2011–12 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team

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2011–12 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
NCAA East Region Champions
Big Ten Regular Season Co-Champions
NCAA Tournament East Region, No. 2 Seed, L 62–64, Kansas, Final Four
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
2011–12 record 31–8 (13–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Thad Matta
Assistant coach Dave Dickerson
Assistant coach Jeff Boals
Assistant coach Chris Jent
Home arena Value City Arena
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 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team represented Ohio State University during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach is Thad Matta, in his 8th season with the Buckeyes. The team plays its home games at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season championship for the third year in the row with a 13–5 conference record, sharing it with Michigan and Michigan State. In the postseason, the team invited the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, where they beat Purdue and Michigan before losing to Michigan State in the championship, and they also invited the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, where they beat Loyola, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and an upset of Syracuse before losing to Kansas in the Final Four to finish the season with 31–8 in overall record.

Pre-season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

Ohio State, led by experienced seniors and player of the year candidate Jared Sullinger, started the season 24–0. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 for six weeks during the regular season, as well as entering postseason play, and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament with an overall regular season record of 29–2 along with a Big Ten tournament championship. After defeating UT–San Antonio and George Mason in the first two rounds of the tournament, Ohio State fell to the Kentucky Wildcats, who would eventually go on to the Final Four, 62–60, ending their season in the Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row.

Departures[edit]

  • No. 10 Eddie Days – G
  • No. 23 David Lighty – G/F
  • No. 24 Nikola Kecman – F
  • No. 33 Jon Diebler – G
  • No. 52 Dallas Lauderdale – F

2011 recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trey McDonald
PF
Battle Creek, Michigan Battle Creek Central 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 18, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
LaQuinton Ross
SF
Burlington, New Jersey Life Center Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Aug 16, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Shannon Scott
PG
Alpharetta, Georgia Milton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 25, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Sam Thompson
SF
Chicago, Illinois Whitney Young 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 12, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Amir Williams
C
Beverly Hills, Michigan Country Day 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 17, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8   Rivals: 10  ESPN: 6
  • 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.

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Roster[edit]

2011–12 Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Sullinger, JaredJared Sullinger 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) So Columbus, Ohio
F 1 Thomas, DeshaunDeshaun Thomas 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Fort Wayne, Indiana
G 2 Sibert, JordanJordan Sibert 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Cincinnati, Ohio
G 3 Scott, ShannonShannon Scott 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Alpharetta, Georgia
G 4 Craft, AaronAaron Craft 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Findlay, Ohio
F 10 Ross, LaQuintonLaQuinton Ross 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Jackson, Mississippi
F 12 Thompson, SamSam Thompson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Chicago, Illinois
G 14 Rogers, AlexAlex Rogers 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Cincinnati, Ohio
F 15 Weatherspoon, J.D.J.D. Weatherspoon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Columbus, Ohio
C 23 Williams, AmirAmir Williams 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Birmingham, Michigan
F 30 Ravenel, EvanEvan Ravenel 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr Tampa, Florida
G 32 Smith, Jr., LenzelleLenzelle Smith, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Zion, Illinois
G 44 Buford, WilliamWilliam Buford 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Toledo, Ohio
C 55 McDonald, TreyTrey McDonald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Battle Creek, Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-10-28

