2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
|2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Regular season||November 7, 2011 – March 2012|
|Tournament dates||March 13 – April 2, 2012|
|National Championship||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
|NCAA Champions||Kentucky Wildcats|
|Other champions||Stanford Cardinal (NIT),
Pittsburgh Panthers (CBI),
Mercer Bears (CIT)
|Player of the Year
|Anthony Davis, Kentucky|
|NCAA Division I basketball seasons
The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2011 with the (2K Sports Classic) and ended with the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 2, 2012 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The tournament began with four first-round games on March 13–14, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, US, followed by second and third rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 15–18, 2012. Regionals games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 22–25, 2012, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, March 31 and April 2, 2012.
- 1 Season headlines
- 2 Conference membership changes
- 3 New arenas
- 4 Major rule changes
- 5 Season outlook
- 6 Regular season
- 7 Postseason tournaments
- 8 Award winners
- 9 Coaching changes
- 10 References
- September 13 – NCAA recruiting frenzy resumed when high school junior Jabari Parker held an open practice attended by representatives of 42 NCAA Division I schools, including Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Bruce Weber, Billy Kennedy, Thad Matta, Bill Self, Oliver Purnell and Larry Krystkowiak.
- November 1 – The AP preseason All-American team was named. Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was the only unanimous pick. Joining Sullinger were North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes (63 of 65 possible votes), Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor (51), Kentucky forward Terrence Jones (33) and Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb (25).
- After Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl was fired following the 2010–11 season for major recruiting violations, he took a job as vice president of marketing with a Knoxville-based wholesale grocery company, H.T. Hackney. He had been offered an opportunity to coach the NBA Development League's Texas Legends but declined because he wanted to stay in the Knoxville area with his family.
- November 11 – the game between Michigan State and #1 North Carolina, known as the inaugural Carrier Classic, was played on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Coronado, California on Veterans Day. It was the first ever college basketball game played on a Navy aircraft carrier. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attended the game as North Carolina won 67–55.
- November 17 – Syracuse associate head coach Bernie Fine was placed on paid administrative leave after accusations by multiple former ball boys claimed that he sexually molested them a number of times spanning more than 10 years. The story about Fine broke less than two weeks after the Penn State sex abuse scandal came to light. Fine was subsequently fired on November 27, ending his streak as Division I's longest-tenured assistant coach at one school.
- December 5 – Harvard became ranked in the AP Poll for the first time in school history, coming in at No. 25 after an 8–0 start. It leaves Brown as the only remaining Ivy League school to have never been ranked in the poll and leaves only seven schools that have played Division I basketball since the AP Poll began that have never been ranked in it.
- December 5 – Mike Krzyzewski and Tennessee Lady Volunteers coach Pat Summitt were named the co-recipients of the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award, making them the third and fourth college basketball coaches selected in its 57-year history.
- December 28 – After beating (15 AP/14 Coaches) Mississippi State, the Baylor Bears had their program's first ever 13–0 start and a school-record tying 13-game winning streak. The Bears' record reached 17–0 before finally losing to No. 7 Kansas, 92–74, on January 16. At the time of their first loss they were ranked No. 3 in the nation, another all-time program high.
- December 31 – No. 13 Indiana defeats No. 2 Ohio State, becoming the first Hoosiers men's basketball team to defeat both the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the same season (they had also previously upset then-#1 Kentucky, 73–72).
- January 5 – A Sun Belt Conference game between Louisiana–Lafayette and Western Kentucky ends in controversy, as officials failed to notice that the Ragin' Cajuns had six men on the court when Elfrid Payton drove for the layup that gave them a 72–70 win on WKU's home court. The conference's coordinator of officials stated that the error was not correctable post-game, but indicated that suspensions of the three officials involved were possible.
- February 9 – Murray State, the last unbeaten team in Division I men's basketball and ranked No. 9 in the country, loses at home to Tennessee State 72–68.
- February 21 – Binghamton becomes the last team in Division I to win a game. They started 0–26 until a 57–53 upset win over Vermont.
- February 24 – Radford receives two years of probation, but no postseason ban, for providing impermissible benefits to recruits. Former head coach Brad Greenberg, who left after the 2010–11 season, is hit with a five-year show-cause penalty for leading an effort to mislead NCAA investigators.
