2011–12 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team

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2011–12 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball
Alabama Crimson Tide Logo.svg
NCAA Tournament Midwest Region, #9 seed, Second Round
Conference Southeastern Conference
2011–12 record 21–12 (9–7 SEC)
Head coach Anthony Grant (3rd year)
Assistant coach Dan Hipsher (3rd year)
Assistant coach John Brannen (3rd year)
Assistant coach Tony Pujol (2nd year)
Home arena Coleman Coliseum
(Capacity: 15,316)
Seasons
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 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2011–12 college basketball season. The team's head coach was Anthony Grant, in his third season at Alabama after posting a 25–12 record the previous year. The team played their home games at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a member of the Southeastern Conference. This was the 99th season of basketball in the school's history. They finished the season 21–12 overall, 9–7 SEC play, and finished in 5th place. They were defeated by Florida in the quarterfinals of the 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, and they lost to Creighton in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament second round.

Pre-season[edit]

The 2010–11 season was the second under head coach Anthony Grant. The Tide finished the season 25–12 (12–4 SEC), winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division, and finishing second in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament. The Crimson Tide had four players graduate and two transfer after the season ended. They also brought in five freshman recruits and one junior college transfer, finishing fifth in Rivals.com team recruiting rankings.[1]

Class of 2011 signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trevor Lacey
G
Huntsville, Alabama S.R. Butler HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) May 18, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Levi Randolph
G
Madison, Alabama Bob Jones HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 20, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Nick Jacobs
F
Atlanta, Georgia South Atlanta HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Oct 26, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Rodney Cooper
F
Seale, Alabama Russell County HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 20, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Moussa Gueye
C
Dakar, Senegal Lake Land CC 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oct 4, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Retin Obasohan
G
Antwerp, Belgium K.A. Redingenhof 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) May 20, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14   Rivals: 5  ESPN: 13
  • 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 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 1 Green, JaMychalJaMychal Green 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Sr Montgomery, Alabama
G 2 Hankerson, CharlesCharles Hankerson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Miami, Florida
G 3 Lacey, TrevorTrevor Lacey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Huntsville, Alabama
C 4 Engström, CarlCarl Engström 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Ystad, Sweden
F 5 Mitchell, TonyTony Mitchell (S) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Swainsboro, Georgia
G 10 Eblen, BenBen Eblen 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Jr Isle of Palms, South Carolina
G 12 Releford, TrevorTrevor Releford 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Shawnee Mission, Kansas
F 13 Slaughter, DakotaDakota Slaughter 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Fishers, Indiana
C 14 Gueye, MoussaMoussa Gueye 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) So Dakar, Senegal
F 15 Jacobs, NickNick Jacobs 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Atlanta
G 20 Randolph, LeviLevi Randolph 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Madison, Alabama
F 21 Cooper, RodneyRodney Cooper 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Phenix City, Alabama
G 22 Steele, AndrewAndrew Steele 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Birmingham, Alabama
G 32 Obasohan, RetinRetin Obasohan 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Antwerp, Belgium
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Source: Rolltide.com 2011–12 Roster[2]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C JaMychal Green Carl Engstrom Moussa Gueye
PF Nick Jacobs Rodney Cooper
SF Tony Mitchell Charles Hankerson
SG Levi Randolph Trevor Lacey
PG Trevor Releford Ben Eblen Retin Obasohan

Suspensions[edit]

