2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team

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2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament West Regional Champions
Big East Tournament Champions
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
National Semifinal, L 61–69 v. Kentucky
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #17
2011–12 record 30–10 (10–8 Big East)
Head coach Rick Pitino
Assistant coach Richard Pitino
Assistant coach Wyking Jones
Assistant coach Kevin Keatts
Home arena KFC Yum! Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
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[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 98th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his eleventh season. The team played home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals won the Big East Tournament Championship (their 2nd), defeating Cincinnati 50–44.[2] Louisville defeated Florida 72-68 to win the NCAA Tournament West Regional and advance to the Final Four (their 9th)[3] where they fell to eventual champion Kentucky 69–61. The Cardinals finished with a 30-10 (10-8) record.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
George Goode 0 C 6'8" 205 Junior Raytown, Missouri Transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson
Terrence Jennings 23 C 6'10" 240 Junior Sacramento, California Entered the 2011 NBA Draft
Preston Knowles 2 G 6'1" 170 Senior Winchester, Kentucky Graduated

Class of 2011 signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chane Behanan
PF
Cincinnati, OH Bowling Green High School (KY) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Sep 7, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Wayne Blackshear
SG
Chicago, IL Morgan Park High School (IL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Dec 25, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Angel Nunez
SF
Washington Heights, Manhattan Notre Dame Preparatory School (MA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Zach Price
C
Louisville, KY Jeffersontown High School (KY) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Sep 8, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Kevin Ware
SG
Conyers, Georgia Rockdale County High School (GA) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 167 lb (76 kg) May 31, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 7   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 5
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 1 Nunez, AngelAngel Nunez 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) Washington Heights, New York
G 2 Smith, RussRuss Smith 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Briarwood, New York
G 3 Siva, PeytonPeyton Siva 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Franklin Seattle, Washington
F 4 Buckles, RakeemRakeem Buckles Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Monsignor Pace Miami, Florida
G 5 Smith, ChrisChris Smith (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr St. Benedict's Prep
Manhattan
Millstone, New Jersey
C 10 Dieng, GorguiGorgui Dieng 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) Kebemer, Senegal
C 12 Price, ZachZach Price 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Jeffersontown Louisville, Kentucky
G 14 Kuric, KyleKyle Kuric (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Memorial Evansville, Indiana
G 15 Henderson, TimTim Henderson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Christian Academy Louisville, Kentucky
F 21 Swopshire, JaredJared Swopshire 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) St. Louis, Missouri
G 22 Justice, ElishaElisha Justice (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Shelby Valley Dorton, Kentucky
G 23 Ware, KevinKevin Ware 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Rockdale County Conyers, Georgia
F 24 Behanan, ChaneChane Behanan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Bowling Green (Bowling Green, KY) Cincinnati, Ohio
G 25 Blackshear, WayneWayne Blackshear 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Morgan Park Chicago, Illinois
G 33 Marra, MikeMike Marra Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Northfield Mount Hermon (Mount Hermon, MA) Esmond, Rhode Island
F 44 Van Treese, StephenStephen Van Treese Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Lawrence North Indianapolis, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Points Leader Rebounds Leader Assists Leader Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
