2011–12 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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2011–12 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
CBI, Quarterfinals
Conference Ivy League
2011–12 record 20–12 (10–4 Ivy, 3rd)
Head coach Mitch Henderson (1st year)
Assistant coach Brian Earl
Assistant coach Dan Geriot
Assistant coach Marcus Jenkins
Captain Douglas Davis
Captain Patrick Saunders
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Harvard 12 2   .857     26 5   .839
Penn 11 3   .786     20 13   .606
Princeton 10 4   .714     20 12   .625
Yale 9 5   .643     19 10   .655
Cornell 7 7   .500     12 16   .429
Columbia 4 10   .286     15 15   .500
Brown 2 12   .143     8 23   .258
Dartmouth 1 13   .071     5 25   .167
As of March 15, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Tigers, led by first year head coach Mitch Henderson, played their home games at Jadwin Gymnasium and are members of the Ivy League. The team captains were seniors Douglas Davis and Patrick Saunders. They finished the season 20–12, 10–4 in Ivy League play to finish in third place. They were invited to the 2012 College Basketball Invitational where they defeated Evansville in the first round before falling in the quarterfinals to Pittsburgh. The season was highlighted by wins over a ranked Harvard team and the Florida State Seminoles. The team was led by unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection Ian Hummer and second team selection Douglas Davis.

Preview[edit]

Princeton entered the season having won the 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season championship and having earned the resulting 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitation. The team entered the season having lost senior captains Dan Mavraides and Kareem Maddox. Maddox was the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection. Mavraides had been a second team All-Ivy selection. The team returned second team All-Ivy selection Hummer.[1]

Entering the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season head coach Mitch Henderson began his tenure at Princeton, taking over for Sydney Johnson.[2] With the move that resulted from Johnson taking a new coaching job, Princeton has six alumni who are active Division I head coaches, a total second only to eight by the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball program.[3] The Ivy League media poll selected Princeton to be tied with Yale for second place behind Harvard.[4] Princeton had been the preseason favorite the year before.[5]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
3 Jimmy Sherburne Guard 6–3 197 Junior Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
4 Denton Koon Forward 6–8 205 Freshman Liberty, Missouri
5 T.J. Bray Guard 6–5 205 Sophomore New Berlin, Wisconsin
11 Brian Fabrizius Forward 6–11 210 Freshman Arlington Heights, Illinois
14 Chris Clement Guard 6–2 190 Sophomore Round Rock, Texas
15 John Comfort Forward 6–7 197 Senior La Grange, Illinois
20 Douglas Davis Guard 5–11 157 Senior Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
22 Patrick Saunders Forward 6–8 205 Senior Gilford, New Hampshire
23 Clay Wilson Guard 6–3 176 Freshman Tulsa, Oklahoma
25 Tom Noonan Forward 6–8 235 Sophomore Havertown, Pennsylvania
32 Mack Darrow Forward 6–9 230 Junior Lake Barrington, Illinois
34 Ian Hummer Forward 6–7 230 Junior Vienna, Virginia
40 Bobby Garbade Center 6–11 245 Freshman Binghamton, New York
41 Daniel Edwards Forward 6–8 225 Sophomore Dallas, Texas
44 Brendan Connolly Center 6–11 255 Junior Brentwood, Tennessee

Schedule[edit]

With a new first-time head coach, the team got off to slow starts. It started the season with a 1–5 record, but won 18 of its final 24 games and started its conference schedule with a 2–3 record, but won 8 of its final 9 games.[3] The recovery enabled the team to qualify for its 32nd post season appearance (24 NCAA, 5 NIT and 2 CBI).[6]

Princeton earned its first home win against a ranked opponent since the 1976–77 team's January 3, 1977 victory over Notre Dame by defeating Harvard (No. 21 Coaches/25 AP) on February 11, 2012.[7] The win was also its first against a ranked opponent on any court since November 11, 1997,[3] which is when the 1997–98 team opened its season with a victory over a ranked Texas team at Meadowlands Arena (now named Izod Center) in East Rutherford, NJ.[8][9] Princeton also defeated eventual 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Champion Florida State five weeks after Harvard did[10][11] as well as Big East Conference member and New Jersey rival Rutgers. In addition, the team's schedule included the ACC's NC State. Its results against Harvard, Florida State and NC State give the team a 2–2 record against teams in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[3]

For the 18th consecutive season, the Ivy League men's basketball schedule concluded with a Tuesday Penn–Princeton basketball rivalry game against the 2011–12 Quakers.[12] Princeton's 62–52 victory enabled it to retain slim 26–25 and 24–23 leads in terms of Ivy League Championships and Ivy League team NCAA Tournament appearances, respectively.[13][14]

