Last Year: 31-5 (16-0 Conference USA)
Coach: Josh Pastner—Fifth year, 106-34
Memphis’ Josh Pastner is carving out his own place among college basketball’s top young coaches.
At age 36, he has averaged 26 wins per year over his first four seasons as the Tigers’ head coach.
Even with them stepping up from Conference USA, they should challenge for the league title and look to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Memphis will roll with a talented perimeter-based starting five and will have some nasty firepower coming off the bench.
Joe Jackson (13.6 PPG; 3.3 RPG; 4.8 APG), Chris Crawford (10.4 PPG; 3.8 RPG; 3.2 APG) and Geron Johnson (10.4 PPG; 4.6 RPG; 3.5 APG) all take turns scoring, rebounding and dishing.
Shaq Goodwin could be ready for an explosive sophomore season in the low post.
Austin Nichols is a throw-back forward who will bump off opponents with his impressive array of post moves.
Missouri-transfer Michael Dixon will play starter minutes and provide starter production.
Kuran Iverson and Nick King, a pair of athletic freshman forwards, will fit perfectly in Pastner’s uptempo attack.