2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team

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2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball
Minnesota Golden Gophers logo.svg
NIT Runner-up vs. Stanford, L 75–51
Conference Big Ten Conference
2011–12 record 23–15 (6–12 Big Ten)
Head coach Tubby Smith
Assistant coach Ron Jirsa
Assistant coach Saul Smith
Assistant coach Vince Taylor
Home arena Williams Arena
Seasons
2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
No. 13 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
No. 7 Ohio State 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
No. 14 Wisconsin 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
No. 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


The 2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team represented the University of Minnesota in the college basketball season of 2011–2012. The team's head coach, Tubby Smith was in his fifth year at Minnesota. The Golden Gophers played their home games at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., and are members of the newly expanded Big Ten Conference.

Season[edit]

With the departure of seniors Blake Hoffarber and Al Nolen, the Gophers entered the season under the leadership of returning members, including veterans Trevor Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III.

The Gophers also lost junior Colton Iverson, who transferred to play for the Colorado State Rams at the end of the previous season.[1]

On November 27, during the championship game of the Old Spice Classic, Trevor Mbakwe tore his ACL and missed the remainder of the season.[2]

Freshman guard Andre Hollins was named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the Big Ten Tournament championship game on March 11.[3]

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous team(s)
00 Julian Welch 6'3" 195 G Jr. Elk Grove, CA, U.S. Franklin HS
1 Andre Hollins 6'1" 200 G Fr. Memphis, TN, U.S. White Station HS
10 Oto Osenieks 6'8" 205 F RFr. Riga, Latvia Brehm Prep
11 Joe Coleman 6'4" 208 G Fr. Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Hopkins HS
13 Maverick Ahanmisi 6'2" 192 G So. Santa Clarita, CA, U.S. Stoneridge Prep
15 Maurice Walker 6'10" 289 F So. Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Brewster Academy
20 Austin Hollins 6'4" 185 G So. Germantown, TN, U.S. Germantown HS
22 Chris Halvorsen 6'8" 214 F RSo. St. Paul, MN, U.S. Henry Sibley HS
23 Chip Armelin 6'3" 198 G So. Sulphur, LA, U.S. Sulphur HS
30 Andre Ingram 6'7" 213 F Jr. Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Minnesota Transitions
32 Trevor Mbakwe 6'8" 245 F RSr. Saint Paul, MN, U.S. St. Bernard's HS
Miami Dade College
33 Rodney Williams 6'7" 200 F Jr. Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Robbinsdale Cooper HS
34 Kendal Shell 6'0" 190 G Fr. St. Louis, MO, U.S. Webster Groves HS
50 Ralph Sampson III 6'11" 241 F/C Sr. Duluth, GA, U.S. Northview HS
55 Elliott Eliason 6'11" 260 C RFr. Chadron, NE, U.S. Chadron HS