October 26, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Pikeville #9 KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY BEN/WHAS  16 - Behanan   15 - Dieng   5 - Siva  W 74–55  18,866
November 3, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Bellarmine #9 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY BEN/WHAS  14 - Behanan/Swopshire   9 - Behanan   3 - C. Smith/Justice  W 62–54  19,911
Regular Season
November 11, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Tennessee-Martin #9 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Global Sports Invitational)
BEN/WHAS  14 - Behanan/Kuric   12 - Behanan   9 - Siva  W 83–48  20,485 1–0
November 13, 2011* 4:00 p.m. Lamar #9 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Global Sports Invitational)
BEN/WHAS  13 - Swopshire   13 - Behanan   3 - Siva/Kuric  W 68–48  19,842 2–0
November 19, 2011* 2:00 p.m. at Butler #8 Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN ESPN3  17 - Kuric   7 - Behanan   3 - Kuric  W 69–53  9,071 3–0
November 22, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Arkansas State #7 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Global Sports Invitational)
BEN/WHAS  12 - Kuric   7 - Dieng/Swopshire   7 - C. Smith  W 54–27  20,323 4–0
November 25, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Ohio #7 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Global Sports Invitational)
BEN/WHAS  16 - Kuric   16 - Dieng   6 - Siva  W 59–54  21,334 5–0
November 28, 2011* 7:00 p.m. Long Beach State #6 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY ESPNU  18 - C. Smith   7 - Dieng   5 - Siva  W 79–66  20,468 6–0
December 2, 2011* 8:30 p.m. #19 Vanderbilt #6 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(2011 SEC–Big East Invitational)
ESPN  15 - Kuric   10 - Behanan   5 - Siva  W 62–60 OT 22,728 7–0
December 7, 2011* 7:00 p.m. IUPUI #5 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY BEN/WHAS  19 - C. Smith   12 - Dieng   8 - Siva  W 90–60  20,604 8–0
December 10, 2011* 4:00 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson #5 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY BEN/WHAS  18 - Kuric   12 - Dieng   9 - Siva  W 80–58  20,264 9–0
December 17, 2011* 4:00 p.m. Memphis #4 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout)
CBS  24 - R. Smith   14 - Dieng   9 - Siva  W 95–87  22,733 10–0
December 20, 2011* 9:00 p.m. College of Charleston #4 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY ESPNU  17 - Kuric   10 - Dieng   6 - Siva  W 69–62  20,750 11–0
December 23, 2011* 7:00 p.m. WKU #4 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Billy Minardi Classic)
ESPN2  23 - R. Smith   15 - Dieng   4 - Siva  W 70–60  22,150 12–0
December 28, 2011 7:00 p.m. #12 Georgetown #4 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY ESPN2  17 - Kuric   11 - Benhanan/Dieng   6 - Siva  L 68–71  22,517 12–1 (0–1)
December 31, 2011* 12:00 p.m. at #3 Kentucky #4 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS  30 - R. Smith   5 - Tied   4 - Siva  L 62–69  24,387 12–2 (0–1)
January 3, 2012 7:00 p.m. at St. John's #11 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY ESPNU  17 - R. Smith   9 - Dieng/Swopshire   7 - R. Smith  W 73–58  9,258 13–2 (1–1)
January 7, 2011 4:00 p.m. Notre Dame #11 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY ESPNU  17 - Behanan/Kuric   10 - Behanan/Kuric   5 - Siva  L 63–67 2OT 22,687 13–3 (1–2)
January 10, 2012 7:00 p.m. at Providence #14 Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI ESPN2  16 - C. Smith   9 - Kuric   4 - C. Smith  L 59–90  8,163 13–4 (1–3)
January 14, 2012 7:00 p.m. DePaul #14 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY BEN/WHAS  25 - R. Smith   12 - Dieng   6 - Siva/R. Smith  W 76–59  21,223 14–4 (2–3)
January 16, 2012 3:30 p.m. at #21 Marquette #23 Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI ESPN  10 - R. Smith   12 - C. Behanan   8 - P. Siva  L 63–74  16,688 14–5 (2–4)
January 21, 2012 9:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh #23 Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA
(ESPN College GameDay)
ESPN  21 - Kuric   14 - Deing   7 - Siva  W 73–62  12,508 15–5 (3–4)
January 25, 2012 7:00 p.m. Villanova KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY ESPN  16 - Siva   13 - Dieng   5 - Siva/R. Smith  W 84–74  21,219 16–5 (4–4)
