Jackson makes history

University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson made history on Saturday, becoming the first player in Conference USA history to take home back-to-back tournament Most Valuable Player awards.

University of Memphis guard Joe Jackson made history on Saturday, becoming the first player in Conference USA history to take home back-to-back tournament Most Valuable Player awards.

After the Tigers' 83-57 win against Marshall that ensured them an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson deflected credit and said that sophomore forward Tarik Black should've gotten the honor.

Still, Jackson was more than pleased to receive the award.

"It's a good feeling," Jackson said. "I work hard every day, after practice. I come to the gym early. A lot of people don't know about it, and it's paying off. My game's been showing on the court."

Jackson scored 17 points and dished out six assists in the title game.

It's been a long and windy road for Jackson, who flirted with the idea of transferring at the end of 2011. He sat out a game against Charlotte in late December, but since then has been playing at an extremely high level.

During last season's C-USA tournament, Jackson propelled the Tigers to a tournament berth that they otherwise wouldn't have secured. He keyed a comeback against UTEP with clutch free throws and was named tournament MVP after his performance.


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