2011–12 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team

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2011–12 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
ACC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament Midwest Region #1 seed, Elite Eight, L 67-80, Kansas
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #4
2011–12 record 32–6 (14–2 ACC)
Head coach Roy Williams (9th year)
Assistant coach Steve Robinson (9th year)
Assistant coach Jerod Haase (9th year)
Assistant coach C.B. McGrath (9th year)
Home arena Dean E. Smith Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 North Carolina 14 2   .875     32 6   .842
#14 Duke 13 3   .813     27 7   .794
#15 Florida State 12 4   .750     25 10   .714
Virginia 9 7   .563     22 10   .688
#20 NC State 9 7   .563     24 13   .649
Miami (FL) 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Clemson 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Virginia Tech 4 12   .250     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 4 12   .250     13 18   .419
Georgia Tech 4 12   .250     11 20   .355
Boston College 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
2012 ACC Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2012; Rankings from Coaches Poll

The 2011–12 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2011–2012 college basketball season. The team's head coach is Roy Williams, who is in his 9th season as UNC's head men's basketball coach. The 2011–12 North Carolina team finished the regular season with a final record of 32–6, and with a 14–2 record in ACC regular season play, winning the conference regular season championship outright. They were invited to the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, where they beat Maryland and North Carolina State before falling to Florida State in the championship game. They were also invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament reaching the Elite Eight where they were defeated by Kansas. This was the second time UNC lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament with Roy Williams as UNC head coach. Roy Williams previously coached Kansas from 1988–2003. Kansas later fell to Kentucky 59-67 in the National Championship Game. The Tar Heels won their previous three games in the NCAA Tournament by an average of 13.7 points. In the second round game versus Creighton, starting UNC point guard Kendall Marshall broke his right wrist with 10:56 remaining in the second half. Kendall Marshall did not play in UNC's two following games in the NCAA Tournament, a 73-65 overtime win over Ohio in the Sweet 16 and a 67-80 loss to Kansas in the Elite Eight. The loss to Kansas was UNC's second straight loss in the Elite Eight, after losing to Kentucky the year before.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Justin Knox 25 F 6'9 240 Senior Tuscaloosa, Alabama Graduated
Daniel Bolick 3 G 5'10 175 Senior Carrboro, North Carolina Graduated
Van Hatchell 13 G 6'4 185 Senior Chapel Hill, North Carolina Graduated

Class of 2011 Signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
James Michael McAdoo
F
Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Christian High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Nov 10, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 98
P. J. Hairston
G
Greensboro, North Carolina Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 10, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 97
Desmond Hubert
C
Cream Ridge, New Jersey New Egypt High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Apr 14, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 90
Jackson Simmons
F
Sylva, North Carolina Smoky Mountain High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 17, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Stilman White
G
Wilmington, North Carolina John T. Hoggard High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 14, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:1/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 9   Rivals: 6  ESPN: 5
  • 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 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 1 Strickland, DexterDexter Strickland Injured (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr St. Patrick H.S. Rahway, NJ
G 2 McDonald, LeslieLeslie McDonald Injured Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Briarcrest Christian School Memphis, TN
G 4 Davis, LukeLuke Davis (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Ravenscroft School Raleigh, NC
G 5 Marshall, KendallKendall Marshall 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) So Bishop O'Connell H.S. Dumfries, VA
G 11 White, StilmanStilman White 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Hoggard H.S. Wilmington, NC
F 14 Hubert, DesmondDesmond Hubert 6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr New Egypt H.S. Cream Ridge, NJ
G 15 Hairston, P. J.P. J. Hairston 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Fr Hargrave Military Academy Greensboro, NC
F 21 Simmons, JacksonJackson Simmons 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Fr Smoky Mountain H.S. Sylva, NC
F 22 Dupont, DavidDavid Dupont (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Grimsley H.S. Greensboro, NC
G 24 Watts, JustinJustin Watts 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Jordan H.S. Durham, NC
G 30 Crouch, PatrickPatrick Crouch (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr T.C. Roberson H.S. Asheville, NC
F 31 Henson, JohnJohn Henson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Sickles H.S. Tampa, FL
F 34 Cooper, StewartStewart Cooper (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Forsyth Country Day Winston-Salem, NC
G 35 Bullock, ReggieReggie Bullock 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Kinston H.S. Kinston, NC
F 40 Barnes, HarrisonHarrison Barnes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Ames H.S. Ames, IA
F 43 McAdoo, James MichaelJames Michael McAdoo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Norfolk Christian H.S. Norfolk, VA
F 44 Zeller, TylerTyler Zeller 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Washington H.S. Washington, IN
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2012-07-14

  • Note that the roster is subject to change.

Season[edit]

Non-conference play[edit]

The Tar Heels started out as a near-unanimous #1 in all major polls. They opened the season against Michigan State in the inaugural Carrier Classic, which they won handily 67–55. They were not seriously tested until the finals of the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational, in which they were upset by UNLV 90–80. After a close win over Wisconsin and an equally close loss to Kentucky, they made it relatively unscathed through the rest of the nonconference slate, with the only close game being against Long Beach State.

