2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers M Logo.png
Conference American Athletic Conference
2014–15 record 5–4 (0–0 AAC)
Head coach Josh Pastner (6th year)
Assistant coach Robert Kirby
Assistant coach Aki Collins
Assistant coach Keelon Lawson
Home arena FedExForum
Seasons
« 2013–14 2015–16 »
2014–15 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Tulane 0 0       8 1   .889
Houston 0 0       4 1   .800
Cincinnati 0 0       6 2   .750
SMU 0 0       6 3   .667
Temple 0 0       6 4   .600
Connecticut 0 0       4 3   .571
South Florida 0 0       5 4   .556
UCF 0 0       5 4   .556
East Carolina 0 0       5 5   .500
Tulsa 0 0       5 5   .500
Memphis 0 0       4 4   .500
AAC Tournament winner winner
As of December 16, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represents the University of Memphis in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the 94th season of Tiger basketball. The Tigers, led by sixth year head coach Josh Pastner, play their home games at the FedExForum. The 2014–15 season is the second season the Tigers will participate in the American Athletic Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The 2013–14 Memphis Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 24–10 and 12–6 in AAC play to finish in a three way tie for third place in conference. They lost in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to eventual national champion Connecticut. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament's East Region as an 8 seed where they defeated 9 seed George Washington in the second round before losing in the third round to 1 seed Virginia.

Off-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Crawford, ChrisChris Crawford G 6' 3" 222 Senior Memphis, TN Graduated
Dixon, MichaelMichael Dixon G 6' 1" 190 Senior Kansas City, MO Graduated
Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson G 6' 0" 174 Senior Memphis, TN Graduated
Johnson, GeronGeron Johnson G 6' 3" 203 Senior Dayton, OH Graduated
Pellom, DavidDavid Pellom F 6' 8" 220 Senior Wilmington, NC Graduated
Wilson, DamienDamien Wilson G/F 6' 5" 195 Junior Atlanta, GA Transfer to Kennesaw State
Woodson, DominicDominic Woodson C 6' 10" 300 Sophomore Round Rock, TX Transfer to Tennessee

Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Godfrey, CalvinCalvin Godfrey F 6' 8" 233 Senior Milwaukee, WI Transfer from Southern University
Johnson, KedrenKedren Johnson G 6' 4" 229 Junior Lewisburg, TN Transfer from Vanderbilt University

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Dominic Magee
point guard
Gretna, LA Helen Cox High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sep 8, 2013 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 84
Chris Hawkins
Small forward
Memphis, TN Southwest Tennessee Community College 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Nov 13, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: JC
Trahson Burrell
Small forward
Albany, NY Lee College 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 13, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: JC
Avery Woodson
Shooting guard
Waynesboro, MS East Mississippi Community College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Nov 13, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: JC
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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 enter the 2014-15 season with only one senior, incoming transfer Calvin Godfrey. The young Tigers toured Canada in August of 2014 and were thus permitted extra practice time. The Tigers faced teams from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and McGill University on the trip in exhibition matches. Immediately before the Canadian tour, guard/forward Damien Wilson then center Dominic Woodson successively announced that they were transferring away from Memphis. However, upon the team's return from Canada, former Vanderbilt point guard Kedren Johnson announced his intention to transfer to Memphis.

At the AAC media day on October 29, Memphis was picked to finish third in the league behind Connecticut and SMU. Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols were both named to the preseason all-AAC first team.[1]

The Tigers lost their sole exhibition game against Division 2 Christian Brothers, marking the first exhibition game loss for the team since 1996.[2] On November 24, after the team's second game of the season, true freshman point guard Dominic Magee announced his intent to transfer.[3] The Tigers dropped 4 of their first 7 games of the year, starting the year with their worst record since 2000.

