Memphis Tigers men’s basketball

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team represents the University of Memphis at NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have collaborated because 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 yearly 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was named the team’s head coach. Pastner was hired as an assistant at Memphis in 2008 after serving as an assistant coach under Lute Olson at Arizona for six years. Pastner gained a reputation during his tenure at Arizona as a recruiter. In his first year as coach at Memphis, Pastner brought in Elliot Williams, a transfer from Duke, who headed the team in scoring and was drafted to the NBA. Williams was permitted to play with his first season after departing Calipari took with him Memphis’ top-ranked recruiting class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back to the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching profession, even though they lost in the first round to his former group, Arizona.
Throughout the 2011–12 year, 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 powerful, moving as high to No. 13 in the nation before falling out of the rankings (a phenomenon that would eventually become a recurrent theme of the Pastner age ). In the last match 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 Championship after winning the Conference USA championship. An 8-seed, the Tigers lost in the first round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. After the summer, sophomore celebrity Will Barton left for the NBA.
In 2012–13, the Tigers, headed by CUSA participant of the year Joe Jackson, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their final season in CUSA. [18] The Tigers began competition in the then recently formed American Athletic Conference in 2013. AAC contest wasn’t as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, as they earned an NCAA tournament berth in just 1 of the group’s first 3 seasons at the AAC.
On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner took 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 training awards because of his season at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired March 14, 2018, after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament in both of the two years as head coach. Penny Hardaway was confirmed as Smith’s replacement

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