2011–12 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team

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2011–12 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball
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Paradise Jam Champions
NCAA Tournament West Region 3 Seed
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
2011–12 record 26–7 (14–4 Big East)
Head coach Buzz Williams
Assistant coach Tony Benford
Assistant coach Aki Collins
Assistant coach Scott Monarch
Home arena Bradley 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 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represents Marquette University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Marquette is coached by Buzz Williams and play their home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The Golden Eagles are members of the Big East Conference.

Preseason[edit]

On October 19, 2011, at Big East Media Day, Marquette was ranked in sixth place in the Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 155 points.[2] Darius Johnson-Odom was named to the Preseason All-Big East First Team, while Jae Crowder was an honorable mention. [3]

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Jamil Wilson 6'7" 210 F So. Racine, WI, U.S. Horlick HS/Oregon
1 Darius Johnson-Odom 6'2" 200 G Sr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. Wakefield HS/Hutchinson CC
2 Vander Blue 6'4" 190 G So. Madison, WI, U.S. Madison Memorial HS
4 Todd Mayo 6'3" 190 G Fr. Huntington, WV, U.S. Notre Dame Prep
5 Junior Cadougan 6'1" 205 G Jr. Toronto, ON, Canada Christian Life Center Academy
5 Juan Anderson 6'6" 205 F Fr. Oakland, CA, U.S. Castro Valley HS
22 Jamail Jones 6'6" 210 F So. Atlanta, GA, U.S. Montverde Academy
23 Jake Thomas 6'3" 190 G Sr. Racine, WI, U.S. St. Catherine's HS/South Dakota
32 Jae Crowder 6'6" 225 F Sr. Villa Rica, GA, U.S. Villa Rica HS/Howard College
33 Derrick Wilson 6'1" 215 G Fr. Anchorage, AK, U.S. The Hotchkiss School
42 Chris Otule 6'10" 250 C Jr. Richmond, TX, U.S. Fort Bend HS
54 Davante Gardner 6'8" 290 F So. Suffolk, VA, U.S. Kings Fork HS

2011 Paradise Jam[edit]

Marquette's Derrick Wilson drives against Norfolk State's Jamel Fuentes while Chris McEachin trails at the 2011 Paradise Jam Tournament

Marquette traveled to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam Tournament in mid-November. Marquette had an easy path to the final game, then were tested. In the opening round, Marquette took on Winthrop, and won easily 95–73, behind 26 points from Vander Blue, who hit his first nine shots, which included two three-point attempts.[4] In the semifinal round, Marquette again won easily, beating Ole Miss 96–66. In this game, Jae Crowder hit nine of eleven field goal attempts, and ended with 25 points.[5] Norfolk State also won their first two game in the tournament, so the two teams faced each other for the tournament championship. Marquette had played Norfolk State just a week earlier in Milwaukee, in a game that was never in doubt. Marquette opened up a 6–0 lead, expanded the lead to eleven by halftime, then scored 59 points in the second half to win the game 99–68.[6]

