2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team

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2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball
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College Basketball Invitational Champions
Philly Hoop Group Classic Champions
CBI Finals vs Washington State, W 2–1
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2011–12 record 22–17 (5–13 Big East)
Head coach Jamie Dixon
Assistant coach Pat Sandle
Assistant coach Brandin Knight
Assistant coach Bill Barton
Home arena Petersen Events Center
(Capacity: 12,508)
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 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Jamie Dixon, who was in his ninth year as head coach at Pittsburgh and 13th overall at the University. The team played its home games in the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and are members of the Big East Conference. Pitt entered the 2011-12 season picked to finish fourth in the Big East Conference,[2] ranked #11 in the pre-season ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll,[3] and with the Big East pre-season player of the year, Ashton Gibbs.[4] They finished the season 22–17, 5–13 in Big East play for a disappointing 13th place finish. They lost in the second round of the Big East Basketball Tournament to Georgetown. They were invited to the 2012 College Basketball Invitational where they advanced to the best of three game finals series against Washington State. They defeated the Cougars 2 games to 1 to be the 2012 CBI Champions.

Outlook[edit]

The Pittsburgh Panthers finished the 2010-11 season as Big East Regular Season Champions with 28–6, 15–3. They received a number 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, but were upset by eventual national runner-up Butler in the third round. Finishing at No. 12 in the final Coaches' Poll, Pitt returns two starters, including 2011-12 Big East Pre-season Player of the Year, Ashton Gibbs,[4] as well as two of its top four scores, 41% of its scoring, and 45% of its rebounding. Four freshman joint the team, including McDonald's High School All-American Khem Birch.[5]

At the Big East Conference media day on October 19, 2011, Pitt was selected by a vote of the league's coaches to finish fourth in the Big East Conference receiving one first place votes.[2] Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs received preseason Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selections.[4] The Panthers are ranked 11th in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll.[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name[5] Position Year at
Pittsburgh
Alma Mater (Year)
Jamie Dixon Head coach 13th (9th as Head Coach) TCU (1987)
Pat Sandle Assistant coach 9th San Francisco State (1987)
Brandin Knight Assistant coach 6th University of Pittsburgh (2005)
Bill Barton Assistant coach 1st Salem State (1989)
Brian Regan Director of Basketball Operations 5th Saint Vincent (1988)
Jordan Marks Video Coordinator 3rd University of Pittsburgh (2008)
Jason Richards Graduate Manager 2nd Davidson (2008)
Tony Salesi Athletic Trainer 26th University of Pittsburgh (1980)

Recruiting[edit]

2011 Pitt Recruiting Class Signees.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Khem Birch
forward
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec Notre Dame Prep 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Malcolm Gilbert
center
Smyrna, Delaware Academy of the New Church 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 23, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Durand Johnson
shooting guard/small forward
Baltimore, Maryland Brewster Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190.5 lb (86.4 kg) Aug 16, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
John Johnson
point guard/shooting guard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Girard College 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 166.5 lb (75.5 kg) Sep 17, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 20  ESPN: 15
  • 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 Pitt Panthers basketball roster[5]

2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 2 Epps, IsaiahIsaiah Epps 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr Hargrave Military Academy/Plainfield HS Plainfield, NJ
G 12 Gibbs, AshtonAshton Gibbs 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Seton Hall Prep Scotch Plains, NJ
C 33 Gilbert, MalcolmMalcolm Gilbert 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Academy of the New Church Smyrna, DE
G/F 5 Johnson, DurandDurand Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Brewster Academy/Lake Clifton Baltimore, MD
G 4 Johnson, JohnJohn Johnson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Girard College Philadelphia, PA
F 44 Moore, J. J.J. J. Moore 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So South Kent School/Brentwood HS Brentwood, NY
C 15 Nwankwo, AronAron Nwankwo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Baltimore City College Baltimore, MD
G/F 21 Patterson, LamarLamar Patterson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 229 lb (104 kg) RS So St. Benedict's Prep/J.P. McCaskey H.S. Lancaster, PA
G 14 Rivers, NickNick Rivers 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Brophy College Prep Phoenix, AZ
F 35 Robinson, NasirNasir Robinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Chester HS Chester, PA
F 11 Taylor, DanteDante Taylor 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr National Christian Academy (MD) Greenburgh, NY
G 1 Woodall, TravonTravon Woodall 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr St. Anthony HS Brooklyn, NY-Paterson, NJ
G 3 Wright, CameronCameron Wright 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Benedictine HS Cleveland, OH
F 42 Zanna, TalibTalib Zanna 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS So Bishop McNamara HS (MD) Kaduna, Nigeria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-10-22

