The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team signifies the University of Memphis at NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have collaborated in the Athletic Conference. As of 2011, the Tigers had the 29th highest winning percentage in NCAA history. They play home games. ESPN Stats and Information Department ranked Memphis as the 19th most successful basketball program from 1962 to 2012 within their annual 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner has been named 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 acquired a reputation as a strong 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 permitted to play his first time after departing Calipari took him Memphis’ top-ranked recruitment class. In 2011 Pastner led the Tigers back to the NCAA championship for the first time in his coaching profession, even though they dropped in the initial round to his former team, Arizona.
During the 2011–12 season, the Tigers announced they were leaving Conference USA to join the Big East Conference beginning in 2013 (later renamed the American Athletic Conference). They began the season strong, moving as large to No. 13 in the country before falling out of the ranks (a phenomenon that would eventually become a recurrent motif of the Pastner era). In the last match of this season, Josh Pastner’s victory over Tulsa gave him 72 career successes, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first few seasons. Memphis created its second straight NCAA Championship after winning the Conference USA championship. An 8-seed, the Tigers lost in the first round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. Following the season, sophomore star Will Barton left for the NBA.
In 2012–13, the Tigers, headed by CUSA player of the year Joe Jackson, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their final year in CUSA.  The Tigers began competition from 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 just 1 of the team’s first 3 seasons in the AAC.
On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner chose the job of head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech.  A couple of days after, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job.  Smith had just 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 on March 14, 2018, after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament in both of his two years as head trainer. Penny Hardaway was verified as Smith’s replacement
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