2011–12 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
2011-12 record 17–15 (6–12 Big Ten)
Head coach Bruce Weber
Assistant coach Jerrance Howard
Assistant coach Wayne McClain
Assistant coach Jay Price
MVP Tracy Abrams
Captain Sam Maniscalco
D.J. Richardson
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
#7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
#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
Illinois 6 12   .333     17 15   .531
Minnesota 6 12   .333     23 15   .605
Nebraska 4 14   .222     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
2012 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
"2011-12 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 2011–12 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Bruce Weber's ninth and final season at Illinois. The Illini played their home games at Assembly Hall and were members of the Big Ten Conference.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Mike Davis 24 F 6'6" 225 Senior Alexandria, VA Graduated/Pro for BC Ferro-ZNTU (Ukraine)
Bill Cole 30 F 6'9" 215 Senior Peoria, IL Graduated/Pro for Cheshire Jets (England)
Demetri McCamey 32 G 6'3" 200 Senior Bellwood, IL Graduated/Pro for Mersin BB (Turkey)
Mike Tisdale 54 F 7'1" 235 Senior Riverton, IL Graduated/Pro for DJK Würzburg (Germany)

2011–12 incoming team members[edit]

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Illinois welcomed seven new players into the program. The 2011 recruiting class was ranked No. 13 by Scout.com and No. 11 by both Rivals.com and ESPNU. The class was celebrated for its talent and depth, and is the second class in a row that has revived top-15 national rankings. Six true freshman; Tracy Abrams, Myke Henry, Devin Langford, Nnanna Egwu, Mike Shaw, and Ibby Djimde as well as one transfer senior, Sam Maniscalco joined the 2011–12 team. Maniscalso transferred from Bradley University after graduating in May 2011. Because Bradley did not offer the graduate program he enrolled in at Illinois, Maniscalco was eligible to play immediately.[1]

2011 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tracy Abrams
PG
Chicago, IL Mount Carmel 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Dec 18, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Ibby Djimde
C
Huntington, WV Huntington Prep 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 8, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Nnanna Egwu
C
Chicago, IL St. Ignatius 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 9, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Mycheal Henry
SF
Chicago, IL Orr Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 10, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Devin Langford
SF
Huntsville, AL Lee High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Dec 16, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Sam Maniscalco
G
Chicago, IL St. Patrick / Bradley 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Apr 13, 2011 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Mike Shaw
PF
Chicago, IL De La Salle Institute 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 28, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 11  ESPN: 11
  • 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:

Italy Trip[edit]

Prior to the start of fall semester classes, the team embarked on a 10-day international tour of Italy in August, 2011. With stops in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Como the trip was a combination of basketball, sightseeing, and team-building. The team played four full games, which included wins over Roma Select, Castellanza Select, and Fulgor Omegna as well as an overtime loss to the New Zealand National team[2] Also, the Illini traveled to Aviano Air Base, where Illinois played West Virginia in a 20-minute scrimmage and the Aviano varsity team in a 10-minute scrimmage.

Roster[edit]

The 2011–12 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois on January 4, 2012.
2011–12 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Maniscalco, SamSam Maniscalco 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr St. Patrick Chicago, IL
G 1 Richardson, D.J.D.J. Richardson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Central Peoria, IL
G 2 Bertrand, JosephJoseph Bertrand 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Sterling Sterling, IL
G 3 Paul, BrandonBrandon Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Warren Township Gurnee, IL
G 4 Head[note 1], CrandallCrandall Head[note 1] 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Rich South Matteson, IL
C 12 Leonard, MeyersMeyers Leonard 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Robinson Robinson, IL
G 13 Abrams, TracyTracy Abrams 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Mount Carmel Chicago, IL
F 15 Shaw, MikeMike Shaw 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr De La Salle Chicago, IL
G/F 20 Henry, MykeMyke Henry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Orr Chicago, IL
G/F 21 Langford, DevinDevin Langford 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Lee Huntsville, AL
F/C 23 Djimde, IbbyIbby Djimde 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Huntington Mali, Africa
G 25 Selus, JeanJean Selus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Winter Garden Montreal, Quebec
F/C 32 Egwu, NnannaNnanna Egwu 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr St. Ignatius Chicago, IL
F 42 Griffey, TylerTyler Griffey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Lafayette Wildwood, MO
G 44 Berardini, KervinKervin Berardini 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS So Lake Forest Lake Forest, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2010-10-22

Schedule[edit]

