2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team

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2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
Louisville Cardinals wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 17
2011–12 record 30–10 (10–8 Big East)
Head coach Rick Pitino
Assistant coach Richard Pitino
Assistant coach Wyking Jones
Assistant coach Kevin Keatts
Home arena KFC Yum! Center
Seasons
2011–12 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#11 Marquette 14 4   .778     27 8   .771
Notre Dame 13 5   .722     22 12   .647
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     26 11   .703
#15 Georgetown 12 6   .667     24 9   .727
South Florida 12 6   .667     22 14   .611
#17 Louisville 10 8   .556     30 10   .750
West Virginia 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Connecticut 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Seton Hall 8 10   .444     21 13   .618
Rutgers 6 12   .333     14 18   .438
St. John's 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Pittsburgh 5 13   .278     22 17   .564
Villanova 5 13   .278     13 19   .406
Providence 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
DePaul 3 15   .167     12 19   .387
*#2 Syracuse 0 1   .000     0 3   .000
2012 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 31, 2012[1]
*Syracuse:: 30 reg. season games, 4 postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed record: Syracuse–(34–3)(17–1); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 98th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his eleventh season. The team played home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 30–10, 10–8 to finish in sixth place in Big East play. Louisville won the Big East Tournament Championship for the second time, defeating Cincinnati 50–44.[2] As a result of the win, the Cardinals received the conferences automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #4 seed. Louisville advanced to the Final Four for the 9th time in school history[3] before falling to eventual National Champion Kentucky 69–61.

Previous season[edit]

The Cardinals finished the 2010–11 season with a record 25–10, 12–6 to finish in a tie for third place in Big East play. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they were upset in the Second Round (Round of 64) by Morehead State.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
George Goode 0 C 6'8" 205 Senior Raytown, Missouri Graduated
Terrence Jennings 23 C 6'10" 240 Junior Sacramento, California Entered the 2011 NBA Draft
Preston Knowles 2 G 6'1" 170 Senior Winchester, Kentucky Graduated

