2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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NCAA national champions
SEC regular season champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2011–12 record 38–2 (16–0 SEC)
Head coach John Calipari (3rd year)
Assistant coach John Robic (3rd year)
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua (3rd year)
Assistant coach Kenny Payne (2nd year)
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kentucky 16 0   1.000     38 2   .950
#25 Florida 10 6   .625     26 11   .703
#20 Vanderbilt 10 6   .625     25 11   .694
Tennessee 10 6   .625     19 15   .559
Alabama 9 7   .563     21 12   .636
Mississippi State 8 8   .500     21 12   .636
Ole Miss 8 8   .500     20 14   .588
LSU 7 9   .438     18 15   .545
Arkansas 6 10   .375     18 14   .563
Auburn 5 11   .313     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     15 17   .469
South Carolina 2 14   .125     10 21   .323
2012 SEC Tournament winner
As of April 2, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2011–12 college basketball season. The team's head coach was John Calipari, who was in his third season after taking the Wildcats to their first Final Four in thirteen seasons. The team won the 2012 NCAA Championship, bringing Kentucky its eighth title. The team's 38 wins broke a record shared by 5 teams for the most wins in NCAA men's Division I history.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Former Wildcats Josh Harrellson, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins were all selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Knight was taken No. 8 overall by the Detroit Pistons, Harrellson was selected No. 45 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans while the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Liggins at No. 53. The trio increased UK's total under John Calipari to 8 players selected in the Draft, including 6 in the first round.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight 12 G 6'3" 195 Freshman Fort Lauderdale, Florida Entered 2011 NBA Draft
Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins 34 G 6'6" 215 Junior Chicago, Illinois Entered 2011 NBA Draft
Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson 55 C 6'10" 275 Senior St. Charles, Missouri Entered 2011 NBA Draft, Graduated

Class of 2011 signees[edit]

For the third consecutive season the Wildcats boasted the No. 1 recruiting class. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer formed the four-member freshman class for the 2011-12 season.

  • Davis was the nation's consensus No. 1 overall player
  • Kidd-Gilchrist was the nation's consensus No. 1 small forward
  • Teague was the nation's consensus No. 1 point guard, the fourth straight for John Calipari
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Davis
F
Chicago, Illinois Perspectives Charter School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 13, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F
Somerdale, New Jersey St. Patrick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Apr 14, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Marquis Teague
G
Indianapolis, Indiana Pike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 22, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Kyle Wiltjer
F
Portland, Oregon Jesuit 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Aug 28, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1
  • 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:

Class of 2012 signees[edit]

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 1 Miller, DariusDarius Miller 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Mason County Maysville, KY
F 3 Jones, TerrenceTerrence Jones 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 252 lb (114 kg) So Jefferson Portland, OR
G 4 Hood, JonJon Hood Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Madisonville North Hopkins Madisonville, KY
G 5 Polson, JarrodJarrod Polson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So West Jessamine Wilmore, KY
G 10 Beckham, TwanyTwany Beckham 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Ballard Louisville, KY
G 12 Harrow, RyanRyan Harrow Current redshirt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Walton
North Carolina State
Marietta, GA
G 13 Malone, SamSam Malone Injured 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Scituate Scituate, MA
F 14 Kidd-Gilchrist, MichaelMichael Kidd-Gilchrist 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Fr St. Patrick Somerdale, NJ
G 20 Lamb, DoronDoron Lamb 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Queens, NY
C 23 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Perspectives Charter Chicago, IL
G 25 Teague, MarquisMarquis Teague 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Fr Pike Indianapolis, IN
C 30 Vargas, EloyEloy Vargas 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Sr Miami-Dade College Moca, D.R.
G 32 Long, BrianBrian Long 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Fr River Dell Dumont, NJ
F 33 Wiltjer, KyleKyle Wiltjer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 239 lb (108 kg) Fr Jesuit Portland, OR
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Jon Hood and Ryan Harrow redshirted this season—Hood due to a torn ACL, and Harrow as a transfer from North Carolina State. Both were eligible for the 2012–13 college basketball season.
  • Sam Malone missed much of the season to a torn ACL.
2012 NCAA Champions

