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Memphis Tigers

University University of Memphis
Conference C-USA
Location Memphis, TN
Head Coach John Calipari (8th year)
Arena FedExForum
(Capacity: 18,119)
Nickname Tigers
Student Section Blue Crew
Colors Blue and Gray

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NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1973, 2008
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1973, 1985*, 2008
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Conference Tournament Champions
1982, 1984, 1985, 1987 (Metro)
2006, 2007, 2008 (C-USA)
Conference Regular Season Champions
1972, 1973 (MVC)
1982, 1984, 1985 (Metro)
1995 (GMWC)
1996, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (C-USA)

The Memphis Tigers basketball team represents the University of Memphis in NCAA Division I men's college basketball.[1] The Tigers compete in Conference USA, in which they have won five regular season and three conference tournament championships. The team is currently coached by John Calipari. They play home games at FedExForum. Image File history File links Kit_body_basketball. ... white soccer jersey with thin sides File links The following pages link to this file: Cambridge United F.C. Template talk:Football kit Drogheda United Sligo Rovers F.C. Template:Football kit/pattern list User:Johan Elisson/football kits Categories: GFDL images | Football kit templates ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Kit_body_basketball. ... Image File history File links soccer jersey with thin white sides File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Kit_body_basketball. ... Image File history File links Kit_body_thinbluesides. ... The Metro Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference, so named because all of its charter members were situated in urban metropolitan areas in the Southern United States. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... Former Missouri Valley Conference logo The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply The Valley) is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. ... The Metro Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference, so named because all of its charter members were situated in urban metropolitan areas in the Southern United States. ... The Great Midwest Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and is the flagship public research university of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. ... NCAA redirects here. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... John Vincent Calipari (born February 10, 1959, in Moon Township (A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is a former professional and current college basketball coach. ... FedExForum is one of the NBAs most distinctive arenas. ...

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History

The predecessor of the University of Memphis, West Tennessee State Normal School, first fielded a basketball team in 1920. Zach Curlin began coaching the team in 1924. The Tigers joined the Mississippi Valley Conference in 1928. The team played its early home games at a local high school gym, a local YMCA, and in a room on campus called the "Normal Cage" which allowed only six inches from the court lines to the walls. In 1929, a $100,000 facility on campus named Memorial Gym became the Tigers' home.[2] For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Modern indoor gymnasium with pull-down basketball hoops. ... Not to be confused with YWCA. This article is about the association. ...


Curlin's last season coaching the Tigers was in 1948, by which time the school had been renamed Memphis State College; it would become Memphis State University in 1957. His successor was McCoy Tarry. In 1951, the new $700,000 Field House gym was opened for Tiger home games. In 1952, John Wallisa became the first Memphis State player to be drafted by the NBA. Forest Arnold became the school's first All-American in 1954. The Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1955 under coach Eugene Lambert. Bob Vanatta became the team's coach in 1956 and took the Tigers to the NIT final. Win Wilfong became the team's second All-American in 1957.[2] NBA redirects here. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... NIT redirects here. ...


In 1962, Dean Ehlers took over coaching duties. The Tigers began playing its home games at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1964. Moe Iba became the team's coach in 1966, the same year the team joined the Missouri Valley Conference.[2] The Mid-South Coliseum, also known as The Entertainment Capital of the Mid-South, is a multipurpose arena that seats 10,085 people in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Former Missouri Valley Conference logo The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply The Valley) is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. ...


Larry Finch played in his first game as a Tiger in 1970, the same year that Gene Bartow took over as head coach. The Tigers won the Missouri Valley Conference titles in 1971 and 1973. During the 1972-73 season, All-American Finch led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament championship game, which the Tigers lost to the UCLA Bruins. Bartow also won the NABC National Coach of the Year award that season. Wayne Yates took over for Bartow in 1974. The Tigers left the Missouri Valley Conference to become one of the inaugural members of the Metro Conference in 1976.[3] Larry Finch (born February 16, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former player and coach for Memphis State (now called the University of Memphis) mens basketball team. ... Gene Bartow (August 18, 1930 – ) is a former college mens basketball coach. ... The Metro Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference, so named because all of its charter members were situated in urban metropolitan areas in the Southern United States. ...


