Tigers Picked Third in AAC Preseason Coaches Poll

The University of Memphis men's basketball squad was picked to finish third in the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, the league office released Oct. 16 at its inaugural media day at FedExForum.

The Tigers, which finished 2012-13 with a 31-5 overall record, received 68 points to place third, which was just one point behind second-place Connecticut with 69 points. Louisville, which received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 total points, was picked to win the 2013-14 conference regular-season championship.

Memphis swept the 2012-13 Conference USA regular-season and tournament crowns. The Tigers won the C-USA regular-season title with a perfect 16-0 league record in 2012-13.

Senior Joe Jackson was the lone Tiger to earn All-American Athletic Conference preseason honors, as he was a unanimous choice to the league's first team. Last year, the Tigers' 6-foot-1 guard was the Conference USA Player of the Year and an All-C-USA first team pick. Jackson led the Tigers with a 13.6 scoring average in 2012-13.

returning players

Anthony Cole Anthony Cole (G)
Has played in eight games ... Averaging 0.0 points and 0.6 rebounds ... Has one blocked shot and one steal.

Chris Crawford Chris Crawford (G)
Played in all 36 games and made 10 starts ... Started the season's first 10 games and then moved into the role of the squad's sixth man the remainder of the campaign ... Ranked among Conference USA leaders in assists (11th), steals (8th), three-pointers made per game (13th), three-point field goal percentage (9th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th).

Trey Draper Trey Draper (G)
Played in eight games ... Averaged 0.6 points ... Had one assist.

Shaq Goodwin Shaq Goodwin (F)
Played in all 36 games and started the final 33 contests ... Averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds ... Had 48 assists, 40 blocked shots (second on team) and 38 steals (fourth on team) ... Shot 46.6 percent from the floor and 62.8 percent from the free throw line ... Had 13 double-figure scoring games and two double-digit rebounding performances ... Posted 15 contests with five or more rebounds

Joe Jackson Joe Jackson (G)
Started all 36 games ... Led team with 1,175 minutes played (32.6 mpg) ... Also tops on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (173; 4.8 apg), steals (60; 1.7 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (44.7) ... Third on team in both field goal percentage (51.9) and free throw percentage (73.0) ... 2012-13 Conference USA Player of the Year

Geron Johnson Geron Johnson (G)
A junior college transfer from Garden City Community College in Kansas ... Saw action in 33 games and made 26 starts ... Averaged 10.4 points (tied for third on team), 4.6 rebounds (third on team) and 3.5 assists (second on team) ... Ranked among Conference USA leaders (overall games) in assists (10th), steals (2nd) and assist-turnover ratio (10th).

Damien Wilson Damien Wilson (G)
Originally from the Atlanta area, a member of the Atlanta Celtics AAU program ... The program has produced current NBA stars Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire.


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 2681 2337
Points per game 74.5 64.9
Scoring margin +9.6 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 976-2071 825-2038
Field goal pct .471 .405
3 POINT FG-ATT 220-592 204-619
3-point FG pct .372 .330
3-pt FG made per game 6.1 5.7
FREE THROWS-ATT 509-771 481-711
Free throw pct .660 .677
F-Throws made per game 14.1 13.4
REBOUNDS 1349 1205
Rebounds per game 37.5 33.5
Rebounding margin +4.0 -
ASSISTS 605 413
Assists per game 16.8 11.5
Turnovers per game 14.5 15.5
Turnover margin +0.9 -
Assist/turnover ratio 1.2 0.7
STEALS 321 266
Steals per game 8.9 7.4
BLOCKS 231 119
Blocks per game 6.4 3.3
ATTENDANCE 294,044 150,872
Home games-Avg/Game 18-16,336 10-8,238
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 8-8,562