2011–12 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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2011–12 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Michigan basketball team in gold (maize) uniforms during the national anthem
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #22
AP #13
2011–12 record 24–10 (13–5 Big Ten, T-1st)
Head coach John Beilein
Assistant coach Jeff Meyer
Assistant coach LaVall Jordan
Assistant coach Bacari Alexander
Captain Zack Novak (Senior year)
Captain Stu Douglass (Senior year)
Home arena Crisler Center
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 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Crisler Center for the 45th consecutive year.[1] It had a seating capacity of 12,721.[1] It was also the team's 95th straight season as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Fifth-year head coach John Beilein led the team, alongside All-Big Ten players Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Zack Novak. Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was Michigan's first Associated Press All-American honoree since 1998.

The team's season began with a preseason media day and practices in October 2011.[2] In February 2012, Michigan hosted ESPN's College GameDay for the first time in a game against Ohio State. It was the eighth time a Big Ten team hosted the show, which began in 2005.[3][4]

The team was in the national rankings all season and ended as the 2011–12 Big Ten co-champion with Michigan State and Ohio State. It had three victories over teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the meeting (eighth-ranked Memphis, ninth-ranked Michigan State and sixth-ranked Ohio State). The team was undefeated at home until its last home game of the season. Michigan lost in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament and bowed out in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament to end the season with a 24-10 record. The team won the school's first Big Ten Conference Championship since the 1985–86 season and had the school's best Big Ten record (13–5) since the 1993–94 season.

Preseason[edit]

2011–12 incoming team members[edit]

Before the season began, point guard Darius Morris, the Big Ten assists leader in the 2010-11 season, left the team after being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.[5] The incoming class included Carlton Brundidge and 2011 Ohio Mr. Basketball point guard Trey Burke.[6][7][8] Both Brundidge and Burke were among Scout.com's top 100 players of the 2011 class; Brundidge ranked 98th and Burke ranked 94th.[9] Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan in April despite his family's ties to the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois University's Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building was endowed by his family.[10][11] Sai Tummala, who along with Bielfeldt was recruited by Ivy League schools, rounded out the incoming class. Tummala earned an academic scholarship and was considered a walk-on candidate for the basketball team.[12]

Tim Hardaway, Jr., son of former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, returned to the team. He was coming off a freshman season in which he was a unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman, All-Big Ten honorable mention,[13] Collegeinsider.com Freshmen All-America[14] and Team USA FIBA U19 honoree.[15][16] Jordan Dumars, the son of Detroit Pistons All-Star Joe Dumars, left the team, citing nagging knee issues.[17]

2011–12 team recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trey Burke
PG
Columbus, Ohio Northland High School (OH) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 24, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Carlton Brundidge
SG/PG
Southfield, Michigan Southfield High School (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 21, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Max Bielfeldt
PF
Peoria, Illinois Notre Dame High School (IL) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Mar 25, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Sai Tummala
SF
Phoenix, AZ Brophy Prep School (AZ) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Novak, ZackZack Novak (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Chesterton, IN
G 1 Douglass, StuStu Douglass (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Carmel, IN
G 2 Brundidge, CarltonCarlton Brundidge 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Southfield, MI
G 3 Burke, TreyTrey Burke 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Columbus, OH
G 5 Akunne, EsoEso Akunne 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Ann Arbor, MI
G 10 Hardaway, Jr., TimTim Hardaway, Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Miami, FL
G 13 Vogrich, MattMatt Vogrich 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Lake Forest, IL
F 15 Horford, JonJon Horford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Grand Ledge, MI
G 20 Bartelstein, JoshJosh Bartelstein 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Highland Park, IL
F 22 McLimans, BlakeBlake McLimans 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Hamburg, NY
F 23 Smotrycz, EvanEvan Smotrycz 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Reading, MA
F 24 Tummala, SaiSai Tummala 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Phoenix, AZ
G 32 Person, CoreyCorey Person 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Kalamazoo, MI
F 44 Bielfeldt, MaxMax Bielfeldt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Peoria, IL
F 45 Christian, ColtonColton Christian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Bellevue, WA
C 52 Morgan, JordanJordan Morgan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS So Detroit, MI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2012-07-12

