2010–11 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2010–11 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers M Logo.png
Conference USA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Conference USA
2010–11 record 25–10 (10–6 C-USA)
Head coach Josh Pastner (2nd year)
Assistant coach Glynn Cyprien
Assistant coach Jack Murphy
Assistant coach Willis Wilson
Home arena FedExForum
Seasons
« 2009–10 2011–12 »
2010–11 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UAB 12 4   .750     22 9   .710
Tulsa 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
UTEP 11 5   .688     25 10   .714
Memphis 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
Southern Miss 9 7   .563     22 10   .688
Marshall 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Southern Methodist 8 8   .500     20 15   .571
East Carolina 8 8   .500     18 16   .529
UCF 6 10   .375     21 12   .636
Rice 5 11   .313     14 18   .438
Houston 4 12   .250     12 18   .400
Tulane 3 13   .188     13 17   .433
2011 CUSA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represented the University of Memphis in the 2010–11 college basketball season, the 90th season of Tiger basketball. The Tigers were coached by head coach Josh Pastner (assisted by Glynn Cyprien, Jack Murphy, and Willis Wilson), and played their home games at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. They are members of Conference USA. They finished the season 25–10, 10–6 in C-USA play and won the 2011 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament to earn an automatic bid in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they lost in the second round to Arizona.

Pre-Season[edit]

The 2009–10 Memphis Tigers finished the season with a record of 24–10 (13–3 C-USA). The Tigers finished in second place in C-USA, but were upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by 7 seed and ultimate champion, Houston. For the first time since 2005, the Tigers did not earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers accepted an invitation to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament, beating St. John's before being defeated by Ole Miss in the Second Round.[1]

The Tigers signed a number of highly rated recruits before the 2010–2011 season began, including three native Memphians: Tarik Black of Ridgeway High School, Joe Jackson of White Station High School, and Chris Crawford of Sheffield High School. The incoming freshman class of 2010 also included Will Barton and his brother, Antonio Barton, Jelan Kendrick, and Hippolyte Tsafack. The signing class, which included three All-Americans (Jackson, Will Barton, Kendrick), was rated the country's second best.[2]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Tyler Foster 35 G/F 6' 5" 185 Freshman Albany, New York Walk-on
James Harvey, Jr. 2 G 6' 2" 200 Freshman Memphis, Tennessee Walk-on
Pierre Henderson-Niles 1 F 6' 8" 278 Senior Memphis, Tennessee Left team on Feb. 8, 2010
Aaron Jacques 54 F 6' 6" 200 Senior Bartlett, Tennessee Walk-on
Willie Kemp 5 G 6' 2" 184 Senior Bolivar, Tennessee 4th all-time in games played (147)
6th all-time in 3-pt FGs made (162)
Doneal Mack 20 G 6' 5" 187 Senior Charlotte, North Carolina 3rd all-time in 3-pt FGs made (239)
5th all-time in games played (145)
27th all-time in points scored (1,191)
46th player to score 1,000+ points
Roburt Sallie 3 G 6' 5" 196 Junior Sacramento, California Will graduate and transfer
1st all-time in career 3-pt percentage (44.7%, 174–389)
1st all-time in single-season 3-pt percentage (47%, 55–117)
1st all-time in 3-pt FGs (10) and points scored (35) in NCAA tournament game
Holds NCAA record for 3-pt FGs made in NCAA tournament (10)
Malik Thomas 32 G/F 6' 4" 195 Freshman Forestville, Maryland Walk-on
Elliot Williams 15 G 6' 5" 180 Sophomore Memphis, Tennessee Led team scoring average with 17.9 ppg (610 pts)
Drafted 22nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers[3]

Statistics accurate as of 29 March 2010.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Antonio Barton
PG
Baltimore, MD Notre Dame Prep (MA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 6, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Will Barton
SG
Baltimore, MD Brewster Academy (NH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 6, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Tarik Black
C
Memphis, TN Ridgeway 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Nov 16, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Chris Crawford
SG
Memphis, TN Sheffield 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oct 1, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Joe Jackson
PG
Memphis, TN White Station 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Sep 11, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Jelan Kendrick
SF
Marietta, GA Wheeler 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Nov 14, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Hippolyte Tsafack
PF
Yaoundé The Miller School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Nov 11, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2   Rivals: 2  ESPN: 4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Carmouche, Charles G 6' 2" 175 Junior New Orleans, Louisiana Transferred from University of New Orleans

Season summary[edit]

The Tigers began the 2010–2011 season ranked 19th in the AP Poll and the pre-season favorite to win the Conference USA championship. Prior to the team's first regular season game with Centenary, Jelan Kendrick was suspended. After the game, Kendrick asked for permission to seek a transfer and was released.[4]

The team announced on December 10, 2010 that junior forward Wesley Witherspoon would be out a number of weeks as a result of knee surgery.[5] On December 12, 2010, junior forward Angel Garcia left the Tigers to play professionally in Spain.[6]

Highlights of the regular season included wins over pre-season No. 12 Gonzaga and two victories each against both Southern Miss and UAB. However, beset by injuries, transfers, suspensions, and inconsistent play from their heralded freshmen and upperclassmen, the Tigers underachieved relative to their pre-season expectations during a majority of their regular season schedule. The Tigers suffered their worst margin of defeat in the FedEx Forum in several years in their loss to then No. 10 Georgetown on December 23, 2010 by a score of 69–86. The Tigers also lost at Rice, SMU, and East Carolina during their Conference USA schedule.

