2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team

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2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament Round of 64
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches #25
AP #23
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
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 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.

Previous season[edit]

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.

Preseason[edit]

Roster changes and recruiting[edit]

Notre Dame lost team captains Hansbrough & Tyrone Nash to graduation. Additionally, forward Carleton Scott surprised many by declaring for the NBA Draft,[2] 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,[3] 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
Pat Connaughton
SF
Arlington, MA St. John's Prep 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 19, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Eric Katenda
PF
Wichita, KS Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 26, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR
  • 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:

Both Katenda and Connaughton were expected to contribute in their freshman season. However, Katenda suffered a "freak injury"[4] 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.[5]

Awards/Honors[edit]

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 0 Atkins, EricEric Atkins (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) So Mount Saint Joseph Columbia, Maryland
G 4 Crowley, PatrickPatrick Crowley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So St. Francis Los Gatos, California
C 11 Sherman, GarrickGarrick Sherman (I) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Jr Kenton / Michigan State Kenton, Ohio
G 12 Dragicevich, AlexAlex Dragicevich 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) So Glenbrook North Northbrook, Illinois
F 14 Martin, ScottScott Martin (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Valparaiso / Purdue Valparaiso, Indiana
F 21 Abromaitis, TimTim Abromaitis Injured (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 236 lb (107 kg) GS Farmington Unionville, Connecticut
G 22 Grant, JerianJerian Grant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So DeMatha Bowie, Maryland
G/F 24 Connaughton, PatPat Connaughton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Fr St. John's Prep Arlington, Massachusetts
F 25 Knight, TomTom Knight 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Dirigo Dixfield, Maine
G 32 Brooks, JoeyJoey Brooks 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Strake Jesuit College Prep Houston, Texas
F 33 Broghammer, MikeMike Broghammer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Jr Hopkins Orono, Minnesota
F 45 Cooley, JackJack Cooley 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Jr Glenbrook South Glenview, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Anthony Solomon
  • Rod Balanis
  • Martin Ingelsby

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-11-30

  • Sherman is not eligible to play under NCAA transfer rules.

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[9]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/1/2011* 7:30pm St. Xavier Edmund P. Joyce CenterNotre 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
Regular Season
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
(CBE Classic)
ESPNU W 59–53  6,720 2–0
11/16/2011* 7:30pm Sam Houston State Edmund P. Joyce Center • Notre Dame, IN
(CBE Classic)
W 74–41  6,614 3–0
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 CenterKansas City, MO
(CBE Classic)
ESPN2 L 58–87  11,436 4–1
11/22/2011* 7:45pm vs. Georgia Sprint Center • Kansas City, MO
(CBE Classic)
ESPNU L 57–61  10,747 4–2
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 CenterSpokane, WA ESPN2 L 53–73  6,000 5–3
12/4/2011* 4:45 pm vs. Maryland Verizon CenterWashington, DC
(BB&T Classic)
MASN/Versus L 71–78  10,714 5–4
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 FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Crossroads Classic)
ESPN2 L 58–69  19,064 7–5
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 ArenaCincinnati, OH Big East Network L 71–55  10,142 9–6 (1–1)
1/7/2012 4:00 pm at #11 Louisville KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, 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 CenterPiscataway, 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 CenterNewark, NJ Big East Network W 55–42  8,421 13–8 (5–3)
1/29/2012 12:00 pm at #24 Connecticut XL CenterHartford, 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 ColiseumMorgantown, 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 CenterPhiladelphia, 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 GardenNew 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
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN W 57–53 OT 20,057 22–10
3/9/2012 9:00 pm vs. Louisville #23 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Semifinals)
ESPN L 50–64  20,057 22–11
NCAA Tournament
3/16/2012* 9:45 pm vs. (S 10) Xavier #(S 7) Greenboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(Second Round)
CBS L 67-63  16,523 22-12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

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