2011–12 Baylor Bears basketball team

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2011–12 Baylor Bears men's basketball
Baylor Athletics logo.svg
Las Vegas Classic Champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 9
2011–12 record 30–7 (12–6 Big 12)
Head coach Scott Drew
Assistant coach Jerome Tang
Assistant coach Grant McCasland
Assistant coach Paul Mills
Home arena Ferrell Center
Seasons
2011–12 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Kansas 16 2   .889     32 7   .821
#3 Missouri 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
Iowa State 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
#9 Baylor 12 6   .667     30 8   .789
Kansas State 10 8   .556     22 10   .688
Texas 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Oklahoma State 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Oklahoma 5 13   .278     15 16   .484
Texas A&M 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Texas Tech 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2012 Big 12 Tournament winner
As of March 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Baylor Bears basketball team represented Baylor University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team finished 30–7 overall and 12–6 in Big 12 Conference play to finish in a third-place tie with Iowa State. In postseason play, Baylor lost to Missouri in the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game and Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Pre-season[edit]

From August 12 to 15, the Baylor Bears participated in the Canadian Foreign Tour which began their pre-season, going 3-1 during the tour. The Bears concluded their pre-season against Abilene Christian University. The Bears began regular season play ranked #12 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Pre-season polls.

Coaching[edit]

Scott Drew guided the Bears to school records in both conference wins (12) and wins overall (30). It was his ninth season as head coach.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

In the 2011-12 season, Baylor had one of its best seasons since 2008-09, going 27-7, with their highest ranking being #3. They also won the Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic. These efforts lead to a #3 seed in the South region of the NCAA Tournament.

In Baylor's second round game of the tournament, there were a number of stand out performances. Bears sophomore Brady Heslip, hit nine 3-pointers on the way to a new career high of 27 points. Heslip help lead the Bears to a victory over the 11th seed University of Colorado, which earned them a spot in the final 16 to face Xavier University.

In the sweet 16 game vs Xavier University, Baylor shot out of the gate with a commanding 20-4 lead, only to have that lead cut to 7 at half time. The non-existent paint game of the Baylor Bears in the second and third rounds was finally existent in the game against Xavier. Quincy Acy's powerful dunks and paint game helped spark the Baylor bears throughout the game. Quincy Acy finished with a team high 20 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Pierre Jackson added 15 and Perry Jones III had 14 points. Burlington, Ontario's Brady Heslip helped clinch the victory by knocking down 4 crucial free throws in the last minute.

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, the Baylor Bears played The University of Kentucky in an Elite 8 match up to see who would advance to The Final Four in New Orleans. The Bears were unable to match the size and athleticism of the Kentucky players. Kentucky dominated the first half and led by 20 points going into half time. Kentucky managed to absorb a 9-1 Baylor run midway through the second half and got back to playing their up-tempo game, leading them to the 82-70 victory over the Bears. Unfortunately for the Bears, their season came to an end in this Elite 8 match-up.

"Kentucky are the most athletic team in the country; they forced us into turnovers and tough shots. They converted in transition and really showed their athleticism and sped the game up. They defended well too." Quote from Brady Heslip.

One of Baylor's four senior's, Quincy Acy, had an outstanding year as a Small Forward not only in the Final Four tournament but the regular season, and pre-season. He scored double-digits in the points column in a number of games, including setting a career high in blocks with 6 in a single game. Acy was named the Big 12 "Best Athlete" by Sporting News. Quincy will be graduating this year (2012) and is an eligible prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft. While Baylor will be losing a strong player and leader, they have a number of junior's and sophomore's with the talent and ability to step up into a leadership role for the 2012-13 season.

Roster[edit]

Source[1]

