2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
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Big 12 Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Champions
NCAA Tournament National Championship Game, vs Kentucky Wildcats L 59-67
Conference Big 12
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #6
2011–12 record 32-7 (16–2 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Joe Dooley
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Assistant coach Danny Manning
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
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 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which was the Jayhawks' 114th basketball season. As in every season since 1955–56, the team played its home games at Allen Fieldhouse on its campus in Lawrence, Kansas, US. After defeating rival Missouri on February 25, the Jayhawks clinched their 8th straight outright Big 12 championship.[1] After defeating North Carolina, the Jayhawks advanced to their 14th Final Four in school history, where they defeated Ohio State 64-62 in the national semifinals. On April 2, Kansas faced Kentucky for the national title, losing to the favored Wildcats. Kansas had played both of its Final Four opponents during the regular season, losing to Kentucky on November 15 and defeating Ohio State on December 10. They finished the season with a 32–7 overall record, and 16–2 in Big 12 play.

Pre–season[edit]

Departures[edit]

The Jayhawks lost graduating seniors Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, and Mario Little. Juniors and twin brothers Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, plus freshman Josh Selby, departed early to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. On June 23, Markieff and Marcus were drafted #13 and #14, respectively, in the first round of the draft, while Selby went in the second. Royce Woolridge also announced on April 16, 2011 his intent to transfer to another school for the following year, signing with Washington State.

Recruiting[edit]

On October 12, 2010, 4-star point guard Naadir Tharpe signed a letter of intent to join the Jayhawks as a freshman for the 2011–12 season. The 6-foot prep all-star chose Kansas over offers from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Boston College, Marquette, NC State, UNLV and others. He was previously committed to Providence. On January 24, 2011, combo-guard Christian Garrett joined the team as a walk-on. He was also recruited by NC State, Auburn, Alabama, and others. On April 3, 2011, 5-star shooting guard Ben McLemore from St. Louis, Missouri, verbally committed to Kansas after the Next All-American Classic High-School All-Star Game, over offers from Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, Purdue, and others. On April 10, 2011, Canadian forward Braeden Anderson committed to the Jayhawks over Kentucky, Arizona, Memphis, and Missouri. Jamari Traylor joined in May, while June saw the additions of Kevin Young and Merv Lindsay.

Eligibility[edit]

Three of Kansas' six recruits were declared ineligible for the 2011–12 season. Braeden Anderson was not approved to play by the Big 12 Conference due to their policy on partial qualifiers. Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor were also declared ineligible but were able to practice with the team during the spring semester, and would be eligible to play in the 2012–13 season.

Class of 2011[edit]

[2][3][4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ben McLemore
SG
St. Louis, Missouri Christian Life Center Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 3, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Naadir Tharpe
PG
Worcester, MA Brewster Academy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Oct 12, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Jamari Traylor
PF
Chicago, Illinois IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 18, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Mervyn Lindsay
SF
Moreno Valley, California Canyon Springs HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 23, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:     Scout: 28     Rivals: 28[5]      ESPN: 22 

Transfers

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Young
PF
Perris, California Perris HS / Loyola Marymount University 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 16, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Robinson, ThomasThomas Robinson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Jr Washington, DC
G 1 Tharpe, NaadirNaadir Tharpe 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Worcester, MA
G 2 Teahan, ConnerConner Teahan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Sr Leawood, KS
F 4 Wesley, JustinJustin Wesley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Fort Worth, TX
C 5 Withey, JeffJeff Withey 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr San Diego, CA
G 10 Taylor, TyshawnTyshawn Taylor 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Hoboken, NJ
G 15 Johnson, ElijahElijah Johnson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr North Las Vegas, NV
G 20 Roberts, NikoNiko Roberts 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Huntington, NY
G 21 Garrett, ChristianChristian Garrett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Los Angeles, CA
F 22 Lindsay, MervMerv Lindsay 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Moreno Valley, CA
G 23 McLemore, BenBen McLemore (I) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr St. Louis, MO
G 24 Releford, TravisTravis Releford 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS Jr Shawnee Mission, KS
G 25 Juenemann, JordanJordan Juenemann 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Hays, KS
F 31 Traylor, JamariJamari Traylor (I) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
F 40 Young, KevinKevin Young 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Perris, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-06-20

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Jeff Withey Justin Wesley
PF Thomas Robinson Kevin Young Christian Garrett
SF Travis Releford Merv Lindsay
SG Elijah Johnson Conner Teahan Jordan Juenemann
PG Tyshawn Taylor Naadir Tharpe Niko Roberts

