Nov. 1, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis hosts LeMoyne-Owen College Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Tigers' first exhibition contest of the 2011-12 season.
The Tigers are ranked in both preseason national polls, coming in No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Memphis returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad.
LeMoyne Owen College enters Wednesday's exhibition having already played a regular season game this past weekend. The Magicians defeated Rust College 87-62 Oct. 29.
The Magicians return five players from last year's squad.
WHAT THE TIGERS DID A YEAR AGO
WHAT THE MAGICIANS DID A YEAR AGO
Memphis finished 2011-12 with a 25-10 overall record and a 10-6 Conference USA mark (4th place).
The Tigers won the 2011 Conference USA Tournament title with a thrilling 67-66 win over UTEP on the Miners' homecourt.
Joe Jackson was named the C-USA Tournament MVP.
With the C-USA Tournament title, Memphis earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where the No. 12 seed Tigers dropped a narrow 77-75 decision to No. 5 seed Arizona in the second round.
LeMoyne-Owen College finished 2011-12 with a 10-19 overall record and a 9-15 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) mark (tied 8th place).
The Magicians lost to Paine 68-65 in their opening game of the SIAC Tournament.
SCOUTING THE MAGICIANS
LeMoyne-Owen College won its 2011-12 season opener Oct. 29 with an 87-62 win over Rust College.
Senior Teshawn Byron led four Magicians in double figures with a game-high 23 points. Brandon Hopson (18 points), Deyquan Nesbitt (12) and Calvin Stoudemire (10) also netted double figures.
LeMoyne-Owen finished 2011-12 with a 10-19 overall record and a 9-15 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) mark (tied 8th place).
The Magicians return five players from last year's roster.
Junior forward Chris Brown is the team's leading returning scorer at 8.1 ppg.
Senior forward Calvin Stoudemire is the Magicians' top returning rebounder at 4.2 rpg.
Head coach William B. Anderson is in his third season at the helm of the LeMoyne-Owen College program.
Anderson, who also serves as the school's athletics director, has a 23-34 overall record in his two seasons.
PASTNER IN THIRD YEAR AT MEMPHIS
Josh Pastner (Arizona, 1998) is in his third season as head coach at the University of Memphis.
A Kingwood, Texas, native, Pastner was hired as the program's 17th head coach on Apr. 7, 2009.
Pastner has a record of 49-20 at Memphis in his two seasons.
Last year, Pastner guided Memphis to a 25-10 overall record and a 10-6 Conference USA mark. The Tigers won the 2011 C-USA Tournament title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
In his first year as head coach in 2009-10, Pastner's Tigers posted a 24-10 overall and a 13-3 C-USA mark. Memphis earned a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth and advanced to the second round.
Pastner served as an assistant coach for the Tigers in the 2008-09 season.
Prior to joining the Memphis basketball family, Pastner spent 12 years of his college basketball life at Arizona as a player, staff member and assistant coach.
While in Tucson, Pastner was a member of Wildcats squads that made 12-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and posted a 290-103 record (1997-2008).
Pastner was a player on the 1996-97 Arizona team that won the NCAA title.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Wednesday's exhibition contest between the Tigers and Magicians.
The squads combine to have 10 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
LeMoyne-Owen has two players -- Brandon Hopson and Turio Tumblin -- that call the Bluff City home.
On the Tigers' side, eight players hail from the Memphis area. Drew Barham, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Preston Laird and Adonis Thomas all are from Memphis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Memphis' Josh Pastner and LeMoyne-Owen's William Anderson were hired within two days of each other in the spring of 2009.
Memphis named Pastner its head coach on Apr. 7, 2009, while LeMoyne-Owen selected Anderson as its program's mentor on Apr. 9, 2009.
Both Pastner and Anderson roamed the sidelines in their first games as head coaches against each other on Nov. 3, 2009. The Tigers won that exhibition encounter 98-68 at FedExForum.
MEMPHIS RANKED IN PRESEASON POLLS
The Tigers find themselves in both national preseason polls this year, checking in at No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
It is the seventh time in the last eight seasons Memphis has been ranked in the preseason.
The No. 11 Associated Press poll preseason ranking is the second-highest since the turn of century (2000-01). The only Tigers team ranked higher in the Associated Press preseason poll was the 2007-08 squad (No. 3).
In its history, Memphis has been ranked a total of 19 times in the preseason polls. and the following shows that:
Year Rank Year Rank
2011-12 #11 1989-90 #24
2010-11 #19 1985-86 #14
2008-09 #13 1984-85 #5
2007-08 #3 1983-84 #5
2006-07 #13 1982-83 #6
2005-06 #12 1975-76 #19
2004-05 #24 1974-75 #15
2001-02 #12 1973-74 #20
1995-96 #12 1972-73 #11
TIGERS PICKED TO WIN C-USA, EARN NCAA TOURNEY BID
In most preseason publications, Memphis is the favorite to win the 2011-12 Conference USA regular season crown. The Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and CBSSports.com all pick the Tigers to finish first in the C-USA regular season standings.