Dana Kirk became head coach in 1979. During the 1980s, the Tigers made seven NCAA tournaments and won multiple Metro Conference titles. Keith Lee began playing for the Tigers in 1982, and Memphis was ranked number one in both major national polls for the first time the same year. Lee eventually led the team to its second Final Four appearance in 1985. Only a year later, however, Kirk was forced out after becoming the subject of a criminal investigation. He was also found to have committed many NCAA violations as well; the Tigers were forced to sit out the 1986 NCAA Tournament and were stripped of their Final Four appearance from 1985 Dana Kirk was the head coach for the Memphis State University mens basketball team from 1979-1986. ... Keith Lee (born December 28, 1962 in West Memphis, Arkansas), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. ...


Former player Larry Finch took over head coaching duties in 1986. One of Finch's first recruits, Elliot Perry, began playing for the team in 1987. In the 1988-89 season, the Tigers set a school record by starting the game against Louisville with a 24-0 run.[3] Elliot Lamonte Perry (born March 28, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. The 60 point guard from the University of Memphis was selected with the tenth pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1991...


In the early 1990s, Anfernee Hardaway and David Vaughn began their careers at Memphis. Other notable Memphis players from the 90s include Cedric Henderson, Michael Wilson and Lorenzen Wright. The 1991-92 season marked a number of changes for the Tigers. The team left the Metro Conference to become part of the Great Midwest Conference and left the Coliseum to make the Pyramid Arena its new home. On February 6, 1993, the school achieved its 1,000 all-time basketball victory. Memphis joined Conference USA in 1995, one year after the school adopted its current name of the University of Memphis. Finch stepped down as head coach in 1997 and Tic Price took over thereafter.[3] Anfernee Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American basketball player in the NBA for the New York Knicks. ... David Vaughn (born March 23, 1973 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (25th overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft. ... Cedric Henderson (born on October 3, 1975 in Memphis) is an American basketball player who played 5 years in the NBA. Henderson, a native of Memphis played in the University of Memphis, after he was a highschool super star among many basketball fans. ... Michael Wilson is a former player of the Harlem Globetrotters and the University of Memphis, also known as Wild Thing. He holds the world record for the highest dunk. ... Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (born November 4, 1975 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a NBA professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies. ... The Great Midwest Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference. ... The Pyramid Arena is a 21,000 seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... Tic Price is a college basketball coach. ...


John Calipari was named Memphis' head coach in 2000. Under his leadership, the Tigers won the 2002 NIT championship then made the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2004 after the school had failed to do so for several years. The Tigers left the Pyramid to play home games in the FedExForum in 2004. The 2005-06 Tigers were led by Darius Washington, Shawne Williams and Rodney Carney and set a school record by going 30-3 during the regular season that was capped by a Conference USA championship. In the 2006 NCAA tournament, the Tigers received a number one seed, and they advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual tournament runner-up UCLA. John Vincent Calipari (born February 10, 1959, in Moon Township (A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is a former professional and current college basketball coach. ... The National Invitation Tournament is an annual US basketball competition. ... NIT redirects here. ... The 2003 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2004 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... FedExForum is one of the NBAs most distinctive arenas. ... Darius Myron Washington Jr. ... Shawne Williams (born February 16, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American professional basketball player who played forward for the University of Memphis. ... Rodney Dion Carney (born April 15, 1984 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American basketball player. ... The 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The UCLA Bruins mens basketball program, established in 1920, owns a record 11 NCAA championships. ...


Despite losing their top three scorers from the prior season to the NBA and graduation, the 2006-07 Tigers duplicated the previous year's regular season record of 30-3 and again won the Conference USA championship, going undefeated in conference play. The Tigers earned a number two seed in the 2007 NCAA tournament. The Tigers defeated 15 seed North Texas in the first round, 7 seed Nevada in the second round, 3 seed Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen, and lost to 1 seed and eventual tournament runner-up Ohio State in the Elite Eight. The 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 NCAA schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... “UNT” redirects here. ... The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada or UNR) is a university located in Reno, Nevada, USA, and is known for its programs in agricultural research, journalism, animal biotechnology, and mining-related engineering and natural sciences. ... The Texas A&M Aggies basketball teams are the official mens and womens basketball teams at Texas A&M University. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ...