- March 8 – Yahoo! Sports reports that the FBI is investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward for possible involvement in a point shaving scheme. A second Auburn player had been investigated, but was cleared.
Milestones and records
- November 11 – Louisville coach Rick Pitino recorded his 600th career win in an 83–48 victory over Tennessee–Martin. He became the 15th fastest coach to do so (38th overall).
- November 15 – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski recorded his 903rd win as a head coach, surpassing his former college coach Bob Knight for the most in Division I men's basketball history. The #6 Blue Devils defeated Michigan State, 74–69, at Madison Square Garden.
- November 20 – Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier recorded the ninth triple-double in school history. He compiled 22 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in an 87–70 win over Coppin State.
- November 22 – Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon scored 32 points and grabbed a Maui Invitational Tournament-record 20 rebounds in a double-overtime loss to #8 Memphis, 99–97.
- November 28 – Florida coach Billy Donovan recorded his 400th career win in a 96–70 defeat of Stetson.
- December 3 – Ohio State coach Thad Matta recorded his 300th career win in a 64–35 defeat of Texas–Pan American.
- December 10 – IUPUI player Alex Young scored a team record 43 points in an 84–76 win over Western Kentucky.
- December 30 – Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell recorded his 400th win at the school in a 93–83 defeat of Nebraska-Omaha.
- January 4 – Zack Rosen became Penn's all-time assist leader, passing his coach Jerome Allen's mark of 505. Rosen finished his career with 588 assists.
- January 10 – Illinois guard Brandon Paul scored 43 points in a 79–74 upset over No. 5 Ohio State. The 43 points was the third-highest scoring game in Illinois history and his eight three-pointers tied a school record.
- Guard Alex Young of IUPUI, UC Santa Barbara guard Orlando Johnson, High Point guard Nick Barbour, Oral Roberts forward Dominique Morrison, Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton, Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy, Lehigh guard C. J. McCollum, St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson and Northwestern forward John Shurna each passed the 2,000 point mark for their careers.
- January 17 – Western Carolina defeated Toccoa Falls College (a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association) by a score of 141–39, making the 102-point win margin the third largest in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. It also set WCU program records for points in a game and points in a half (72; first half). Nine players scored in double figures for the Catamounts.
- January 28 – Towson defeated UNC Wilmington 66–61, ending the longest losing streak in Division I men's basketball history at 41 games.
- January 30 – Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy scored 50 points against SIU Edwardsville, breaking the previous school record of 38.
- February 18 – Iona point guard Scott Machado set the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record for single-season and career assists in a Bracket Buster game against Nevada Machado finished the season with 327 assists and tallied 880 for his career.
- February 29 – North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall broke Ed Cota's school single-season assist record (284) in a win over Maryand On March 9 in an ACC Tournament game against NC State, Marshall eclipsed Craig Neal's ACC single season assist mark of 303. Marshall finished the season with 351 assists.
- Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe set the Missouri and Big 12 Conference single season record for field goal percentage. Ratliffe shot 69.3% from the floor, also leading the country in this category.
- March 16 – In the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64, Michigan State's Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Green also had recorded a triple-double in a 2011 tournament game, making him one of only three players in history to record multiple triple-doubles in its history, and the only one officially recognized by the NCAA to have accomplished this feat. The others were Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson (4) and Magic Johnson (2).
- April 2 – By winning the national championship game, Kentucky records its 38th win, setting a new all-time single season record for a men's Division I basketball program.
- April 2 – Jeff Withey of Kansas broke Joakim Noah's NCAA tournament blocked shot record of 29, set in 2006. Withey finished with 31 blocks in the 2012 NCAA tournament. Kentucky's Anthony Davis also tied Noah's record.
Conference membership changes
The 2011–12 season saw the first wave of membership changes resulting from a major realignment of NCAA Division I conferences. The cycle began in 2010 with the Big Ten and the then-Pac-10 publicly announcing their intentions to expand. The fallout from these conferences' moves later affected a majority of D-I conferences.
|School||Former Conference||New Conference|
|Boise State Broncos||WAC||Mountain West|
|BYU Cougars||Mountain West||WCC (independent in football)|
|Colorado Buffaloes||Big 12||Pac-12|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers||Big 12||Big Ten|
|South Dakota Coyotes||Great West||Summit League|
|Utah Utes||Mountain West||Pac-12|
- Bowling Green, which had played since 1960 at the on-campus Anderson Arena, opened the Stroh Center, also on campus. In the first regular-season game in the new arena, the Falcons defeated Howard 63–48 on November 11.
