2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.svg
NCAA national champions
SEC regular season champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
2011–12 record 38–2 (16–0 SEC)
Head coach John Calipari (3rd year)
Assistant coach John Robic (3rd year)
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua (3rd year)
Assistant coach Kenny Payne (2nd year)
Home arena Rupp Arena
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
2012 NCAA Champions

The 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2011–12 college basketball season. The team's head coach was John Calipari, who was in his third season after taking the Wildcats to their first Final Four in thirteen seasons. The team won the 2012 NCAA Championship, bringing Kentucky its eighth title. The team's 38 wins broke a record shared by 5 teams for the most wins in NCAA men's Division I history.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Former Wildcats Josh Harrellson, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins were all selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Knight was taken No. 8 overall by the Detroit Pistons, Harrellson was selected No. 45 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans while the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Liggins at No. 53. The trio increased UK's total under John Calipari to 8 players selected in the Draft, including 6 in the first round.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight 12 G 6'3" 195 Freshman Fort Lauderdale, Florida Entered 2011 NBA Draft
Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins 34 G 6'6" 215 Junior Chicago Entered 2011 NBA Draft
Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson 55 C 6'10" 275 Senior St. Charles, Missouri Entered 2011 NBA Draft, Graduated

Class of 2011 signees[edit]

For the third consecutive season the Wildcats boasted the No. 1 recruiting class. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer formed the four-member freshman class for the 2011-12 season.

  • Davis was the nation's consensus No. 1 overall player
  • Kidd-Gilchrist was the nation's consensus No. 1 small forward
  • Teague was the nation's consensus No. 1 point guard, the fourth straight for John Calipari
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Davis
F
Chicago, Illinois Perspectives Charter School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 13, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F
Somerdale, New Jersey St. Patrick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Apr 14, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Marquis Teague
G
Indianapolis, Indiana Pike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 22, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Kyle Wiltjer
F
Portland, Oregon Jesuit 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Aug 28, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1
  • 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:

Class of 2012 signees[edit]