[3]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 1*
7:30pm
Wayne State (NE) W 79–52 
 18  Leonard   8  Shaw   5  Abrams  Assembly Hall (13,164)
Champaign, IL
November 7*
7:30pm
Quincy W 73–45 
 17  Richardson   9  Shaw   3  Paul, Bertrand  Assembly Hall (13,077)
Champaign, IL
Regular Season
November 11*
8:00pm
Loyola (Chicago) W 67–49  1–0
 15  Leonard   7  Abrams   3  Maniscalco, Paul  Assembly Hall (15,937)
Champaign, IL
November 14*
7:30pm
SIU Edwardsville
Cancún Challenge
W 66–46  2–0
 20  Richardson   14  Griffey   4  Paul  Assembly Hall (13,404)
Champaign, IL
November 17*
8:00pm, BTN
Lipscomb
Cancun Challenge
W 79–64  3–0
 17  Richardson   8  Bertrand   3  Maniscalco, Paul  Assembly Hall (13,503)
Champaign, IL
November 22*
8:30pm, CBSSN
vs. Richmond
Cancun Challenge
W 70–61  4–0
 22  Leonard   12  Leonard   3  Maniscalco  Moon Palace Resort (980)
Cancún, Mexico
November 23*
8:30pm, CBSSN
vs. Illinois State
Cancun Challenge
W 63–59  5–0
 14  Maniscalco   8  Leonard   6  Paul  Moon Palace Resort (952)
Cancún, Mexico
November 27*
12:00pm, BTN
Chicago State W 90–43  6–0
 14  Henry   6  Shaw   5  Abrams, Richardson  Assembly Hall (14,065)
Champaign, IL
November 29*
6:30pm, ESPN
at Maryland
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
W 71–62  7–0
 24  Maniscalco   7  Paul   4  Abrams  Comcast Center (13,187)
College Park, MD
December 3*
2:15pm, ESPN2
No. 19 Gonzaga W 82–75  8–0
 21  Leonard   5  Maniscalco, Leonard   5  Maniscalco, Paul  Assembly Hall (15,879)
Champaign, IL
December 7*
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 24 St. Bonaventure W 48–43  9–0
 17  Paul   8  Leonard   5  Paul  Assembly Hall (14,711)
Champaign, IL
December 11*
7:00pm, ESPNU
No. 24 Coppin State W 80–63  10–0
 20  Richardson   11  Leonard   5  Maniscalco  Assembly Hall (14,811)
Champaign, IL
December 17*
4:00pm, BTN
No. 19 vs. UNLV L 48–64  10–1
 19  Richardson   8  Richardson   3  Leonard  United Center (15,144)
Chicago, IL
December 19*
7:00pm, ESPN3
No. 25 Cornell W 64–60  11–1
 19  Leonard   16  Leonard   6  Maniscalco  Assembly Hall (13,578)
Champaign, IL
December 22*
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 25 vs. No. 10 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
L 74–78  11–2
 19  Paul   13  Leonard   5  Leonard  Scottrade Center (22,087)
St. Louis, MO
December 27
6:30pm, BTN
Minnesota W 81–72 2OT 12–2
(1–0)
 21  Paul   11  Leonard   6  Paul  Assembly Hall (15,549)
Champaign, IL
December 31
3:00pm, ESPN2
at Purdue L 60–75  12–3
(1–1)
 17  Paul   6  Leonard,
Richardson
 
 4  Abrams  Mackey Arena (14,041)
West Lafayette, IN
January 4
6:00pm, BTN
at Northwestern W 57–56  13–3
(2–1)
 12  Leonard   8  Leonard, Bertrand   4  Paul, Richardson  Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
January 7
12:00pm, BTN
Nebraska W 59–54  14–3
(3–1)
 25  Bertrand   6  Paul   3  Paul  Assembly Hall (14,909)
Champaign, IL
January 10
8:00pm, ESPN
No. 5 Ohio State W 79–74  15–3
(4–1)
 43  Paul   8  Paul   4  Richardson  Assembly Hall (14,636)
Champaign, IL
January 19
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 22 at Penn State L 52–54  15–4
(4–2)
 20  Paul   6  Bertrand, Paul   5  Richardson  Bryce Jordan Center (6,945)
University Pak, PA
January 22
1:00pm, BTN
No. 22 Wisconsin L 63–67  15–5
(4–3)
 16  Leonard   11  Leonard   5  Bertrand  Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
January 28
7:00pm, BTN
at Minnesota L 72–77 OT 15–6
(4–4)
 28  Paul   13  Leonard   4  Abrams  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
January 31
6:00pm, ESPN
No. 10 Michigan State W 42–41  16–6
(5–4)
 18  Paul   9  Paul   5  Paul  Assembly Hall (15,629)
Champaign, IL
February 5
2:00pm, BTN
Northwestern L 70–74  16–7
(5–5)
 22  Paul   9  Leonard   8  Abrams  Assembly Hall (15,461)
Champaign, IL
February 9
7:00pm, BTN
at No. 23 Indiana L 71–84  16–8
(5–6)
 19  Richardson   3  Leonard, Paul, Richardson, Bertrand   5  Paul  Assembly Hall (17,389)
Bloomington, IN
February 12
12:00pm, CBS
at No. 22 Michigan L 61–70  16–9
(5–7)
 21  Paul   12  Leonard   3  Paul, Abrams  Crisler Arena (12,721)
Ann Arbor, MI
February 15
7:30pm, BTN
Purdue L 62–67  16–10
(5–8)
 22  Abrams   12  Leonard   5  Bertrand  Assembly Hall (14,339)
Champaign, IL
February 18
4:00pm, BTN
at Nebraska L 57–80  16–11
(5–9)
 15  Richardson   5  Leonard, Richardson, Egwu   5  Bertrand  Bob Devaney Sports Center (10,558)
Lincoln, NE
February 21
6:00pm, ESPN
at No. 8 Ohio State L 67–83  16–12
(5–10)
 21  Leonard   6  Richardson   3  Paul  Value City Arena (18,481)
Columbus, OH
February 26
5:00pm, BTN
Iowa W 65–54  17–12
(6–10)
 22  Leonard   14  Leonard   4  Maniscalco  Assembly Hall (16,322)
Champaign, IL
March 1
6:00pm, ESPN
No. 13 Michigan L 61–72  17–13
(6–11)
 18  Leonard   9  Leonard   3  Bertrand  Assembly Hall (15,244)
Champaign, IL
March 4
12:00pm, BTN
at No. 14 Wisconsin L 56-70  17-14
(6-12)
 22  Paul   12  Leonard   2  Paul  Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
Big Ten Tournament
March 8
10:30am, BTN
vs. Iowa
First Round
L 61-64  17-15
 18  Leonard   6  Leonard, Richardson, Griffey   4  Paul, Abrams  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (-)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