2011–12 Baylor Bears men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Franklin, GaryGary Franklin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Mater Dei Santa Ana, CA
F 1 Jones III, PerryPerry Jones III 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Duncanville Duncanville, TX
F 2 Neubert, JacobJacob Neubert 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Midway Waco, TX
G 3 Ellis, FredFred Ellis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Sacramento Sacramento, CA
F 4 Acy, QuincyQuincy Acy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Horn Mesquite, TX
G 5 Heslip, BradyBrady Heslip 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So New Hampton
Boston College
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
C 11 Morgan, J'MisonJ'Mison Morgan Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Sr South Oak Cliff HS
UCLA
Dallas, TX
G 14 Bello, DeuceDeuce Bello 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Westchester Country Day School Greensboro, NC
G 20 Lowery, LoganLogan Lowery Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Kingwood
Centenary
Kingwood, TX
G 22 Walton, A. J.A. J. Walton 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Hall Little Rock, AR
F 30 Miller, QuincyQuincy Miller 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Westchester Country Day School Chicago, IL
F 34 Jefferson, CoryCory Jefferson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Killeen Killeen, TX
F 41 Jones, AnthonyAnthony Jones 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Yates Houston, TX
G 55 Jackson, PierrePierre Jackson 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Gary Franklin, who transferred from California after the 2010 fall semester, became eligible to play for Baylor in the 2012 spring semester.
  • Logan Lowery transferred from Centenary after the 2010–11 season. Because Centenary had reclassified to the non-scholarship Division III, Lowery was allowed to immediately play without sitting out a transfer year, but chose to redshirt instead.[2]

Rankings[edit]

On December 5, Baylor moved into sixth in the AP Poll and seventh in the Coaches Poll,[3] achieving the highest ranking in school history.[4]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP Poll[5] 12 11 9 7 6 6 6 6 4 4 3 6 6 6 9 13 9 12 9  
Coaches Poll[5] 12 12 10 8 7 7 7 7 5 4 3 7 6 6 10 14 10 11 10 8


Schedule and results[edit]