Former team captains Travis Conlan (1996–97 and 1997–98) and C.J. Lee (2008–09) served as director of basketball operations and administrative specialist, respectively.[18][19] Peter Kahler was the team's video coordinator.[20]

Schedule and results[edit]

Trey Burke (above against Jordan Hulls) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (below against Victor Oladipo) for the 2011–12 team against Indiana on January 5, 2012

Michigan announced its 14-game non-conference schedule on August 1, 2011.[21] The team began the season in a renovated Crisler Arena: new seats and a high-definition scoreboard were added,[22] but seating capacity was reduced to 12,721 from 13,751 in the previous 10 seasons.[23]

Michigan came in third place in the three-game 2011 Maui Invitational Tournament between November 21–23. The team defeated the eighth-ranked Memphis Tigers 73–61,[24] lost to the sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils 82–75,[25] and defeated the Pacific-12 favorite UCLA Bruins 79–63.[26][27][28] Tim Hardaway, Jr. was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, and Trey Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.[29] In an ACC–Big Ten Challenge game in late November, Michigan lost to Virginia 70–58.[30] In its next game, Michigan defeated Iowa State 76–66.[31] On December 10, 2011, Michigan beat Oakland 90–80, its highest-scoring game since beating Northern Michigan 97-50 on November 14, 2009. It was also Michigan's first game since 2002 with three 20-point scorers (Hardaway, Burke and Evan Smotrycz).[32] Burke earned his second Freshman of the Week honor on December 12 after scoring a season-high 20 points and nine assists in the game.[33] On the same day, Michigan was the highest-rated Big Ten team in the Ratings Percentage Index, although the team trailed several schools in the national polls.[34] In the final two non-conference games of the season, Smotrycz scored his first two double-doubles against Alabama A&M and Bradley on December 17 and December 22.[35][36]

Heading into the Big Ten Conference schedule, both of the teams Michigan had lost to were ranked (Duke was 7th and 5th in the AP and Coaches' polls and Virginia was 23rd and 24th).[37] On December 29, Michigan won its first Big Ten Conference opener since 2006–07, beating Penn State as Smotrycz extended his double-double streak to three games.[38][39] On January 2, Burke earned his first Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honor and his third Freshman of the Week honor for his 40 points in Michigan's first two conference games.[40][41] On December 29 against Penn State he posted 13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and no turnovers.[42] On January 1, 2012, he added a career-high 27 points on 8-for-11 shooting with three rebounds and three assists against Minnesota to earn Big Ten Conference Player of the Week the following day.[43]

On January 19, Michigan became the leader in the conference with a 5–2 record,[44] thanks to conference wins over ranked Wisconsin and Michigan State teams.[45][46] Michigan remained in first place until losing to Ohio State ten days later.[47] The team went 5-2 in conference in February, including wins over ranked Indiana and Ohio State teams.[48][49] Michigan lost its final home game of the season to Purdue on February 25 to finish with a 15–1 home record.[50] On March 1, the team defeated Illinois for their first road win in Illinois since 1995.[51] During the game, Michigan's 30th of the season, Trey Burke broke Gary Grant's school freshman assists record, set over the course of 30 games in the 1984-85 season, by pushing his total to 143.[52]

In the first game of the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament against Minnesota, Burke led the team to victory with a career-high 30 points.[53][54] Burke's total was a school record for the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.[55] In the semifinal contest, however, Michigan was eliminated by Ohio State for the third year in a row.[56] Michigan entered the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament seeded fourth, but lost to the thirteenth-seeded Ohio Bobcats 65–60.[57] Burke became Michigan's first Associated Press All-American honoree since Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock in 1998.[58]