National rankings[edit]

Regular Season Polls
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Final
AP (RV) (RV) (RV) (RV) 24 19 25 (RV) (RV) 22 (RV) (RV)
Coaches (RV) (RV) T-22 19 24 (RV) (RV) (RV) 25 (RV)
Record when polls released 0–0 1–0 3–0 6–0 8–0 10–0 10–1 11–2 12–3 14–3 15–3 15–5 15–6 16–7 16–9 16–11 17–12 17–14 17–15 17–15
Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  No Change
(RV)   Received Votes
T   Tied

Season Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high
Individual Player Statistics [4]
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
Paul, Brandon 32 30 1070 33.4 469 14.7 145 370 .392 54 162 .333 125 172 .727 30 121 151 4.7 94 109 27 46
Leonard, Meyers 32 30 1018 31.8 434 13.6 170 291 .584 1 11 .091 93 127 .732 73 189 262 8.2 43 68 60 15
Richardson, D.J. 32 31 1106 34.6 372 11.6 130 336 .387 71 204 .348 41 53 .774 28 68 96 3 55 44 5 27
Bertrand, Joseph 32 14 644 20.1 209 6.5 92 171 .538 3 10 .300 22 30 .733 23 63 86 2.7 43 37 5 11
Maniscalco, Sam 28 13 677 24.2 171 6.1 56 151 .371 27 96 .281 32 39 .821 7 46 53 1.9 64 27 0 15
Griffey, Tyler 30 20 496 16.5 146 4.9 59 137 .431 16 56 .286 12 16 .750 44 56 100 3.3 18 26 11 13
Abrams, Tracy 32 19 674 21.1 136 4.3 49 120 .408 9 35 .257 29 46 .630 22 50 72 2.3 60 50 0 14
Henry, Myke 22 0 179 8.1 70 3.2 28 62 .452 4 25 .160 10 15 .667 11 14 25 1.1 2 9 3 7
Egwu, Nnanna 32 3 313 9.8 60 1.9 27 57 .474 0 0 .000 6 13 .462 21 27 48 1.5 6 22 20 6
Head, Crandall 9 0 83 9.2 9 1 4 17 .235 0 5 .000 1 1 1.000 1 4 5 0.6 9 9 0 5
Shaw, Mike 20 0 139 7 17 0.9 6 21 .286 1 6 .167 4 10 .400 11 26 37 1.9 5 13 1 2
Djimde, Ibby 17 0 61 3.6 5 0.3 1 6 .167 0 0 .000 3 7 .429 2 12 14 0.8 0 6 0 1
Selus, Jean 9 0 9 1 0 0 0 2 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 .000 0 1 1 0.1 1 0 0 0
Berardini, Kevin 7 0 6 0.9 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 47 48 95 10
Total 32 6475 2098 65.6 767 1741 .441 186 611 .304 378 529 .715 320 725 1045 32.7 400 430 132 162
Opponents 32 6476 2055 64.2 712 1659 .429 208 549 .379 423 601 .704 298 704 1002 31.3 379 425 78 200

Regular season[edit]

Post-season[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Head left the team in December with plans to transfer to another school.

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Illinois (October 14, 2011). "2011-12 Illinois Basketball Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Paul Klee (August 20, 2011). "Italy: Learning experience and a great trip to boot". News-Gazette. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011-12 Schedule". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Illinois Season Statistics". FightingIllini.com.