2011–12 schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/01/2011*
7:00 PM
Bemidji State W 71–58 
Williams Arena (10,653)
Minneapolis, MN
11/07/2011*
7:00 PM
Augustana College (SD) W 72–60 
Williams Arena (10,644)
Minneapolis, MN
Regular season
11/11/2011*
7:00 PM
Bucknell W 70–58  1–0
Williams Arena (11,976)
Minneapolis, MN
11/14/2011*
7:00 PM
South Dakota State W 71–55  2–0
Williams Arena (10,460)
Minneapolis, MN
11/17/2011*
6:00 PM, BTN
Fairfield W 67–57  3–0
Williams Arena (10,641)
Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2011*
7:00 PM
Mount St. Mary's W 85–56  4–0
Williams Arena (10,487)
Minneapolis, MN
11/24/2011*
1:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. DePaul
Old Spice Classic Quarterfinal
W 86–85  5–0
HP Field House (3,170)
Orlando, FL
11/25/2011*
11:00 AM, ESPN
vs. Indiana State
Old Spice Classic Semifinal
W 76–69  6–0
HP Field House (3,377)
Orlando, FL
11/27/2011*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Dayton
Old Spice Classic Championship
L 70–86  6–1
HP Field House (3,874)
Orlando, FL
11/30/2011*
8:15 PM, ESPN2
Virginia Tech
ACC – Big Ten Challenge
W 58–55  7–1
Williams Arena (10,487)
Minneapolis, MN
12/03/2011*
1:15 PM, BTN
USC W 55–40  8–1
Williams Arena (11,762)
Minneapolis, MN
12/06/2011*
7:00 PM, BTN
Appalachian State W 70–56  9–1
Williams Arena (10,782)
Minneapolis, MN
12/10/2011*
12:00 PM
St. Peter's W 69–47  10–1
Williams Arena (11,007)
Minneapolis, MN
12/13/2011*
8:00 PM, ESPN
Central Michigan W 76–56  11–1
Williams Arena (10,290)
Minneapolis, MN
12/22/2011*
7:00 PM
North Dakota State W 63–59  12–1
Williams Arena (11,681)
Minneapolis, MN
Big Ten regular season
12/27/2011
6:30 PM, BTN
at Illinois L 72–81 2OT 12–2
(0–1)
Assembly Hall (15,549)
Champaign, IL
01/01/2012
3:00 PM, BTN
at No. 18 Michigan L 56–61  12–3
(0–2)
Crisler Arena (12,721)
Ann Arbor, MI
01/04/2012
8:00 PM, BTN
Iowa L 62–64  12–4
(0–3)
Williams Arena (12,018)
Minneapolis, MN
01/08/2012
5:00 PM, BTN
Purdue L 66–79  12–5
(0–4)
Williams Arena (11,761)
Minneapolis, MN
01/12/2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at No. 7 Indiana W 77–74  13–5
(1–4)
Assembly Hall (17,373)
Bloomington, IN
01/15/2012
3:00 PM, BTN
at Penn State W 80–66  14–5
(2–4)
Bryce Jordan Center (9,065)
University Park, PA
01/22/2012
3:00 PM, BTN
Northwestern W 75–52  15–5
(3–4)
Williams Arena (12,219)
Minneapolis, MN
01/25/2012
7:30 PM, BTN
at No. 10 Michigan State L 52–68  15–6
(3–5)
Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
01/28/2012
7:00 PM, BTN
Illinois W 77–72 OT 16–6
(4–5)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
02/01/2012
7:30 PM, BTN
at Iowa L 59–63  16–7
(4–6)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (11,232)
Iowa City, IA
02/05/2012
12:00 PM, BTN
at Nebraska W 69–61  17–7
(5–6)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (9,857)
Lincoln, NE
02/09/2012
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 21 Wisconsin L 61–68 OT 17–8
(5–7)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
02/14/2012
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 Ohio State L 68–78  17–9
(5–8)
Williams Arena (13,245)
Minneapolis, MN
02/18/2012
6:00 PM, BTN
at Northwestern L 53–64  17–10
(5–9)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,522)
Evanston, IL
02/22/2012
7:30 PM, BTN
No. 6 Michigan State L 61–66  17–11
(5–10)
Williams Arena (13,331)
Minneapolis, MN
02/26/2012
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 23 Indiana L 50–69  17–12
(5–11)
Williams Arena (11,421)
Minneapolis, MN
02/28/2012
7:00 PM, BTN
at No. 14 Wisconsin L 45–52  17–13
(5–12)
Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
03/03/2012
11:30 AM, BTN
Nebraska W 81–69  18–13
(6–12)
Williams Arena (11,262)
Minneapolis, MN
2012 Big Ten Tournament
03/08/2012
4:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Northwestern
First Round
W 75–68 OT 19–13
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (17,257)
Indianapolis, IN
03/09/2012
5:30 PM, BTN
vs. No. 10 Michigan
Quarterfinals
L 69–73 OT 19–14
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,484)
Indianapolis, IN
2012 National Invitation Tournament
03/14/2012*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
at La Salle
First Round
W 70–61  20–14
Tom Gola Arena (3,023)
Philadelphia, PA
03/19/2012*
8:00 PM, ESPN
at Miami
Second Round
W 78–60  21–14
BankUnited Center (1,649)
Coral Gables, FL
03/21/2012*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
at Middle Tennessee
Quarterfinals
W 78–72  22–14
Murphy Center (10,521)
Murfreesboro, TN
03/27/2012*
8:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Washington
Semifinals
W 68–67 OT 23–14
Madison Square Garden (7,574)
New York, NY
03/29/2012*
6:00 PM, ESPN
vs. Stanford
Championship
L 51–75  23–15
Madison Square Garden (5,494)
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

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 RV RV RV NR
Coaches NR
  Increase in ranking     Decrease in ranking     No change   RV   Received votes   NR   Not ranked

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CSU basketball adds Minnesota transfer Iverson". Danny Mattie. Colorado State University. April 11, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gophers lose Trevor Mbakwe for season". Myron Medcalf. ESPN.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Michigan State-Ohio State Postgame Notes". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012.