2011–12 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team

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2011–12 South Florida Bulls men's basketball
USF Bulls Wordmark.png
NCAA Tournament Midwest Region 12 Seed, Third Round
Conference Big East Conference
2011–12 record 22–14 (12–6 Big East)
Head coach Stan Heath
Assistant coach Andy Hipsher
Assistant coach Steve Roccaforte
Assistant coach Eric Skeeters
Home arena Tampa Bay Times Forum
Bob Martinez Sports Center
Lakeland Center
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
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 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team represented the University of South Florida Bulls during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 41st season of basketball for USF and its 7th season as a member of the Big East Conference. The team was coached by Stan Heath in his fifth year at the school. USF played its home games at Bob Martinez Sports Center, Lakeland Center, and Tampa Bay Times Forum (formerly St. Pete Times Forum prior to January 1, 2012) this season as their regular home venue, the USF Sun Dome, was under extensive renovations.

Off season[edit]

In June, USF received approval to begin a $35.6 million renovation on the USF Sun Dome. Completion is expected in April 2012.[2]

In September, the Muma Basketball Center was officially opened, giving the basketball programs at USF a state of the art training facility.[3]

At Big East Media day, USF was selected to finish in 14th place in the Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll.[4] Augustus Gilchrist was selected as a 2011-12 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention.[5]

Season Highlights[edit]

During the season, three USF players were honored by the Big East for their play. Jawanza Poland was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on January 23,[6] and Hugh Robertson received the same honor on February 13.[7] Freshman Point Guard Anthony Collins was named the Big East Rookie of the Week on February 20,[8] and a week later was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on February 27.[9]

At the conclusion of the regular season, Head Coach Stan Heath was named the Big East Coach of the Year. This was the first individual post-season award USF has received in the Big East.[10] Anthony Collins was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team.[11]

USF finished the regular season with a 19-12 overall record, and a 12-6 conference record. Their conference performance was the best in school history and resulted in being tied for 4th in the conference standings and receiving the #6 seed in the Big East Tournament.

After a 20-year drought, USF was selected to the 2012 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992. USF defeated California in the "First Four" in Dayton, Ohio, giving the school its first win in the NCAA Tournament. USF advanced to the main bracket as a #12 seed and played in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 2nd round, USF upset 5th seeded Temple, and fell in the 3rd round to 13th seeded Ohio.

USF finished the season with a final record of 22-14. This season set some historical records for the program; a tie for the most wins in a season (22, matching the total in 1982-83), most regular-season conference wins in a season (12 - it was the first time USF had ever had double-digit conference wins), and the first NCAA tournament win. In the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, USF received a single vote.[12]

Roster[13][edit]

# Name Position Height Weight Year Former school Hometown
1 Ron Anderson Forward 6–8 237 RS Senior Kansas State / McCallie School Upper Marlboro, MD
2 Victor Rudd Forward 6–7 221 RS Sophomore Arizona State / Findlay Prep Los Angeles, CA
5 Jawanza Poland Guard 6–4 200 Junior Hutchinson CC / Wichita East Wichita, KS
10 Mike McCloskey Guard 5–11 170 Junior Lake Brantley HS Orlando, FL
11 Anthony Collins Guard 6–1 180 Freshman Westbury Christian School Houston, TX
15 Blake Nash Guard 6–0 190 Sophomore Williston State / Fairfax HS Casa Grande, AZ
22 Shaun Noriega Guard 6–4 197 Junior North Port HS North Port, FL
24 Augustus Gilchrist Forward 6–10 235 Senior Maryland / Progressive Christian Academy Clinton, MD
25 Alberto Damour Forward 6–5 216 Senior Poinciana HS Poinciana, FL
32 Toarlyn Fitzpatrick Forward 6–8 243 Junior King HS Tampa, FL
34 Hugh Robertson Guard 6–6 200 Senior Tallahassee CC / Northeast HS Macon, GA
* Martino Brock Guard 6–5 190 Junior South Alabama / Maine Central Institute Memphis, TN
** Jordan Omogbehin Center 7–3 291 Freshman Atlantic Shores Christian Academy Lagos, Nigeria

* Will sit out season due to NCAA transfer rules.