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
Nov. 2, 2011* #2 Transylvania W 97–53   22 - Jones   12 - Jones   9 - Teague  Rupp Arena (21,024)
Nov. 7, 2011* #2 Morehouse W 125–40   26 - Wiltjer   12 - Vargas   7 - Teague  Rupp Arena (20,194)
Regular Season
Nov. 11, 2011* #2 Marist
(Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
W 108–58  1–0  23 - Davis   10 - Davis   8 - Lamb  Rupp Arena (22,079)
Nov. 15, 2011* #2 vs. #12 Kansas
(Champions Classic)
W 75–65  2–0  16 - Lamb   7 - Tied   4 - Tied  Madison Square Garden (19,979)
Nov. 19, 2011* #2 vs. Penn State
(Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
W 85–47  3–0  26 - Lamb   9 - Jones   4 - Tied  Mohegan Sun Arena (4,755)
Nov. 20, 2011* #2 vs. Old Dominion
(Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
W 62–52  4–0  13 - Tied   9 - Tied   5 - Miller  Mohegan Sun Arena (4,128)
Nov. 23, 2011* #2 Radford W 88–40  5–0  17 - Jones   8 - Jones   5 - Teague  Rupp Arena (21,302)
Nov. 26, 2011* #2 Portland W 87–63  6–0  19 - Tied   12 - Davis   8 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,179)
Dec. 1, 2011* #1 St. John's
(SEC–Big East Challenge)
W 81–59  7–0  26 - Jones   15 - Davis   6 - Miller  Rupp Arena (24,119)
Dec. 3, 2011* #1 #5 North Carolina W 73–72  8–0  17 - Kidd-Gilchrist   11 - Kidd-Gilchrist   4 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,398)
Dec. 10, 2011* #1 at Indiana
(Rivalry)
L 72–73  8–1  19 - Lamb   13 - Kidd-Gilchrist   5 - Teague  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Dec. 17, 2011* #3 Chattanooga W 87–62  9–1  24 - Lamb   18 - Davis   8 - Teague  Rupp Arena (23,211)
Dec. 20, 2011* #3 Samford W 82–50  10–1  26 - Lamb   9 - Davis   5 - Tied  Rupp Arena (21,984)
Dec. 22, 2011* #3 Loyola (MD) W 87–63  11–1  24 - Wiltjer   11 - Davis   4 - Kidd-Gilchrist  Rupp Arena (22,774)
Dec. 28, 2011* #3 Lamar W 86–64  12–1  18 - Kidd-Gilchrist   13 - Davis   4 - Tied  Rupp Arena (24,230)
Dec. 31, 2011* #3 #4 Louisville
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
W 69–62  13–1  24 - Kidd-Gilchrist   19 - Kidd-Gilchrist   5 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,387)
Jan. 3, 2012* #2 Arkansas-Little Rock W 73–51  14–1  22 - Davis   16 - Davis   5 - Teague  Freedom Hall (14,747)
Jan. 7, 2012 #2 South Carolina W 79–64  15–1 (1–0)  20 - Jones   10 - Davis   4 - Tied  Rupp Arena (24,219)
Jan. 11, 2012 #2 at Auburn W 68–53  16–1 (2–0)  14 - Tied   6 - Davis   3 - Tied  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Jan. 14, 2012 #2 at Tennessee W 65–62  17–1 (3–0)  18 - Davis   12 - Kidd-Gilchrist   2 - Tied  Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Jan. 17, 2012 #2 Arkansas
(Super Tuesday)
W 86–63  18–1 (4–0)  27 - Davis   15 - Davis   9 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,093)
Jan. 21, 2012 #2 Alabama W 77–71  19–1 (5–0)  15 - Jones   9 - Davis   4 - Miller  Rupp Arena (24,246)
Jan. 24, 2012 #1 at Georgia
(Super Tuesday)
W 57–44  20–1 (6–0)  19 - Miller   11 - Tied   7 - Teague  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Jan. 28, 2012 #1 at LSU W 74–50  21–1 (7–0)  27 - Jones   10 - Davis   4 - Tied  Maravich Assembly Center (11,631)
Jan. 31, 2012 #1 Tennessee W 69–44  22–1 (8–0)  18 - Davis   8 - Tied   4 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,359)
Feb. 4, 2012 #1 at South Carolina W 86–52  23–1 (9–0)  22 - Davis   8 - Davis   4 - Tied  Colonial Life Arena (16,527)
Feb. 7, 2012 #1 #8 Florida
(Super Tuesday)
W 78–58  24–1 (10–0)  18 - Lamb   13 - Kidd-Gilchrist   10 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,389)
Feb. 11, 2012 #1 at Vanderbilt
(ESPN College GameDay)
W 69–63  25–1 (11–0)  16 - Lamb   9 - Jones   8 - Teague  Memorial Gym (14,316)
Feb. 18, 2012 #1 Ole Miss W 77–62  26–1 (12–0)  16 - Lamb   11 - Jones   8 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,239)
Feb. 21, 2012 #1 at Mississippi State
(Super Tuesday)
W 73–64  27–1 (13–0)  18 - Kidd-Gilchrist   11 - Davis   4 - Teague  Humphrey Coliseum (10,213)
Feb. 25, 2012 #1 Vanderbilt W 83–74  28–1 (14–0)  28 - Davis   11 - Davis   6 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,388)
Mar. 1, 2012 #1 Georgia
(Senior Night)
W 79–49  29–1 (15–0)  17 - Miller   8 - Tied   4 - Teague  Rupp Arena (24,382)
Mar. 4, 2012 #1 at #16 Florida W 74–59  30–1 (16–0)  22 - Davis   12 - Davis   4 - Tied  O'Connell Center (12,113)
2012 SEC Tournament
Mar. 9, 2012 #1 vs. LSU
(Quarterfinals)
W 60–51  31–1  19 - Kidd-Gilchrist   14 - Davis   5 - Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,207)
Mar. 10, 2012 #1 vs. #22 Florida
(Semifinals)
W 74–71  32–1  16 - Lamb   12 - Davis   5 - Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,523)
Mar. 11, 2012 #1 vs. Vanderbilt
(Championship)
L 64–71  32–2  16 - Miller   11 - Jones   6 - Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,114)
2012 NCAA Tournament
Mar. 15, 2012 #1 (1) vs. (16) WKU
(South Region Second Round)
W 81–66  33–2  22 - Jones   10 - Jones   4 - Teague  KFC Yum! Center (22,131)
Mar. 17, 2012 #1 (1) vs. (8) Iowa State
(South Region Third Round)
W 87–71  34–2  24 - Teague   12 - Davis   7 - Teague  KFC Yum! Center (21,757)
Mar. 23, 2012 #1 (1) vs. #16 (4) Indiana
(South Region Semifinal)
W 102–90  35–2  24 - Kidd-Gilchrist   12 - Davis   7 - Teague  Georgia Dome (24,731)
Mar. 25, 2012 #1 (1) vs. #9 (3) Baylor
(South Region Final)
W 82–70  36–2  19 - Kidd-Gilchrist   11 - Davis   6 - Jones  Georgia Dome (24,035)
Mar. 31, 2012 #1 (S1) vs. #17 (W4) Louisville
(National Semifinal)
W 69–61  37–2  18 - Davis   14 - Davis   5 - Teague  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (73,361)
April 2, 2012 #1 (S1) vs. #6 (MW2) Kansas
(National Championship Game)
W 67–59  38–2  22 - Lamb   16 - Davis   5 - Davis  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (70,913)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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 [2] 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -
Coaches[2] 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Accomplishments[edit]

