The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball staff represents the University of Memphis at NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have collaborated in the American Athletic Conference since 2013. As of 2011, the Tigers had the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games at the FedExForum. 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 has been appointed 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 decades. Pastner gained a reputation throughout his tenure at Arizona as a 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 allowed to play with his first season after leaving Calipari took him Memphis’ top-ranked recruitment class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back into the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching career, though they dropped in the initial round into his former group, Arizona.
During the 2011–12 season, 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 powerful, moving as high to No. 13 in the country before falling out of the ranks (a phenomenon that would eventually become a recurrent theme of the Pastner era). In the last game of this season, Josh Pastner’s success over Tulsa gave him 72 career victories, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first few seasons. Memphis created its second straight NCAA Tournament after winning the Conference USA championship. An 8-seed, the Tigers lost in the initial round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. For the NBA, sophomore celebrity Will Barton left Following the season.
Back in 2012–13, the Tigers, led by CUSA participant of the year Joe Jackson, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their final season in CUSA. [18] The Tigers started competition in the then recently 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 group’s first 3 seasons in 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 couple of days later, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job. [20] Smith had only won the Big 12 coach of the year award in addition to some national coaching awards for his year at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired March 14, 2018, after failing to achieve the NCAA Tournament in both of his two decades as head coach. Penny Hardaway was confirmed as Smith’s replacement

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