2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team

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2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
NCAA Tournament Round of 64
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches No. 25
AP No. 23
2011–12 record 22–12 (13–5 Big East)
Head coach Mike Brey
Assistant coach Anthony Solomon
Assistant coach Rod Balanis
Assistant coach Martin Ingelsby
Home arena Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Seasons
2011–12 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 Marquette 14 4   .778     27 8   .771
Notre Dame 13 5   .722     22 12   .647
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     26 11   .703
No. 15 Georgetown 12 6   .667     24 9   .727
South Florida 12 6   .667     22 14   .611
No. 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
*No. 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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team represented the University of Notre Dame in the sport of basketball during the 2011–12 college basketball season. The Fighting Irish compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big East Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Brey, and played their home games at the Edmund P. Joyce Center Notre Dame, Indiana.

Previous season[edit]

The Fighting Irish finished the 2010–11 season 27–7, 14–4 in Big East play, finishing second place behind Pittsburgh. Ben Hansbrough was named Big East Player of the Year, and Mike Brey was named Big East Coach of the Year for the third time. Brey was also named National Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated & CBSSports.com, and the recipient of the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year award.

The Irish were defeated in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament by Louisville. They earned a #2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, the program's highest seeding since 1981, where they were eliminated in the third round by Florida State.

Preseason[edit]

Roster changes and recruiting[edit]

Notre Dame lost team captains Hansbrough & Tyrone Nash to graduation. Additionally, forward Carleton Scott surprised many by declaring for the NBA Draft,[2] forgoing his final season of eligibility. All three players went undrafted and signed contracts to play in Europe. Notre Dame welcomed one transfer in center Garrick Sherman from Michigan State,[3] who will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2011–12 season.

Notre Dame recruited two players from the high school senior class of 2010–11:

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Pat Connaughton
SF
Arlington, MA St. John's Prep 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 19, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92
Eric Katenda
PF
Wichita, KS Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 26, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR
  • 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:

Both Katenda and Connaughton were expected to contribute in their freshman season. However, Katenda suffered a "freak injury"[4] to his left eye during a summer pick-up game, leaving him with a permanently damaged optic nerve. The injury, combined with an academic issue with the NCAA, delayed his enrollment at Notre Dame until January 2012. He will sit out the remainder of the season but is expected to play again.[5]

Awards/Honors[edit]

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Atkins, EricEric Atkins (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) So Mount Saint Joseph Columbia, Maryland
G 4 Crowley, PatrickPatrick Crowley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So St. Francis Los Gatos, California
C 11 Sherman, GarrickGarrick Sherman (I) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) Jr Kenton / Michigan State Kenton, Ohio
G 12 Dragicevich, AlexAlex Dragicevich 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) So Glenbrook North Northbrook, Illinois
F 14 Martin, ScottScott Martin (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Valparaiso / Purdue Valparaiso, Indiana
F 21 Abromaitis, TimTim Abromaitis Injured (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 236 lb (107 kg) GS Farmington Unionville, Connecticut
G 22 Grant, JerianJerian Grant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So DeMatha Bowie, Maryland
G/F 24 Connaughton, PatPat Connaughton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Fr St. John's Prep Arlington, Massachusetts
F 25 Knight, TomTom Knight 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Dirigo Dixfield, Maine
G 32 Brooks, JoeyJoey Brooks 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Strake Jesuit College Prep Houston, Texas
F 33 Broghammer, MikeMike Broghammer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Jr Hopkins Orono, Minnesota
F 45 Cooley, JackJack Cooley 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Jr Glenbrook South Glenview, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2011-11-30

  • Sherman is not eligible to play under NCAA transfer rules.