Class of 2011 signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chane Behanan
PF
Cincinnati, OH Bowling Green High School (KY) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Sep 7, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Wayne Blackshear
SG
Chicago, IL Morgan Park High School (IL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Dec 25, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Angel Nunez
SF
Washington Heights, Manhattan Notre Dame Preparatory School (MA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Zach Price
C
Louisville, KY Jeffersontown High School (KY) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Sep 8, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Kevin Ware
SG
Conyers, Georgia Rockdale County High School (GA) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 167 lb (76 kg) May 31, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 7   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 5
  • 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 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 1 Nunez, AngelAngel Nunez 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) Washington Heights, New York
G 2 Smith, RussRuss Smith 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Briarwood, New York
G 3 Siva, PeytonPeyton Siva 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Franklin Seattle, Washington
F 4 Buckles, RakeemRakeem Buckles Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Monsignor Pace Miami, Florida
G 5 Smith, ChrisChris Smith (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr St. Benedict's Prep
Manhattan
Millstone, New Jersey
C 10 Dieng, GorguiGorgui Dieng 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) Kebemer, Senegal
C 12 Price, ZachZach Price 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Jeffersontown Louisville, Kentucky
G 14 Kuric, KyleKyle Kuric (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Memorial Evansville, Indiana
G 15 Henderson, TimTim Henderson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Christian Academy Louisville, Kentucky
F 21 Swopshire, JaredJared Swopshire 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) St. Louis, Missouri
G 22 Justice, ElishaElisha Justice (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Shelby Valley Dorton, Kentucky
G 23 Ware, KevinKevin Ware 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Rockdale County Conyers, Georgia
F 24 Behanan, ChaneChane Behanan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Bowling Green (Bowling Green, KY) Cincinnati, Ohio
G 25 Blackshear, WayneWayne Blackshear 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Morgan Park Chicago, Illinois
G 33 Marra, MikeMike Marra Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Northfield Mount Hermon (Mount Hermon, MA) Esmond, Rhode Island
F 44 Van Treese, StephenStephen Van Treese Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Lawrence North Indianapolis, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
October 26, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 9 Pikeville W 74–55 
 16  Behanan   15  Dieng   5  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (18,866)
Louisville, KY
November 3, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 9 Bellarmine W 62–54 
 14  Behanan/Swopshire   9  Behanan   3  C. Smith/Justice  KFC Yum! Center (19,911)
Louisville, KY
Regular Season
November 11, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 9 Tennessee-Martin
Global Sports Invitational
W 83–48  1–0
 14  Behanan/Kuric   12  Behanan   9  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (20,485)
Louisville, KY
November 13, 2011*
4:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 9 Lamar
Global Sports Invitational
W 68–48  2–0
 13  Swopshire   13  Behanan   3  Siva/Kuric  KFC Yum! Center (19,842)
Louisville, KY
November 19, 2011*
2:00 p.m., ESPN3
No. 8 at Butler W 69–53  3–0
 17  Kuric   7  Behanan   3  Kuric  Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,071)
Indianapolis, IN
November 22, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 7 Arkansas State
Global Sports Invitational
W 54–27  4–0
 12  Kuric   7  Dieng/Swopshire   7  C. Smith  KFC Yum! Center (20,323)
Louisville, KY
November 25, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 7 Ohio
Global Sports Invitational
W 59–54  5–0
 16  Kuric   16  Dieng   6  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (21,334)
Louisville, KY
November 28, 2011*
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 6 Long Beach State W 79–66  6–0
 18  C. Smith   7  Dieng   5  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (20,468)
Louisville, KY
December 2, 2011*
8:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 6 No. 19 Vanderbilt
2011 SEC–Big East Invitational
W 62–60 OT 7–0
 15  Kuric   10  Behanan   5  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,728)
Louisville, KY
December 7, 2011*
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 5 IUPUI W 90–60  8–0
 19  C. Smith   12  Dieng   8  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (20,604)
Louisville, KY
December 10, 2011*
4:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 5 Fairleigh Dickinson W 80–58  9–0
 18  Kuric   12  Dieng   9  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (20,264)
Louisville, KY
December 17, 2011*
4:00 p.m., CBS
No. 4 Memphis
Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout
W 95–87  10–0
 24  R. Smith   14  Dieng   9  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,733)
Louisville, KY
December 20, 2011*
9:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 4 College of Charleston W 69–62  11–0
 17  Kuric   10  Dieng   6  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (20,750)
Louisville, KY
December 23, 2011*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 4 WKU
Billy Minardi Classic
W 70–60  12–0
 23  R. Smith   15  Dieng   4  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,150)
Louisville, KY
December 28, 2011
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 4 No. 12 Georgetown L 68–71  12–1 (0–1)
 17  Kuric   11  Benhanan/Dieng   6  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,517)