- Evansville moved from Roberts Municipal Stadium, their home since 1956, to the new Ford Center in downtown Evansville. The Purple Aces also won their first regular-season game in the new building, defeating Butler 80–77 in overtime on November 12. (Incidentally, this was Butler's second consecutive season as the first regular-season opponent in a new facility; the 2010–11 team christened Louisville's new KFC Yum! Center.)
- UNC Asheville, like Bowling Green, moved from one on-campus facility to another, leaving behind their home since 1963, the Justice Center, for the new Kimmel Arena. The Bulldogs brought in top-ranked North Carolina for the arena's regular-season opening on November 13. The Tar Heels, playing in head coach Roy Williams' hometown, won 91–75. (UNC Asheville was also christening a new arena for the second consecutive season; the 2010–11 team defeated Auburn in the first regular-season game at the Tigers' new Auburn Arena.)
- UT Arlington moved in midseason. The Mavericks started the season at Texas Hall, which opened in 1965 when the team was known as the Arlington State Rebels. On February 1, the Mavericks opened College Park Center, located on the opposite side of their campus, defeating UTSA 67–66.
Major rule changes
Beginning in 2011–12, the following rules change was implemented:
- The charge circle was instituted – a semi-circle in front of the basket. Secondary defenders must be outside of this circle to effectively draw a charge. Otherwise they will be assessed an automatic blocking foul.
The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
A number of early-season tournaments marked the beginning of the college basketball season.
|2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic||November 7, 2011 – November 8, 2011||
|World Vision Classic||November 12, 2011 – November 14, 2011||
|Hall of Fame Tipoff||November 11, 2011 – November 20, 2011||
|Charleston Classic||November 17, 2011 – November 20, 2011||
|Puerto Rico Tip-Off||November 17, 2011 – November 20, 2011||
|Legends Classic||November 19, 2011 – November 21, 2011||
|Paradise Jam Tournament||November 14, 2011 – November 21, 2011||
|CBE Classic||November 21, 2011 – November 22, 2011||
|Cancún Challenge||November 22, 2011 – November 23, 2011||
|Maui Invitational Tournament||November 21, 2011 – November 23, 2011||
|NIT Season Tip-Off||November 14, 2011 – November 25, 2011||
|Chicago Invitational Challenge||November 13, 2011 – November 26, 2011||
|Great Alaska Shootout||November 23, 2011 – November 26, 2011||
|Las Vegas Invitational||November 25, 2011 – November 26, 2011||
|South Padre Island Invitational||November 25, 2011 – November 26, 2011||
|Battle 4 Atlantis||November 23, 2011 – November 27, 2011||
|76 Classic||November 24, 2011 – November 27, 2011||
|Old Spice Classic||November 23, 2011 – November 27, 2011||
|Las Vegas Classic||December 13, 2011 – December 23, 2011||
|Diamond Head Classic||December 22, 2011 – December 25, 2011||
*Although these tournaments include more teams, only the number listed play for the championship.
