2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

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2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball
University of Kansas "KU" logo.png
Big 12 Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Champions
NCAA Tournament National Championship Game, vs Kentucky Wildcats L 59-67
Conference Big 12
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #6
2011–12 record 32-7 (16–2 Big 12)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Joe Dooley
Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend
Assistant coach Danny Manning
Home arena Allen Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
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 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which was the Jayhawks' 114th basketball season. As in every season since 1955–56, the team played its home games at Allen Fieldhouse on its campus in Lawrence, Kansas, US. After defeating rival Missouri on February 25, the Jayhawks clinched their 8th straight outright Big 12 championship.[1] After defeating North Carolina, the Jayhawks advanced to their 14th Final Four in school history, where they defeated Ohio State 64-62 in the national semifinals. On April 2, Kansas faced Kentucky for the national title, losing to the favored Wildcats. Kansas had played both of its Final Four opponents during the regular season, losing to Kentucky on November 15 and defeating Ohio State on December 10. They finished the season with a 32–7 overall record, and 16–2 in Big 12 play.

Pre–season[edit]

Departures[edit]

The Jayhawks lost graduating seniors Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, and Mario Little. Juniors and twin brothers Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, plus freshman Josh Selby, departed early to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. On June 23, Markieff and Marcus were drafted #13 and #14, respectively, in the first round of the draft, while Selby went in the second. Royce Woolridge also announced on April 16, 2011 his intent to transfer to another school for the following year, signing with Washington State.

Recruiting[edit]

On October 12, 2010, 4-star point guard Naadir Tharpe signed a letter of intent to join the Jayhawks as a freshman for the 2011–12 season. The 6-foot prep all-star chose Kansas over offers from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Boston College, Marquette, NC State, UNLV and others. He was previously committed to Providence. On January 24, 2011, combo-guard Christian Garrett joined the team as a walk-on. He was also recruited by NC State, Auburn, Alabama, and others. On April 3, 2011, 5-star shooting guard Ben McLemore from St. Louis, Missouri, verbally committed to Kansas after the Next All-American Classic High-School All-Star Game, over offers from Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, Purdue, and others. On April 10, 2011, Canadian forward Braeden Anderson committed to the Jayhawks over Kentucky, Arizona, Memphis, and Missouri. Jamari Traylor joined in May, while June saw the additions of Kevin Young and Merv Lindsay.

Eligibility[edit]

Three of Kansas' six recruits were declared ineligible for the 2011–12 season. Braeden Anderson was not approved to play by the Big 12 Conference due to their policy on partial qualifiers. Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor were also declared ineligible but were able to practice with the team during the spring semester, and would be eligible to play in the 2012–13 season.

Class of 2011[edit]

[2][3][4]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ben McLemore
SG
St. Louis, Missouri Christian Life Center Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 3, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Naadir Tharpe
PG
Worcester, MA Brewster Academy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Oct 12, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Jamari Traylor
PF
Chicago, Illinois IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 18, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Mervyn Lindsay
SF
Moreno Valley, California Canyon Springs HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 23, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:     Scout: 28     Rivals: 28[5]      ESPN: 22 

Transfers

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Young
PF
Perris, California Perris HS / Loyola Marymount University 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 16, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Robinson, ThomasThomas Robinson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 237 lb (108 kg) Jr Washington, DC
G 1 Tharpe, NaadirNaadir Tharpe 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Worcester, MA
G 2 Teahan, ConnerConner Teahan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Sr Leawood, KS
F 4 Wesley, JustinJustin Wesley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Fort Worth, TX
C 5 Withey, JeffJeff Withey 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr San Diego, CA
G 10 Taylor, TyshawnTyshawn Taylor 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Hoboken, NJ
G 15 Johnson, ElijahElijah Johnson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr North Las Vegas, NV
G 20 Roberts, NikoNiko Roberts 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Huntington, NY
G 21 Garrett, ChristianChristian Garrett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Los Angeles, CA
F 22 Lindsay, MervMerv Lindsay 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Moreno Valley, CA
G 23 McLemore, BenBen McLemore (I) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr St. Louis, MO
G 24 Releford, TravisTravis Releford 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS Jr Shawnee Mission, KSlink=y
G 25 Juenemann, JordanJordan Juenemann 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Hays, KS
F 31 Traylor, JamariJamari Traylor (I) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
F 40 Young, KevinKevin Young 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Perris, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-06-20

