2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers wordmark.png
Conference American Athletic Conference
2014–15 record 18–14 (10–8 The American)
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
#18 SMU 15 3   .833     27 7   .794
Tulsa 14 4   .778     23 11   .676
Temple 13 5   .722     26 11   .703
Cincinnati 13 5   .722     23 11   .676
Connecticut 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Memphis 10 8   .556     18 14   .563
Tulane 6 12   .333     15 16   .484
East Carolina 6 12   .333     14 19   .424
UCF 5 13   .278     12 18   .400
Houston 4 14   .222     13 19   .406
South Florida 3 15   .167     9 23   .281
The American Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014–15 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represented 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, played their home games at the FedExForum. The 2014–15 season was the second season the Tigers participated in the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers didn't play in a postseason tournament, the first time in 15 years.

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 Home town 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 entered 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] Magee did not any playing time for the Tigers before his transfer. The Tigers dropped 4 of their first 7 games of the year, starting the year with their worst record since 2000.

On January 6, sophomore Kuran Iverson was suspended for the team's next two games against SMU and Houston, marking Iverson's second suspension of the season.[4] After his suspension and subsequent actions, including using twitter to make negative statements about Coach Pastner, it was reported that Iverson was not expected to return to the team and the University subsequently announced Iverson's dismissal from the basketball program.[5] Junior forward Trahson Burrell was suspended for the team's January 8 game against SMU, reportedly in part for supporting Iverson's actions prior to his suspension.

On February 7 against Temple, Austin Nichols injured his ankle and had to be helped off the floor. The Tigers went on to lose the game without Nichols, who was later diagnosed with a moderately sprained ankle which was expected to prevent him from playing for the next two weeks. However, Nichols was able to return on February 19 at home against UConn before injuring the ankle again on February 28 early in the second half against Tulsa. The second ankle injury caused Nichols to miss the remainder of the season. Despite his injury and subsequent absence, Nichols finished the season with 93 blocks, the 5th highest single season block total all time for a Tiger.

The Tigers finished the regular season in 5th place in the American. Austin Nichols was named to the All-AAC first team. In the AAC tournament, the Tigers lost their opening matchup to 4 seed Temple.

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, PookiePookie Powell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Orlando, Florida
F 23 Iverson, KuranKuran Iverson (S) 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/12/2014*
7:00 PM
Christian Brothers L 70–74 OT  
FedEx Forum 
Memphis, TN
Regular season
11/18/2014*
1:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 11 Wichita State
ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
L 56–71  0–1
Sanford Pentagon (3,250)
Sioux Falls, SD
11/24/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Prairie View A&M
Las Vegas Invitational
W 77–49  1–1
Fedex Forum (14,412)
Memphis, TN
11/27/2014*
11:00 PM, FS1
vs. Baylor
Las Vegas Invitational semifinals
L 47–71  1–2
Orleans Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
11/28/2014*
7:00 PM, FS1
vs. Indiana State
Las Vegas Invitational 3rd Place Game
W 72–62  2–2
Orleans Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
12/02/2014*
6:00 PM, ESPNews
Stephen F. Austin
Las Vegas Invitational
L 52–64  2–3
Fedex Forum (13,201)
Memphis, TN
12/06/2014*
8:30 PM, ESPNU
Bradley W 73–45  3–3
Fedex Forum (13,807)
Memphis, TN
12/13/2014*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
Oklahoma State L 55–73  3–4
FedEx Forum (14,501)
Memphis, TN
12/15/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
NC Central W 81–47  4–4
Fedex Forum (13,126)
Memphis, TN
12/17/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
USC Upstate W 83–73  5–4
FedEx Forum (13,020)
Memphis, TN
12/20/2014*
2:00 PM, CBSSN
Oral Roberts W 78–63  6–4
FedEx Forum (13,084)
Memphis, TN
12/23/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Western Illinois W 78–51  7–4
FedEx Forum (12,995)
Memphis, TN
12/31/2014
1:00 PM, ESPNU
Houston W 73–54  8–4 (1–0)
FedEx Forum (13,415)
Memphis, TN
01/03/2015
5:00 PM, ESPNU
Tulane L 66–74  8–5 (1–1)
FedEx Forum (13,914)
Memphis, TN
01/08/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
at SMU L 59–73  8–6 (1–2)
Moody Coliseum (6,807)
Dallas, TX
01/11/2015
3:00 PM, CBSSN
at Houston W 62–44  9–6 (2–2)
Hofheinz Pavilion (2,697)
Houston, TX
01/15/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN
Cincinnati W 63–50  10–6 (3–2)
FedEx Forum (14,916)
Memphis, TN
01/17/2015
1:00 PM, ESPNews
UCF W 99–79  11–6 (4–2)
FedEx Forum (14,027)
Memphis, TN
01/21/2015
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at Tulsa L 55–73  11–7 (4–3)
Reynolds Center (5,303)
Tulsa, OK
01/24/2015
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Tulane W 57–55  12–7 (5–3)
Smoothie King Center (3,109)
New Orleans, LA
01/28/2015
8:00 PM, CBSSN
East Carolina W 70–58  13–7 (6–3)
FedEx Forum (13,335)
Memphis, TN
01/31/2015*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 3 Gonzaga L 64–82  13–8
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/04/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Jacksonville State W 74–48  14–8
FedEx Forum (13,385)
Memphis, TN
02/07/2015
12:00 PM, ESPNews
Temple L 60–61  14–9 (6–4)
FedEx Forum (14,381)
Memphis, TN
02/10/2015
6:00 PM, ESPNU
at East Carolina L 53–64  14–10 (6–5)
Williams Arena (4,519)
Greenville, NC
02/14/2015
11:00 AM, ESPNU
at South Florida W 75–48  15–10 (7–5)
USF Sun Dome (3,288)
Tampa, FL
02/19/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN/ESPN2
Connecticut W 75–72  16–10 (8–5)
FedEx Forum (14,652)
Memphis, TN
02/22/2015
1:00 PM, CBSSN
at UCF W 75–65 OT 17–10 (9–5)
CFE Arena (4,543)
Orlando, FL
02/26/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN/ESPN2
No. 21 SMU L 57–66  17–11 (9–6)
FedEx Forum (14,523)
Memphis, TN
02/28/2015
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Tulsa L 72–74 OT 17–12 (9–7)
FedEx Forum (15,784)
Memphis, TN
03/05/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
at Connecticut W 54–53  18–12 (10–7)
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
03/08/2015
11:00 AM, CBS
at Cincinnati L 65–77  18–13 (10–8)
Fifth Third Arena (12,358)
Cincinnati, OH
American Athletic Conference Tournament
03/13/2015
1:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Temple
AAC Quarterfinal
L 75–80  18–14
XL Center 
Hartford, CT
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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