Stu Douglass concluded the season as the school's all-time leader in games played, with 136. He surpassed Loy Vaught, who played in 135 games. Novak set the school record in career minutes played with 4,357, surpassing Louis Bullock, who played 4,356 minutes.[59] Burke had a school record-setting freshman season in assists, ending the year with 156.[60]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Pts Ldr Reb Ldr Ast Ldr Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/04/2011* 7:00 PM Wayne State #18 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI  20 - Tim Hardaway, Jr.   9 - Hardaway   4 - Trey Burke  W 47–39  9,259
Regular Season
11/11/2011* 7:00 PM Ferris State #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI  14 - Evan Smotrycz (1)/ Stu Douglass (1)   6 - Jordan Morgan (1)   4 - Douglass (1)  W 59–33  11,029 1–0
11/14/2011* 8:30 PM Towson #17 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI  15 - Hardaway (1)   7 - Jon Horford (1)   4 - Douglass (2)  W 64–47  7,901 2–0
11/17/2011* 8:30 PM Western Illinois #17 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI  16 - Hardaway (2)   5 - Morgan (2)   5 - Burke (1)  W 59–55  8,026 3–0
11/21/2011* 3:00 PM vs. #8 Memphis #15 Lahaina Civic CenterMaui, HI
(2011 Maui Invitational)
ESPN2  21 - Hardaway (3)   8 - Smotrycz (1)   5 - Hardaway (1)  W 73–61  2,400 4–0
11/22/2011* 7:00 PM vs. #6 Duke #15 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui
(Maui Invitational Semifinals/Duke–Michigan rivalry)
ESPN  19 - Hardaway (4)   6 - Morgan (3)   9 - Burke (2)  L 75–82  2,400 4–1
11/23/2011* 7:30 pm vs. UCLA #15 Lahaina Civic Center • Maui, HI
(Maui Invitational Third Place)
ESPN  22 - Zack Novak (1)   8 - Smotrycz (2)   5 - Burke (3)  W 79–63  2,400 5–1
11/29/2011* 7:00 PM at Virginia #15 John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2  12 - Novak (2)   5 - Smotrycz (3)/Morgan (4)/Douglass (1)   4 - Burke (4)  L 58–70  10,564 5–2
12/03/2011* 12:00 PM Iowa State #15 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  19 - Hardaway (5)   11 - Novak (1)   3 - Burke (5)/Hardaway (2)/Smotrycz (1)  W 76–66  10,845 6–2
12/10/2011* 4:00 PM vs. Oakland #19 The Palace of Auburn HillsAuburn Hills, MI FSDET  21 - Hardaway (6)   9 - Smotrycz (4)   9 - Burke (6)  W 90–80  17,118 7–2
12/13/2011* 7:00 PM Arkansas–Pine Bluff #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI ESPNU  16 - Smotrycz (2)   8 - Smotrycz (5)   7 - Burke (7)  W 63–50  9,005 8–2
12/17/2011* 12:00 PM Alabama A&M #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  19 - Burke (1)   11 - Smotrycz (6)   4 - Burke (8)/ Hardaway (3)/ Novak (1)  W 87–57  10,497 9–2
12/22/2011* 6:30 PM Bradley #20 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  20 - Smotrycz (3)   10 - Smotrycz (7)   8 - Burke (9)  W 77–66  11,298 10–2
12/29/2011 7:30 PM Penn State #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  26 - Hardaway (7)   11 - Smotrycz (8)   7 - Burke (10)  W 71–53  12,751 11–2 (1–0)
01/01/2012 4:00 PM Minnesota #18 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  27 - Burke (2)   12 - Morgan (5)   3 - Burke (11)  W 61–56  12,721 12–2 (2–0)
01/05/2012 9:00 PM at #12 Indiana #16 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2  19 - Hardaway (8)   9 - Morgan (6)   8 - Burke (12)  L 71–73  16,020 12–3 (2–1)
01/08/2012 1:30 PM #18 Wisconsin #16 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI CBS  17 - Hardaway (9)   11 - Morgan (7)   2 - Burke (13)/Hardaway (4)  W 59–41  12,721 13–3 (3–1)