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[9]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/1/2011*
7:30pm
St. Xavier W 90–72 
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,578)
Notre Dame, IN
11/7/2011*
7:30pm
Stonehill College W 92–70 
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,567)
Notre Dame, IN
Regular Season
11/12/2011*
2:00pm
Mississippi Valley State W 80–67  1–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,087)
Notre Dame, IN
11/14/2011*
9:00pm, ESPNU
Detroit
CBE Classic
W 59–53  2–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,720)
Notre Dame, IN
11/16/2011*
7:30pm
Sam Houston State
CBE Classic
W 74–41  3–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (6,614)
Notre Dame, IN
11/18/2011*
9:00pm
Delaware State W 93–69  4–0
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,826)
Notre Dame, IN
11/21/2011*
7:30pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 21 Missouri
CBE Classic
L 58–87  4–1
Sprint Center (11,436)
Kansas City, MO
11/22/2011*
7:45pm, ESPNU
vs. Georgia
CBE Classic
L 57–61  4–2
Sprint Center (10,747)
Kansas City, MO
11/27/2011*
2:00pm
Bryant W 84–59  5–2
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,138)
Notre Dame, IN
11/30/2011*
11:15 pm, ESPN2
at No. 18 Gonzaga L 53–73  5–3
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/4/2011*
4:45 pm, MASN/Versus
vs. Maryland
BB&T Classic
L 71–78  5–4
Verizon Center (10,714)
Washington, DC
12/8/2011*
7:30 pm
Maine W 87–78  6–4
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,024)
Notre Dame, IN
12/10/2011*
7:30 pm
Dartmouth W 65–47  7–4
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,651)
Notre Dame, IN
12/17/2011*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 18 Indiana
Crossroads Classic
L 58–69  7–5
Conseco Fieldhouse (19,064)
Indianapolis, IN
12/19/2011*
7:30 pm
Sacred Heart W 106–65  8–5
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,042)
Notre Dame, IN
12/27/2011
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 22 Pittsburgh W 72–59  9–5 (1–0)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,231)
Notre Dame, IN
1/4/2012
7:00 pm, Big East Network
at Cincinnati L 71–55  9–6 (1–1)
Fifth Third Arena (10,142)
Cincinnati, OH
1/7/2012
4:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 11 Louisville W 67–65 2OT 10–6 (2–1)
KFC Yum! Center (22,687)
Louisville, KY
1/10/2012
7:00 pm, Big East Network
South Florida W 60–49  11–6 (3–1)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,075)
Notre Dame, IN
1/14/2012
11:00 am, ESPN2
No. 17 Connecticut L 53–67  11–7 (3–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
1/16/2012
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Rutgers L 58–65  11–8 (3–3)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (6,334)
Piscataway, NJ
1/21/2012
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 Syracuse W 67–58  12–8 (4–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
1/25/2012
8:00 pm, Big East Network
at Seton Hall W 55–42  13–8 (5–3)
Prudential Center (8,421)
Newark, NJ
1/29/2012
12:00 pm, Big East Network
at No. 24 Connecticut W 50–48  14–8 (6–3)
XL Center (16,294)
Hartford, CT
2/4/2012
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 15 Marquette W 76–59  15–8 (7–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
2/8/2012
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at West Virginia W 55–51  16–8 (8–3)
WVU Coliseum (9,258)
Morgantown, WV
2/11/2012
12:00 pm, Big East Network
DePaul W 84–76  17–8 (9–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
2/15/2012
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 23 Rutgers W 71–53  18–8 (10–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,557)
Notre Dame, IN
2/18/2012
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 23 at Villanova W 74–70 OT 19–8 (11–3)
Wells Fargo Center (15,939)
Philadelphia, PA
2/22/2012
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 West Virginia W 71–44  20–8 (12–3)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (8,265)
Notre Dame, IN
2/25/2012
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 20 at St. John's L 58–61  20–9 (12–4)
Madison Square Garden (11,436)
New York, NY
2/27/2012
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 at No. 11 Georgetown L 41–59  20–10 (12–5)
Verizon Center (14,514)
Washington, DC
3/2/2012
7:00 pm, Big East Network
No. 20 Providence W 75–69  21–10 (13–5)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
Big East Tournament
3/8/2012
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 23 vs. South Florida
Quarterfinals
W 57–53 OT 22–10
Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
3/9/2012
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 23 vs. Louisville
Semifinals
L 50–64  22–11
Madison Square Garden (20,057)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
3/16/2012*
9:45 pm, CBS
No. 23 (S 7) vs. (S 10) Xavier
Second Round
L 67–63  22-12
Greenboro Coliseum (16,523)
Greensboro, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

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