Memphis Duo Takes Top C-USA Men's Basketball Honors
March 13, 2013
Memphis junior guard Joe Jackson has been named the Conference USA Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season, while Tigers head coach Josh Pastner has been named the Gene Bartow Coach of the Year, it was announced today prior to the opening of the 2013 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship.
Jackson has started all 31 games this season and leads the Tigers in scoring (13.8 per game) and assists (4.9 per game). He has reached double-figure scoring in 25 of 31 games and has led the Tigers in scoring nine times this season. Jackson has a team-high 54 steals on the season and is second on the team in free throwing shooting, converting 74.3 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.
Jackson ranks in the top five in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (49.3%), assists (4.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.9-to-1). He has a pair of double-doubles and narrowly missed a triple-double in the regular season finale vs. UAB, finishing with 17 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and six steals.
A first team All-C-USA pick after being named to the second team in the preseason, Jackson became the first player to win back-to-back tournament MVP awards last March when he led the Tigers to the title on their home floor.
In his fourth season at Memphis, Pastner takes home his first C-USA Coach of the Year award after guiding the Tigers to the C-USA regular season championship for the sixth time in eight years. Memphis enters the conference tournament as the No.1 seed, owning an overall record of 27-4 and a 16-0 mark in C-USA. That marks the fourth time in seven seasons that Memphis has finished undefeated in league play. The Tigers join Gonzaga (West Coast) and Norfolk State (MEAC) as the only schools to finish conference play undefeated this season.
Pastner has led the Tigers to a top 25 ranking entering the conference championship. Earlier this season, Memphis posted an 18 game winning streak. Pastner currently has a career mark of 102-33 in four seasons with two NCAA appearances and one trip to the NIT.
Memphis enters the Conference USA Championship as the No. 1 seed for the sixth time since 2006. The Tigers will face either Tulane or Marshall in a quarterfinal round game on Thursday.
The C-USA Coach of the Year award is named in honor of Gene Bartow, the legendary former coach at Memphis and UAB, along with other schools, who passed away in January, 2012.
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