In the first round of the 2012 CBI Tournament, senior Douglas Davis scored a career-high 31 points to lead Princeton to a 95–86 victory over Evansville.[15][16] Although Davis posted another 20 points in the subsequent quarterfinal game against Pittsburgh to surpass Kit Mueller for second place on the Princeton scoring list, Princeton lost 82–61 to end the season.[17][18] Davis' appearance in the March 19 contest also enabled him to surpass Ryan Wittman as the Ivy League's all-time leader in games played (122).[6] Pittsburgh eventually went on to win the tournament.[19]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/12/2011* 5:00 PM Wagner Jadwin GymnasiumPrinceton, NJ FiOS1 L 57–73  2,444 0–1
11/16/2011* 7:00 PM at NC State RBC CenterRaleigh, NC
(Legends Classic)
ESPNU L 58–60  12,140 0–2
11/19/2011* 12:30 PM Buffalo Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ FiOS1 W 61–53  1,715 1–2
11/22/2011* 7:00 PM Elon Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ FiOS1 L 55–56  1,498 1–3
11/25/2011* 6:00 PM at Bucknell Sojka PavilionLewisburg, PA
(Legends Classic)
L 56–62  2,488 1–4
11/26/2011* 2:00 PM vs. Morehead State Sojka Pavilion • Lewisburg, PA
(Legends Classic)
L 56–68  NA 1–5
11/27/2011* 2:00 PM vs. West Alabama Sojka Pavilion • Lewisburg, PA
(Legends Classic)
W 66–42  NA 2–5
11/30/2011* 7:00 PM Lafayette Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ FiOS1 W 69–54  1,542 3–5
12/07/2011* 7:30 PM at Rutgers The RACPiscataway, NJ W 59–57  3,406 4–5
12/10/2011* 4:00 PM at Drexel Daskalakis Athletic CenterPhiladelphia, PA L 60–64  2,225 4–6
12/14/2011* 7:00 PM at Rider Alumni GymnasiumLawrenceville, NJ TCN W 72–71 OT 1,650 5–6
12/18/2011* 1:00 PM at Northeastern Matthews ArenaBoston, MA W 71–62  938 6–6
12/22/2011* 7:00 PM at Siena Times Union CenterAlbany, NY TWCSN L 59–63  6,471 6–7
12/30/2011* 7:00 PM at Florida State Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL ESPN3 W 75–73 3OT 6,670 7–7
01/01/2012* 3:00 PM at Florida A&M Teaching Gym • Tallahassee, FL W 76–61  353 8–7
01/08/2012* 2:00 PM The College of New Jersey Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ W 79–68  2,246 9–7
01/13/2012 7:00 PM at Cornell Newman ArenaIthaca, NY L 59–67  1,843 9–8 (0–1)
01/14/2012 7:00 PM at Columbia Levien GymnasiumNew York, NY W 62–58  1,764 10–8 (1–1)
01/30/2012 7:00 PM at Penn The Palestra • Philadelphia, PA
(Penn–Princeton Rivalry)
L 67–82  6,835 10–9 (1–2)
02/03/2012 7:00 PM at Brown Pizzitola Sports CenterProvidence, RI W 77–63  905 11–9 (2–2)
02/04/2012 7:00 PM at Yale Payne Whitney GymnasiumNew Haven, CT L 54–58  2,175 11–10 (2–3)
02/10/2012 7:00 PM Dartmouth Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ W 59–47  2,152 12–10 (3–3)
02/11/2012 7:00 PM #25 Harvard Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ ESPNU W 70–62  5,266 13–10 (4–3)
02/17/2012 7:00 PM Columbia Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ ESPNU W 77–66  2,751 14–10 (5–3)
02/18/2012 6:00 PM Cornell Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ W 75–57  3,147 15–10 (6–3)
02/24/2012 7:00 PM at Harvard Lavietes PavilionCambridge, MA L 64–67  2,195 15–11 (6–4)
02/25/2012 7:00 PM at Dartmouth Leede ArenaHanover, NH W 85–61  1,008 16–11 (7–4)
03/02/2012 7:00 PM Yale Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ W 64–57  2,293 17–11 (8–4)
03/03/2012 7:30 PM Brown Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ W 81–47  2,219 18–11 (9–4)
03/06/2012 7:30 PM Penn Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, NJ
(Penn–Princeton Rivalry)
ESPN3 W 62–52  3,590 19–11 (10–4)
2012 CBI
03/13/2012* 8:00 PM at Evansville Ford CenterEvansville, IN
(First Roud)
HDNet W 95–86  3,012 20–11
03/19/2012* 7:00 PM at Pittsburgh Peterson Events CenterPittsburgh, PA
(Quarterfinals)
L 61–82  2,001 20–12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

All-Ivy[edit]

The following players earned Ivy League postseason recognition:[20]

First Team All-Ivy
Second Team All-Ivy
  • Douglas Davis, Princeton (Sr., G, Philadelphia)
  • ^Unanimous Selection

Other[edit]

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District District 13 team on March 14, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Ian Hummer was a second team selection.[21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Mitch Henderson Named Princeton Men's Basketball Coach". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Game Notes: Men's Basketball to Open CBI with Evansville Tuesday". Princeton University. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "2011–12 Ivy League MEN’S BASKETBALL". IvyLeagueSports.com. 2012-03-05. p. 12. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
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  14. ^ "Princeton defeats Pennsylvania; Harvard clinches first Ivy League title". ESPN. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Princeton 95 (20–11, 10–4 Ivy); Evansville 86 (16–16, 9–9 MVC)". ESPN. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  16. ^ "Davis's Career-High 31 Leads Princeton to First-Round CBI Win". Princeton University. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  17. ^ "Princeton 61 (20-12, 10-4 Ivy); Pittsburgh 82 (19-16, 5-13 Big East)". ESPN. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  18. ^ "Davis Becomes School's Second-Leading Scorer, but Tigers Lose to Pitt". Princeton University. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  19. ^ "Pittsburgh rides hot shooting by Washington State for CBI crown". ESPN. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
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  21. ^ "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announces 2012 Division I All-District Teams" (PDF). National Association of Basketball Coaches. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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