Athlon Sports picked the Tigers to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm picked Memphis as the No. 2 seed in the South Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers would open play against the No. 15 seed Hampton in Nashville.
Lindy's ranked Memphis No. 13 in its preseason magazine.
Blue Ribbon College Yearbook ranked the Tigers No. 12 in its preseason poll.
Will Barton, Joe Jackson NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST
Will Barton and Joe Jackson both were named to the 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Committee announced on Oct. 3.
The Wooden Award has been given annually to college basketball's Player of the Year since 1976.
THOMAS SELECTED TO TISDALE WATCH LIST
Adonis Thomas was named to the 2011-12 the 2011-12 Wayman Tisdale Award preseason watch list, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Oct. 20.
The Tisdale Award is given annually to college basketball's Freshman of the Year.
Thomas was one of 12 freshmen from across the nation to be named to the Tisdale Award watch list.
In 2009, Memphis' Tyreke Evans was selected the USBWA National Freshman of the Year.
THREE TIGERS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-C-USA TEAMS
Three Tigers were named to the 2011-12 preseason All-Conference USA teams, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Will Barton was a preseason All-C-USA first team pick, while Tarik Black and Joe Jackson were selected to the All-C-USA second team.
In 2010-11, Barton was a preseason All-C-USA second team pick as a freshman.
MORE PRESEASON HONORS FOR TIGERS
In Lindy's hoops magazine, three Tigers were named to its All-Conference USA teams. Joe Jackson was selected to the first team, Will Barton the second team and Tarik Black the third team.
In The Sporting News college basketball preview, Will Barton and Tarik Black were named to the All-Conference USA Team.
Also in The Sporting News, Chris Crawford was selected Conference USA's Best Passer, Tarik Black C-USA's Best Shot Blocker, Antonio Barton the league's Best Under Pressure, Adonis Thomas C-USA's Top Freshman and Top NBA Prospect and head coach Josh Pastner the conference's Best Recruiter and Best Interview. Memphis was rated the league's Best Homecourt Advantage.
According to CBSSports.com, Memphis has four of college basketball's 100 players on its rosters. The website lists Will Barton at No. 31, Adonis Thomas at No. 37, Tarik Black at No. 41 and Joe Jackson at No. 60.
CBSSports.com also lists Adonis Thomas as the No. 7 freshman in the nation and named him to its preseason Freshman All-America second team.
CBSSports.com lists Joe Jackson among its top-15 point guards in the nation (No. 11), Will Barton among its top-15 wing men (No. 14) and Tarik Black among its top-20 big men (No. 16).
In its C-USA preview online, CBSSports.com picked Tarik Black and Will Barton to its All-C-USA first team and Adonis Thomas and Joe Jackson to its second team. Black was named C-USA Player of the Year and Break-Through Player, while Thomas was selected the C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
WHAT WE DID THIS SUMMER
The Tigers were busy during the summer of 2011.
Joe Jackson played with USA Basketball's U19 squad that participated in the FIBA World Championships in Latvia in late June/early July. He averaged just over 11 ppg in helping lead Team USA to a fifth-place finish at the Championships.
Will Barton participated in the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp in early June.
Drew Barham played with an Athletes In Action squad that toured East Asia in June.
Preston Laird was one of two Memphis student-athletes to attend in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in mid-June.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Tigers have eight players on their 2011-12 roster that call Memphis home. Drew Barham, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Trey Draper, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Preston Laird and Adonis Thomas all are from the Bluff City.
The 2011-12 Tigers have the most players from the city of Memphis on its roster since 1995-96 when there were nine players that called the Bluff City home.
Since 1981-82 (30 seasons ago), this year's eight players from the city of Memphis are tied for the seventh-most on a Tigers roster and the following shows that:
Year # of Players Year # of Players
1994-95 11 2011-12 8
1993-94 10 1992-93 8
1991-92 10 1990-91 8
1985-86 10 1988-89 8
1995-96 9 1987-88 8
1984-85 9 1986-87 8
TIGERS' NBA TIES
The Memphis staff has several NBA ties and the following lists those:
Position at Memphis NBA Tie
Jack Murphy/Asst. Advance Scout
Damon Stoudamire/Asst. Player
13 seasons (1995-2008)
Luke Walton/Asst. Player
Los Angeles Lakers
8 seasons (2003-11)
2 NBA titles
4 NBA Finals
Eric Sebastian/Dir. of Ops Dir. of Media Relations
Brad Anderson/Athletic Asst. Athletic Trainer
Trainer Portland Trail Blazers
Frank Matrisciano/ Trained several NBA
Life Changer players, including
2010-11 Rookie of the
Year Blake Griffin