Tigers Picked Third in American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
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Oct. 16, 2013


American Athletic Conference Media Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – 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 Wednesday 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.

The following is the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, along with the preseason all-conference teams and honors:

American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Louisville (9) 81
2. Connecticut (1) 69
3. Memphis 68
4. Cincinnati 58
5. Temple 40
6. SMU 39
7. Houston 28
8. USF 27
9. UCF 24
10. Rutgers 16

American Athletic Conference Preseason Teams
First Team
Sean Kilpatrick Guard Cincinnati
Shabazz Napier Guard Connecticut
Chane Behanan Forward Louisville
Russ Smith Guard Louisville
Joe Jackson Guard Memphis
Second Team
Isaiah Sykes Guard UCF
Ryan Boatright Guard Connecticut
TaShawn Thomas Forward Houston
Montrezl Harrell Forward Louisville
Anthony Collins Guard USF
Victor Rudd Forward USF

American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year
Russ Smith Guard Senior Louisville
American Athletic Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year
Keith Frazier Guard Freshman SMU



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