Conference winners and tournaments
Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament, instead giving their automatic invitation to their regular-season champion. As of 2012, the Great West Conference does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Men or Women's College Tournament but the men's tourney champion does receive an automatic bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
|Reggie Hamilton||Oakland||26.2||O. D. Anosike||Siena||12.5||Scott Machado||Iona||9.9||Fuquan Edwin||Seton Hall||3.0|
|Damian Lillard||Weber St.||24.5||Thomas Robinson||Kansas||11.9||Kendall Marshall||N. Carolina||9.8||Jay Threatt||Delaware St.||3.0|
|Doug McDermott||Creighton||22.9||André Roberson||Colorado||11.1||Jesse Sanders||Liberty||8.0||T. J. McConnell||Duquesne||2.8|
|Shane Gibson||Sacred Heart||22.0||Drew Gordon||N. Mexico||11.1||Vincent Council||Providence||7.5||Jeremy Allen||FIU||2.7|
|C. J. McCollum||Lehigh||21.9||Jamelle Hagins||Delaware||11.1||Jason Brickman||LIU Brooklyn||7.3||C. J. McCollum||Lehigh||2.6|
|Anthony Davis||Kentucky||4.7||Ricardo Ratliffe||Missouri||69.3||Nick Barbour||High Point||48.4||Robby Ptacek||C. Conn. St.||92.0|
|William Mosley||Northwestern St.||4.1||Mike Glover||Iona||63.7||Drew Hanlen||Belmont||48.2||E. J. Singler||Oregon||90.9|
|Damian Eargle||Youngstown St.||3.7||Anthony Davis||Kentucky||62.3||Reggie Chamberlain||UMKC||47.1||Scott Christopherson||Iowa St.||90.3|
|Jeff Withey||Kansas||3.6||Cody Zeller||Indiana||62.3||Langston Galloway||St. Joseph's||46.6||Brian Barbour||Columbia||90.1|
|C. J. Aiken||St. Joseph's||3.5||Scott Eatherton||St. Francis (PA)||61.4||Ceola Clark||W. Illinois||46.6||Austin Morgan||Yale||90.0|
Final Four – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
|National Championship Game
For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
|March 15||VCU (#12, South)||62–59||Wichita State (#5, South)|
|March 16||Norfolk State (#15, West)||86–84||Missouri (#2, West)|
|March 16||Ohio (#13, Midwest)||65–60||Michigan (#4, Midwest)|
|March 16||Lehigh (#15, South)||75–70||Duke (#2, South)|
|March 16||South Florida (#12, Midwest)||58–44||Temple (#5, Midwest)|
|March 18||NC State (#11, Midwest)||66–63||Georgetown (#3, Midwest)|
National Invitation tournament
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the NCAA invited 32 teams to participate in the National Invitation Tournament. The tournament began on March 13, with all games prior to the semifinals played on campus sites. The semifinals and final were respectively held on March 27 and 29 at the traditional site of Madison Square Garden.
NIT Semifinals and Final
Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City
March 27, 2012
March 29, 2012
College Basketball Invitational
The fifth College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament was held beginning March 13 and ended with a best-of-three final, which went to the maximum number of games and ended on March 30.
March 31, 2012
March 26, 28, 30
(best of three)
|Host Gm.1||Washington State||67||53||65|
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
The fourth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was held beginning March 15 and ended with a championship game on March 28. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT.
March 24, 25
Consensus All-American teams
The following players are recognized as the 2012 Consensus All-Americans:
|Draymond Green||PF-C||Senior||Michigan State|
|Jared Sullinger||PF-C||Sophomore||Ohio State|
|Isaiah Canaan||G||Junior||Murray State|
|Kevin Jones||F||Junior||West Virginia|
|Tyler Zeller||PF-C||Senior||North Carolina|
Major player of the year awards
- Wooden Award: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Naismith Award: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Associated Press Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- NABC Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): Anthony Davis, Kentucky 
- Adolph Rupp Trophy: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Major freshman of the year awards
- Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA): Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Major coach of the year awards
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Frank Haith, Missouri
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Frank Haith, Missouri
- NABC Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas
- Adolph Rupp Cup: Bill Self, Kansas
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas
Other major awards
- Bob Cousy Award (Best point guard): Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
- Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man): Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (Best senior 6'0"/1.83 m or shorter): Reggie Hamilton, Oakland
- Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (top senior): Robbie Hummel, Purdue