Following the February 4 victory against Ole Miss, Tony Mitchell, the team's second leading scorer, was suspended indefinitely due to "conduct detrimental to the team."[3] In the next game, Alabama went on the road to defeat Auburn by a record 18 points, but prior to that Saturday's game against LSU Grant suspended 3 more players for a "violation of team rules."[4] This time it was the Crimson Tide's senior leading scorer JaMychal Green, starting PG Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele. With its top three leading scorers out and only one upperclassmen left on the bench, the shorthanded Crimson Tide fell to the LSU Tigers. Releford and Steele returned the following game to face the Florida Gators on February 14, but Green and Mitchell remained suspended. On February 20, Grant announced that Green was returning to practice and Mitchell would remain suspended for the duration of the season.[5] Green did not play in the February 23 game against Arkansas. He finally saw game action again on February 25 at home against Mississippi State.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
Nov. 7*
7:00 p.m.
No. 19 Alabama-Huntsville W 67–60 
 21  Green   10  Mitchell   4  Mitchell  Coleman Coliseum (11,662)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Non-Conference Regular Season
Nov. 11*
7:00 p.m.
No. 19 North Florida W 64–44  1–0
 18  Green   10  Mitchell   3  Releford  Coleman Coliseum (11,754)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 14*
7:00 p.m.
No. 16 Oakland W 74–57  2–0
 18  Green   9  Mitchell   4  Mitchell  Coleman Coliseum (9,876)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 17*
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Maryland
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
W 62–42  3–0
 17  Mitchell   11  Mitchell   3  Lacey  Coliseo de Puerto Rico (5,322)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 18*
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Wichita State
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
W 70–60  4–0
 26  Mitchell   12  Green   4  Releford  Coliseo de Puerto Rico (6,375)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 20*
6:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Purdue
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
W 65–56  5–0
 20  Releford   10  Mitchell   5  Releford  Coliseo de Puerto Rico (11,297)
San Juan, PR
Nov. 23*
7:00 p.m.
No. 13 Alabama A&M W 82–45  6–0
 16  Hankerson   10  Jacobs   4  Eblen  Coleman Coliseum (10,385)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 27*
8:30 p.m., ESPNU
No. 13 VCU W 72–64  7–0
 21  Green   14  Green   2  Green  Coleman Coliseum (10,500)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec. 1*
8:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 12 Georgetown
SEC–Big East Invitational
L 55–57  7–1
 20  Mitchell   11  Mitchell   6  Releford  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec. 7*
6:00 p.m.
No. 16 at Dayton L 62–74  7–2
 18  Mitchell   4  Mitchell   4  Lacey  UD Arena (13,102)
Dayton, Ohio
Dec. 11*
5:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 16 Detroit W 62–54  8–2
 21  Green   8  Mitchell   5  Releford  Coleman Coliseum (10,011)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec. 17*
9:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 23 vs. Kansas State L 58–71  8–3
 20  Green   9  Green   6  Releford  Sprint Center (16,685)
Kansas City, Missouri
Dec. 21*
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
vs. Oklahoma State W 69–52  9–3
 19  Releford   11  Mitchell   5  Randolph  BJCC (13,808)
Birmingham, Alabama
Dec. 29*
8:00 p.m., CSS
Jacksonville W 72–55  10–3
 18  Releford   8  Randolph   4  Releford  Coleman Coliseum (12,527)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan. 3*
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Georgia Tech W 73–48  11–3
 17  Releford   6  Mitchell   5  Lacey  Philips Arena (5,738)
Atlanta
SEC Regular Season
Jan. 7
6:00 p.m., FSN
at Georgia W 74–59  12–3
(1–0)
 19  Lacey   10  Green   5  Green  Stegeman Coliseum (7,776)
Athens, Georgia
Jan. 11
8:00 p.m.
LSU W 69–53  13–3
(2–0)
 20  Releford   10  Mitchell   4  Mitchell  Coleman Coliseum (14,245)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan. 14
3:00 p.m., SECN
at No. 20 Mississippi State L 52–56  13–4
(2–1)
 14  Green   10  Mitchell   3  Green  Humphrey Coliseum (9,539)
Starkville, Mississippi
Jan. 19
6:00 p.m., ESPN
Vanderbilt L 59–69  13–5
(2–2)
 14  Releford   8  Green   4  Mitchell  Coleman Coliseum (12,202)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan. 21
11:00 a.m., CBS
at No. 2 Kentucky L 71–77  13–6 (2–3)
 22  Green   12  Green   5  Lacey  Rupp Arena (24,246)
Lexington, Kentucky
Jan. 25
7:00 p.m., SECN
at South Carolina L 54–56  13–7
(2–4)
 12  Randolph   8  Mitchell   3  Releford  Colonial Life Arena (7,807)
Columbia, South Carolina
Jan. 28
12:30 p.m., SECN
Arkansas W 72–66  14–7
(3–4)
 18  Releford   8  Green   6  Steele  Coleman Coliseum (13,145)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 4
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
Ole Miss W 69–67 2OT 15–7
(4–4)
 16  Green   12  Green   4  Releford  Coleman Coliseum (12,711)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 7
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Auburn W 68–50  16–7 (5–4)
 19  Green   7  Green   6  Steele  Auburn Arena (8,154)
Auburn, AL
Feb. 11
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
at LSU L 58–67  16–8 (5–5)
 28  Cooper   5  Randolph   3  Eblen  Maravich Assembly Center (10,282)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Feb. 14
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 14 Florida L 52–61  16–9 (5–6)
 11  Steele   9  Randolph   3  Steele  Coleman Coliseum (12,187)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 18
12:30 p.m., SECN
Tennessee W 61–52  17–9 (6–6)
 18  Lacey   7  Engstrom   7  Steele  Coleman Coliseum (12,988)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 23
6:00 p.m., ESPN
at Arkansas W 79–68  18–9 (7–6)
 17  Cooper   6  Steele   3  Randolph  Bud Walton Arena (12,320)
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Feb. 25
5:00 p.m., ESPN
Mississippi State W 67–50  19–9 (8–6)
 18  Randolph   7  Randolph   4  (2 tied)  Coleman Coliseum (13,774)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb. 29
7:00 p.m., SECN
Auburn W 55–49  20–9 (9–6)
 15  Green   10  Green     Randolph  Coleman Coliseum (14,253)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Mar. 3
3:00 p.m., SECN
at Ole Miss L 51–60  20–10 (9–7)
 12  Releford   13  Green   7  Steele  Tad Smith Coliseum (6,339)
Oxford, Mississippi
2012 SEC Tournament
Mar. 8
2:30 p.m., SECN
vs. South Carolina
First round
W 63–57   21–10
 15  Lacey   7  Green   3  Steele  New Orleans Arena (10,703)
New Orleans
Mar. 9
2:30 p.m., SECN
vs. #22 Florida
Quarterfinals
L 63–66  21–11
 22  Green   10  Green   4  Green  New Orleans Arena (18,207)
New Orleans
2012 NCAA Tournament
Mar. 16
2:40 p.m., TBS
No. (MW 9) vs. No. 19 (MW 8) Creighton
Midwest Region Second Round
L 57–58  21–12
 14  Releford   6  Green   4  Releford  Greensboro Coliseum (15,880)
Greensboro, North Carolina
*Non-Conference Game. Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time. (#) Number seeded with region.

Source: 2011–12 Schedule. Rolltide.com

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 19 16 13 12 16 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches 17 15 13 12 15 21 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

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