2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team
|2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball|
NCAA Tournament Round of 64
|Conference||Big East Conference (1979–2013)|
|2011–12 record||22–12 (13–5 Big East)|
|Head coach||Mike Brey|
|Assistant coach||Anthony Solomon|
|Assistant coach||Rod Balanis|
|Assistant coach||Martin Ingelsby|
|Home arena||Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center|
|2011–12 Big East men's basketball standings|
|† 2012 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 31, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame in the sport of basketball during the 2011–12 college basketball season. The Fighting Irish compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big East Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Brey, and played their home games at the Edmund P. Joyce Center Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Fighting Irish finished the 2010–11 season 27–7, 14–4 in Big East play, finishing second place behind Pittsburgh. Ben Hansbrough was named Big East Player of the Year, and Mike Brey was named Big East Coach of the Year for the third time. Brey was also named National Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated & CBSSports.com, and the recipient of the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year award.
The Irish were defeated in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament by Louisville. They earned a #2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, the program's highest seeding since 1981, where they were eliminated in the third round by Florida State.
Roster changes and recruiting
Notre Dame lost team captains Hansbrough & Tyrone Nash to graduation. Additionally, forward Carleton Scott surprised many by declaring for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final season of eligibility. All three players went undrafted and signed contracts to play in Europe. Notre Dame welcomed one transfer in center Garrick Sherman from Michigan State, who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2011–12 season.
Notre Dame recruited two players from the high school senior class of 2010–11:
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Arlington, MA||St. John's Prep||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||Sep 19, 2010|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 92|
|Wichita, KS||Sunrise Christian Academy||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Apr 26, 2011|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 91|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR Rivals: NR|
Both Katenda and Connaughton were expected to contribute in their freshman season. However, Katenda suffered a "freak injury" to his left eye during a summer pick-up game, leaving him with a permanently damaged optic nerve. The injury, combined with an academic issue with the NCAA, delayed his enrollment at Notre Dame until January 2012. He will sit out the remainder of the season but is expected to play again.
- 2nd Team All-Big East – Jack Cooley
- Big East Most Improved Player - Jack Cooley
- Big East All-Rookie Team – Jerian Grant
- Jim Phelan Coach of the Year Award - Mike Brey
- NABC District V Coach of the Year - Mike Brey
|2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team|
- Sherman is not eligible to play under NCAA transfer rules.
Schedule and results
- All times are Eastern
|11/1/2011*||7:30pm||St. Xavier||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 90–72||6,578|
|11/7/2011*||7:30pm||Stonehill College||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 92–70||6,567|
|11/12/2011*||2:00pm||Mississippi Valley State||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 80–67||7,087||1–0|
|11/14/2011*||9:00pm||Detroit||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN
|11/16/2011*||7:30pm||Sam Houston State||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN
|11/18/2011*||9:00pm||Delaware State||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 93–69||8,826||4–0|
|11/21/2011*||7:30pm||vs. #21 Missouri||Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
|11/22/2011*||7:45pm||vs. Georgia||Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
|11/27/2011*||2:00pm||Bryant||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 84–59||7,138||5–2|
|11/30/2011*||11:15 pm||at #18 Gonzaga||McCarthey Athletic Center • Spokane, WA||ESPN2||L 53–73||6,000||5–3|
|12/4/2011*||4:45 pm||vs. Maryland||Verizon Center • Washington, DC
|12/8/2011*||7:30 pm||Maine||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 87–78||7,024||6–4|
|12/10/2011*||7:30 pm||Dartmouth||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 65–47||7,651||7–4|
|12/17/2011*||4:30 pm||vs. #18 Indiana||Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
|12/19/2011*||7:30 pm||Sacred Heart||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||W 106–65||7,042||8–5|
|12/27/2011||7:00 pm||#22 Pittsburgh||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||ESPN2||W 72–59||8,231||9–5 (1–0)|
|1/4/2012||7:00 pm||at Cincinnati||Fifth Third Arena • Cincinnati, OH||Big East Network||L 71–55||10,142||9–6 (1–1)|
|1/7/2012||4:00 pm||at #11 Louisville||KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY||ESPNU||W 67–65 2OT||22,687||10–6 (2–1)|
|1/10/2012||7:00 pm||South Florida||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||Big East Network||W 60–49||8,075||11–6 (3–1)|
|1/14/2012||11:00 am||#17 Connecticut||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||ESPN2||L 53–67||9,149||11–7 (3–2)|
|1/16/2012||9:00 pm||at Rutgers||Louis Brown Athletic Center • Piscataway, NJ||ESPNU||L 58–65||6,334||11–8 (3–3)|
|1/21/2012||6:00 pm||#1 Syracuse||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||ESPN||W 67–58||9,149||12–8 (4–3)|
|1/25/2012||8:00 pm||at Seton Hall||Prudential Center • Newark, NJ||Big East Network||W 55–42||8,421||13–8 (5–3)|
|1/29/2012||12:00 pm||at #24 Connecticut||XL Center • Hartford, CT||Big East Network||W 50–48||16,294||14–8 (6–3)|
|2/4/2012||1:00 pm||#15 Marquette||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||CBS||W 76–59||9,149||15–8 (7–3)|
|2/8/2012||9:00 pm||at West Virginia||WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV||ESPNU||W 55–51||9,258||16–8 (8–3)|
|2/11/2012||12:00 pm||DePaul||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||Big East Network||W 84–76||9,149||17–8 (9–3)|
|2/15/2012||7:00 pm||Rutgers||#23||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||ESPNU||W 71–53||7,557||18–8 (10–3)|
|2/18/2012||9:00 pm||at Villanova||#23||Wells Fargo Center • Philadelphia, PA||ESPNU||W 74–70 OT||15,939||19–8 (11–3)|
|2/22/2012||7:00 pm||West Virginia||#20||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||ESPN2||W 71–44||8,265||20–8 (12–3)|
|2/25/2012||12:00 pm||at St. John's||#20||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY||ESPN2||L 58–61||11,436||20–9 (12–4)|
|2/27/2012||7:00 pm||at #11 Georgetown||#20||Verizon Center • Washington, DC||ESPN||L 41–59||14,514||20–10 (12–5)|
|3/2/2012||7:00 pm||Providence||#20||Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN||Big East Network||W 75–69||9,149||21–10 (13–5)|
|Big East Tournament|
|3/8/2012||9:00 pm||vs. South Florida||#23||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
|ESPN||W 57–53 OT||20,057||22–10|
|3/9/2012||9:00 pm||vs. Louisville||#23||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
|3/16/2012*||9:45 pm||vs. (S 10) Xavier||#(S 7)||Greenboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.|
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- "Carleton Scott To Remain In NBA Draft". und.com. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- "Irish Basketball Program Welcomes Garrick Sherman". und.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- "Injury leaves Eric Katenda partially blind". espn.com. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- "After eye injury no limits in sight for ND's Katenda". chicagotribune.com. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- "Jack Cooley And Jerian Grant Named To BIG EAST All-Conference Teams - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". Und.Com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Mike Brey Named NABC District V Coach of the Year - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". Und.Com. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Mike Brey Named Jim Phelan National Coach Of The Year - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". Und.Com. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "2011–12 Schedule". Retrieved 2011-12-27.