01/11/2012 6:30 PM Northwestern #13 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  19 - Hardaway (10)/Burke (3)   8 - Morgan (8)   7 - Burke (14)  W 66–64 OT 12,605 14–3 (4–1)
01/14/2012 1:00 PM at Iowa #13 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN  19 - Burke (4)   8 - Novak (2)   2 - Burke (15)/Hardaway (5)/Smotrycz (2)  L 59–75  12,366 14–4 (4–2)
01/17/2012 7:00 PM #9 Michigan State #20 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI
(Michigan–Michigan State rivalry)
ESPN  20 - Burke (5)   4 - Trey Burke (1)/Douglass (2)   3 - Burke (16)  W 60–59  12,721 15–4 (5–2)
01/21/2012* 2:00 PM at Arkansas #20 Bud Walton ArenaFayetteville, AR CBS  17 - Novak (3)   8 - Novak (3)   6 - Burke (17)  L 64–66  19,050 15–5 (5–2)
01/24/2012 7:00 PM at Purdue #20 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN  19 - Hardaway (11)   8 - Novak (4)   6 - Burke (18)  W 66–64  14,533 16–5 (6–2)
01/29/2012 1:00 PM at #4 Ohio State #20 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH CBS  15 - Hardaway (12)   5 - Morgan (9)/Hardaway (1)   5 - Burke (19)  L 49–64  18,809 16–6 (6–3)
02/01/2012 6:30 PM #20 Indiana #23 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  18 - Burke (6)   5 - Morgan (10)/Novak (5)   4 - Burke (20)/Douglass (3)  W 68–56  12,721 17–6 (7–3)
02/05/2012 1:00 PM at #9 Michigan State #23 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI
(Michigan–Michigan State rivalry)
CBS  14 - Novak (4)   4 - Smotrycz (9)   5 - Douglass (4)  L 54–64  14,797 17–7 (7–4)
02/08/2012 8:30 PM at Nebraska #22 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN  14 - Novak (5)   6 - Morgan (11)   5 - Burke (21)  W 62–46  9.533 18–7 (8–4)
02/12/2012 1:00 PM Illinois #22 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI CBS  15 - Hardaway (13)   9 - Novak (6)   3 - Burke (22)/Hardaway (6)/Novak (2)  W 70–61  12,721 19–7 (9–4)
02/18/2012 9:00 PM #6 Ohio State #17 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI
(ESPN College GameDay)
ESPN  17 - Burke (7)   11 - Morgan (12)   5 - Burke (23)  W 56–51  12,721 20–7 (10–4)
02/21/2012 8:00 PM at Northwestern #11 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN  19 - Burke (8)   7 - Morgan (13)   5 - Douglass (5)  W 67–55 OT 8,117 21–7 (11–4)
02/25/2012 6:00 PM Purdue #11 Crisler Arena • Ann Arbor, MI BTN  12 - Burke (9)/Novak (6)   6 - Morgan (14)/Novak (7)/Hardaway (2)   5 - Douglass (6)  L 61–75  12,721 21–8 (11–5)
03/01/2012 7:00 PM at Illinois #13 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN  25 - Hardaway (14)   11 - Hardaway (3)   5 - Burke (24)  W 72–61  15,244 22–8 (12–5)
03/04/2012 1:00 PM at Penn State #13 Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPN  19 - Burke (10)   5 - Morgan (15)   6 - Douglass (7)  W 71–65  9,354 23–8 (13–5)
Big Ten Tournament
03/09/2012 6:30 PM vs. Minnesota #10 Bankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinals)
BTN  30 - Burke (11)   5 - Smotrycz (10)/Hardaway (4)   3 - Burke (25)  W 73–69 OT 18,484 24–8
03/10/2012 4:10 PM vs. #7 Ohio State #10 Bankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Semifinals)
CBS  13 - Hardaway (15)   7 - Burke (2)   4 - Burke (26)  L 55–77  18,451 24-9
NCAA Tournament
March 16* 7:20 p.m. vs. (MW 13) Ohio #13 (MW 4) Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TN
(Second Round)
TNT  16 - Burke (12)   7 - Smotrycz (11)   5 - Burke (27)  L 60–65  14,557 24–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Statistics[edit]