Source[6]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
8/12/2011*
4:00pm
vs. Belgium L 68–81 
Maple Leaf Gardens (NA)
Toronto, ON
8/13/2011*
12:00pm
vs. Canadian Juniors W 104–78 
Maple Leaf Gardens (NA)
Toronto, ON
8/13/2011*
7:30pm, sportscanada.tv
at Ryerson Rams W 93–71 
Maple Leaf Gardens (NA)
Toronto, ON
8/15/2011*
7:00pm
vs. Ontario Revolution W 103–68 
Maple Leaf Gardens (NA)
Toronto, ON
11/01/2011*
7:00pm
Abilene Christian W 81–54 
Ferrell Center (3,082)
Waco, TX
Regular Season
11/11/2011*
9:00pm
No. 12 Texas Southern W 77–57  1–0
Ferrell Center (7,359)
Waco, TX
11/13/2011*
6:00pm
No. 12 Jackson State W 92–59  2–0
Ferrell Center (6,103)
Waco, TX
11/15/2011*
1:00pm, ESPN
No. 12 San Diego State W 77–67  3–0
Ferrell Center (6,941)
Waco, TX
11/22/2011*
9:00pm
No. 9 South Carolina State W 70–50  4–0
Ferrell Center (6,438)
Waco, TX
11/23/2011*
7:00pm, FSSW/FSH
No. 9 UT-Arlington W 75–65  5–0
Ferrell Center (5,988)
Waco, TX
11/29/2011*
7:00pm, FSSW/FSH
No. 7 Prairie View A&M W 90–54  6–0
Ferrell Center (6,072)
Waco, TX
12/04/2011*
3:00pm, BTN
No. 7 at Northwestern W 69–41  7–0
Welsh-Ryan Arena (6,316)
Evanston, IL
12/14/2011*
7:00pm, FSSW/FSH
No. 6 Bethune-Cookman
Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic
W 69–42  8–0
Ferrell Center (8,838)
Waco, TX
12/17/2011*
1:00pm, BYUtv
No. 6 at BYU W 86–83  9–0
Marriott Center (22,700)
Provo, UT
12/19/2011*
7:00pm
No. 6 Paul Quinn
Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic
W 95–54  10–0
Ferrell Center (5,034)
Waco, TX
12/22/2011*
9:30pm, ESPN3
No. 6 vs. Saint Mary's
Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic
W 72–59  11–0
Orleans Arena (1,526)
Las Vegas, NV
12/23/2011*
8:00pm, ESPN
No. 6 vs. West Virginia
Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic
W 83–81 OT 12–0
Orleans Arena (1,526)
Las Vegas, NV
12/28/2011*
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 6 vs. No. 15 Mississippi State
The Showcase
W 54–52  13–0
American Airlines Center (6,707)
Dallas, TX
01/02/2012
6:00pm, ESPNU
No. 4 Texas A&M W 61–52  14–0
(1–0)
Ferrell Center (8,424)
Waco, TX
01/07/2012
12:45pm, Big 12 Network
No. 4 at Texas Tech W 73–60  15–0
(2–0)
United Spirit Arena (8,247)
Lubbock, TX
01/10/2012
7:00pm, FSSW/FSH
No. 4 at No. 18 Kansas State W 75–73  16–0
(3–0)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
01/14/2012
2:00pm, ESPN2
No. 4 Oklahoma State W 106–65  17–0
(4–0)
Ferrell Center (9,594)
Waco, TX
01/16/2012
8:30pm, ESPN
No. 3 at No. 7 Kansas L 74–92  17–1
(4–1)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/21/2012
1:00pm, ESPN
No. 3 No. 5 Missouri L 88–89  17–2
(4–2)
Ferrell Center (10,617)
Waco, TX
01/24/2012
7:00pm, Big 12 Network
No. 6 at Oklahoma W 77–65  18–2
(5–2)
Lloyd Noble Center (8,004)
Norman, OK
01/28/2012
12:00pm, CBS
No. 6 Texas W 76–71  19–2
(6–2)
Ferrell Center (10,299)
Waco, TX
02/01/2012
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 6 at Texas A&M W 63–60  20–2
(7–2)
Reed Arena (9,309)
College Station, TX
02/04/2012
12:45pm, Big 12 Network
No. 6 at Oklahoma State W 64–60  21–2
(8–2)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (10,775)
Stillwater, OK
02/08/2012
6:00pm, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 10 Kansas L 54–68  21–3
(8–3)
Ferrell Center (9,386)
Waco, TX
02/11/2012
12:45pm, Big 12 Network
No. 6 at No. 4 Missouri L 57–72  21–4
(8–4)
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
02/13/2012
6:00pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Iowa State W 79–64  22–4
(9–4)
Ferrell Center (7,047)
Waco, TX
02/18/2012
12:45pm, Big 12 Network
No. 9 Kansas State L 56–57  22–5
(9–5)
Ferrell Center (7,174)
Waco, TX
02/20/2012
8:00pm, ESPN
No. 13 at Texas W 77–72  23–5
(10–5)
Frank Erwin Center (14,501)
Austin, TX
02/25/2012
12:45pm, Big 12 Network
No. 13 Oklahoma W 70–60  24–5
(11–5)
Ferrell Center (7,793)
Waco, TX
02/27/2012
8:00pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Texas Tech W 77–48  25–5
(12–5)
Ferrell Center (7,123)
Waco, TX
03/03/2012
6:00pm, Cyclones TVN
No. 9 at Iowa State L 72–80  25–6
(12–6)
Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
Ames, IA
2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament
03/08/2012
11:30am, ESPN2
No. 12 vs. Kansas State
Quarterfinals
W 82–74  26–6
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/09/2012
6:30pm, Big 12 Network/ESPNU
No. 12 vs. No. 3 Kansas
Semifinals
W 81–72  27–6
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/10/12
4:30pm, ESPN
No. 12 vs. No. 5 Missouri
Championship Game
L 75–90  27–7
Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/15/2012*
6:27 PM, truTV
No. 9 (S 3) vs. (S 14) South Dakota State
Second Round
W 68–60  28–7
The Pit (N/A)
Albuquerque, NM
03/17/2012*
7:59 PM, TNT
No. 9 (S 3) vs. (S 11) Colorado
Third Round
W 80–63  29–7
The Pit (N/A)
Albuquerque, NM
03/23/2012*
6:15 PM, CBS
No. 9 (S 3) vs. No. (S 10) Xavier
Sweet Sixteen
W 75-70  30–7
Georgia Dome (N/A)
Atlanta, Georgia
03/25/2012*
1:20 PM, CBS
No. 9 (S 3) vs. Kentucky
Elite Eight
L 70-82  30-8
Georgia Dome (N/A)
Atlanta, GA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/bay-m-baskbl-mtt.html#coaches>
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball: Logan Lowery". Baylor University Athletics. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 5 (Dec. 5)". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  4. ^ "No. 6 MBB Returns Home, Hosts Bethune-Cookman: Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to be honored at halftime.". BaylorBears.com. CBS Interactive. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  5. ^ a b "2011-12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011–12Schedule". Retrieved 2011-11-10.