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Points Leader Rebounds Leader Assists Leader Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/01/11* 7:00 PM Pittsburg State #13 Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS Jayhawk
Network
 21 - Teahan   12 - Withey   8 - Tharpe  W 84–55  16,300
11/08/11* 7:00 PM Fort Hays State #13 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Jayhawk
Network
 22 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   7 - Tharpe  W 101–52  16,300
Regular season
11/11/11* 7:00 PM Towson #13 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS
(Maui Invitational Opening Round)
Jayhawk
Network
 18 - Robinson   11 - Robinson   8 - Johnson  W 100–54  16,300 1–0
11/15/11* 8:00 PM vs. #2 Kentucky #13 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Champions Classic)
ESPN  22 - Taylor   15 - Robinson   4 - Johnson  L 65–75  19,979 1–1
11/21/11* 11:50 PM vs. Georgetown #14 Lahaina Civic CenterMaui, HI
(Maui Invitational First Round)
ESPN2  20 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  W 67–63  2,400 2–1
11/22/11* 9:30 vs. UCLA #14 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui, HI
(Maui Invitational)
ESPN  23 - Johnson   10 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  W 72–56  2,400 3–1
11/23/11* 10:00 PM vs. #6 Duke #14 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui, HI
(Maui Invitational)
ESPN  17 - Taylor   18 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  L 61–68  2,400 3–2
11/30/11* 7:00 PM Florida Atlantic #15 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Jayhawk
Network
 19 - Robinson   21 - Robinson   4 - Releford  W 77–54  16,300 4–2
12/03/11* 4:15 PM South Florida #15 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPN2  24 - Taylor   8 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  W 70–42  16,300 5–2
12/06/11* 8:00 PM Long Beach State #13 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPNU  26 - Robinson   13 - Withey   5 - Johnson  W 88–80  16,300 6–2
12/10/11* 2:15 PM #2 Ohio State #13 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPN  21 - Robinson   7 - (2 tied)   13 - Taylor  W 78–67  16,300 7–2
12/19/11* 8:00 PM vs. Davidson #13 Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout)
ESPNU  21 - Robinson   18 - Robinson   7 - Taylor  L 74–80  18,757 7–3
12/22/11* 10:00 PM at USC #13 Galen CenterLos Angeles, CA FSN  13 - Teahan   9 - (2 tied)   4 - Johnson  W 63–47  6,431 8–3
12/29/11* 7:00 PM Howard #17 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Jayhawk
Network
 13 - (2 tied)   7 - Robinson   5 - (2 tied)  W 89–34  16,300 9–3
12/31/11* 7:00 PM North Dakota #17 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPNU  30 - Robinson   21 - Robinson   7 - Johnson  W 84–58  16,300 10–3
1/04/12 7:00 PM #23 Kansas State #14 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
Big 12  16 - Releford   14 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  W 67–49  16,300 11–3 (1–0)
1/07/12 1:00 PM at Oklahoma #14 Lloyd Noble CenterNorman, OK ESPNU  28 - Releford   9 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  W 72–61  11,268 12–3 (2–0)
1/11/12 8:00 PM at Texas Tech #10 United Spirit ArenaLubbock, TX ESPNU  19 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  W 81–46  7,454 13–3 (3–0)
1/14/12 3:00 PM Iowa State #10 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Big 12  28 - Taylor   14 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  W 82–73  16,300 14–3 (4–0)
1/16/12 8:30 PM #3 Baylor #7 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPN  28 - Taylor   14 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  W 92–74  16,300 15–3 (5–0)
1/21/12 3:00 PM at Texas #7 Frank Erwin CenterAustin, TX CBS  22 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  W 69–66  16,734 16–3 (6–0)
1/23/12 8:00 PM Texas A&M #5 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPN  18 - Robinson   10 - Robinson   4 - Releford  W 64–54  16,300 17–3 (7–0)
1/28/12 1:00 PM at Iowa State #5 Hilton ColiseumAmes, IA ESPN  16 - Taylor   7 - Robinson   10 - Taylor  L 64-72  14,376 17–4 (7–1)
2/01/12 8:00 PM Oklahoma #8 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPNU  21 - Taylor   17 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  W 84–62  16,300 18–4 (8–1)
2/04/12 8:00 PM at #4 Missouri #8 Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO
