On Saturday afternoon, the Memphis Tigers will hit the court for their final regular season contest of the season. With UAB in town, the Tigers are aiming for their first undefeated conference record since the 2008-09 season and ironically enough, it’s also a year that represents their final run as a member of Conference USA.
Holding the torch for the Tigers this season however, is starting point guard Joe Jackson.
Now a junior, the former top 100 prospect, is having a career year and leading the way in the back court for head coach Josh Pastner. On the season, Jackson is averaging a team-high 13.7 points in addition to 4.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.The star guard has scored in double-figures in all but six games this season. Ironically enough, he scored only eight in the Tigers’ last game, a 56-54 win at UTEP.
Jackson’s production this season however, is a testament to the strides that he has made as a player growing up in Pastner’s system. His consistency has been crucial to Memphis’ runs and winning ways and with one final regular season game on the docket, Jackson is looking to help the Tigers lock up that undefeated league record. Jackson scored 17 points the first time the Tigers played UAB.
At 26-4 on the season, the Tigers are gearing up for a potential run within the NCAA Tournament, but first they are looking to remain focused on finishing out their conference requirements. What that term may mean to Tigers’ fans however, is not just an undefeated regular season, but also a conference tournament crown.
Aside from potentially Southern Miss, the last thing any bubble team wants to see is Memphis go down within the C-USA Tournament. However, we will just wait and see how things in that one play its course.
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