2013–14 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2013–14 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers M Logo.png
Old Spice Classic Champions
NCAA Third Round vs. Virginia, L 60–78
Conference American Athletic Conference
2013–14 record 24–10 (12–6 AAC)
Head coach Josh Pastner (5th year)
Assistant coach Robert Kirby
Assistant coach Aki Collins
Assistant coach Jason Gardner
Home arena FedExForum
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Louisville 15 3   .833     31 6   .838
#15 Cincinnati 15 3   .833     27 7   .794
#18 Connecticut 12 6   .667     32 8   .800
SMU 12 6   .667     27 10   .730
Memphis 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
Houston 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     12 21   .364
UCF 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
Temple 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
South Florida 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
AAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013–14 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represented the University of Memphis in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the 93rd season of Tiger basketball. The Tigers played their home games at the FedExForum in Memphis. The 2013–14 season was the first season the Tigers participated in the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 24–10, 12–6 in AAC play to finish in a three way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to Connecticut. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated George Washington in the second round before losing in the third round to Virginia.

Previous season[edit]

The 2012–13 Memphis Tigers finished the season with a record of 31–5 (16–0 C-USA) and ranked 19th in the AP poll. The Tigers won the regular season C-USA title as well as the 2013 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament to secure a berth in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 6 seed in the Midwest. The Tigers defeated 11 seed St. Mary's, the first tournament win for Josh Pastner, before falling to 3 seed Michigan State in their second game.

Off-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

  • #2 Antonio Barton, junior guard, graduate transfer to Tennessee
  • #10 Tarik Black, junior forward/center, graduate transfer to Kansas
  • #0 Ferrakohn Hall, senior forward
  • #23 Charles Holt, senior guard
  • #32 Stan Simpson, senior center
  • #30 D. J. Stephens, senior forward
  • #4 Adonis Thomas, sophomore forward, declared for NBA draft

Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Dixon, MichaelMichael Dixon G 6' 1" 190 Senior Kansas City, MO Transfer from Missouri
Pellom, DavidDavid Pellom F 6' 8" 220 Senior Wilmington, NC Graduate transfer from George Washington

Recruiting[edit]

The Tigers' 2013 recruiting class was ranked as the third best class in the country by ESPN and Rivals.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Sam Craft
PG (on football scholarship)
Memphis, TN Olive Branch 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 5, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:2/5 stars
Markel Crawford
SG
Memphis, TN Melrose 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Aug 8, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Kuran Iverson
SF
Windsor, CT Fishburne Military School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 25, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:4/5 stars
Nick King
SF
Memphis, TN East 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Aug 27, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:4/5 stars
Austin Nichols
PF
Eads, Tennessee Briarcrest 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 5, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:5/5 stars
Rashawn "Pookie" Powell
PG
Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 15, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:4/5 stars
Dominic Woodson
C
Round Rock, TX Huntington Prep 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 290 lb (130 kg) May 29, 2013 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #2   Rivals: #3  ESPN: #2
  • 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:

Season summary[edit]

The Tigers entered the 2013-14 season ranked 13th in both the AP and Coaches polls. On October 30, Memphis announced that freshman Kuran Iverson would be suspended by the NCAA for the team's first regular season game against Austin Peay due to his participation in an unauthorized summer league game near his home in Connecticut.[2] On November 7, senior forward David Pellom underwent knee surgery which was expected to prevent him from playing for five weeks.[3] However, Pellom was able to return to limited game action by November 28.

In their first game against a ranked opponent, the Tigers were defeated by then #7 Oklahoma State in dominating fashion. Marcus Smart scored 39 points en route to a 21 point victory over the Tigers.[4]

The Tigers participated in the Old Spice Classic, an early season tournament in Orlando. The field for the Old Spice also included LSU, Purdue, Butler, Washington State, St. Joseph's, Siena, and Oklahoma State. The Tigers defeated Siena in the first round and LSU in the semifinal. They again faced Oklahoma State, then the fifth ranked team in the country, in the final on December 1. The Tigers defeated the Cowboys by 5, marking Josh Pasner's first win over an AP top 25 team. Shaq Goodwin was named MVP of the tournament, and Austin Nichols was named to the all-tournament team.

The Tigers' next big out of conference game occurred on December 17 in the Jimmy V Classic against #16 Florida. The Tigers and Gators played a back and forth game with the Gators coming out on top by 2. Both teams were praised by sportswriters for the level of play in the game.

