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  1. Oct 18, 1999 · The fivesome would then use their speed and quickness to freeze the basketball. Due to large crowds in the 1949-50 season, two games had to be moved to Messick High Gym and the Shelby County Building. 1950s. The 1950s was a time when University of Memphis basketball had grown into a household name thanks in part to head coach Eugene Lambert.

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    Early years

    The predecessor of the University of Memphis, West Tennessee State Normal School, first put a basketball team on the court 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 t...


    In 1970, Gene Bartow was named head coach. The 1970 season also saw the first games of Larry Finch and Ronnie Robinson, two all-time greats. Larry Finch scored 24 points in his first appearance as a freshman. In 1971, the Tigers led by Finch and Robinson upset conference rival Louisville. At 11–2, they were ranked #19 after not reaching the Top 20 in a decade. Early in the 1971–1972 season, Memphis State fell in a heart breaker to No. 2 Marquette after leading by five points with five minutes...


    In the 1980s, the Tigers made seven NCAA tournaments and won three Metro Conference titles, amassing a record of 230–87 (.726). 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. However, that same night they were knocked off by Virginia Tech 69–56 in Blacksburg. In the 1983 NCAA Tournament, the Tigers beat Georgetown led by Patrick Ewing, whom Lee dominated in the paint. They lost their next game to...

    The Tigers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times. Their overall record is 34–26. However, wins in 1982–1986 and 2008 have been vacated. * = vacated by NCAA

    The Tigers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament(NIT) 19 times. Their combined record is 24–17 and they were NIT champions in 2002 and 2021.

    College Basketball Hall of Fame

    The Memphis program has included multiple coaches that are members of the National College Basketball Hall of Fame. The school has yet to produce any players that have been inducted. Larry Brown was hired as an assistant in 2021 and was already a member of both the College and Naismith Memorial Basketballhalls of fame.


    Memphis has had 8 players chosen as All-Americans by the four sources used by the NCAA to determine consensus teams, the Associated Press, the United States Basketball Writers Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and The Sporting News (which replaced the United Press International in 1998). Three players have been unanimous first team selections (Keith Lee, Anfernee Hardaway, and Chris Douglas-Roberts). Keith Lee was the only Tiger to be selected more than once, eventua...

    Since the NBA Draft began in 1947, 50 players from Memphis have been drafted, with an additional four signed as undrafted free agents. Of the 50 drafted players, 28 played in at least one NBA (or ABA) game. Memphis has produced 13 first-round picks, including 8 top-ten picks and one number-one pick (Derrick Rose). Three former Tigers have been named NBA All-Stars: Larry Kenon (twice), Penny Hardaway (4 times), and Derrick Rose (3 times). Three have gone on to win the NBA Championship: Win Wilfong with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958, William Bedford with the Detroit Pistons in 1990, and Earl Barron with the Miami Heat in 2006. In 2010, Memphis became the second college to produce two consecutive NBA Rookie of the Year winners: Derrick Rose in 2009 and Tyreke Evans in 2010 (the first being North Carolina with winners Walter Davis in 1978 and Phil Ford in 1979). In 2011, Rose became the first former Tiger to be named the NBA Most Valuable Player. Many Memphis players since the 1960s that...

    The University of Memphis has retired nine jerseys. 1. 1 John Gunn succumbed to Stevens–Johnson syndromeon December 21, 1976. He had been diagnosed with the rare disease only three games into the 1976 season. 2. 2 Chris Douglas-Roberts, guard/forward from 2005 to 2008, declined the University of Memphis' invitation to have his #14 jersey retired in 2017. Source:

    • 1,406–820–1 (.632)
    • Penny Hardaway (4th season)
  4. Oct 14, 2021 · Tracking the Tigers: Pro Day, Memphis Madness, a lingering probe and more. Emoni Bates, who already has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, took Pro Day in stride. (Photo: Terry Davis) Terry Davis. Representatives of all 30 NBA teams were in attendance at Pro Day for the University of Memphis men’s basketball team on Oct. 6.

  5. Apr 14, 2016 · Legendary basketball coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith, who guided the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA title, has been named the 18th head coach in the storied history of the University of Memphis basketball program. Smith, who has a 557-276 career record at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas Tech, is a three-time National CoachContinue Reading →

  6. Eric Patrick Musselman (born November 19, 1964) is an American college basketball coach who is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.He is the former head coach of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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