Memphis Tigers men’s basketball

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team signifies the University of Memphis at NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have competed since 2013 at the Athletic Conference. As of 2011, the Tigers had the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games at the FedExForum. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis since the 19th most prosperous basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their annual 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was named the team’s head trainer. Pastner was hired as an assistant at Memphis in 2008 after serving as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at Arizona for six decades. Pastner gained a reputation during his tenure at Arizona as a strong recruiter. In his first year as coach at Memphis, Pastner brought in Elliot Williams, a transfer from Duke, who led the team in scoring and was drafted to the NBA. Williams was permitted to play his first season after leaving Calipari took him Memphis’ top-ranked recruiting class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back into the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching career, though they lost in the initial round into his former group, Arizona.
Throughout the 2011–12 season, the Tigers announced they were leaving Conference USA to join the Big East Conference starting in 2013 (later renamed the American Athletic Conference). They started the season strong, moving as high to No. 13 in the nation before falling out of the rankings (a phenomenon which would become a recurrent theme of this Pastner era). In the last game of this season, Josh Pastner’s success over Tulsa gave him 72 career victories, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first three seasons. Memphis made its second straight NCAA Tournament after winning the Conference USA tournament. An 8-seed, the Tigers lost in the initial round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. After the season, sophomore celebrity Will Barton left for the NBA.
Back in 2012–13, the Tigers, led by CUSA participant of the year Joe Jackson, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their last season in CUSA. [18] The Tigers started competition from the then newly formed American Athletic Conference in 2013. AAC competition was not as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, as they made an NCAA tournament berth in just 1 of the team’s first 3 seasons at the AAC.
On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner chose the job of head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech. [19] A few days later, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job. [20] Smith had just won the Big 12 coach of the year award in addition to some national coaching awards because of his season at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired on March 14, 2018, after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament in both of his two decades as head coach. Penny Hardaway was later confirmed as Smith’s replacement

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