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 6* 2:00 pm Walsh #3 Value City ArenaColumbus, OH W 95–49  13,696
Regular season
November 11* 9:00 pm Wright State #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(Global Sports Shootout)
BTN W 73–42  13,696 1–0
November 15* 8:00 pm #7 Florida #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(Global Sports Shootout)
ESPN2 W 81–74  17,785 2–0
November 18* 9:00 pm Jackson State #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(Global Sports Shootout)
BTN W 85–41  14,621 3–0
November 21* 8:30 pm North Florida #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(Global Sports Shootout)
BTN W 85–50  12,552 4–0
November 23* 7:00 pm VMI #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 107–74  13,660 5–0
November 25* 6:30 pm Valparaiso #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 80–47  15,606 6–0
November 29* 9:30 pm #3 Duke #2 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN W 85–63  18,809 7–0
December 3* 12:00 pm Texas–Pan American #2 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH W 64–35  14,041 8–0
December 10* 3:15 pm at #13 Kansas #2 Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS ESPN L 67–78  16,300 8–1
December 14* 7:30 pm USC Upstate #2 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 82–58  13,552 9–1
December 17* 12:00 pm at South Carolina #2 Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC ESPN W 74–66  13,654 10–1
December 20* 8:30 pm Lamar #2 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 70–50  14,169 11–1
December 22* 8:30 pm Miami (Ohio) #2 Nationwide Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 69–40  17,463 12–1
December 28 5:30 pm Northwestern #2 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 87–54  19,049 13–1 (1–0)
December 31 6:00 pm at #13 Indiana #2 Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2 L 70–74  17,472 13–2 (1–1)
January 3 6:30 pm Nebraska #6 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 71–40  16,158 14–2 (2–1)
January 7 3:00 pm at Iowa #6 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 76–47  15,400 15–2 (3–1)
January 10 9:00 pm at Illinois #5 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN L 74–79  14,636 15–3 (3–2)
January 15 4:30 pm #7 Indiana #5 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS W 80–63  18,809 16–3 (4–2)
January 21 8:00 pm at Nebraska #6 Bob Devaney Sports CenterLincoln, NE BTN W 79–45  12,214 17–3 (5–2)
January 25 6:30 pm Penn State #4 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH BTN W 78–54  16,907 18–3 (6–2)
January 29 1:00 pm #20 Michigan #4 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS W 64–49  18,809 19–3 (7–2)
February 4 2:00 pm at #19 Wisconsin #3 Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN W 58–52  17,230 20–3 (8–2)
February 7 9:00 pm Purdue #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 87–84  16,504 21–3 (9–2)
February 11 6:00 pm #11 Michigan State #3 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN L 48–58  18,809 21–4 (9–3)
February 14 9:00 pm at Minnesota #6 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN W 78–68  13,245 22–4 (10–3)
February 18 9:00 pm at #17 Michigan #6 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 51–56  12,721 22–5 (10–4)
February 21 7:00 pm Illinois #8 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH ESPN W 83–67  18,481 23–5 (11–4)
February 26 4:00 pm #16 Wisconsin #8 Value City Arena • Columbus, OH CBS L 60–63  18,809 23–6 (11–5)
February 29 8:30 pm at Northwestern #10 Welsh–Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN W 75–73  8,117 24–6 (12–5)
March 4 4:00 pm at #5 Michigan State #10 Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI CBS W 72–70  14,797 25–6 (13–5)
Big Ten Tournament
March 9 8:55 pm vs. Purdue #7 Bankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Quarterfinals)
BTN W 88–71  18,484 26–6
March 10 4:10 pm vs. #10 Michigan #7 Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Semifinals)
CBS W 77–55  18,451 27–6
March 11 3:30 pm vs. #8 Michigan State #7 Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
(Championship Game)
CBS L 64–68  17,125 27–7
NCAA Tournament
March 15* 9:50 pm vs. (15-E) Loyola (MD) #7 (2-E) CONSOL Energy CenterPittsburgh, PA
(East Region Second Round)
TNT W 78–59  19,413 28–7
March 17* 2:45 pm vs. (7-E) Gonzaga #7 (2-E) CONSOL Energy Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(East Region Third Round)
CBS W 73–66  18,588 29–7
March 22* 9:45 pm vs. (6-E) Cincinnati #7 (2-E) TD GardenBoston, MA
(East Regional Semifinal)
CBS W 81–64  18,796 30–7
March 24* 7:05 pm vs. #2 (1-E) Syracuse #7 (2-E) TD Garden • Boston, MA
(East Regional Final)
CBS W 77–70  18,796 31–7
March 31* 9:05 pm vs. #6 (2-M) Kansas #7 (2-E) Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA
(National Semifinal)
CBS L 62–64  73,361 31–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time[1] Rank indicates seed in the NCAA tournament. E-East region, W-West region, S-South region, M-Midewest Region.

Rankings[edit]

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Coaches 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 7 5 6 4 3 3 6 9 11 7 7 3
Legend
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  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
(RV)   Received votes

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