Aug 23, 2013
"What To Watch For" Notes For 2013-14
2013-14 Tigers Prospectus
At some time in the 2013-14 season, the Tigers will go over the 4-million mark for attendance at their home games in the 21st century.
From 2000-01 through 2012-13, Memphis has had 3,903,309 fans (15,600 per game average) witness the Tigers play in person at The Pyramid (2000-04) and FedExForum (2004-13).
Memphis has ranked among the top-20 in NCAA Division I attendance 12 of the past 13 seasons, including finishing 11th in 2012-13.
With its 11th victory in 2013-14, the Memphis program will record its 1,500th all-time win.
The Tigers enter 2013-14 with an all-time record of 1,489-844-1.
When the 1,500-win milestone is reached, Memphis will become the fifth American Athletic Conference school to do so (Temple, Louisville, Cincinnati, Connecticut).
On his current pace in all three statistical categories, Joe Jackson could become the second player in Memphis history to finish with over 1,500 points, 550 assists and 175 steals.
Jackson enters 2013-14 with 1,209 points, 413 assists and 137 steals.
If reached, Jackson would join former Tigers standout Elliot Perry as the only two players in program history to do so.
1.000 x 3/.995 in 4th
For the fourth-straight year, the Memphis basketball program received an NCAA Public Recognition Award for its impressive Academic Progress Rate (APR) marks.
The Tigers had a perfect 1.000 mark the previous three years and posted a near-perfect .995 in 2013.
Memphis was one of 35 teams to play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and also receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award.
Memphis was the only school in its previous conference (Conference USA) to receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2013.
Memphis is one of two schools in the American Athletic Conference to receive the NCAA accolade this year (Louisville was the other).
Chris Crawford enters 2013-14 season needing only 74 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career.
When reached, Crawford will be the 49th player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Last year, Memphis moved into the top-10 among NCAA Division I programs with 1,000-point scorers when Joe Jackson became Memphis' 48th player to reach the milestone.
359 in 21st
Memphis enters the 2013-14 season as the nation's third-winningest program in the 21st century. The Tigers have won 359 games since the turn of the century (2000-01 through 2012-13 seasons).
The Tigers only trail Kansas (389 wins) and Duke (388) on that list.
Louisville is the second-winning program over that span of time among American Athletic Conference schools with 322 victories.
Since 2005-06, Memphis is the NCAA Division I's second-winningest program with 243 victories, trailing only Kansas (253).
106 + 4 = 5th
Head coach Josh Pastner enters 2013-14 with 106 wins and needs only four more victories to move into the No. 5 spot for all-time wins at Memphis.
With his fourth win in 2013-14, Pastner will jump Bob Vanatta, who compiled a 109-34 record from 1956-62.
After he moves past Vanatta, Pastner will fall in behind Larry Finch (220 wins), John Calipari (214), Zach Curlin (173) and Dana Kirk (158) on the Tigers all-time coaching victories list.
Tiger Nation can mark down Oct. 18, 2013, as the day for Memphis Madness. The Tigers' annual preseason celebration will be held at FedExForum.
The first four Memphis Madnesses in head coach Josh Pastner's tenure have drawn capacity crowds.
Since he was hired in April of 2009, Josh Pastner has been on the NCAA Division I list of youngest head coaches. And, the 2013-14 season will be no different.
Entering the 2013-14 season, Pastner will be the 15th-youngest NCAA Division I head coach.
In 2012-13, Pastner was the 11th-youngest head coach at the Division I level.
December 14, 2013, will cap off an amazing calendar year for the Tigers off the court.
On that day, the ninth and 10th players to earn their bachelor's degrees in the 2013 calendar year will walk at December commencement.
Joe Jackson and Hippolyte Tsafack are the two Tigers that will walk at December commencement. Both earned their degrees at the end of the University's summer session, but were unable to walk at August's commencement due to prior commitments.
So, 10 Tigers will have graduated in the 2013 calendar year, including six juniors and four seniors.
By the time the 2014 portion of the 2013-14 schedule begins, the Tigers will have five players -- Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Jackson, David Pellom (George Washington graduate transfer) and Tsafack -- that have walked at commencement on their bench.
11x20 Win Seasons
Memphis enters the 2013-14 season as one of nine schools that has won 20 or more games each of the last 11 campaigns (2000-01 to 2012-13).
Memphis is one of two American Athletic Conference programs on that list, as Louisville is the other.
10th at FedExForum
The 2013-14 season is the 10th for the Tigers at FedExForum.
Memphis will play on a redesigned floor when it opens its 10th season at FedExForum. The floor will have a larger leaping Tiger M logo along with the city of Memphis skyline and bridge.
Memphis opened play at its current homecourt in the 2004-05 campaign.
The Tigers have a 162-18 record (.900 winning percentage) at FedExForum.
As of their summer roster, the Tigers have nine newcomers with seven freshmen and two transfers.
The nine newcomers are the most for a Memphis squad since the 1972-73 season. That squad had 10 newcomers, and many of those were available because 1972-73 was the first season of freshmen eligibility.
That 1972-73 Memphis team advanced to the NCAA title game.
For the fourth time in school history, Memphis is a charter member of a new conference. The Memphis athletics program became a charter member of the American Athletic Conference July 1, 2013.
The American Athletic Conference is the fourth-consecutive league in which Memphis has been a charter member.
Memphis was a charter member of the Metro Conference in 1975, Great Midwest Conference in 1991 and Conference USA in 1995.