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 11 Hawkins, ChrisChris Hawkins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Chicago, Illinois
F 0 Burrell, TrahsonTrahson Burrell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Albany, New York
G 20 Woodson, AveryAvery Woodson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) So Waynesboro, Mississippi
F 2 Goodwin, ShaqShaq Goodwin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Jr Atlanta, Georgia
F 4 Nichols, AustinAustin Nichols 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) So Eads, Tennessee
F 5 King, NickNick King 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) So Memphis, Tennessee
G 1 Crawford, MarkelMarkel Crawford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) RS Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 3 Powell, RaShawnRaShawn Powell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Orlando, Florida
F 23 Iverson, KuranKuran Iverson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Windsor, Connecticut
F 40 Godfrey, CalvinCalvin Godfrey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Sr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
G 15 Johnson, KedrenKedren Johnson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Jr Lewisburg, Tennessee
G/F 42 McDowell, JakeJake McDowell (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 211 lb (96 kg) So Memphis, Tennessee
G 14 Manse, JordanJordan Manse (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 167 lb (76 kg) Fr Austin, Texas
G 12 Cunningham, D'MarnierD'Marnier Cunningham (W) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Robert Kirby (University of Texas–Pan American)
  • David "Aki" Collins (Clark Atlanta University)
  • Keelon Lawson (Union University)

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

Roster
Last update: 08/14/2014

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/12/2014* 7:00 PM Christian Brothers FedEx ForumMemphis, TN L 70–74 OT    
Regular season
11/18/2014* 1:00 PM vs. #11 Wichita State Sanford PentagonSioux Falls, SD
(ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon)
ESPN L 56–71  3,250 0–1
11/24/2014* 7:00 PM Prairie View A&M Fedex Forum • Memphis, TN
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPN3 W 77–49  14,412 1–1
11/27/2014* 11:00 PM vs. Baylor Orleans ArenaParadise, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational semifinals)
FS1 L 47–71  N/A 1–2
11/28/2014* 7:00 PM vs. Indiana State Orleans Arena • Paradise, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational 3rd Place Game)
FS1 W 72–62  N/A 2–2
12/02/2014* 6:00 PM Stephen F. Austin Fedex Forum • Memphis, TN
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNews L 52–64  13,201 2–3
12/06/2014* 8:30 PM Bradley Fedex Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU W 73–45  13,807 3–3
12/13/2014* 5:00 PM Oklahoma State FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN2 L 55–73  14,501 3–4
12/15/2014* 7:00 PM NC Central Fedex Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN3 W 81–47  13,126 4–4
12/17/2014* 7:00 PM USC Upstate FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN3 W 83–73  13,020 5–4
12/20/2014* 2:00 PM Oral Roberts FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN CBSSN       
12/23/2014* 7:00 PM Western Illinois FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN3       
12/31/2014 1:00 PM Houston FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU       
01/03/2015 3:00 PM Tulane FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU       
01/08/2015 8:00 PM at SMU Moody ColiseumDallas, TX ESPN/ESPN2       
01/11/2015 3:00 PM at Houston Hofheinz PavilionHouston, TX CBSSN       
01/15/2015 6:00 PM Cincinnati FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN/ESPN2       
01/17/2015 1:00 PM UCF FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNews       
01/21/2015 6:00 PM at Tulsa Reynolds CenterTulsa, OK ESPNU       
01/24/2015 7:00 PM Tulane Devlin FieldhouseNew Orleans, LA ESPNU       
01/28/2015 8:00 PM East Carolina FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN CBSSN       
01/31/2015* 9:00 PM at Gonzaga McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA ESPN2       
02/07/2015 12:00 PM Temple FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNews       
02/10/2015 6:00 PM at East Carolina Williams ArenaGreenville, NC ESPNU       
02/14/2015 11:00 AM at South Florida USF Sun DomeTampa, FL ESPNU       
02/19/2015 8:00 PM Connecticut FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN/ESPN2       
02/22/2015 1:00 PM at UCF CFE ArenaOrlando, FL CBSSN       
02/26/2015 8:00 PM SMU FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPN/ESPN2       
02/28/2015 7:00 PM Tulsa FedEx Forum • Memphis, TN ESPNU       
03/05/2015 8:00 PM at Connecticut Gampel PavilionStorrs, CT ESPN/ESPN2       
03/08/2015 11:00 AM at Cincinnati Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH CBS       
American Athletic Conference Tournament
TBA TBA vs. TBA XL CenterHartford, CT       
NCAA Tournament
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
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