Memphis Tigers men’s basketball

The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball staff signifies the University of Memphis in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have competed since 2013 at the Athletic Conference. As of 2011, the Tigers had the 29th highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games at the FedExForum. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis as the 19th most successful basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their yearly 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was named the head trainer 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 years. Pastner gained a reputation throughout 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 time after leaving Calipari took with him Memphis’ top-ranked recruitment class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back to the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching career, though they dropped in the initial round into his former group, Arizona.
Throughout the 2011–12 year, the Tigers announced they were leaving Conference USA to join the Big East Conference beginning in 2013 (later renamed the American Athletic Conference). They began the season strong, moving as large to No. 13 in the nation before falling out of the ranks (a phenomenon that would eventually become a recurrent theme of the Pastner age ). In the last match of this season, Josh Pastner’s victory over Tulsa gave him 72 career victories, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first three seasons. Memphis created its second straight NCAA Championship after winning the Conference USA tournament. An 8-seed, the Tigers dropped in the initial round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. Following the summer, sophomore star Will Barton left for the NBA.
Back 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 season in CUSA. [18] The Tigers started competition in the then newly formed American Athletic Conference in 2013. AAC contest was not as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, as they made an NCAA tournament berth in only 1 of the team’s first 3 seasons at the AAC.
On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner chose 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 training awards for his season at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired March 14, 2018, after failing to achieve the NCAA Tournament in both of the two decades as head coach. Penny Hardaway was afterwards confirmed as Smith’s replacement

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