Louisville, KY
December 31, 2011*
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 4 at No. 3 Kentucky
Battle for the Bluegrass
L 62–69  12–2 (0–1)
 30  R. Smith   5  Tied   4  Siva  Rupp Arena (24,387)
Lexington, KY
January 3, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 11 at St. John's W 73–58  13–2 (1–1)
 17  R. Smith   9  Dieng/Swopshire   7  R. Smith  Madison Square Garden (9,258)
New York, NY
January 7, 2011
4:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 11 Notre Dame L 63–67 2OT 13–3 (1–2)
 17  Behanan/Kuric   10  Behanan/Kuric   5  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,687)
Louisville, KY
January 10, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 14 at Providence L 59–90  13–4 (1–3)
 16  C. Smith   9  Kuric   4  C. Smith  Dunkin' Donuts Center (8,163)
Providence, RI
January 14, 2012
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 14 DePaul W 76–59  14–4 (2–3)
 25  R. Smith   12  Dieng   6  Siva/R. Smith  KFC Yum! Center (21,223)
Louisville, KY
January 16, 2012
3:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 23 at No. 21 Marquette L 63–74  14–5 (2–4)
 10  R. Smith   12  C. Behanan   8  P. Siva  Bradley Center (16,688)
Milwaukee, WI
January 21, 2012
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 23 at Pittsburgh
ESPN College GameDay
W 73–62  15–5 (3–4)
 21  Kuric   14  Deing   7  Siva  Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 25, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
Villanova W 84–74  16–5 (4–4)
 16  Siva   13  Dieng   5  Siva/R. Smith  KFC Yum! Center (21,219)
Louisville, KY
January 28, 2011
8:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
at Seton Hall W 60–51  17–5 (5–4)
 14  R. Smith   14  Dieng   4  Siva  Prudential Center (9,573)
Newark, NJ
February 4, 2012
4:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
Rutgers W 78–66  18–5 (6–4)
 23  Behanan   13  C. Smith   6  C. Smith  KFC Yum! Center (21,298)
Louisville, KY
February 6, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 24 Connecticut
Big Monday
W 80–59  19–5 (7–4)
 16  C. Smith   12  Behanan   9  P. Siva  KFC Yum! Center (21,804)
Louisville, KY
February 11, 2012
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 24 at West Virginia W 77–74  20–5 (8–4)
 17  Kuric   6  Behanan/Dieng   5  Siva  WVU Coliseum (11,254)
Morgantown, WV
February 13, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 19 No. 2 Syracuse
Big Monday
L 51–52  20–6 (8–5)
 16  Behanan   10  Dieng   4  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,738)
Louisville, KY
February 18, 2012
12:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 19 at DePaul W 90–82 OT 21–6 (9–5)
 25  Kuric   9  Dieng   6  Siva  Allstate Arena (13,674)
Rosemont, Illinois
February 23, 2012
9:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 17 at Cincinnati L 56–60  21–7 (9–6)
 14  Siva   13  Dieng   4  Siva  Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
Cincinnati, OH
February 26, 2012
2:00 p.m., CBS
No. 17 Pittsburgh W 57–54  22–7 (10–6)
 18  R. Smith   5  Dieng/Siva   5  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,746)
Louisville, KY
February 29, 2012
7:00 p.m., BEN/WHAS
No. 19 South Florida
Senior Night
L 51–58  22–8 (10–7)
 14  Kuric/C. Smith   7  Behanan   3  Siva  KFC Yum! Center (22,114)
Louisville, KY
March 3, 2012
4:00 p.m., CBS
No. 19 at No. 2 Syracuse L 49–58  22–9 (10–8)
 10  Behanan/R. Smith   12  Dieng   4  Siva  Carrier Dome (33,205)
Syracuse, NY
Big East Tournament
March 7, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
(7) vs. (10) Seton Hall
Second Round
W 61–55  23–9
 14  Siva   10  Dieng   3  Siva  Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
March 8, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
(7) vs. (2) No. 9 Marquette
Quarter Final
W 84–71  24–9
 20  Kuric   12  Swopshire   6  Siva  Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
March 9, 2012
9:00 p.m., ESPN
(7) vs. (3) No. 23 Notre Dame
Semi Final
W 64–50  25–9
 16  Dieng   6  Dieng   9  Siva  Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
March 10, 2012
7:00 p.m., ESPN
(7) vs. (4) Cincinnati
Final
W 50–44  26–9
 15  C. Smith   10  Dieng   5  Siva  Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2012*
1:40 p.m., TBS
(4 W) No. 17 vs. (13 W) Davidson
Second Round
W 69–62   27–9
 17  Siva   11  Behanan   6  Siva  Rose Garden Arena (17,519)
Portland, Oregon
March 17, 2012*
9:52 p.m., TBS
(4 W) No. 17 vs. (5 W) No. 21 New Mexico
Third Round
W 59–56   28–9
 17  R. Smith   10  Deng   5  Siva  Rose Garden Arena (17,519)
Portland, Oregon
March 22, 2012*
7:47 p.m., TBS
(4 W) No. 17 vs. (1 W) No. 5 Michigan State
Sweet Sixteen
W 57–44   29–9
 15  Behanan   9  Behanan/Dieng   9  Siva  US Airways Center (14,913)
Phoenix, Arizona
March 24, 2012*
4:33 p.m., CBS
(4 W) No. 17 vs. (7 W) No. 25 Florida
Elite Eight
W 72–68  30–9
 19  Smith   7  Behanan   8  Siva  US Airways Center (13,456)
Phoenix, Arizona
March 31, 2012*
6:09 p.m., CBS
(4 W) No. 17 vs. (1 S) No. 1 Kentucky
Final Four-National Semifinals
L 61–69   30–10
 11  Siva   12  Dieng   3  Siva  Mercedes-Benz Superdome (73,361)
New Orleans, LA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Awards[edit]

Big East Tournament Championship All-Tournament Team
Peyton Siva
Kyle Kuric
Gorgui Dieng
Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Peyton Siva
NCAA (West) Regional All-Tournament Team[4]
Peyton Siva
Chane Behanan
Gorgui Dieng
NCAA (West) Regional Most Outstanding Player
Chane Behanan

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 9 8 7 6 5 4 4 4 11 14 23 24 19 17 19 17
Coaches 8 7 7 6 4 4 4 4 10 15 21 25 25 23 18 17 18 17 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2011-12." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-31-12.
  2. ^ "Louisville edges Cincinnati to win Big East tournament for 2nd time". Louisville edges Cincinnati to win Big East tournament for 2nd time. AP – ESPN. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Louisville ends game on 23-8 run to stun Florida, reach Final Four". ESPN. 
  4. ^ "NCAA west region all tournament team". NCAA west region all tournament team. sbnation.