(Border War)
ESPN  25 - Robinson   13 - Robinson   4 - Johnson  L 71–74  15,061 18–5 (8–2)
2/08/12 8:00 PM at #6 Baylor #7 Ferrell CenterWaco, TX ESPN2  25 - Withey   11 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  W 68–54  10,334 19–5 (9–2)
2/11/12 3:00 PM Oklahoma State #7 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Big 12  24 - Robinson   20 - Withey   6 - Taylor  W 81–66  16,300 20–5 (10–2)
2/13/12 8:00 PM at Kansas State #4 Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS
(Sunflower Showdown)
ESPN  20 - Taylor   11 - Withey   5 - (2 Tied)  W 59–53  12,528 21–5 (11–2)
2/18/12 7:00 PM Texas Tech #4 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS Big 12  16 - Robinson   8 - (2 tied)   5 - Robinson  W 83–50  16,300 22–5 (12–2)
2/22/12 8:00 PM at Texas A&M #4 Reed ArenaCollege Station, TX ESPN2  21 - Johnson   13 - Robinson   4 - (2 tied)  W 66–58  6,868 23–5 (13–2)
2/25/12 3:00 PM #3 Missouri #4 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS
(Border War)
CBS  28 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   8 - Johnson  W 87–86 OT 16,300 24–5 (14–2)
2/27/12 8:00 PM at Oklahoma State #3 Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK ESPN  27 - Taylor   11 - Robinson   6 - Johnson  W 70–58  10,552 25–5 (15–2)
3/03/12 8:00 PM Texas #3 Allen Fieldhouse • Lawrence, KS ESPN  27 - Robinson   14 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  W 73–63  16,300 26–5 (16–2)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament
03/08/12 2:00 pm vs. Texas A&M #3 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN2  26 - Johnson   10 - Robinson   4 - (3 tied)  W 83–66  18,972 27–5
03/09/12 6:30 pm vs. #12 Baylor #3 Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(Semifinals)
Big 12 Network/ESPNU  20 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   3 - Taylor  L 72–81  18,972 27–6
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/16/12* 9:18 pm vs. (15) Detroit #6 (2) CenturyLink Center OmahaOmaha, NE
(Second Round)
truTV  16 - Robinson   13 - Robinson   2 - 4 tied  W 65–50  17,015 28–6
03/18/12* 7:40 pm vs. (10) Purdue #6 (2) CenturyLink Center Omaha • Omaha, NE
(Third Round)
TNT  18 - Johnson   13 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  W 63–60  16,998 29–6
03/23/12* 9:35 pm vs. (11) North Carolina State #6 (2) Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS  18 - Robinson   15 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  W 60-57  23,964 30-6
03/25/12* 4:05 pm vs. 4 (1) North Carolina #6 (2) Edward Jones Dome • St. Louis, MO
(Elite Eight)
CBS  22 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   5 - 2 tied  W 80-67  23,565 31-6
03/31/12* 7:49 pm vs. 7 (2) Ohio State #6 (2) Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA
(Final Four)
CBS  19 - Robinson   10 - Johnson   8 - Taylor  W 64-62  73,361 32-6
04/02/2012* 9:23 pm vs. 1 (1) Kentucky #6 (2) Mercedes-Benz Superdome • New Orleans, LA
(National Championship)
CBS  19 - Taylor   17 - Robinson   3 - Taylor  L 59-67  70,913 32-7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time[6].

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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 13 12 14 15 13 12 12 17 14 10 7 5 8 7 4 4 3 3 6
Coaches 13 11 14 14 13 12 11 18 15 10 7 5 8 10 5 5 4 3 6 2

Awards[edit]

Bill Self
Thomas Robinson
  • 1st Team All-American (Sporting News, USBWA, NABC, ESPN.com, AP, John R. Wooden)
  • ESPN.com National Player of the Year
  • Big 12 Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Big 12
  • Sporting News Big 12 Player of the Year[8]
  • Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Big 12[9]
  • 4x Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (November 28, December 12, January 2, February 27) [10]
Tyshawn Taylor
  • 1st Team All-Big 12
  • Associated Press 1st Team All-Big 12
  • 2x Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (January 16, March 4)
  • Sporting News 3rd Team All-American[11]
  • USBWA 3rd Team All-American
  • NABC All-District 8 First Team
  • Associated Press 3rd Team All-American
Jeff Withey
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Big 12 All-Defensive Team and 3rd Team All-Big 12
  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (February 13)
Travis Releford
  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (January 9)

References[edit]