Conference play[edit]

The ACC schedule opened with dominating wins over Boston College and Miami. However, in their third conference game, the Tar Heels suffered a 90–57 flogging at the hands of Florida State — easily the worst loss Williams had suffered in his nine years in Chapel Hill. They quickly rebounded and won their next five games with relative ease. They were well on their way to making Duke their sixth straight victim, but Duke came back from 10 points down with two minutes to go to win the game on an Austin Rivers 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Tar Heels would not lose again for the rest of the season, though they got a scare from Virginia before hanging on for a 54–51 win. An easy win over Maryland set up the seventh winner-take-all game in the 93-year history of the Carolina-Duke rivalry,[1] with the winner clinching the ACC regular-season title and the number-one seed in the 2012 ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels dominated from start to finish, leading by as much as 26[2] before going on to an 88–70 win—in the process, winning their 29th ACC regular season title and their fifth outright title in eight years.

Schedule[edit]

The Tar Heels return to the court after halftime of the game against Boston College.
Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Points Leader Rebounds Leader Assists Leader Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
October 28, 2011* 7:30 PM UNC-Pembroke #1 Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC  18 - Zeller   11 - Zeller   5 - Bullock  W 100–58  16,852 (77.5%)
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 11, 2011* 7:00 PM vs. Michigan State #1 USS Carl VinsonSan Diego, CA
(Carrier Classic)
ESPN  17 - Barnes   7 - Henson   5 - Marshall; Strickland  W 67–55  8,111 (100%) 1–0
November 13, 2011* 4:00 PM at UNC Asheville #1 Kimmel ArenaAsheville, NC ESPNU  27 - Zeller   12 - Henson   15 - Marshall  W 91–75  3,280 (96.5%) 2–0
November 20, 2011* 2:00 PM Mississippi Valley State #1 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(2011 Las Vegas Invitational)
FSN  18 - Barnes; Henson   14 - Henson   8 - Marshall  W 101–75  18,160 (83.5%) 3–0
November 22, 2011* 7:30 PM Tennessee State #1 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPN3  23 - Bullock   10 - Henson   15 - Marshall  W 102–69  17,509 (80.5%) 4–0
November 25, 2011* 10:00 PM vs. South Carolina #1 Orleans ArenaParadise, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational semifinals)
ESPN2  21 - Barnes   8 - Henson   14 - Marshall  W 87–62  unavailable 5–0
November 26, 2011* 10:30 PM vs. UNLV #1 Orleans Arena • Paradise, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational championship)
ESPN2  15 - Barnes; Hairston   8 - Henson   8 - Marshall  L 80–90  7,523 (100%) 5–1
November 30, 2011* 9:30 PM #9 Wisconsin #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN  20 - Barnes   21 - Henson   7 - Marshall  W 60–57  21,750 (100%) 6–1
December 3, 2011* 12:00 PM at #1 Kentucky #5 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY CBS  14 - Barnes; Zeller   8 - Hensen; Zeller   8 - Marshall  L 72–73  24,398 (100%) 6–2
December 6, 2011* 7:00 PM Evansville #4 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU  17 - Barnes   12 - Henson   6 - Marshall  W 97–48  15,623 (71.8%) 7–2
December 10, 2011* 7:00 PM Long Beach State #4 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN3  24 - Henson   10 - Henson   16 - Marshall  W 84–78  20,426 (93.9%) 8–2
December 17, 2011* 6:00 PM Appalachian State #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU  31 - Zeller   10 - Zeller   13 - Marshall  W 97–82  20,892 (96.1%) 9–2
December 19, 2011* 7:00 PM Nicholls State #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU  14 - McAdoo; Strickland   11 - Henson; Zeller   7 - Marshall  W 99–49  18,072 (83.1%) 10–2
December 21, 2011* 7:00 PM Texas #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2  26 - Barnes   11 - Zeller   9 - Marshall  W 82–63  21,750 (100%) 11–2
December 29, 2011* 7:00 PM Elon #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN2  19 - Zeller   13 - Zeller   8 - Marshall  W 100–62  20,880 (96%) 12–2
January 1, 2012* 3:00 PM Monmouth #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU  21 - Henson   11 - Zeller   11 - Marshall  W 102–65  18,614 (85.6%) 13–2
ACC Regular Season
January 7, 2012 2:30 PM Boston College #3 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ACC Network  25 - Barnes   8 - Henson; Zeller   11 - Marshall  W 83–60  20,582 (94.6%) 14–2 (1–0)
January 10, 2012 9:00 PM Miami (FL) #3 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ACC Network  16 - Zeller   14 - Henson   7 - Marshall  W 73–56  20,096 (92.4%) 15–2 (2–0)