Trey Burke led the team in points, assists, steals and blocks.

The team posted the following statistics:[61]

Name GP GS Min Avg FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT% OR DR RB Avg Ast Avg PF DQ TO Stl Blk Pts Avg
Trey Burke 34 33 1227 36.1 177 409 0.433 57 164 0.348 93 125 0.744 22 96 118 3.5 156 4.6 53 0 94 31 13 504 14.8
Tim Hardaway, Jr. 34 34 1162 34.2 167 400 0.417 53 187 0.283 108 151 0.715 26 104 130 3.8 73 2.1 71 0 66 16 11 495 14.6
Zack Novak 34 34 1145 33.7 110 231 0.476 52 127 0.409 42 49 0.857 42 112 154 4.5 61 1.8 93 4 33 26 3 314 9.2
Evan Smotrycz 34 18 716 21.1 89 185 0.481 40 92 0.435 45 58 0.776 45 120 165 4.8 30 0.9 104 6 46 27 11 263 7.7
Stu Douglass 34 17 1037 30.5 91 224 0.406 48 142 0.338 26 31 0.839 7 80 87 2.6 78 2.3 57 1 34 26 4 256 7.5
Jordan Morgan 33 32 806 24.4 102 165 0.618 0 0 29 59 0.492 72 113 185 5.6 11 0.3 77 0 52 22 9 233 7.1
Matt Vogrich 34 0 365 10.7 29 76 0.382 16 53 0.302 4 6 0.667 10 33 43 1.3 13 0.4 32 0 9 13 2 78 2.3
Blake McLimans 30 0 127 4.2 10 21 0.476 5 12 0.417 0 0 7 14 21 0.7 1 0.0 9 0 5 0 8 25 0.8
Jon Horford 9 1 97 10.8 9 17 0.529 0 0 6 7 0.857 13 19 32 3.6 1 0.1 10 0 5 3 9 24 2.7
Colton Christian 20 0 76 3.8 10 21 0.476 0 0 3 6 0.500 6 6 12 0.6 1 0.1 11 0 5 1 2 23 1.1
Eso Akunne 12 0 48 4.0 7 8 0.875 4 5 0.800 2 2 1.000 0 8 8 0.7 1 0.1 6 0 4 0 0 20 1.7
Corey Person 10 0 11 1.1 5 8 0.625 0 1 0.000 1 1 1.000 3 0 3 0.3 0 0.0 1 0 2 0 0 11 1.1
Carlton Brundidge 15 0 44 2.9 1 8 0.125 0 2 0.000 4 8 0.500 0 8 8 0.5 2 0.1 2 0 5 1 0 6 0.4
Josh Bartelstein 11 0 14 1.3 1 4 0.250 1 3 0.333 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 3 0.3 3 0 1 2 0 3 0.3
TEAM 34 38 42 80 2.4 1 9
Season Total 34 808 1777 0.455 276 788 0.350 363 503 0.722 291 756 1047 30.8 431 12.7 530 11 370 168 72 2255 66.3
Opponents 34 756 1768 0.428 203 588 0.345 375 526 0.713 329 747 1076 31.6 384 11.3 539 424 189 84 2090 61.5

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP Poll[62] 18 17 15 14 20 20 20 18 16 13 20 20 23 22 17 11 13 10 13  
Coaches' Poll[62] 18 17 15 15 19 18 19 16 13 13 19 22 22 25 19 13 16 13 14 22


Watchlists and awards[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Wooden Top 50[63] Naismith Top 50[63]
Tim Hardaway, Jr. UM Green tickY Green tickY

Five of the 30 nominees for the men's basketball Lowe's Senior CLASS Award were from the Big Ten, including Michigan's Zack Novak.[63]

In-season[edit]

Big Ten Player of the Week Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Date Name Class Position ' Name Position
November 28, 2011[29] Tim Hardaway, Jr. So. SG Trey Burke PG
December 12, 2011[33] Trey Burke PG
January 2, 2012[40][41] Trey Burke Fr. PG Trey Burke PG
January 23, 2012[64] Trey Burke PG
February 20, 2012[65] Trey Burke PG
February 27, 2012[66][67] Trey Burke PG
March 5, 2012[68] Trey Burke PG