When the two teams met in the Paradise Jam final, the game started out similarly to the early game, with Marquette never trailing, and reaching a nine point lead at halftime. However, instead of scoring 59 points in the second half, they would score only 59 points in the game. The Golden Eagles, ranked 16th in the AP poll, held a 14 point lead at one time, but Norfolk State had two 7–0 runs and tied up the game at 57 points apiece with just over two minutes left. Marquette scored to take a lead; Norfolk State had a chance to tie in the closing seconds but failed to hit the basket, and Marquette won the 2011 Paradise Jam Championship 59–57.[7][8]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/11/2011* 8:00 PM Mount St. Mary's #21 Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI Sports32/MASN/SNY W 91–37  13,834 1–0
11/14/2011* 7:00 PM Norfolk State #21 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI Sports32 W 99–68  12,765 2–0
11/18/2011* 7:30 PM vs. Winthrop #21 Sports and Fitness CenterSaint Thomas, USVI
(Paradise Jam First Round)
W 95–73  2,845 3–0
11/20/2011* 7:30 PM vs. Ole Miss #21 Sports and Fitness Center • Saint Thomas, USVI
(Paradise Jam Semifinals)
FSN W 96–66  2,881 4–0
11/21/2011* 8:30 PM vs. Norfolk State #16 Sports and Fitness Center • Saint Thomas, USVI
(Paradise Jam Finals)
FSN W 59–57  3,109 5–0
11/28/2011* 7:00 PM Jacksonville #16 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI Sports32/SNY W 88–56  12,848 6–0
12/03/2011* 3:30 PM at #9 Wisconsin #16 Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN W 61–54  17,230 7–0
12/06/2011* 8:00 PM vs. Washington #11 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Jimmy V Classic)
ESPN W 79–77  8,231 8–0
12/10/2011 8:00 PM Green Bay #11 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI Sports32 W 79–61  14,208 9–0
12/17/2011* 3:00 PM Northern Colorado #11 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI Sports32 W 93–72  13,593 10–0
12/19/2011* 8:00 PM at LSU #10 Pete Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA
(SEC–Big East Challenge)
FS Wisconsin L 59–67  8,630 10–1
12/22/2011* 8:00 PM Milwaukee #10 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI Sports32 W 64–50  14,917 11–1
12/29/2011* 8:00 PM Vanderbilt #14 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI ESPN2 L 57–74  15,684 11–2
01/01/2012 12:00 PM Villanova #14 Bradley Center • Milwaukee, WI ESPNU W 81–77  14,550 12–2 (1–0)
01/04/2012 6:00 PM at #9 Georgetown #20 Verizon CenterWashington, D.C. ESPNU L 70–73  11,213 12–3 (1–1)
01/07/2012 3:00 PM at #1 Syracuse #20 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY Big East Network/Sports32 L 66–73  25,412 12–4 (1–2)
01/11/2012 6:00 PM St. John's #25 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI ESPNU W 83–64  14,484 13–4 (2–2)
01/14/2012 1:00 PM Pittsburgh #25 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI ESPNU W 83–64  18,404 14–4 (3–2)
01/16/2012 1:00 PM Louisville #21 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI ESPN W 74–63  16,688 15–4 (4–2)
01/21/2012 6:00 PM at Providence #21 Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI Big East Network/Sports32 W 79–72  16,688 16–4 (5–2)
01/24/2012 7:00 PM South Florida #17 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI Big East Network/Sports32 W 67–47  13,693 17–4 (6–2)
01/28/2012 11:00 AM at Villanova #17 Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, PA ESPN2 W 82–78  15,878 18–4 (7–2)
01/31/2012 7:00 PM Seton Hall #15 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI Big East Network/Sports32 W 66–59  13,828 19–4 (8–2)
02/04/2012 12:00 PM at Notre Dame #15 Edmund P. Joyce CenterSouth Bend, IN CBS L 59–76  9,149 19–5 (8–3)
02/06/2012 8:00 PM at DePaul #18 Allstate ArenaRosemont, IL ESPNU W 89–76  9,276 20–5 (9–3)
02/11/2012 2:00 PM Cincinnati #18 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI ESPNU W 95–78  18,815 21–5 (10–3)
02/18/2012 1:00 PM at Connecticut #13 XL CenterHartford, CT ESPN W 79–64  16,294 22–5 (11–3)
02/22/2012 7:00 PM Rutgers #10 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI Big East Network/Sports32 W 82–65  14,807 23–5 (12–3)
02/24/2012 8:00 PM at West Virginia #10 WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV ESPN W 61–60  12,087 24–5 (13–3)
02/29/2012 6:00 PM at Cincinnati #8 Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH ESPN2 L 61–72  11,316 24–6 (13–4)
03/03/2012 1:00 PM #11 Georgetown #8 Bradley Center • Millwaukee, WI Big East Network W 83–69  19,087 25–6 (14–4)
2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
03/08/2012 7:00 PM vs. Louisville #9 Madison Square Garden • New York City, NY
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN L 71–84  20,057 25–7
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/15/2012* 2:40 PM vs. (W 14) BYU #11 (W 3) KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY
(Second Round)
CBS W 88–68  16,069 26–7
03/17/2012* 4:15 PM vs. #12 (W 6) Murray State #11 (W 3) KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Third Round)
CBS W 62-53    27-7
03/22/2012* 10:15 PM vs. #(W 7/15) Florida #11 (W 3) US Airways CenterPhoenix, Arizona
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS L 58-68  14,913 27-8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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] 22 21 16 16 11 11 10 14 20 25 21 17 15 18 12 10 8
Coaches[9] 21 19 17 16 11 11 10 13 20 24 22 18 15 19 13 10 7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2011-12." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-31-12.
  2. ^ "Connecticut, Syracuse Tie For First Place In Preseason Coaches’ Poll". Big East Conference. October 19, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh's Gibbs Selected BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year". Big East Conference. October 19, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vander Blue one of 5 in double figures as Marquette trounces Winthrop". ESPN. November 18, 2011. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ole Miss can't stop Jae Crowder, No. 19 Marquette in Paradise Jam semis". ESPN. November 20, 2011. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jae Crowder scores 25 points to help Marquette drub Norfolk St.". http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=313180269. ESPN. 
  7. ^ "Marquette wins Paradise Jam title despite blowing 14-point lead". ESPN. Retrieved 26 Dec 2012. 
  8. ^ "2011 Paradise Jam Bracket". Basketball Travelers, Inc. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "2011–12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 21, 2011.