In Saturday’s game against Northwestern State, senior guard Chris Crawford suffered an injury in the first half of the game and did not return. Honestly, the Memphis Tigers (6-1) didn’t need him to put a beat down on the Demons by the final score of 96-76.
Good news came coach Pastner’s way Monday as the MRI showed no serious damage to Crawford’s left ankle. He has a medial ankle sprain, meaning the injury is on the inside of the his ankle.
It is not certain Crawford will play in the Tigers next game Friday night against Arkansas-Little Rock. Pastner mentioned that Crawford’s status is day-to-day. Throughout his career, Crawford hasn’t missed a college game.
This season Crawford is averaging 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game and needs only six points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Without Crawford during the second half of the Northwestern State game, the Tigers had no trouble putting the Demons away. But they may need him when they take on the Florida Gators (7-2) of the Southeastern Conference next Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Without Crawford, the Tigers still have other players who can deliver on the big stage like sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin. On Monday, Goodwin was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll.
Goodwin has performed well in five of the Tigers’ seven games by scoring in double figures. He had his career-high against Northwestern State scoring 21 points. As a freshman, Goodwin scored in double figures 13 times.
The success keeps coming for Goodwin. He was also named to NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk’s list of the 20 most improved players in the nation on Monday. The 6-9, 242-pound big man is currently averaging 13.1 points (second on the team) and 6.1 rebounds a game (first on the team).
“On a team with a stable of perimeter weapons, Goodwin’s emergence is a presence on the block is key for the Tigers,” NBCSports.com’s Rob Dauster said of Goodwin. Goodwin also ranks second in the American conference shooting 65.4 percent from the field.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.