  • Note: Freshman Khem Birch (#24, 6 ft 9 in, 220 lb), at the time Pitt's starting center, left the team on December 16.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Pitt's 2011–12 schedule.[7]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Pts Ldr Reb Ldr Ast Ldr Result Attendance Record
Scrimmage
Sat. Oct. 22* 5:00 pm Blue-Gold Scrimmage Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA
(Fan Fest/Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair)
Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network  26 - Gibbs   14 - Taylor   5 - Wright   Blue
57–49 
6,513  
Exhibition
Sat. Oct. 29* 4:00 pm La Roche #10 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network  16 - Birch   9 - Taylor   7 - Woodall  W 101–33  6,525
Mon. Nov. 7* 7:00 pm Kentucky Wesleyan #10 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network  22 - Patterson   9 - Zanna   11 - Woodall  W 76–67  6,536
Regular season
Fri. Nov. 11* 7:00 pm Albany #10 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network / SNY / ESPN3  25 - Woodall   8 - Taylor   10 - Woodall  W 89–56  10,125 1–0
Sun. Nov. 13* 6:00 pm Rider #10 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic)
ESPN3  24 - Gibbs   8 - Patterson   10 - Woodall  W 86–78  8,712 2–0
Wed. Nov. 16* 9:00 pm Long Beach State #9 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU  20 - Gibbs   6 - Zanna   4 - Gibbs, Patterson, Woodall  L 76–86  8,215 2–1
Tue. Nov. 22* 7:00 pm La Salle #17 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic)
ESPN3  17 - Robinson   6 - Birch, Moore, Robinson, Taylor   10 - Woodall  W 73–69  8,375 3–1
Fri. Nov. 25* 7:00 pm at Penn #17 The PalestraPhiladelphia, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic)
Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network-Philadelphia  16 - Gibbs   10 - Birch   7 - Woodall  W 78–58  6,843 4–1
Sun. Nov. 27* 5:00 pm Robert Morris #17 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Philly Hoop Group Classic)
ESPN3 / Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network / SNY  21 - Gibbs   15 - Zanna   10 - Woodall  W 81–71  8,758 5–1
Wed. Nov. 30* 7:00 pm vs. Duquesne #17 CONSOL Energy Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(The City Game)
CBS Sports Network  18 - Gibbs   11 - Taylor   7 - Woodall  W 80–69  15,880 6–1
Sat. Dec. 3* 5:15 pm at Tennessee #17 Thompson–Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN
(SEC–Big East Invitational)
ESPN  16 - Gibbs, Robinson   12 - Robinson   6 - Gibbs  W 61–56  17,249 7–1
Tue. Dec. 6* 7:00 pm VMI #15 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network  20 - Gibbs   14 - Robinson   6 - Patterson  W 97–70  8,923 8–1
Sat. Dec. 10* 2:30 pm vs. Oklahoma State #15 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Carquest Auto Parts Classic)
ESPN2  17 - Gibbs   10 - Patterson   7 - Patterson  W 74–68  17,046 9–1
Sat. Dec. 17* 6:00 pm South Carolina State #15 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network / SNY  16 - Patterson   14 - Zanna   6 - Gibbs  W 69–55  9,521 10–1
Tue. Dec. 20* 7:00 pm St. Francis (PA) #15 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN3  15 - Moore   8 - Taylor   4 - Patterson  W 71–47  8,325 11–1
Fri. Dec. 23* 8:00 pm Wagner #15 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU  14 - Gibbs   9 - Robinson   4 - Patterson  L 54–59  9,315 11–2
Big East Regular Season
Tue. Dec. 27 7:00 pm at Notre Dame #22 Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN ESPN2  13 - Zanna   12 - Zanna   5 - Gibbs  L 59–72  8,231 11–3 (0–1)
Sun. Jan. 1 7:00 pm Cincinnati #22 Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Plus/Root Sports Pittsburgh  19 - Robinson   11 - Taylor   5 - Johnson  L 63–66  12,508 11–4 (0–2)
Thu. Jan. 5 7:00 pm at DePaul Allstate ArenaRosemont, IL ESPN2  16 - Zanna   9 - Patterson   4 - Gibbs, Johnson  L 81–84  8,110 11–5 (0–3)
Wed. Jan. 11 7:00 pm Rutgers Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Plus/Root Sports Pittsburgh  10 - Moore   9 - Robinson   4 - Epps  L 39–62  10,812 11–6 (0–4)
Sat. Jan. 14 2:00 pm at #25 Marquette Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI ESPNU  29 - Gibbs   7 - Robinson, Patterson   3 - Robinson  L 57–62  18,404 11–7 (0–5)
