2011–12 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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2011–12 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan-State-logo-block-s.svg
Big Ten Regular Season Co-Champions
Big Ten Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament West Region, No. 1 Seed, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #5
2011–12 record 29–8 (13–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo (17th year)
Assistant coach Dwayne Stephens (9th year)
Assistant coach Mike Garland (12th year)
Assistant coach Dane Fife (1st year)
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
#5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
#14 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
#16 Indiana 11 7   .611     27 9   .750
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 13   .629
Northwestern 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Iowa 8 10   .444     18 17   .514
Minnesota 6 12   .333     23 15   .605
Illinois 6 12   .333     17 15   .531
Nebraska 4 14   .222     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
2012 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represents Michigan State University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.[1] Its head coach is Tom Izzo, who is in his 17th year at Michigan State. The team plays its home games at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, and competes in the Big Ten Conference. The team clinched a share of the 2012 Big Ten Championship on February 26, 2012, and by losing its final regular season game to Ohio State, shared the 2012 Big Ten Regular Season Championship with Ohio State and Michigan, all of which finished the Big Ten season with a 13–5 record. However, the team went on to win the 2012 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and earn a number 1 seed in the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they beat Long Island in the Second Round and Saint Louis in the Third Round before losing to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen.

2011 recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Brandan Kearney
SG
Detroit, MI Southeastern 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 3, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Branden Dawson
SF
Gary, IN Lew Wallace High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 4, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Travis Trice
PG
Huber Heights, OH Wayne High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Aug 4, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 0 Byrd, RussellRussell Byrd 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Blackhawk Christian H.S. Fort Wayne, Indiana
F 2 Gauna, AlexAlex Gauna 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Eaton Rapids H.S. Eaton Rapids, Michigan
G 3 Kearney, BrandanBrandan Kearney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Southeastern H.S. Detroit, Michigan
C 5 Payne, AdreianAdreian Payne 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Jefferson H.S. Dayton, Ohio
G 11 Appling, KeithKeith Appling 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Pershing H.S. Detroit, Michigan
G 13 Thornton, AustinAustin Thornton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Sr Cedar Springs H.S. Sand Lake, Michigan
G 14 Chapman, DanDan Chapman 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Okemos H.S. Okemos, Michigan
G 15 Wetzel, KeenanKeenan Wetzel 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr St. Mary Catholic Central Monroe, Michigan
G 20 Trice, TravisTravis Trice 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Wayne H.S. Huber Heights, Ohio
G 22 Dawson, BrandenBranden Dawson Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Lew Wallace H.S Gary, Indiana
F 23 Green, DraymondDraymond Green 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Saginaw H.S. Saginaw, Michigan
C 25 Nix, DerrickDerrick Nix 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Jr Pershing H.S. Detroit, Michigan
G 30 Wood, BrandonBrandon Wood 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Valparaiso Kokomo, Indiana
F 40 Wollenman, ColbyColby Wollenman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Big Horn H.S. Big Horn, Wyoming
C 44 Ianni, AnthonyAnthony Ianni 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Sr Grand Valley State East Lansing, Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
October 30, 2011*
2:00 pm
Ferris State W 85–58 
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
November 4, 2011*
7:00 pm
Hillsdale W 80–58 
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Regular Season
November 11, 2011*
7:00 pm, ESPN
vs. #1 North Carolina
Carrier Classic
L 55–67  0–1
USS Carl Vinson (8,111)
San Diego, CA
November 15, 2011*
7:00 pm, ESPN
vs. #6 Duke
Champions Classic
L 69–74  0–2
Madison Square Garden (19,979)
New York, NY
November 18, 2011*
6:30 pm
Texas Southern
Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational
