2011–12 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team

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2011–12 South Florida Bulls men's basketball
USF Bulls Wordmark.png
NCAA Tournament Midwest Region 12 Seed, Third Round
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2011–12 record 22–14 (12–6 Big East)
Head coach Stan Heath
Assistant coach Andy Hipsher
Assistant coach Steve Roccaforte
Assistant coach Eric Skeeters
Home arena Tampa Bay Times Forum
Bob Martinez Sports Center
Lakeland 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 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team represented the University of South Florida Bulls during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 41st season of basketball for USF and its 7th season as a member of the Big East Conference. The team was coached by Stan Heath in his fifth year at the school. USF played its home games at Bob Martinez Sports Center, Lakeland Center, and Tampa Bay Times Forum (formerly St. Pete Times Forum prior to January 1, 2012) this season as their regular home venue, the USF Sun Dome, was under extensive renovations.

Off season[edit]

In June, USF received approval to begin a $35.6 million renovation on the USF Sun Dome. Completion is expected in April 2012.[2]

In September, the Muma Basketball Center was officially opened, giving the basketball programs at USF a state of the art training facility.[3]

At Big East Media day, USF was selected to finish in 14th place in the Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll.[4] Augustus Gilchrist was selected as a 2011-12 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention.[5]

Season Highlights[edit]

During the season, three USF players were honored by the Big East for their play. Jawanza Poland was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on January 23,[6] and Hugh Robertson received the same honor on February 13.[7] Freshman Point Guard Anthony Collins was named the Big East Rookie of the Week on February 20,[8] and a week later was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on February 27.[9]

At the conclusion of the regular season, Head Coach Stan Heath was named the Big East Coach of the Year. This was the first individual post-season award USF has received in the Big East.[10] Anthony Collins was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team.[11]

USF finished the regular season with a 19-12 overall record, and a 12-6 conference record. Their conference performance was the best in school history and resulted in being tied for 4th in the conference standings and receiving the #6 seed in the Big East Tournament.

After a 20 year drought, USF was selected to the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992. USF defeated California in the "First Four" in Dayton, Ohio, giving the school its first win in the NCAA Tournament. USF advanced to the main bracket as a #12 seed and played in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 2nd round, USF upset 5th seeded Temple, and fell in the 3rd round to 13th seeded Ohio.

USF finished the season with a final record of 22-14. This season set some historical records for the program; a tie for the most wins in a season (22, matching the total in 1982-83), most regular-season conference wins in a season (12 - it was the first time USF had ever had double-digit conference wins), and the first NCAA tournament win. In the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, USF received a single vote.[12]

Roster[13][edit]

# Name Position Height Weight Year Former school Hometown
1 Ron Anderson Forward 6–8 237 RS Senior Kansas State / McCallie School Upper Marlboro, MD
2 Victor Rudd Jr. Forward 6–7 221 RS Sophomore Arizona State / Findlay Prep Los Angeles, CA
5 Jawanza Poland Guard 6–4 200 Junior Hutchinson CC / Wichita East Wichita, KS
10 Mike McCloskey Guard 5–11 170 Junior Lake Brantley HS Orlando, FL
11 Anthony Collins Guard 6–1 180 Freshman Westbury Christian School Houston, TX
15 Blake Nash Guard 6–0 190 Sophomore Williston State / Fairfax HS Casa Grande, AZ
22 Shaun Noriega Guard 6–4 197 Junior North Port HS North Port, FL
24 Augustus Gilchrist Forward 6–10 235 Senior Maryland / Progressive Christian Academy Clinton, MD
25 Alberto Damour Forward 6–5 216 Senior Poinciana HS Poinciana, FL
32 Toarlyn Fitzpatrick Forward 6–8 243 Junior King HS Tampa, FL
34 Hugh Robertson Guard 6–6 200 Senior Tallahassee CC / Northeast HS Macon, GA
* Martino Brock Guard 6–5 190 Junior South Alabama / Maine Central Institute Memphis, TN
** Jordan Omogbehin Center 7–3 291 Freshman Atlantic Shores Christian Academy Lagos, Nigeria


* Will sit out season due to NCAA transfer rules.
** Will sit out season due to NCAA eligibility rules.