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Miller, DariusDarius Miller 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Mason County Maysville, Kentucky
F 3 Jones, TerrenceTerrence Jones 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 252 lb (114 kg) So Jefferson Portland, Oregon
G 4 Hood, JonJon Hood Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Madisonville North Hopkins Madisonville, Kentucky
G 5 Polson, JarrodJarrod Polson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So West Jessamine Wilmore, Kentucky
G 10 Beckham, TwanyTwany Beckham 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Ballard Louisville, Kentucky
G 12 Harrow, RyanRyan Harrow Current redshirt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Walton
North Carolina State
Marietta, Georgia
G 13 Malone, SamSam Malone Injured 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Scituate Scituate, Massachusetts
F 14 Kidd-Gilchrist, MichaelMichael Kidd-Gilchrist 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Fr St. Patrick Somerdale, New Jersey
G 20 Lamb, DoronDoron Lamb 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Queens, New York
C 23 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Perspectives Charter Chicago
G 25 Teague, MarquisMarquis Teague 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Fr Pike Indianapolis
C 30 Vargas, EloyEloy Vargas 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Sr Miami-Dade College Moca, D.R.
G 32 Long, BrianBrian Long 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Fr River Dell Dumont, New Jersey
F 33 Wiltjer, KyleKyle Wiltjer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 239 lb (108 kg) Fr Jesuit Portland, Oregon
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on
  • Jon Hood and Ryan Harrow redshirted this season—Hood due to a torn ACL, and Harrow as a transfer from North Carolina State. Both were eligible for the 2012–13 college basketball season.
  • Sam Malone missed much of the season to a torn ACL.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
Nov. 2, 2011*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Transylvania W 97–53 
 22  Jones   12  Jones   9  Teague  Rupp Arena (21,024)
Lexington, Kentucky
Nov. 7, 2011*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Morehouse W 125–40 
 26  Wiltjer   12  Vargas   7  Teague  Rupp Arena (20,194)
Lexington, Kentucky
Regular Season
Nov. 11, 2011*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Marist
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 108–58  1–0
 23  Davis   10  Davis   8  Lamb  Rupp Arena (22,079)
Lexington, Kentucky
Nov. 15, 2011*
9:00, ESPN
No. 2 vs. No. 12 Kansas
Champions Classic
W 75–65  2–0
 16  Lamb   7  Tied   4  Tied  Madison Square Garden (19,979)
New York, NY
Nov. 19, 2011*
12:00, ESPN3
No. 2 vs. Penn State
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 85–47  3–0
 26  Lamb   9  Jones   4  Tied  Mohegan Sun Arena (4,755)
Uncasville, Connecticut
Nov. 20, 2011*
12:00, ESPNU
No. 2 vs. Old Dominion
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 62–52  4–0
 13  Tied   9  Tied   5  Miller  Mohegan Sun Arena (4,128)
Uncasville, Connecticut
Nov. 23, 2011*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Radford W 88–40  5–0
 17  Jones   8  Jones   5  Teague  Rupp Arena (21,302)
Lexington, Kentucky
Nov. 26, 2011*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Portland W 87–63  6–0
 19  Tied   12  Davis   8  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,179)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 1, 2011*
7:00, ESPN2
No. 1 St. John's
SEC–Big East Challenge
W 81–59  7–0
 26  Jones   15  Davis   6  Miller  Rupp Arena (24,119)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 3, 2011*
12:00, CBS
No. 1 No. 5 North Carolina W 73–72  8–0
 17  Kidd-Gilchrist   11  Kidd-Gilchrist   4  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,398)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 10, 2011*
5:15, ESPN
No. 1 at Indiana
Rivalry
L 72–73  8–1
 19  Lamb   13  Kidd-Gilchrist   5  Teague  Assembly Hall (17,472)
Bloomington, Indiana
Dec. 17, 2011*
8:00, CSS
No. 3 Chattanooga W 87–62  9–1
 24  Lamb   18  Davis   8  Teague  Rupp Arena (23,211)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 20, 2011*
7:00, ESPN2
No. 3 Samford W 82–50  10–1
 26  Lamb   9  Davis   5  Tied  Rupp Arena (21,984)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 22, 2011*
1:00, FSN
No. 3 Loyola (MD) W 87–63  11–1
 24  Wiltjer   11  Davis   4  Kidd-Gilchrist  Rupp Arena (22,774)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 28, 2011*
8:30, ESPNU
No. 3 Lamar W 86–64  12–1
 18  Kidd-Gilchrist   13  Davis   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,230)
Lexington, Kentucky
Dec. 31, 2011*
12:00, CBS
No. 3 No. 4 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
W 69–62  13–1
 24  Kidd-Gilchrist   19  Kidd-Gilchrist   5  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,387)
Lexington, Kentucky
Jan. 3, 2012*
7:00, UK IMG/FSN
No. 2 Arkansas-Little Rock W 73–51  14–1
 22  Davis   16  Davis   5  Teague  Freedom Hall (14,747)
Louisville, Kentucky
Jan. 7, 2012
4:00, SECN
No. 2 South Carolina W 79–64  15–1
(1–0)
 20  Jones   10  Davis   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,219)
Lexington, Kentucky
Jan. 11, 2012
8:00, SECN
No. 2 at Auburn W 68–53  16–1
(2–0)
 14  Tied   6  Davis   3  Tied  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
Jan. 14, 2012
12:00, ESPN
No. 2 at Tennessee W 65–62  17–1
(3–0)
 18  Davis   12  Kidd-Gilchrist   2  Tied  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,678)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Jan. 17, 2012
9:00, ESPN
No. 2 Arkansas
Super Tuesday
W 86–63  18–1
(4–0)
 27  Davis   15  Davis   9  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,093)
Lexington, Kentucky
Jan. 21, 2012
12:00, CBS
No. 2 Alabama W 77–71  19–1
(5–0)
 15  Jones   9  Davis   4  Miller  Rupp Arena (24,246)
Lexington, Kentucky
Jan. 24, 2012
9:00, ESPN
No. 1 at Georgia
Super Tuesday
W 57–44  20–1
(6–0)
 19  Miller   11  Tied   7  Teague  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, Georgia
Jan. 28, 2012
4:00, SECN
No. 1 at LSU W 74–50  21–1
(7–0)
 27  Jones   10  Davis   4  Tied  Maravich Assembly Center (11,631)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jan. 31, 2012
12:00, ESPNU
No. 1 Tennessee W 69–44  22–1
(8–0)
 18  Davis   8  Tied   4  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,359)
Lexington, Kentucky
Feb. 4, 2012
7:00, ESPN
No. 1 at South Carolina W 86–52  23–1
(9–0)
 22  Davis   8  Davis   4  Tied  Colonial Life Arena (16,527)
Columbia, South Carolina
Feb. 7, 2012
7:00, ESPN
No. 1 No. 8 Florida
Super Tuesday
W 78–58  24–1
(10–0)
 18  Lamb   13  Kidd-Gilchrist   10  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,389)
Lexington, Kentucky
Feb. 11, 2012
9:00, ESPN
No. 1 at Vanderbilt
ESPN College GameDay
W 69–63  25–1
(11–0)
 16  Lamb   9  Jones   8  Teague  Memorial Gym (14,316)
Nashville, Tennessee
Feb. 18, 2012
4:00, SECN
No. 1 Ole Miss W 77–62  26–1
(12–0)
 16  Lamb   11  Jones   8  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,239)
Lexington, Kentucky
Feb. 21, 2012
9:00, ESPN
No. 1 at Mississippi State
Super Tuesday
W 73–64  27–1
(13–0)
 18  Kidd-Gilchrist   11  Davis   4  Teague  Humphrey Coliseum (10,213)
Starkville, Mississippi
Feb. 25, 2012
12:00, CBS
No. 1 Vanderbilt W 83–74  28–1
(14–0)
 28  Davis   11  Davis   6  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,388)
Lexington, Kentucky
Mar. 1, 2012
9:00, ESPN
No. 1 Georgia
Senior Night
W 79–49  29–1
(15–0)
 17  Miller   8  Tied   4  Teague  Rupp Arena (24,382)
Lexington, Kentucky
Mar. 4, 2012
12:00, CBS
No. 1 at No. 16 Florida W 74–59  30–1
(16–0)
 22  Davis   12  Davis   4  Tied  O'Connell Center (12,113)
Gainesville, Florida
SEC Tournament
Mar. 9, 2012
1:00, SECN
No. 1 vs. LSU
Quarterfinals
W 60–51  31–1
 19  Kidd-Gilchrist   14  Davis   5  Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,207)
New Orleans
Mar. 10, 2012
1:00, ABC
No. 1 vs. No. 22 Florida
Semifinals
W 74–71  32–1
 16  Lamb   12  Davis   5  Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,523)
New Orleans
Mar. 11, 2012
1:00, ABC
No. 1 vs. Vanderbilt
Championship
L 64–71  32–2
 16  Miller   11  Jones   6  Teague  New Orleans Arena (18,114)
New Orleans
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 15, 2012
6:50, TBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (16 S) WKU
Second round
W 81–66  33–2
 22  Jones   10  Jones   4  Teague  KFC Yum! Center (22,131)
Louisville, Kentucky
Mar. 17, 2012
7:45, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (8 S) Iowa State
Third round
W 87–71  34–2
 24  Teague   12  Davis   7  Teague  KFC Yum! Center (21,757)
Louisville, Kentucky
Mar. 23, 2012
9:45, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (4 S) No. 16 Indiana
Sweet Sixteen
W 102–90  35–2
 24  Kidd-Gilchrist   12  Davis   7  Teague  Georgia Dome (24,731)
Atlanta
Mar. 25, 2012
2:20, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (3 S) No. 9 Baylor
Elite Eight
W 82–70  36–2
 19  Kidd-Gilchrist   11  Davis   6  Jones  Georgia Dome (24,035)
Atlanta
Mar. 31, 2012
6:09, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (4 W) No. 17 Louisville
Final Four
W 69–61  37–2
 18  Davis   14  Davis   5  Teague  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (73,361)
New Orleans
April 2, 2012
9:23, CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (2 MW) No. 6 Kansas
Championship Game
W 67–59  38–2
 22  Lamb   16  Davis   5  Davis  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (70,913)
New Orleans
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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 [2] 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -
Coaches[2] 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Accomplishments[edit]