Trey Burke was one of nearly 60 Bob Cousy Award candidates named in December 2011.[69] On January 4, Burke was one of 20 finalists.[70] On January 25, Novak was named one of ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award along with three other Big Ten athletes.[71] He was also one of four Big Ten men's basketball players named Academic All-District, putting him among the 40 finalists for the 15-man Academic All-America team.[72] Novak was named a third team Academic All-American.[73][74]

Accolades and honors[edit]

Trey Burke (left) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. shooting a free throws for the 2011–12 team on November 17, 2011
Trey Burke
Tim Hardaway
  • All-Big Ten (third team, coaches and media)[76]
Zack Novak
  • Academic All-District
  • Academic All-American (third team)
  • All-Big Ten (honorable mention, media)[76]
  • Academic All-Big Ten[79]
Josh Bartelstein
  • Academic All-Big Ten[79]
Matt Vogrich
  • Academic All-Big Ten[79]

Roster changes[edit]

The team lost senior captains Stu Douglass and Zack Novak as well as senior reserve Corey Person to graduation following the season.[80] Person was later granted an extra year of eligibility to return to the team.[81] At the end of the season, three players (Evan Smotrycz, Carlton Brundidge and Colton Christian) decided to leave the program. Smotrycz, who had started in 42 of the 69 games he played in during his first two years, left the program as the program's fifth all-time three-point shooter with a percentage of 40.5.[82] Smotrycz transferred to Maryland, Brundidge transferred to Detroit and Christian transferred to Florida International.[83]

Following the season, Trey Burke first said he was not inclined to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.[84] A few days later, however, the realization that the pool of point guards in the 2012 draft was shallow and Burke's stock was high led to some deliberation for him and his family: "When you have a season as a freshman like he did, the NBA, they like them young," Trey's father, Benji Burke said. "They think their ceiling is higher when they're young. Trey had ... a solid season for a freshman. It's going to be one of the weaker point guard drafts in years."[85] Some observers thought Burke was at his peak in terms of NBA potential.[86] Eventually, he decided to return to play for Michigan for another year.[87]

2012–13 team recruits[edit]

The team announced in September 2010 that Glenn Robinson III, son of former first overall NBA Draft pick Glenn Robinson, verbally agreed to attend Michigan, making him the first commitment in the school's class of 2012.[88] Canadian wing guard Nik Stauskas gave Michigan its second verbal commitment for the class of 2012 on March 26, 2011.[89] On November 3, Mitch McGary, who was ranked as the number-two prospect in the nation at the time, announced his verbal commitment to Michigan.[90][91][92] Within hours of the commitment, ESPN said that Michigan's ranked as the fifth-best class in the nation.[93] All three signed a National Letter of Intent with the team on November 9.[94][95][96] After several other schools announced their commitments, the McGary's commitment moved Michigan from outside the top 25 to the seventh-best class in the nation, according to ESPN.[97][98] Michael "Spike" Albrecht committed to Michigan on April 6, 2012.[99]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mitch McGary
PF
Chesterton, Indiana Brewster Academy (NH) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 247.5 lb (112.3 kg) Nov 3, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Glenn Robinson III
SF
Saint John, Indiana Lake Central High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183.5 lb (83.2 kg) Sep 14, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Nik Stauskas
SF/SG
Mississauga, Ontario St. Mark's School (MA) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192.5 lb (87.3 kg) Mar 26, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Caris LeVert
SG
Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington Central High School (OH) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) May 12, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Spike Albrecht
PG
Crown Point, Indiana Crown Point High School (IN)/
Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA)
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 6, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 9   Rivals: 7  ESPN: 14
  • 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:

Team Players Drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
2013 1 9 9 Trey Burke Minnesota Timberwolves
2013 1 24 24 Tim Hardaway, Jr. New York Knicks

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