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 in the Athletic Conference. As of 2011, the Tigers had the 29th highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis since the 19th most successful basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their yearly 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was appointed the head coach of the team. 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 with his first time after departing Calipari took with him Memphis’ top-ranked recruitment class. In 2011 Pastner directed the Tigers back into the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching career, though they lost in the first round to his former group, Arizona.
During 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 strong, moving as high to No. 13 in the country before falling out of the ranks (a phenomenon which would eventually become a recurrent theme of this Pastner era). In the last match of the season, Josh Pastner’s success over Tulsa gave him 72 career successes, 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 dropped in the initial round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. For the NBA, sophomore celebrity Will Barton left Following the summer.
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 last year in CUSA. [18] The Tigers started competition in the then recently formed American Athletic Conference in 2013. AAC competition wasn’t as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, since they earned 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 took the task of head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech. [19] A few days after, 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 as well as some national coaching awards for his year at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired March 14, 2018, after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament in both of the two decades as head coach. Penny Hardaway was later confirmed as Smith’s replacement

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