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  1. Apr 26, 2021 · Memphis fans cheer on their team in the 77-64 win against Mississippi State in the NCAA college basketball championship game in the NIT, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony ...

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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)
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  3. Nov 10, 2021 · The University of Memphis Tigers played men's basketball at The Pyramid from 1991 to 2004. The tenure marked the conclusion of Larry Finch's coaching career, the entirety of Penny Hardaway's career as a college player, and the start of John Calipari's run as Tigers coach.

  4. Oct 22, 2021 · Quinones averaged 9.5 rebounds per game in Memphis' final six games of 2020-21, including a career-high 16 in the NIT title game. Alex Lomax is 15 games away from 100 for his Memphis career. Over Lomax' 85 career games as a Tiger, Memphis is 22-4 when he has at least five assists in a game and 34-25 when he has fewer than five assists.

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