January 28, 2011 8:00 p.m. at Seton Hall Prudential CenterNewark, NJ BEN/WHAS  14 - R. Smith   14 - Dieng   4 - Siva  W 60–51  9,573 17–5 (5–4)
February 4, 2012 4:00 p.m. Rutgers KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY BEN/WHAS  23 - Behanan   13 - C. Smith   6 - C. Smith  W 78–66  21,298 18–5 (6–4)
February 6, 2012 7:00 p.m. Connecticut #24 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Big Monday)
ESPN  16 - C. Smith   12 - Behanan   9 - P. Siva  W 80–59  21,804 19–5 (7–4)
February 11, 2012 12:00 p.m. at West Virginia #24 WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV ESPN  17 - Kuric   6 - Behanan/Dieng   5 - Siva  W 77–74  11,254 20–5 (8–4)
February 13, 2012 7:00 p.m. #2 Syracuse #19 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Big Monday)
ESPN  16 - Behanan   10 - Dieng   4 - Siva  L 51–52  22,738 20–6 (8–5)
February 18, 2012 12:00 p.m. at DePaul #19 Allstate ArenaRosemont, Illinois BEN/WHAS  25 - Kuric   9 - Dieng   6 - Siva  W 90–82 OT 13,674 21–6 (9–5)
February 23, 2012 9:00 p.m. at Cincinnati #17 Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH ESPNU  14 - Siva   13 - Dieng   4 - Siva  L 56–60  13,176 21–7 (9–6)
February 26, 2012 2:00 p.m. Pittsburgh #17 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY CBS  18 - R. Smith   5 - Dieng/Siva   5 - Siva  W 57–54  22,746 22–7 (10–6)
February 29, 2012 7:00 p.m. South Florida #19 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Senior Night)
BEN/WHAS  14 - Kuric/C. Smith   7 - Behanan   3 - Siva  L 51–58  22,114 22–8 (10–7)
March 3, 2012 4:00 p.m. at #2 Syracuse #19 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY CBS  10 - Behanan/R. Smith   12 - Dieng   4 - Siva  L 49–58  33,205 22–9 (10–8)
2012 Big East Tournament
March 7, 2012 7:00 p.m. vs. Seton Hall Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Second Round)
ESPN  14 - Siva   10 - Dieng   3 - Siva  W 61–55  20,057 23–9
March 8, 2012 7:00 p.m. vs. #9 Marquette Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarter Final)
ESPN  20 - Kuric   12 - Swopshire   6 - Siva  W 84–71  20,057 24–9
March 9, 2012 9:00 p.m. vs. #23 Notre Dame Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Semi Final)
ESPN  16 - Dieng   6 - Dieng   9 - Siva  W 64–50  20,057 25–9
March 10, 2012 7:00 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Final)
ESPN  15 - C. Smith   10 - Dieng   5 - Siva  W 50–44  20,057 26–9
2012 NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2012* 1:40 p.m. vs. (W 13) Davidson #17 (W 4) Rose Garden ArenaPortland, Oregon
(Second Round)
TBS  17 - Siva   11 - Behanan   6 - Siva  W 69–62   17,519 27–9
March 17, 2012* 9:52 p.m. vs. #21 (W 5) New Mexico #17 (W 4) Rose Garden Arena • Portland, Oregon
(Third Round)
TBS  17 - R. Smith   10 - Deng   5 - Siva  W 59–56   17,519 28–9
March 22, 2012* 7:47 p.m. vs. #5 (W 1) Michigan State #17 (W 4) US Airways CenterPhoenix, Arizona
(Sweet Sixteen-West Regional Semifinals)
TBS  15 - Behanan   9 - Behanan/Dieng   9 - Siva  W 57–44   14,913 29–9
March 24, 2012* 4:33 p.m. vs. #25 (W 7) Florida #17 (W 4) US Airways CenterPhoenix, Arizona
(Elite Eight-West Regional Finals)
CBS  19 - Smith   7 - Behanan   8 - Siva  W 72–68   13,456 30–9
March 31, 2012* 6:09 p.m. vs. #1 (S 1) Kentucky #17 (W 4) Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA
(Final Four-National Semifinals)
CBS  11 - Siva   12 - Dieng   3 - Siva  L 61–69   73,361 30–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Awards[edit]

Big East Tournament Championship All-Tournament Team
Peyton Siva
Kyle Kuric
Gorgui Dieng
Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Peyton Siva
NCAA (West) Regional All-Tournament Team[4]
Peyton Siva
Chane Behanan
Gorgui Dieng
NCAA (West) Regional Most Outstanding Player
Chane Behanan

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 9 8 7 6 5 4 4 4 11 14 23 24 19 17 19 17
Coaches 8 7 7 6 4 4 4 4 10 15 21 25 25 23 18 17 18 17 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2011-12." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-31-12.
  2. ^ "Louisville edges Cincinnati to win Big East tournament for 2nd time". Louisville edges Cincinnati to win Big East tournament for 2nd time. AP – ESPN. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Louisville ends game on 23-8 run to stun Florida, reach Final Four". ESPN. 
  4. ^ "NCAA west region all tournament team". NCAA west region all tournament team. sbnation.