January 14, 2012 2:00 PM at Florida State #3 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL ESPN  15 - Barnes   14 - Zeller   4 - Marshall  L 57–90  12,100 (100%) 15–3 (2–1)
January 19, 2012 9:00 PM at Virginia Tech #8 Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ESPN  27 - Barnes   16 - Henson   8 - Marshall  W 82–68  9,847 (100%) 16–3 (3–1)
January 26, 2012 7:00 PM NC State #7 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Carolina-State Rivalry)
ESPN  21 - Zeller   17 - Zeller   11 - Marshall  W 74–55  21,750 (100%) 17–3 (4–1)
January 29, 2012 6:00 PM Georgia Tech #7 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU  23 - Barnes   6 - Henson; McAdoo   12 - Marshall  W 93–81  21,017 (96.6%) 18–3 (5–1)
January 31, 2012 9:00 PM at Wake Forest #5 LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU  18 - Zeller   18 - Zeller   6 - Marshall  W 68–53  12,865 (87.7%) 19–3 (6–1)
February 4, 2012 4:00 PM at Maryland #5 Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ESPN  22 - Zeller   12 - Henson   16 - Marshall  W 83–74  17,950 (100%) 20–3 (7–1)
February 8, 2012 9:00 PM #10 Duke #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC
(Carolina-Duke rivalry)
ESPN  25 - Barnes   17 - Henson   8 - Marshall  L 84–85  21,750 (100%) 20–4 (7–2)
February 11, 2012 1:00 PM #19 Virginia #5 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ACC Network  25 - Zeller   11 - Barnes   6 - Marshall  W 70–52  20,496 (94.2%) 21–4 (8–2)
February 15, 2012 7:00 PM at Miami (FL) #8 BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL ESPN  23 - Barnes   11 - Henson   9 - Marshall  W 73–64  7,071 (88.3%) 22–4 (9–2)
February 18, 2012 4:00 PM Clemson #8 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN  24 - Barnes   8 - Henson   13 - Marshall  W 74–52  21,750 (100%) 23–4 (10–2)
February 21, 2012 8:00 PM at NC State #7 RBC CenterRaleigh, NC
(Carolina-State Rivalry)
ACC Network  22 - Marshall   13 - Henson   13 - Marshall  W 86–74  19,710 (99.9%) 24–4 (11–2)
February 25, 2012 4:00 PM at #25 Virginia #7 John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ESPN  20 - Zeller   11 - Henson   6 - Marshall  W 54–51  14,273 (97.8%) 25–4 (12–2)
February 29, 2012 7:00 PM Maryland #6 Smith Center • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN  30 - Zeller   9 - Henson   8 - Marshall  W 88–64  21,750 (100%) 26–4 (13–2)
March 3, 2012 7:00 PM at #4 Duke #6 Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Carolina-Duke Rivalry)
ESPN  20 - Marshall   10 - Henson; Zeller   10 - Marshall  W 88–70  9,314 (100%) 27–4 (14–2)
2012 ACC Tournament
March 9, 2012 Noon vs. Maryland #4 Philips ArenaAtlanta, GA
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN2/ACC Network  15 - Barnes; Bullock   8 - McAdoo   12 - Marshall  W 85–69  19,520 (100%) 28–4
March 10, 2012 1:00 PM vs. NC State #4 Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA
(Semifinals)
ESPN/ACC Network  23 - Zeller   9 - Zeller   10 - Marshall  W 69–67  19,520 (100%) 29–4
March 11, 2012 1:00 PM vs. #17 Florida State #4 Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA
(Championship Game)
ESPN/ACC Network  21 - Barnes   12 - Zeller   9 - Marshall  L 82–85  19,520 (100%) 29–5
2012 NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2012* 4:10 PM vs. (MW#16) Vermont #4 (MW#1) Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(Second Round)
TBS  17 - McAdoo; Zeller   15 - Zeller   10 - Marshall  W 77–58  16,422 30–5
March 18, 2012* 5:15 PM vs. #19 (MW#8) Creighton #4 (MW#1) Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
(Third Round)
CBS  18 - Marshall   10 - Henson   11 - Marshall  W 87–73  18,722 31–5
March 23, 2012* 7:47 PM vs. (MW#13) Ohio #4 (MW#1) Edward Jones DomeSt.Louis, Missouri
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS  20 - Zeller   22 - Zeller   6 - White  W 73–65 OT 21,471 32–5
March 25, 2012* 5:05 PM vs. 6 (MW#2) Kansas #4 (MW#1) Edward Jones DomeSt.Louis, Missouri
(Elite Eight)
CBS  15 - McAdoo   7 - Bullock   7 - White  L 67-80  23,565 32-6
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. 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 [3] 1 1 1 5 4 5 5 5 3 3 8 7 5 5 8 7 6 4 4
Coaches[3] 1 1 1 5 6 6 6 6 4 3 8 8 6 5 7 7 6 4 5

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2012 1 7 Harrison Barnes Golden State Warriors
2012 1 13 Kendall Marshall Phoenix Suns
2012 1 14 John Henson Milwaukee Bucks
2012 1 17 Tyler Zeller Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 1 25 Reggie Bullock Los Angeles Clippers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNC-Duke Postgame Notes". Tarheelblue.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "North Carolina dominates Duke to claim ACC title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=2012