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Jeff Withey Justin Wesley
PF Thomas Robinson Kevin Young Christian Garrett
SF Travis Releford Merv Lindsay
SG Elijah Johnson Conner Teahan Jordan Juenemann
PG Tyshawn Taylor Naadir Tharpe Niko Roberts

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/01/11*
7:00 PM, Jayhawk
Network
#13 Pittsburg State W 84–55 
 21 - Teahan   12 - Withey   8 - Tharpe  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
11/08/11*
7:00 PM, Jayhawk
Network
#13 Fort Hays State W 101–52 
 22 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   7 - Tharpe  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Regular season
11/11/11*
7:00 PM, Jayhawk
Network
#13 Towson
Maui Invitational Opening Round
W 100–54  1–0
 18 - Robinson   11 - Robinson   8 - Johnson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
11/15/11*
8:00 PM, ESPN
#13 vs. #2 Kentucky
Champions Classic
L 65–75  1–1
 22 - Taylor   15 - Robinson   4 - Johnson  Madison Square Garden (19,979)
New York, NY
11/21/11*
11:50 PM, ESPN2
#14 vs. Georgetown
Maui Invitational First Round
W 67–63  2–1
 20 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/22/11*
9:30, ESPN
#14 vs. UCLA
Maui Invitational
W 72–56  3–1
 23 - Johnson   10 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/23/11*
10:00 PM, ESPN
#14 vs. #6 Duke
Maui Invitational
L 61–68  3–2
 17 - Taylor   18 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/30/11*
7:00 PM, Jayhawk
Network
#15 Florida Atlantic W 77–54  4–2
 19 - Robinson   21 - Robinson   4 - Releford  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/03/11*
4:15 PM, ESPN2
#15 South Florida W 70–42  5–2
 24 - Taylor   8 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/06/11*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
#13 Long Beach State W 88–80  6–2
 26 - Robinson   13 - Withey   5 - Johnson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/10/11*
2:15 PM, ESPN
#13 #2 Ohio State W 78–67  7–2
 21 - Robinson   7 - (2 tied)   13 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/19/11*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
#13 vs. Davidson
M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout
L 74–80  7–3
 21 - Robinson   18 - Robinson   7 - Taylor  Sprint Center (18,757)
Kansas City, MO
12/22/11*
10:00 PM, FSN
#13 at USC W 63–47  8–3
 13 - Teahan   9 - (2 tied)   4 - Johnson  Galen Center (6,431)
Los Angeles, CA
12/29/11*
7:00 PM, Jayhawk
Network
#17 Howard W 89–34  9–3
 13 - (2 tied)   7 - Robinson   5 - (2 tied)  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
12/31/11*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
#17 North Dakota W 84–58  10–3
 30 - Robinson   21 - Robinson   7 - Johnson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
1/04/12
7:00 PM, Big 12
#14 #23 Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 67–49  11–3
(1–0)
 16 - Releford   14 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
1/07/12
1:00 PM, ESPNU
#14 at Oklahoma W 72–61  12–3
(2–0)
 28 - Releford   9 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  Lloyd Noble Center (11,268)
Norman, OK
1/11/12
8:00 PM, ESPNU
#10 at Texas Tech W 81–46  13–3
(3–0)
 19 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  United Spirit Arena (7,454)
Lubbock, TX
1/14/12
3:00 PM, Big 12
#10 Iowa State W 82–73  14–3
(4–0)
 28 - Taylor   14 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
1/16/12
8:30 PM, ESPN
#7 #3 Baylor W 92–74  15–3
(5–0)
 28 - Taylor   14 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
1/21/12
3:00 PM, CBS
#7 at Texas W 69–66  16–3
(6–0)
 22 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  Frank Erwin Center (16,734)
Austin, TX
1/23/12
8:00 PM, ESPN
#5 Texas A&M W 64–54  17–3
(7–0)
 18 - Robinson   10 - Robinson   4 - Releford  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
1/28/12
1:00 PM, ESPN
#5 at Iowa State L 64-72  17–4
(7–1)
 16 - Taylor   7 - Robinson   10 - Taylor  Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
Ames, IA
2/01/12
8:00 PM, ESPNU
#8 Oklahoma W 84–62  18–4
(8–1)
 21 - Taylor   17 - Robinson   6 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2/04/12
8:00 PM, ESPN
#8 at #4 Missouri
Border War
L 71–74  18–5
(8–2)
