Memphis Is Preseason Favorite To Win Conference USA Title Dorsey, Douglas-Roberts named to preseason All-C-USA team
Oct. 18, 2006
IRVING, Texas - Despite losing two NBA first round draft picks and 56 percent of its scoring from last year's 33-4 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team, Memphis was the unanimous pick to repeat as the 2006-07 Conference USA regular season champion, the league office announced Wednesday. The Tigers were picked to win the league crown by a vote of the conference's coaches.
Junior Joey Dorsey and sophomore Chris Douglas-Roberts were named to the preseason All-Conference USA Team. The other members of the preseason All-C-USA team were Houston's Lafayette Oliver and Lanny Smith and Rice's Morris Almond. A preseason All-America candidate, Almond was also selected the preseason C-USA Player of the Year.
Memphis returns two starters and 10 letterwinners from its 2005-06 squad that posted one of the best seasons in Tiger basketball history. Memphis swept the 2005-06 Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and also earned the program's first ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers' 33 victories are a school record and also tied NCAA champ Florida for most wins last year.
Dorsey and Douglas-Roberts are two of the Tigers' leaders in 2006-07. Dorsey, a 6-foot-9 forward, led Conference USA in blocked shots (1.78 bpg) and was third in rebounding (7.5 rpg) a year ago. Douglas-Roberts, a 6-foot-6 guard, is Memphis' leading returning scorer at 8.3 ppg.
Houston was picked to finish second behind the Tigers in the preseason poll. UAB was chosen third, followed by Rice and UTEP in a fourth-place tie.
2006-07 Preseason Conference USA Coaches Poll
11. Southern Miss
12. East Carolina
Preseason Player of the Year
Morris Almond, Rice
Preseason All-Conference USA Team
Morris Almond, Rice
Joey Dorsey, Memphis
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Oliver Lafayette, Houston
Lanny Smith, Houston