The Memphis Tigers is the men’s basketball team representing the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. The program has a rich history, with multiple appearances in the NCAA Tournament and Conference Championships.
The Tigers have made a total of 27 appearances in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, with the most recent being in 2019. They have advanced to the Final Four three times (1973, 1985, and 2008) and were the national runners-up in 1973 and 2008.
The Memphis Tigers have also won 15 regular-season conference championships and 10 conference tournament championships in their history. The team has produced many successful NBA players, including Derrick Rose, Penny Hardaway, and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who is now the head coach of the Tigers.
The best all-time finish for the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA March Madness Tournament is the national runners-up, which they achieved twice, in 1973 and 2008. In the 1973 tournament, the Tigers reached the championship game but lost to UCLA, led by the legendary coach John Wooden and star player Bill Walton.
In the 2008 tournament, Memphis had an impressive run to the championship game, winning all their games leading up to it by double digits. They faced Kansas in the final but ultimately lost in overtime. Despite falling short of the national championship, the 2008 Tigers team had a memorable season and was led by future NBA players Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
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