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Zack Rosen, Penn
- NIT/Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC metro area): Scott Machado, Iona
- Ben Jobe Award (Top minority coach): Sean Woods, Mississippi Valley State
- Hugh Durham Award (Top mid-major coach): Eddie Payne, USC Upstate
- Jim Phelan Award (Top head coach): Mike Brey, Notre Dame
- Lefty Driesell Award (Top defensive player): Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Lou Henson Award (Top mid-major player): Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State
- Lute Olson Award (Top non-freshman or transfer player): Doug McDermott, Creighton
- Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (Coach with moral character): Jimmy Patsos, Loyola (MD)
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
- Elite 89 Award (Top GPA at Final Four): Aaron Craft, Ohio State
A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Air Force||Jeff Reynolds||Dave Pilopovich||Reynolds was fired February 8. ESPN wrote that "His intensity on the bench began to rub the Falcons the wrong way, zapping the fun from the game." Dave Pilopovich was named interim coach, then later given the job permanently.|
|Binghamton||Mark Macon||Tommy Dempsey||Macon compiled a 24-68 record in his three seasons as head coach, including a 2-29 mark last winter, 1-15 in America East Conference play|
|Brown||Jesse Agel||Mike Martin||Agel was fired after his fourth season following an 8–23 season.|
|Cal State Fullerton||Bob Burton||Andy Newman||Dedrique Taylor||Burton resigned on June 22 and assistant Newman was named interim head coach for the 2012–13 season.|
|Canisius||Tom Parrotta||Jim Baron||In six seasons as the Griffs' head coach, Parrotta posted a career record of 64–121 and a 30–78 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The team went 5–25 overall and 1–17 in league during the 2011–12 campaign.|
|Central Michigan||Ernie Zeigler||Keno Davis||Zeigler was 75–111 over six seasons. He was given a new, four-year contract two years ago when he was just about to sign his son, Trey, to a scholarship to play for the Chippewas.|
|College of Charleston||Bobby Cremins||Doug Wojcik||Cremins announced his retirement on Monday, March 19 at the College of Charleston. Cremins had coached at the school for six seasons after retiring from Georgia Tech, but took a leave of absence in late January due to exhaustion.|
|Colorado State||Tim Miles||Larry Eustachy||Miles resigned on March 23 to take the job at Nebraska. Miles led the Rams to the NCAA tournament and a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West (8–6) and a 20–12 overall record. Miles spent five years with the Rams and improved the win total every season from seven to nine to 16 to 19 to 20. He also went to the CBI, NIT and now the NCAA tournament.|
|Duquesne||Ron Everhart||Jim Ferry||Everhart was 98–88 in six seasons with Duquesne, going 46–50 in Atlantic 10 play. Questions began to surface when three members of the team – including sophomore point guard T.J. McConnell, the team's best overall player – announced intentions to transfer.|
|Eastern Illinois||Mike Miller||Jay Spoonhour||Miller compiled a 75–130 overall record and a 44–84 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference in seven seasons at Eastern Illinois. The Panthers hired Jay Spoonhour, a successful junior college coach and son of Charlie Spoonhour, a longtime college coach who died in February 2012.|
|FIU||Isiah Thomas||Richard Pitino||Thomas went 26-65 in three seasons. Under Thomas, FIU never won more than 11 games in a season. The Golden Panthers hired Pitino, who had been associate head coach at Louisville under his father Rick.|
|Grambling State||Bobby Washington||Joseph Price||Grambling reassigned Washington to another role within the University.|
|Idaho State||Joe O'Brien||Deane Martin||Bill Evans||O'Brien resigned as Bengals coach in a move announced December 19, 2011.|
|Illinois||Bruce Weber||John Groce||Weber coached the Illini for nine years, posting a 210–101 record and seven 20-win seasons. However, the Illini missed the NCAA Tournament three of the last five years, and won only two tournament games since reaching the national championship game in 2005.|
|Illinois State||Tim Jankovich||Dan Muller||Jankovich left Illinois State to become Associate Head Coach and coach-in-waiting at SMU.|
|Kansas State||Frank Martin||Bruce Weber||Martin left to take the South Carolina job.|
|Long Island||Jim Ferry||Jack Perri||Ferry left to take the Duquesne job. Assistant coach Jack Perri was appointed the new head coach on April 10, 2012.|
|LSU||Trent Johnson||Johnny Jones||Johnson left LSU to take the TCU job.|
|Miami (OH)||Charlie Coles||John Cooper||Coles retired after 16 years at Miami.|