Schedule and results[14][edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Exhibition
November 5, 2011* 7:30pm at Tampa (DII) Bob Martinez Sports CenterTampa, FL W 75–43 
Regular Season
November 12, 2011* 7:00pm Vermont Bob Martinez Sports CenterTampa, FL
(Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff)
W 61–59  1–0
November 14* 7:00pm Marist St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL
(Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff)
BHSN/ESPN3 W 81–67  2–0
November 16* 7:00pm at Florida Southern (DII) Lakeland CenterLakeland, FL W 73–43  3–0
November 19* 2:00pm vs. Old Dominion Mohegan Sun ArenaUncasville, CT
(Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff)
ESPN3 L 66–68 OT 3–1
November 20* 2:00pm vs. Penn State Mohegan Sun Arena • Uncasville, CT
(Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff)
ESPN3 L 49–53  3–2
November 23* 7:00pm Georgia Southern St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 66–46  4–2
November 26* 7:00pm Florida Atlantic Bob Martinez Sports Center • Tampa, FL W 68–55  5–2
November 30* 7:30pm at VCU Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA L 46–69  5–3
December 3* 5:15pm at #15 Kansas Allen FieldhouseLawrence, KS ESPN2 L 42–70  5–4
December 11* 2:00pm Florida A&M Bob Martinez Sports Center • Tampa, FL BHSN W 83–59  6–4
December 14* 9:00pm at Auburn Auburn ArenaAuburn, AL BHSN L 40–52  6–5
December 19* 7:00pm Cleveland State St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 70–55  7–5
December 22* 8:00pm at Southern Miss Reed Green ColiseumHattiesburg, MS L 51–53  7–6
December 28 9:00pm #9 Connecticut St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 L 57–60  7–7 (0–1)
January 1, 2012 12:00pm Rutgers Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 67–65  8–7 (1–1)
January 5 8:00pm at Villanova The PavilionVillanova, PA BHSN/ESPN3 W 74–57  9–7 (2–1)
January 10 7:00pm at Notre Dame Edmund P. Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN BHSN/ESPN3 L 49–60  9–8 (2–2)
January 13 7:00pm #24 Seton Hall Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL ESPN3 W 56–55  10–8 (3–2)
January 18 7:00pm St. John's Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 64–49  11–8 (4–2)
January 22 2:00pm at DePaul Allstate ArenaRosemont, IL ESPN3 W 75–59  12–8 (5–2)
January 24 8:00pm at #17 Marquette Bradley CenterMilwaukee, WI ESPN3 L 47–67  12–9 (5–3)
January 29 2:00pm Providence Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL ESPN3 W 81–78  13–9 (6–3)
February 4 11:00am at #9 Georgetown Verizon CenterWashington, D.C. ESPNU L 45–75  13–10 (6–4)
February 8 7:00pm Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 63–51  14–10 (7–4)
February 11 4:00pm at Providence Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI ESPN3 W 55–48  15–10 (8–4)
February 15 7:00pm Villanova Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL ESPN2/ESPN3 W 65–51  16–10 (9–4)
February 19 7:00pm at Pittsburgh Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA ESPN2 W 56–47  17–10 (10–4)
February 22 7:00pm at #2 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY BHSN/ESPN3 L 48–56  17–11 (10–5)
February 26 12:00pm Cincinnati Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 W 46–45  18–11 (11–5)
February 29 7:00pm at #19 Louisville KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY BHSN/ESPN3 W 58–51  19–11 (12–5)
March 3 12:00pm West Virginia Tampa Bay Times Forum • Tampa, FL BHSN/ESPN3 L 44–50  19–12 (12–6)
2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
March 7 9:00pm vs. Villanova Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(2nd Round)
ESPN W 56–47  20–12
March 8 9:00pm vs. #23 Notre Dame Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN L 53–57 OT 20–13
2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 14* 9:00pm vs. #(MW-12) California #(MW-12) University of Dayton ArenaDayton, OH
(First Four)
truTV W 65–54  21–13
March 16* 9:50pm vs. #(MW-5) Temple #(MW-12) Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TN
(Second Round)
TNT W 58–44  22–13
March 18* 7:10pm vs. #(MW-13) Ohio #(MW-12) Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, TN
(Third Round)
TBS L 56–62  22–14
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

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