Tigers sweep C-USA POY and COY honors
Tulsa, OK-Make it a sweep for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball. At a press conference prior to the start of the 2013 Conference USA Tournament at the BOK Center Wednesday, the league office announced Joe Jackson as its Player of the Year and Josh Pastner as its Gene Bartow Coach of the Year.
It is the third time in the program’s history that Memphis swept the C-USA Player and Coach of the Year awards. The Tigers also made it a sweep in 2006 (Rodney Carney, John Calipari) and 2008 (Chris Douglas-Roberts, Calipari).
Jackson is the Tigers’ fifth C-USA Player of the Year honoree, joining Antonio Burks (2004), Carney (2006), Douglas-Roberts (2008) and Will Barton (2012) as recipients of the award. It is also the first time Memphis won the C-USA Player of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons (Barton, 2012; Jackson, 2013). In the program’s history, it is the third time that Memphis had back-to-back conference Players of the Year (Anfernee Hardaway, Great Midwest Conference, 1992 and 1993; Larry Finch and Larry Kenon, Missouri Valley Conference, 1972 and 1973).
Pastner is the second Tigers coach to receive the C-USA Coach of the Year accolade (Calipari, 2006, 2008, 2009).
For Jackson, the C-USA Player of the Year award was his fourth honor this week. On Monday, he was named to the All-C-USA first team, and then on Tuesday, was picked to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District IV and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 11 teams.
Jackson, the 2011 and 2012 Conference USA Tournament MVP, leads the Tigers in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals. He is ranked among the Conference USA leaders in scoring (16th), field goal percentage (8th), assists (4th), free throw percentage (14th), steals (4th), three-point field goal percentage (3rd) and assist-turnover ratio (5th). He is the only guard to rank among the top-10 in field goal percentage in C-USA.
The Memphis, Tenn., native recorded three double-doubles and also joined the Tigers 1,000-point, 350-assists club in 2012-13. The 6-foot-1 guard is No. 32 on the Memphis all-time scoring chart with 1,146 points and is No. 9 on the career assists list with 393 dimes.
Pastner is in his fourth season as the Tigers head coach. He has a 102-33 record and won his 100th game with Memphis’ 76-67 victory over UCF Mar. 2. His 102 victories are the most for a Tigers head coach in his first four seasons. He has guided Memphis to two Conference USA regular season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and two C-USA Tournament championships (2011, 2012) in his four years.
This season, Pastner led Memphis to a 27-4 overall record and a 16-0 C-USA mark. The Kingwood, Texas, native is only the third head coach in C-USA history to lead a squad to a perfect 16-0 league record (Calipari — 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09; Bob Huggins — 1999-2000). Under Pastner’s direction, the Tigers put together an 18-game win streak in 2012-13. The 18-game win streak is the fifth-longest in Memphis hoops history.