The inaugural AAC conference season began on New Year's Eve, where the Tigers faced South Florida on the road. The Tigers picked up their first victory in their new conference with a strong performance, overwhelming the Bulls. In the Tigers' second AAC game, they faced the 12-2 Cincinnati Bearcats at the Forum in a renewal of an old rivalry between the new conference mates. The first half was closely contested, with the Tigers leading all but the final seconds of the half. However, Cincinnati pulled away in the second half while Memphis shot poorly from the outside, ending the game 2 for 17 from three point range.

The Tigers next went on the road to 12th ranked Louisville. The Tigers defeated the defending NCAA champions 73-67. After the game, Coach Pastner and the team were heckled by Louisville fans who called the Tigers "thugs" and "classless." Pastner responded by yelling to the fans that his team has a perfect Academic Progress Rate score.[5]

The Tigers final out of conference regular season game took place on February 8 at the Forum against #23 Gonzaga. The Tigers went down by as many as 12 points in the second half. However, after a comeback sparked by a block by 6 foot Joe Jackson against 7 foot 1 inch Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, the Tigers defeated Gonzaga by 6.[6]

The Tigers suffered their only loss to a team with a losing record at the hands of the Houston Cougars on February 27. However, two days later, the Tigers took out #7 Louisville at home to sweep the season series with the Cardinals.

The #19 Tigers entered the AAC tournament with a 12-6 record in conference and in a three way tie for third with SMU and UConn. Due to tiebreak rules, however, the Tigers ended up as the 5th seed in the AAC tournament and took on 4 seed UConn. The 21st ranked Huskies dominated the Tigers in the AAC quarterfinals at the FedExForum, winning all three games against the Tigers on the year. The Tigers fell out of both polls for the first time of the 13-14 season thereafter.

The Tigers earned an at large bid to the 2014 NCAA tournament, where they were placed in the East region as an 8 seed. The Tigers defeated 9 seed George Washington on March 21 in Raleigh, North Carolina. They fell to 1 seed Virginia in next round, 60 to 78.

The Tigers finished the year with a 5–6 record against top 25 teams. The 11 games against ranked opponents and 5 top 25 wins both were the most recorded by the Tigers in a season since Josh Pastner became coach in 2009. However, the 7 of the Tigers' 10 losses on the season were by double digits, also the most in a single season under Pastner.

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Wilson, DamienDamien Wilson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 191 lb (87 kg) So Atlanta, Georgia
G 1 Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Sr Memphis, Tennessee
F 2 Goodwin, ShaqShaq Goodwin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 242 lb (110 kg) So Atlanta, Georgia
G 3 Crawford, ChrisChris Crawford (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Memphis, Tennessee
F 4 Nichols, AustinAustin Nichols 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Fr Eads, Tennessee
G/F 5 King, NickNick King 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 10 Crawford, MarkelMarkel Crawford Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 11 Dixon Jr., MichaelMichael Dixon Jr. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Kansas City, Missouri
F 12 Pellom, DavidDavid Pellom 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Sr Wilmington, North Carolina
C 15 Woodson, DominicDominic Woodson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 310 lb (141 kg) Fr Round Rock, Texas
G 20 Powell, RaShawnRaShawn Powell Current redshirt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Orlando, Florida
G/F 23 Iverson, KuranKuran Iverson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Fr Windsor, Connecticut
G 32 Draper, TreyTrey Draper (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Memphis, Tennessee
G 35 Cole, AnthonyAnthony Cole (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 193 lb (88 kg) So Arlington, Tennessee
G/F 42 McDowell, JakeJake McDowell (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 55 Johnson, GeronGeron Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Sr Dayton, Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 11/27/13