Mon. Jan. 16 7:30 pm at #1 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN Big Monday  10 - Gibbs, Patterson, Wright   11 - Taylor   3 - Patterson, Robinson, Wright  L 63–71  24,826 11–8 (0–6)
Sat. Jan. 21 9:00 pm #23 Louisville Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN College GameDay  14 - Gibbs, Patterson   7 - Robinson   7 - Patterson  L 62–73  12,508 11–9 (0–7)
Wed. Jan. 25 7:00 pm Providence Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN Plus/Root Sports Pittsburgh  22 - Gibbs   11 - Patterson   9 - Woodall  W 86–74  10,049 12–9 (1–7)
Sat. Jan. 28 4:00 pm #10 Georgetown Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN  23 - Robinson   10 - Zanna   10 - Woodall  W 72–60  12,508 13–9 (2–7)
Mon. Jan. 30 7:00 pm at West Virginia WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN Big Monday  24 - Woodall   7 - Taylor   4 - Patterson  W 72–66  13,032 14–9 (3–7)
Sun. Feb. 5 2:00 pm Villanova Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN  29 - Woodall   8 - Zanna   5 - Woodall  W 79–70  12,508 15–9 (4–7)
Wed. Feb. 8 7:00 pm at South Florida Tampa Bay Times ForumTampa, FL ESPN Plus/Root Sports Pittsburgh  11 - Woodall   5 - Robinson, Woodall, Zanna   2 - Robinson, Woodall  L 51–63  4,507 15–10 (4–8)
Sun. Feb. 12 12:00 pm at Seton Hall Prudential CenterNewark, NJ ESPN Plus/WTAE-TV, "Big East Game of the Week"  26 - Gibbs   9 - Robinson   6 - Woodall  L 66–73  NA 15–11 (4–9)
Thu. Feb. 16 9:00 pm West Virginia Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN  12 - Woodall   5 - Patterson, Robinson   8 - Woodall  L 48–66  12,508 15–12 (4–10)
Sun. Feb. 19 7:00 pm South Florida Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPN2  21 - Moore   11 - Robinson   3 - Robinson, Woodall  L 47–56  9,849 15–13 (4–11)
Sun. Feb. 26 2:00 pm at #17 Louisville KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY CBS  16 - Moore   11 - Robinson   2 - Woodall, Robinson, Wright  L 54–57  22,746 15–14 (4–12)
Wed. Feb. 29 7:00 pm St. John's Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU  19 - Gibbs   8 - Taylor   7 - Patterson  W 89–69  9,449 16–14 (5–12)
Sat. Mar. 3 12:00 pm at Connecticut Harry A. Gampel PavilionStorrs, CT ESPN  12 - Wright, Patterson   6 - Moore   5 - Woodall  L 65–74  10,167 16–15 (5–13)
2012 Big East Tournament
Tue. Mar. 6 2:00 pm vs. St. John's Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(First Round)
ESPN2  20 - Gibbs   8 - Robinson   6 - Woodall  W 73–59  20,057 17–15
Wed. Mar. 7 2:00 pm vs. #13 Georgetown Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Second Round)
ESPN  14 - Gibbs   8 - Patterson   6 - Patterson  L 52–64  20,057 17–16
2012 College Basketball Invitational
Wed. Mar. 14* 7:00 pm Wofford Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(First Round)
 16 - Moore, Woodall   11 - Robinson   9 - Woodall  W 81–63  1,449 18–16
Mon. Mar. 19* 7:00 pm Princeton Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Quarterfinals)
 19 - Patterson   10 - Patterson   11 - Woodall  W 82–61  2,001 19–16
Wed. Mar. 21* 7:00 pm at Butler Hinkle FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Semifinals)
HDNet  15 - Zanna   10 - Patterson   7 - Patterson  W 68–62 OT 3,754 20–16
Mon. Mar. 26* 10:00 pm at Washington State Beasley ColiseumPullman, WA
(Finals–Game 1)
HDNet  16 - Moore, Woodall   5 - Patterson, Taylor   7 - Woodall  L 66–67  4,226 20–17
Wed. Mar. 28* 7:00 pm Washington State Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Finals–Game 2)
HDNet  14 - Zanna   8 - Zanna   5 - Patterson, Woodall  W 57–53  3,349 21–17
Fri. Mar. 30* 7:00 pm Washington State Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Finals–Game 3)
HDNet  17 - Woodall   7 - Patterson   7 - Woodall  W 71–65  3,849 22–17
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Division I AP Poll unless otherwise noted. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. rv=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 10 9 17 17 15 15 15 22 rv -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- n/a
Coaches 11 9 16 17 14 14 13 22 rv -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- rv