W 76–41  1–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
November 20, 2011*
6:00 pm, BTN
Arkansas–Little Rock
Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational
W 69–47  2–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
November 23, 2011*
7:00 pm
Milwaukee
Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational
W 68–55  3–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
November 27, 2011*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
at Eastern Michigan W 72–40  4–2
Convocation Center (3,711)
Ypsilanti, MI
November 30, 2011*
7:30 pm, ESPN
Florida State
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
W 65–49  5–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 4, 2011*
2:00 pm
Nebraska–Omaha W 110–68  6–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 7, 2011*
7:00 pm
Central Connecticut W 89–69  7–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 10, 2011*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at #23 Gonzaga W 74–67  8–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 17, 2011*
7:00 pm, BTN
#21 Bowling Green W 74–60  9–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 19, 2011*
8:30 pm, BTN
#19 UMKC W 89–54  10–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 22, 2011*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
#19 Lehigh W 90–81  11–2
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 28, 2011
7:30 pm, BTN
#16 #13 Indiana W 80–65  12–2
(1–0)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
December 31, 2011
3:00 pm, BTN
#16 at Nebraska W 68–55  13–2
(2–0)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,595)
Lincoln, NE
January 3, 2012
7:00 pm, ESPN2
#10 at #11 Wisconsin W 63–60 OT 14–2
(3–0)
Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
January 10, 2012
7:00 pm, BTN
#6 Iowa W 95–61  15–2
(4–0)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
January 14, 2012
3:00 pm, BTN
#6 at Northwestern L 74–81  15–3
(4–1)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
January 17, 2012
7:00 pm, ESPN
#9 at #19 Michigan L 59–60  15–4
(4–2)
Crisler Center (12,721)
Ann Arbor, MI
January 21, 2012
12:00 pm, ESPN
#9 Purdue W 83–58  16–4
(5–2)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
January 25, 2012
8:30 pm, BTN
#10 Minnesota W 68–52  17–4
(6–2)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
January 31, 2012
7:00 pm, ESPN
#9 at Illinois L 41–42  17–5
(6–3)
Assembly Hall (15,629)
Champaign, IL
February 5, 2012
1:00 pm, CBS
#9 #23 Michigan W 64–54  18–5
(7–3)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
February 8, 2012
9:00 pm, BTN
#11 Penn State W 77–57  19–5
(8–3)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
February 11, 2012
6:00 pm, ESPN
#11 at #3 Ohio State W 58–48  20–5
(9–3)
Value City Arena (18,809)
Columbus, OH
February 16, 2012
7:00 pm, ESPN
#7 #15 Wisconsin W 69–55  21–5
(10–3)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
February 19, 2012
1:00 pm, CBS
#7 at Purdue W 76–62  22–5
(11–3)
Mackey Arena (15,025)
West Lafayette, IN
February 22, 2012
8:30 pm, BTN
#6 at Minnesota W 66–61  23–5
(12–3)
Williams Arena (13,331)
Minneapolis, MN
February 25, 2012
8:00 pm, BTN
#6 Nebraska W 62–34  24–5
(13–3)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
February 28, 2012
7:00 pm, ESPN
#5 at #18 Indiana L 55–70  24–6
(13–4)
Assembly Hall (17,280)
Bloomington, IN
March 4, 2012
4:00 pm, CBS
#5 #10 Ohio State L 70–72  24–7
(13–5)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten Tournament
March 9, 2012
12:00 pm, ESPN
#8 vs. Iowa
Quarterfinals
W 92–75  25–7
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,484)
Indianapolis, IN
March 10, 2012
1:40 pm, CBS
#8 vs. #14 Wisconsin
Semifinals
W 65–52  26–7
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,451)
Indianapolis, IN
March 11, 2012
3:30 pm, CBS
#8 vs. #7 Ohio State
Championship Game
W 68–64  27–7
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (17,125)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2012*
9:20 pm, TBS
#5 (W 1) vs. (W 16) Long Island
Second Round
W 89–67  28–7
Nationwide Arena (17,464)
Columbus, OH
March 18, 2012*
2:45 pm, CBS
#5 (W 1) vs. (W 9) Saint Louis
Third Round
W 65–61  29–7
Nationwide Arena (17,425)
Columbus, OH
March 22, 2012*
7:47 pm, TBS
#5 (W 1) vs. #17 (W 4) Louisville
Sweet Sixteen
L 44–57  29–8
US Airways Center (14,913)
Phoenix, AZ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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 [3] RV RV RV RV RV RV 21 19 16 10 6 9 10 9 11 7 6 5 8 5
Coaches[3] RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 20 17 11 7 9 11 10 12 7 6 5 8 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan State Spartans men's basketball". Michigan State University. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "2011–12 Schedule". Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ a b "2011–12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 

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