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Main article: 2012 NBA Draft
Year Round Pick Player NBA Team
2012 1 1 Anthony Davis New Orleans Hornets
2012 1 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Bobcats
2012 1 18 Terrence Jones Houston Rockets
2012 1 29 Marquis Teague Chicago Bulls
2012 2 42 Doron Lamb Milwaukee Bucks
2012 2 46 Darius Miller New Orleans Hornets

Overall[edit]

  • NCAA Champions, 8th in school history
  • SEC Regular Season Champions
  • Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic Champions
  • 38 victories is the most in NCAA history
  • 15th Final Four appearance and 2nd in two years
  • 16–0 in SEC play
  • 19–0 at home
  • 3rd consecutive NCAA Tournament
  • 344 blocks is the most in NCAA single season history
  • Anthony Davis set NCAA Freshman block record with 186

Team highs[edit]

  • Most Points Scored: 108 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Highest Point Differential: 50 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Most Field Goals Made: 46 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made: 15 vs Georgia, 3/1
  • Most Free Throws Made: 35 vs. Indiana, 3/23
  • Most Rebounds: 57 vs. Louisville, 12/31
  • Most Assists: 24 vs. Marist, 11/11
  • Highest Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: 5.0 vs. Portland, 11/26 (20 assists to 4 turnovers)
  • Most Blocks: 18 vs. St. John's, 12/1

Individual highs[edit]

  • Most Points: 28, Anthony Davis vs. Vanderbilt, 2/25
  • Most Rebounds: 19, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. Louisville 12/31
  • Most Three-Point Field Goals Made: 5, Doron Lamb vs. Iowa State (3/17) and Darius Miller vs. Georgia (3/1)
  • Most Assists: 10, Marquis Teague vs. Florida, 2/7
  • Most Steals: 4, Anthony Davis vs. Alabama, 1/21
  • Most Blocks: 9, Anthony Davis vs. South Carolina, 2/4

Individual awards[edit]

  • 2012 National Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (AP, Naismith, Robertson, Rupp, TSN, Wooden)
  • 2012 SEC Player of the Year: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 Consensus All-Americans: Anthony Davis (First Team), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Second Team)
  • 2012 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 All-SEC: Anthony Davis (First Team), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (First Team), Terrence Jones (Second Team), Doron Lamb (Second Team)
  • 2012 National Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (Driesell, NABC)
  • 2012 Pete Newell Big Man Award: Anthony Davis
  • 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year: Anthony Davis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division I Records" (PDF). pg 6. NCAA. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "2011–12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.