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Main article: 2012 NBA Draft
Year Round Pick Player NBA Team
2012 1 1 Anthony Davis New Orleans Hornets
2012 1 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Bobcats
2012 1 18 Terrence Jones Houston Rockets
2012 1 29 Marquis Teague Chicago Bulls
2012 2 42 Doron Lamb Milwaukee Bucks
2012 2 46 Darius Miller New Orleans Hornets

Overall[edit]

  • NCAA Champions, 8th in school history
  • SEC Regular Season Champions
  • Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic Champions
  • 38 victories is the most in NCAA history
  • 15th Final Four appearance and 2nd in two years
  • 16–0 in SEC play
  • 19–0 at home
  • 3rd consecutive NCAA Tournament
  • 344 blocks is the most in NCAA single season history
  • Anthony Davis set NCAA Freshman block record with 186

Team highs[edit]

  • Most Points Scored: 108 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Highest Point Differential: 50 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Most Field Goals Made: 46 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made: 15 vs Georgia, 3/1
  • Most Free Throws Made: 35 vs. Indiana, 3/23
  • Most Rebounds: 57 vs. Louisville, 12/31
  • Most Assists: 24 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Highest Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: 5.0 vs. Portland, 11/26 (20 assists to 4 turnovers)
  • Most Blocks: 18 vs. St. John's, 12/1

Individual highs[edit]

  • Most Points: 28, Anthony Davis vs. Vanderbilt, 2/25
  • Most Rebounds: 19, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Louisville 12/31
  • Most Three-Point Field Goals Made: 5, Doron Lamb vs. Iowa State (3/17) and Darius Miller vs. Georgia (3/1)
  • Most Assists: 10, Marquis Teague vs. Florida, 2/7
  • Most Steals: 4, Anthony Davis vs. Alabama, 1/21
  • Most Blocks: 9, Anthony Davis vs. South Carolina, 2/4

Individual awards[edit]

  • 2012 National Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (AP, Naismith, Robertson, Rupp, TSN, Wooden)
  • 2012 SEC Player of the Year: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 Consensus All-Americans: Anthony Davis (First Team), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Second Team)
  • 2012 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 All-SEC: Anthony Davis (First Team), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (First Team), Terrence Jones (Second Team), Doron Lamb (Second Team)
  • 2012 National Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (Driesell, NABC)
  • 2012 Pete Newell Big Man Award: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year: Anthony Davis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division I Records" (PDF). pg 6. NCAA. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "2011–12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.