Season notes and accomplishments[edit]

  • Pitt won the 2011 Philly Hoops Group Classic title with a perfect 4-0 record.
  • Pitt lost to 2 unraked non-conference teams (Long Beach State and Wagner) at home, for the 1st time in one season. They only had one previous home non-conference loss at the Peterson Events Center.
  • Freshman Khem Birch, at the time Pitt's starting center, left the team on December 16.[6]
  • Starting point guard Tray Woodall suffered a groin/abdominal injury during the Duquesne game on November 30 and did not return until the Notre Dame game on Tuesday, December 27. During the Notre Dame game he reaggravated his injury and did not reappear until the Louisville game on January 21.
  • For the first time under head coach Jamie Dixon, the Pitt basketball team lost over three games in a row,[8] eventually losing a total of eight straight games, its longest losing streak in 18 years.[9] Also, for first time ever, Pitt opened its Big East Conference season with seven straight loses.[10]
  • After averaging 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in wins over West Virginia and Villanova, point guard Tray Woodall was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on February 7, 2012 by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2011-12." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-31-12.
  2. ^ a b Fittipaldo, Ray (2011-10-20). "Pitt's Gibbs gets top preseason honor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b Grupp, John (2011-10-20). "Pitt hoops ranked No. 11 in coaches’ poll". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Bontemps, Tim (2011-10-20). "Pitt's Gibbs named preseason Big East Player of Year". New York Post (New York, NY). Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Pitt Basketball 2011-12 Preseason Prospectus, University of Pittsburgh, 2011, pp. 1–2, retrieved 2011-10-22 
  6. ^ a b Fittipaldo, Ray (2011-12-17). "Khem Birch leaves Pitt basketball program". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Pitt Men's Basketball 2011-2012 Schedule". PittsburghPanthers.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  8. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2012-01-06). "Panthers blow big lead against DePaul, lose 4th in row". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  9. ^ Grupp, John (2012-01-26). "Pitt pummels Big East foe Providence, ends eight-game skid at Pete". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  10. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2012-01-17). "Syracuse 71, Pitt 63: Panthers' losing streak hits 7". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  11. ^ "Pitt guard Woodall earns national honor". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 02-08-2012. Retrieved 2012-08-2012.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)