2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team
|2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball|
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
|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 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, ranked #11 in the pre-season ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, and with the Big East pre-season player of the year, Ashton Gibbs. 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.
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, 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.
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. Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs received preseason Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selections. The Panthers are ranked 11th in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll.
|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)|
2011 Pitt Recruiting Class Signees.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec||Notre Dame Prep||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Sep 30, 2010|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 97|
|Smyrna, Delaware||Academy of the New Church||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||Aug 23, 2010|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 95|
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: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 92|
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: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 91|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12 Rivals: 20 ESPN: 15|
2011-12 Pitt Panthers basketball roster
|2011–12 Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team|
- Note: Freshman Khem Birch (#24, 6 ft 9 in, 220 lb), at the time Pitt's starting center, left the team on December 16.
Pitt's 2011–12 schedule.
|Date||Time||Opponent#||Rank#||Site||TV||Pts Ldr||Reb Ldr||Ast Ldr||Result||Attendance||Record|
|Sat. Oct. 22*||5:00 pm||Blue-Gold Scrimmage||Petersen Events Center • Pittsburgh, PA
(Fan Fest/Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair)
|Pitt Panthers TV / Comcast Network||26 - Gibbs||14 - Taylor||5 - Wright|| Blue
|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|
|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 Palestra • Philadelphia, 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 Arena • Knoxville, 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 Garden • New 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 Center • Notre 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 Arena • Rosemont, 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 Center • Milwaukee, 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 Dome • Syracuse, 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 Coliseum • Morgantown, WV
|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 Forum • Tampa, 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 Center • Newark, 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
|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! Center • Louisville, 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 Pavilion • Storrs, 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
|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
|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
|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
|19 - Patterson||10 - Patterson||11 - Woodall||W 82–61||2,001||19–16|
|Wed. Mar. 21*||7:00 pm||at Butler||Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
|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 Coliseum • Pullman, WA
|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
|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
|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.|
|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|
Season notes and accomplishments
- 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.
- 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, eventually losing a total of eight straight games, its longest losing streak in 18 years. Also, for first time ever, Pitt opened its Big East Conference season with seven straight loses.
- 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.
- "Big East Conference Standings - 2011-12." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-31-12.
- Fittipaldo, Ray (2011-10-20). "Pitt's Gibbs gets top preseason honor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- Grupp, John (2011-10-20). "Pitt hoops ranked No. 11 in coaches’ poll". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- 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.
- Pitt Basketball 2011-12 Preseason Prospectus, University of Pittsburgh, 2011, pp. 1–2, retrieved 2011-10-22
- Fittipaldo, Ray (2011-12-17). "Khem Birch leaves Pitt basketball program". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2011-12-28.
- "Pitt Men's Basketball 2011-2012 Schedule". PittsburghPanthers.com. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
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- Grupp, John (2012-01-26). "Pitt pummels Big East foe Providence, ends eight-game skid at Pete". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- Fittipaldo, Ray (2012-01-17). "Syracuse 71, Pitt 63: Panthers' losing streak hits 7". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2012-01-17.
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