|Mississippi State||Rick Stansbury||Rick Ray||Stansbury retired after 14 years at Mississippi State, Stansbury led the Bulldogs to a 293–166 record, including 11 postseason appearances – but last went to the NCAA tournament in 2009.|
|Mississippi Valley State||Sean Woods||Chico Potts||Woods left to take the Morehead State job.|
|Morehead State||Donnie Tyndall||Sean Woods||Tyndall left to take the Southern Miss job.|
|Mount St. Mary's||Robert Burke||Matt Henry||Jamion Christian||Burke was placed on administrative leave and Henry was named acting head coach on February 15. Burke formally resigned at the end of the season.|
|Nebraska||Doc Sadler||Tim Miles||Sadler was 89–70 overall and 34–64 in league play in the six years at Nebraska.|
|North Carolina A&T||Jerry Eaves||Cy Alexander||Eaves' contract with the school expires May 30, 2013. Eaves finishes his tenure at A&T with a 99–180 record over nine seasons. He is third on the program's all-time wins list.|
|North Texas||Johnny Jones||Tony Benford||Jones left to take the LSU job.|
|Northern Arizona||Mike Adras||Dave Brown||Jack Murphy||Adras resigned as head coach to pursue other opportunities. After a disastrous season that ended with a 16-game losing streak, new AD Lisa Campos hired Murphy, who spent the last three years as an assistant with Memphis.|
|Ohio||John Groce||Jim Christian||Groce left to take the Illinois job.|
|Rhode Island||Jim Baron||Dan Hurley||Baron was fired after the Rams finished 7–24 overall 4–12 in A-10 play and failed to qualify for the league tournament. Dan Hurley was named the new coach on March 21, 2012.|
|Rider||Tommy Dempsey||Kevin Baggett||Dempsey took the open position at Binghamton after the season ended.|
|Saint Francis (PA)||Don Friday||Rob Krimmel||Friday was let go and replaced by Krimmel - son of Saint Francis athletic director Bob Krimmel.|
|Samford||Jimmy Tillette||Bennie Seltzer||Tillette was the winningest coach in Samford history with an overall record of 229–219. He took the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000. The program had struggled since its transition to the Southern Conference.|
|SMU||Matt Doherty||Larry Brown||Doherty went 80–109 in six season with the Mustangs and just 30–67 in conference play. SMU finished 13–19 this season and lost 11 of its final 14 games.|
|South Carolina||Darrin Horn||Frank Martin||Horn was fired after the Gamecocks lost 24 of their last 27 SEC games. Horn finishes his career at South Carolina 23–45 in league games and 60–63 overall with three losing seasons in a row.|
|Southern Illinois||Chris Lowery||Barry Hinson||Lowery had been under fire for the last couple years as the program deteriorated and ultimately bottomed out with an 8–23 record this season – a school record for losses in a season.|
|Southern Miss||Larry Eustachy||Donnie Tyndall||Eustachy left to take the Colorado State job.|
|Southern Utah||Roger Reid||Nick Robinson||After almost forty years of coaching basketball, Reid announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at Southern Utah. He retires with an overall Division I record of 205–173, including a 54–97 record at SUU.|
|TCU||Jim Christian||Trent Johnson||Christian accepted the job at Ohio, Christian has gone 56-73 in four seasons at the helm, but had success in his six years at Kent State.|
|Tennessee State||John Cooper||Travis Williams||Cooper left to take the Miami (OH) job.|
|Texas Southern||Tony Harvey||Mike Davis (Interim)||Harvey's resignation was announced July 3, 2012.|
|Tulsa||Doug Wojcik||Danny Manning||Wojcik, compiled a career record of 140–92 in his seven seasons at Tulsa and became the school’s all-time leader in coaching victories last month. The lack of an NCAA Tournament appearance and a deteriorating fan base may have weighed heavily against Wojcik.|
|UAB||Mike Davis||Jerod Haase||Davis said he was told he was fired because of poor ticket sales and attendance.|
|UNC Greensboro||Mike Dement||Wes Miller||Dement stepped aside as Spartans coach in a move announced on December 13, 2011.|
|Virginia Tech||Seth Greenberg||James Johnson||Greenberg was let go on April 23 after significant turnover from his coaching staff.|
|Wagner||Dan Hurley||Bashir Mason||Hurley left to take the Rhode Island job. The Seahawks elevated assistant Mason to the top job, making him the current youngest Division I men's head coach at age 28.|
|Western Kentucky||Ken McDonald||Ray Harper||On January 6, McDonald was released from his contract, citing lackluster attendance and a 5–11 start to the season. Ray Harper was named interim coach, then later given the job permanently.|
|Winthrop||Randy Peele||Pat Kelsey||Peele was fired after Winthrop finished with a losing record for the second consecutive season – the first time the Eagles had back-to-back losing seasons since 1997 and 1998.|
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