The 2007-08 Tigers achieved a number one ranking in the Associated Press basketball poll in January of 2008, the school's first number one ranking in the poll in twenty-five years, and went on to win their third straight Conference USA title on March 15th, 2008. The team received a number one seed in the 2008 NCAA tournament and defeated 16 seed Texas-Arlington in round one, 8 seed Mississippi State in round two, and 5 seed Michigan State in the sweet sixteen. Memphis convincingly defeated #2 seed Texas in the Elite 8 round to advance to the school's first Final Four since 1985. Following this win, Memphis went on to beat UCLA on April 5, 2008, advancing to the national championship game on April 7, 2008. With this win, Memphis became the first team in NCAA history to achieve 38 wins in a single season.[4] The Tigers then lost to Kansas in the National Championship Game by the final score of 75-68 in Overtime, becoming the second NCAA runners-up in team history. [5] The Associated Press (AP) Poll, along with the USA Today Coaches Poll, ranks the top 25 NCAA Division I college football and basketball teams, weekly. ... The 2008 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involves 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The University of Texas at Arlington, usually referred to as UT Arlington or UTA, is a nationally recognized comprehensive doctoral/research university classified by Carnegie as Research University - High Activity [2]. The university is located in Arlington, Texas, USA. UT Arlington has a student population of nearly 25,000 and... The Mississippi State Bulldogs are the athletic teams of Mississippi State University. ... The Michigan State Spartans mens basketball team represents Michigan State University (MSU) and competes in the Big 10 Conference of NCAA Division I. The team currently plays at the Breslin Student Events Center. ... NCAA Tournament Final Four 1943, 1947, 2003 Conference Tournament Champions Southwest Conference: 1994, 1995 Conference Regular Season Champions Southwest Conference: 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1924, 1933, 1939, 1943, 1947, 1951, 1954, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995 Big 12 Conference: 1999, 2006 The Texas Longhorns... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Top 5 coaches (by percentage)

Coach Years Winning % (Overall Record )
John Calipari 2000-Present 77.1% (219-65)
Bob Vanatta 1956-62 76.2% (109-34)
Fred Grantham 1920-21 75.0% (22-7-1)
Dana Kirk 1979-86 73.1% (158-58)
Gene Bartow 1970-74 72.2% (83-32)

John Vincent Calipari (born February 10, 1959, in Moon Township (A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States) is a former professional and current college basketball coach. ... Gene Bartow (August 18, 1930 – ) is a former college mens basketball coach. ...

Retired jerseys

The University of Memphis has retired eight jerseys.

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Years played
22 Win Wilfong 1955–57
44 John Gunn 1974–76
21 Larry Finch
33 Ronnie Robinson 1970–73
24 Keith Lee 1981–85
34 Elliot Perry
25 Anfernee Hardaway
13 Forest Arnold 1952–56

Source: [6] Larry Finch (born February 16, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former player and coach for Memphis State (now called the University of Memphis) mens basketball team. ... Keith Lee (born December 28, 1962 in West Memphis, Arkansas), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. ... Elliot Lamonte Perry (born March 28, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. The 60 point guard from the University of Memphis was selected with the tenth pick of the second round (38th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1991... Anfernee Deon Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American NBA basketball player specializing as a point guard and shooting guard. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ This article is about the men's basketball team only; women's teams and athletes at the University of Memphis are known as "Lady Tigers."
  2. ^ a b c Tiger Basketball History :: The early years
  3. ^ a b c Tiger Basketball History II :: The last three decades
  4. ^ "Could this year's champ be 'greatest ever'?" MSNBC. April 2, 2008. Retrieved on April 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "Kansas vs. Memphis Box Score" ESPN 7 April 2008
  6. ^ Retired Jerseys. Memphis Tigers. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.

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