Tigers Move Up In Polls, Grab Another Honor

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Memphis, TN-Voters were impressed enough with Memphis’ win over Louisville on Saturday to move them to 20th in the nation in both polls this week.  That’s a jump of one spot in the Associated Press rankings and two spots in the coaches poll.

On Monday, Tigers freshman Austin Nichols was been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

It is the second week in a row and the third time this season Nichols earned the weekly honor, as he also received it Dec. 2, 2013, and Feb. 24, 2014. It is the sixth time this season a Tiger has been honored by the league. In addition to Nichols’ three weekly awards, Shaw Goodwin was twice named The American Player of the Week Dec. 2, 2013, and Jan. 13, 2014, and Nick King the league’s Rookie of the Week Nov. 25, 2013.

Last week, Nichols averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks and did not have a turnover in 50 minutes as part of Memphis’ 1-1 week. The 6-foot-8 forward helped the Tigers to a 72-66 win over No. 7/4 Louisville with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks Mar. 1. He added 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks in a 77-68 loss at Houston Feb. 27.

The Collierville, Tenn., native has picked up his play recently, netting double figures in his last four games. He averaged 13.3 points and shot 68.8 percent from the floor in the last four contests.

On the season, Nichols has started all 29 games and is averaging 8.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. He is second on the team in both blocked shots (38) and field goal percentage (59.3). Nichols is ranked among the American Athletic Conference statistical leaders in field goal percentage (3rd) and blocked shots (11th).

The Tigers (22-7, 11-5 The American) return to action Thursday, Mar. 6 when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face the Bearcats (24-5, 13-3 The American) in a conference match-up. The contest, to air on ESPN, is slated for a 6 p.m. (CT) start.

–gotigersgo.com–

4 comments

  • PEST CONTROL

    Hey Glen . . .I’m going to proof this for you so your editor can sleep in okay.

    On Monday, Tigers freshman Austin Nichols “was” named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

    In addition to Nichols’ three weekly awards, “Shaq” Goodwin was twice named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week . . . .

  • PEST CONTROL

    Great winTigers. I can’t help but remember the games Louisville burst our bubble in years past. Feels good to return the favor. It’s time to turn up our game and be ready for tournament play!

  • TigreNoir

    While the Tiger players celebrated each field goal made, the enemy was slipping behind their defences. It appeared that the coaches were all watching the ball rather than monitoring the entire floor. The players were playing the ball rather than guarding each opponent, and wishing for a crowd pleasing steal or a spectacular blocked shot – swatted into the seats. Positioning themselves between the enemy and the basket is a basic skill ignored. If the 3 ball and the alley oop ain’t working, the Tigers are in a world of crap – they have no Plan B. Louisville gave us this one. The Tournament won’t be so kind. It is time that the coaches do their jobs – these are kids who need leadership. I remember Denny Crum always gave one away just before the Tournament.

  • Joe

    Shaw Goodwin? I’ve been following Tiger hoops a long time and I’ve never heard of Shaw. Was he a late walk-on pickup?

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