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/08/2013* 7:00 p.m. Christian Brothers #13 FedEx ForumMemphis, TN W 92–63  N/A
Regular season
11/14/2013* 7:00 p.m. Austin Peay #13 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN SPSO W 95–69  15,785 1–0
11/19/2013* 7:00 p.m. at #7 Oklahoma State #11 Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK ESPN L 80–101  13,611 1–1
11/23/2013* 5:00 p.m. Nicholls State #11 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN SPSO W 98–59  15,528 2–1
11/28/2013* 5:30 p.m. vs. Siena #21 HP Field HouseOrlando, FL
(Old Spice Classic)
ESPN2 W 87–60  N/A 3–1
11/29/2013* 4:30 p.m. vs. LSU #21 HP Field House • Orlando, FL
(Old Spice Classic Semi-final)
ESPN2 W 76–69  2,612 4–1
12/01/2013* 6:30 p.m. vs. #5 Oklahoma State #21 HP Field House • Orlando, FL
(Old Spice Classic Championship)
ESPN2 W 73–68  3,633 5–1
12/07/2013* 12:00 p.m. Northwestern State #16 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN3 W 96–76  15,605 6–1
12/13/2013* 7:00 p.m. Arkansas–Little Rock #16 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN3 W 73–59  15,821 7–1
12/17/2013* 8:00 p.m. vs. #16 Florida #15 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Jimmy V Classic)
ESPN L 77–75  8,062 7–2
12/21/2013* 7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri State #15 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN SPSO W 77–65  15,021 8–2
12/28/2013* 11:00 a.m. Jackson State #17 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU W 75–61  15,797 9–2
12/31/2013 6:00 p.m. at South Florida #18 USF Sun DomeTampa, FL ESPN2 W 88–73  4,063 10–2 (1–0)
01/04/2014 11:00 a.m. Cincinnati #18 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN2 L 53–69  17,191 10–3 (1–1)
01/09/2014 6:00 p.m. at #12 Louisville #24 KFC Yum! CenterLouisville, KY ESPN W 73–67  21,988 11–3 (2–1)
01/11/2014 2:00 p.m. at Temple #24 Liacouras CenterPhiladelphia, PA ESPN2 W 79–69  5,718 12–3 (3–1)
01/16/2014 6:00 p.m. Connecticut #17 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN L 73–83  18,039 12–4 (3–2)
01/18/2014* 1:00 p.m. LeMoyne–Owen #17 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN SPSO W 101–78  14,021 13–4
01/23/2014 7:00 p.m. Houston #23 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNews W 82–59  15,702 14–4 (4–2)
01/26/2014 1:00 p.m. South Florida #23 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN CBSSN W 80–58  15,627 15–4 (5–2)
01/29/2014 6:00 p.m. at UCF #22 CFE ArenaOrlando, FL ESPN2 W 69–59  5,161 16–4 (6–2)
02/01/2014 1:00 p.m. at SMU #22 Moody ColiseumDallas, TX CBSSN L 87–72  7,058 16–5 (6–3)
02/04/2014 6:00 p.m. Rutgers #24 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN CBSSN W 101–69  14,967 17–5 (7–3)
02/08/2014* 8:00 p.m. #23 Gonzaga #24 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN
(ESPN College Gameday)
ESPN W 60–54  18,248 18–5
02/12/2014 8:00 p.m. UCF #20 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU W 76–70   15,021 19–5 (8–3)
02/15/2014 11:00 a.m. at #24 Connecticut #20 XL CenterHartford, CT ESPN L 81–86 OT 16,294 19–6 (8–4)
02/20/2014 6:00 p.m. at Rutgers #22 Rutgers Athletic CenterPiscataway, NJ CBSSN W 64–59   5,558 20–6 (9–4)
02/22/2014 8:30 p.m. Temple #22 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU W 82–79 OT 18,172 21–6 (10–4)
02/27/2014 8:00 p.m. at Houston #21 Hofheinz PavilionHouston, TX CBSSN L 68–77   3,628 21–7 (10–5)
03/01/2014 1:00 p.m. #7 Louisville #21 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN CBS W 72–66   18,365 22–7 (11–5)
03/06/2014 6:00 p.m. at #15 Cincinnati #20 Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH ESPN L 84–97   13,176 22–8 (11–6)
03/08/2014 11:00 a.m. #18 SMU #20 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN2 W 67–58   18,182 23–8 (12–6)
American Athletic Conference Tournament
03/13/2014 8:30 p.m. vs. #21 Connecticut #19 FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN
(Quarterfinals)
ESPNU L 53–72  13,081 23–9
NCAA Tournament Tournament
03/21/2014* 5:55 p.m. vs. (9 E) George Washington #(8 E) PNC ArenaRaleigh, NC
(Second round)
TBS W 71–66  17,472 24–9
03/23/2014* 7:40 p.m. vs. #3 (1 E) Virginia #(8 E) PNC Arena • Raleigh, NC
(Third round)
TNT L 60–78  18,712 24–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) denotes seed within region E=East. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (rv) Received votes but unranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Wk 20 Final
AP[7] 13 13 11 21 16 16 15 17 18 24 17 23 22 24 20 22 21 20 19 RV n/a
Coaches[7] 13 13 11 19 15 15 14 17 18 22 17 22 22 RV 22 24 22 20 19 RV RV

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