 25 - Robinson   13 - Robinson   4 - Johnson  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
2/08/12
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#7 at #6 Baylor W 68–54  19–5
(9–2)
 25 - Withey   11 - Robinson   5 - Johnson  Ferrell Center (10,334)
Waco, TX
2/11/12
3:00 PM, Big 12
#7 Oklahoma State W 81–66  20–5
(10–2)
 24 - Robinson   20 - Withey   6 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2/13/12
8:00 PM, ESPN
#4 at Kansas State
Sunflower Showdown
W 59–53  21–5
(11–2)
 20 - Taylor   11 - Withey   5 - (2 Tied)  Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
2/18/12
7:00 PM, Big 12
#4 Texas Tech W 83–50  22–5
(12–2)
 16 - Robinson   8 - (2 tied)   5 - Robinson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2/22/12
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#4 at Texas A&M W 66–58  23–5
(13–2)
 21 - Johnson   13 - Robinson   4 - (2 tied)  Reed Arena (6,868)
College Station, TX
2/25/12
3:00 PM, CBS
#4 #3 Missouri
Border War
W 87–86 OT 24–5
(14–2)
 28 - Robinson   12 - Robinson   8 - Johnson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
2/27/12
8:00 PM, ESPN
#3 at Oklahoma State W 70–58  25–5
(15–2)
 27 - Taylor   11 - Robinson   6 - Johnson  Gallagher-Iba Arena (10,552)
Stillwater, OK
3/03/12
8:00 PM, ESPN
#3 Texas W 73–63  26–5
(16–2)
 27 - Robinson   14 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament
03/08/12
2:00 pm, ESPN2
#3 vs. Texas A&M
Quarterfinals
W 83–66  27–5
 26 - Johnson   10 - Robinson   4 - (3 tied)  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
03/09/12
6:30 pm, Big 12 Network/ESPNU
#3 vs. #12 Baylor
Semifinals
L 72–81  27–6
 20 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   3 - Taylor  Sprint Center (18,972)
Kansas City, MO
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/16/12*
9:18 pm, truTV
#6 (2) vs. (15) Detroit
Second Round
W 65–50  28–6
 16 - Robinson   13 - Robinson   2 - 4 tied  CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,015)
Omaha, NE
03/18/12*
7:40 pm, TNT
#6 (2) vs. (10) Purdue
Third Round
W 63–60  29–6
 18 - Johnson   13 - Robinson   4 - Taylor  CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,998)
Omaha, NE
03/23/12*
9:35 pm, TBS
#6 (2) vs. (11) North Carolina State
Sweet Sixteen
W 60-57  30-6
 18 - Robinson   15 - Robinson   5 - Taylor  Edward Jones Dome (23,964)
St. Louis, MO
03/25/12*
4:05 pm, CBS
#6 (2) vs. 4 (1) North Carolina
Elite Eight
W 80-67  31-6
 22 - Taylor   9 - Robinson   5 - 2 tied  Edward Jones Dome (23,565)
St. Louis, MO
03/31/12*
7:49 pm, CBS
#6 (2) vs. 7 (2) Ohio State
Final Four
W 64-62  32-6
 19 - Robinson   10 - Johnson   8 - Taylor  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (73,361)
New Orleans, LA
04/02/2012*
9:23 pm, CBS
#6 (2) vs. 1 (1) Kentucky
National Championship
L 59-67  32-7
 19 - Taylor   17 - Robinson   3 - Taylor  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (70,913)
New Orleans, LA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time[6].

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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 13 12 14 15 13 12 12 17 14 10 7 5 8 7 4 4 3 3 6
Coaches 13 11 14 14 13 12 11 18 15 10 7 5 8 10 5 5 4 3 6 2

Awards[edit]

Bill Self
Thomas Robinson
  • 1st Team All-American (Sporting News, USBWA, NABC, ESPN.com, AP, John R. Wooden)
  • ESPN.com National Player of the Year
  • Big 12 Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Big 12
  • Sporting News Big 12 Player of the Year[8]
  • Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Big 12[9]
  • 4x Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (November 28, December 12, January 2, February 27) [10]
Tyshawn Taylor
  • 1st Team All-Big 12
  • Associated Press 1st Team All-Big 12
  • 2x Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (January 16, March 4)
  • Sporting News 3rd Team All-American[11]
  • USBWA 3rd Team All-American
  • NABC All-District 8 First Team
  • Associated Press 3rd Team All-American
Jeff Withey
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Big 12 All-Defensive Team and 3rd Team All-Big 12
  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (February 13)
Travis Releford
  • Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (January 9)

References[edit]