9:00 pm #16 Michigan #12 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN2 W 73–71  16,020 14–1 (2–1)
January 8, 2012 12:00 pm at Penn State #12 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 88–82  8,250 15–1 (3–1)
January 12, 2012 8:00 pm Minnesota #7 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN L 74–77  17,373 15–2 (3–2)
January 15, 2012 4:30 pm at #5 Ohio State #7 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH CBS L 63–80  18,809 15–3 (3–3)
January 18, 2012 7:00 pm at Nebraska #11 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN L 69–70  10,438 15–4 (3–4)
January 22, 2012 12:00 pm Penn State #11 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 73–54  17,248 16–4 (4–4)
January 26, 2012 9:00 pm at #25 Wisconsin #16 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN2 L 50–57  17,230 16–5 (4–5)
January 29, 2012 6:00 pm Iowa #16 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 103–89  17,243 17–5 (5–5)
February 1, 2012 6:30 pm at #23 Michigan #20 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 56–68  12,721 17–6 (5–6)
February 4, 2012 7:00 pm at Purdue #20 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 78–61  15,108 18–6 (6–6)
February 9, 2012 8:00 pm Illinois #23 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 84–71  17,389 19–6 (7–6)
February 15, 2012 6:30 pm Northwestern #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 71–66  17,246 20–6 (8–6)
February 19, 2012 6:00 pm at Iowa #18 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN L 66–78  13,282 20–7 (8–7)
February 22, 2012* 7:00 pm North Carolina Central #23 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN W 75–56  17,164 21–7
February 26, 2012 1:00 pm at Minnesota #23 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN W 69–50  11,421 22–7 (9–7)
February 28, 2012 7:00 pm #5 Michigan State #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN ESPN W 70–55  17,280 23–7 (10–7)
March 4, 2012 6:00 pm Purdue #18 Assembly Hall • Bloomington, IN BTN W 85–74  17,472 24–7 (11–7)
Big Ten Conference Tournament
March 8, 2012 2:00 pm vs. Penn State #15 Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(First Round)
BTN W 75–58  17,936 25–7
March 9, 2012 2:30 pm vs. #14 Wisconsin #15 Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN L 71–79  18,484 25–8
2012 NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2012* 9:45 pm vs. (S 13) New Mexico State #16 (S 4) Rose GardenPortland, OR
(Second Round)
CBS W 79–66  17,519 26–8
March 17, 2012* 7:10 pm vs. (S 12) VCU #16 (S 4) Rose Garden • Portland, OR
(Third Round)
TBS W 63–61  17,337 27–8
March 23, 2012* 9:45 pm vs. #1 (S 1) Kentucky #16 (S 4) Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(Sweet Sixteen)
CBS L 90–102  24,731 27–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Rankings[edit]

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Final
AP NR NR NR NR RV RV 18 17 13 12 7 11 16 20 23 18 23 18 15 16
Coaches NR NR NR RV RV RV 20 18 15 12 8 13 17 20 23 20 24 20 15 17 13
Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  No Change
(RV)   Received Votes

"The Movement"[edit]

The 2012 class consists of Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin, and Ron Patterson.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Yogi Ferrell
PG
Indianapolis, IN Park Tudor 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 173 lb (78 kg) Nov 24, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Ron Patterson
SG
Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Aug 15, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Jeremy Hollowell
SF
Indianapolis, IN Lawrence Central 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Mar 24, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Hanner Mosquera-Perea
PF
La Porte, IN La Lumiere 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 31, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Peter Jurkin
C
Charlotte, N.C. United Faith Christian Academy 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Aug 9, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 3   Rivals: 2
  • 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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Bests No. 1 Kentucky". Indiana Univ. Athletic Dept. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fan Reaction to Indiana Beating Kentucky on Buzzer Beater". YouTube. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Q & A: Dick Vitale's enthusiasm for NCAA tournament is contagious". Los Angeles Times. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Vitale, Dick (December 12, 2011). "Indiana basketball back on the map". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kravitz, Bob (December 10, 2011). "Victory marks return for Indiana basketball". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Indiana vs. Michigan State – Postgame Notes". iuhoosiers.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Cody Zeller key as Indiana downs No. 5 Michigan State". espn.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-04.