** Will sit out season due to NCAA eligibility rules.

Schedule and results[14][edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 5, 2011*
7:30pm
at Tampa (DII) W 75–43 
Bob Martinez Sports Center 
Tampa, FL
Regular Season
November 12, 2011*
7:00pm
Vermont
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff
W 61–59  1–0
Bob Martinez Sports Center 
Tampa, FL
November 14*
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Marist
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff
W 81–67  2–0
St. Pete Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
November 16*
7:00pm
at Florida Southern (DII) W 73–43  3–0
Lakeland Center 
Lakeland, FL
November 19*
2:00pm, ESPN3
vs. Old Dominion
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff
L 66–68 OT 3–1
Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
November 20*
2:00pm, ESPN3
vs. Penn State
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff
L 49–53  3–2
Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
November 23*
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Georgia Southern W 66–46  4–2
St. Pete Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
November 26*
7:00pm
Florida Atlantic W 68–55  5–2
Bob Martinez Sports Center 
Tampa, FL
November 30*
7:30pm
at VCU L 46–69  5–3
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
December 3*
5:15pm, ESPN2
at No. 15 Kansas L 42–70  5–4
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, KS
December 11*
2:00pm, BHSN
Florida A&M W 83–59  6–4
Bob Martinez Sports Center 
Tampa, FL
December 14*
9:00pm, BHSN
at Auburn L 40–52  6–5
Auburn Arena 
Auburn, AL
December 19*
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Cleveland State W 70–55  7–5
St. Pete Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
December 22*
8:00pm
at Southern Miss L 51–53  7–6
Reed Green Coliseum 
Hattiesburg, MS
December 28
9:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
No. 9 Connecticut L 57–60  7–7 (0–1)
St. Pete Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
January 1, 2012
12:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Rutgers W 67–65  8–7 (1–1)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
January 5
8:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
at Villanova W 74–57  9–7 (2–1)
The Pavilion 
Villanova, PA
January 10
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
at Notre Dame L 49–60  9–8 (2–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
January 13
7:00pm, ESPN3
No. 24 Seton Hall W 56–55  10–8 (3–2)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
January 18
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
St. John's W 64–49  11–8 (4–2)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
January 22
2:00pm, ESPN3
at DePaul W 75–59  12–8 (5–2)
Allstate Arena 
Rosemont, IL
January 24
8:00pm, ESPN3
at No. 17 Marquette L 47–67  12–9 (5–3)
Bradley Center 
Milwaukee, WI
January 29
2:00pm, ESPN3
Providence W 81–78  13–9 (6–3)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
February 4
11:00am, ESPNU
at No. 9 Georgetown L 45–75  13–10 (6–4)
Verizon Center 
Washington, D.C.
February 8
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Pittsburgh W 63–51  14–10 (7–4)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
February 11
4:00pm, ESPN3
at Providence W 55–48  15–10 (8–4)
Dunkin' Donuts Center 
Providence, RI
February 15
7:00pm, ESPN2/ESPN3
Villanova W 65–51  16–10 (9–4)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
February 19
7:00pm, ESPN2
at Pittsburgh W 56–47  17–10 (10–4)
Petersen Events Center 
Pittsburgh, PA
February 22
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
at No. 2 Syracuse L 48–56  17–11 (10–5)
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, NY
February 26
12:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
Cincinnati W 46–45  18–11 (11–5)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
February 29
7:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
at No. 19 Louisville W 58–51  19–11 (12–5)
KFC Yum! Center 
Louisville, KY
March 3
12:00pm, BHSN/ESPN3
West Virginia L 44–50  19–12 (12–6)
Tampa Bay Times Forum 
Tampa, FL
2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
March 7
9:00pm, ESPN
vs. Villanova
2nd Round
W 56–47  20–12
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
March 8
9:00pm, ESPN
vs. No. 23 Notre Dame
Quarterfinals
L 53–57 OT 20–13
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 14*
9:00pm, truTV
No. (MW-12) vs. No. (MW-12) California
First Four
W 65–54  21–13
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, OH
March 16*
9:50pm, TNT
No. (MW-12) vs. No. (MW-5) Temple
Second Round
W 58–44  22–13
Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, TN
March 18*
7:10pm, TBS
No. (MW-12) vs. No. (MW-13) Ohio
Third Round
L 56–62  22–14
Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, TN
*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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