The Tigers entered the 2011 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament as the 4 seed with a 22–9 overall record and 10–6 record in conference. Tournament MVP Joe Jackson led the Tigers to the tournament championship, defeating 5 seed Southern Miss, 8 seed East Carolina, and 3 seed UTEP, which was playing at home, for the conference crown. Jackson sealed the victory against UTEP in the championship game in dramatic fashion, scoring the final two of his 17 points on two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining, causing the Tigers to take their first lead of the game.[7]

The Tigers earned a 12 seed in the 2011 NCAA tournament, where they were defeated by 5th seeded Arizona Wildcats on Friday March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma by a score of 77–75.

Roster[edit]

2010–11 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Coleman, WillWill Coleman (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Columbus, Georgia
G 1 Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 2 Barton, AntonioAntonio Barton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
G 3 Crawford, ChrisChris Crawford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 4 Carmouche, CharlesCharles Carmouche 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr New Orleans, Louisiana
G 5 Barton, WillWill Barton 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
C 10 Black, TarikTarik Black (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 252 lb (114 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G/F 11 Witherspoon, WesleyWesley Witherspoon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Atlanta, Georgia
G/F 12 Barham, DrewDrew Barham 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 194 lb (88 kg) So Cordova, Tennessee
F 14 Tsafack, HippolyteHippolyte Tsafack Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Fr Yaoundé, Cameroon
G 15 Draper, TreyTrey Draper 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 23 Holt, CharlesCharles Holt 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Jackson, Tennessee
G/F 30 Stephens, D. J.D. J. Stephens 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Killeen, Texas
G 31 Laird, PrestonPreston Laird 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jr Memphis, Tennessee
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 15 September 2010

Schedule[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
Wed, Nov 3* #19 LeMoyne-Owen W 106–49  FedExForum
Tue, Nov 9* #19 Christian Brothers W 75–49  FedExForum
Regular Season
Fri, Nov 12* #19 Centenary W 104–40  1–0 FedExForum (17,792)
Mon, Nov 15* #19 Miami (FL)
(College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon)
W 72–68  2–0 FedExForum (17,873)
Wed, Nov 17* #19 Northwestern State W 94–79  3–0 FedExForum (16,215)
Sun, Nov 21* #19 vs. Louisiana State W 70–61  4–0 BancorpSouth Arena (7,941)
Tue, Nov 23* #14 Tennessee–Martin W 102–80  5–0 FedExForum (15,909)
Wed, Dec 1* #14 Arkansas State W 78–71 OT 6–0 FedExForum (16,342)
Sat, Dec 4* #14 Western Kentucky W 77–61  7–0 FedExForum (17,171)
Tue, Dec 7* #13 vs. #4 Kansas
(Jimmy V. Classic)
L 68–81  7–1 Madison Square Garden (19,391)
Thu, Dec 16* #18 Austin Peay W 70–68 OT 8–1 FedExForum (16,347)
Mon, Dec 20* #16 TAMU–CC W 68–63  9–1 FedExForum (16,187)
Thu, Dec 23* #16 #10 Georgetown L 69–86  9–2 FedExForum (17,842)
Thu, Dec 30* #21 Lipscomb W 88–70  10–2 FedExForum (17,368)
Sun, Jan 2* #21 Tennessee State W 91–86  11–2 FedExForum (15,831)
Wed, Jan 5* #21 at Tennessee L 84–104  11–3 Thompson–Boling Arena (18,664)
Sat, Jan 8 #21 East Carolina W 61–58  12–3 (1–0) FedExForum (16,058)
Wed, Jan 12 at SMU L 58–64  12–4 (1–1) Moody Coliseum (2,509)
Sat, Jan 15 Marshall W 77–61  13–4 (2–1) FedExForum (15,877)
Wed, Jan 19 at Southern Miss W 76–75  14–4 (3–1) Reed Green Coliseum (5,864)
Sat, Jan 22 at UAB W 76–73 OT 15–4 (4–1) Bartow Arena (9,119)
Wed, Jan 26 UCF W 77–61  16–4 (5–1) FedExForum (17,086)
Sat, Jan 29 at Marshall L 70–85  16–5 (5–2) Cam Henderson Center (7,614)
Wed, Feb 2 Tulsa L 65–68  16–6 (5–3) FedExForum (15,953)
Sat, Feb 5* at Gonzaga W 62–58  17–6 Spokane Arena (10,778)
Wed, Feb 9 at UCF W 63–62  18–6 (6–3) UCF Arena (7,076)
Sat, Feb 12 Southern Miss W 67–61  19–6 (7–3) FedExForum (18,104)
Wed, Feb 16 UAB W 62–58  20–6 (8–3) FedExForum (16,818)
Sat, Feb 19 at Rice L 52–67  20–7 (8–4) Tudor Fieldhouse (2,324)
Tue, Feb 22 Houston W 69–58  21–7 (9–4) FedExForum (16,550)
Sat, Feb 26 at UTEP L 47–74  21–8 (9–5) Don Haskins Center (11,334)
Wed, Mar 2 at East Carolina L 57–68  21–9 (9–6) Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (5,856)
Sat, Mar 5 Tulane W 66–61  22–9 (10–6) FedExForum (17,278)
2011 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 10 vs. Southern Miss
(Quarterfinals)
W 66–63  23–9 Don Haskins Center (7,085)
Fri, Mar 11 vs. East Carolina
(Semifinals)
W 76–56  24–9 Don Haskins Center (9,496)
Sat, Mar 12 at UTEP
(Championship Game)
W 67–66  25–9 Don Haskins Center (11,769)
2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Fri, Mar 18* vs. #17 Arizona
(Second Round)
L 75–77  25–10 BOK Center (12,631)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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