Memphis Tigers men's basketball

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The Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represents the University of Memphis in NCAA Division I men's college basketball.wikipedia
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They play home games at the FedExForum.
It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of the University of Memphis, both of whom previously played home games at Pyramid Arena.

Larry Finch

The 1970 season also saw the first games of Larry Finch and Ronnie Robinson, two all-time greats.
He is perhaps most famous for leading the Memphis Tigers to the NCAA men's basketball championship game in 1973 in a heroic loss to the UCLA Bruins, led by Bill Walton.

Bill Walton

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After beating Providence, the Tigers went to play for the national championship against the UCLA Bruins led by legendary coach John Wooden and led by star Bill Walton.
With Walton, UCLA won the NCAA Championship in 1972 over Florida State and again in 1973 with an 87–66 win over Memphis State in which Walton made 21 of 22 field goal attempts and scored 44 points.

John Calipari

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John Calipari was named Memphis' head coach in 2000.
He was previously the head coach at the University of Massachusetts from 1988 to 1996, the NBA's New Jersey Nets from 1996 to 1999 and the University of Memphis from 2000 to 2009, and was the head coach of the Dominican Republic national team in 2011 and 2012.

Rodney Carney

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The 2005–06 Tigers were led by Darius Washington, Shawne Williams and Rodney Carney and set a school record by going 30–3 and reaching a No.
He played college basketball for the University of Memphis and was selected in the 2006 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and shortly afterwards traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Derrick Rose

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1 overall pick Derrick Rose, the team received a No.
He played one year of college basketball for the Memphis Tigers before being drafted first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft.

Tic Price

Finch stepped down as head coach in 1997 and Tic Price took over thereafter.
Prior to that, he served as head coach of Memphis and New Orleans.

2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1 seed in the 2008 NCAA tournament and defeated No.
These were Memphis, the winner of the South region, UCLA, the winner of the West region making their third consecutive Final Four appearance, Kansas, the winner of the Midwest region, and overall number one seed and East region winner North Carolina, back in the Final Four for the first time since their 2005 national championship.

Shawne Williams

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The 2005–06 Tigers were led by Darius Washington, Shawne Williams and Rodney Carney and set a school record by going 30–3 and reaching a No.
He played college basketball for the University of Memphis before being selected 17th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

1982–83 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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In the 1983 NCAA Tournament, the Tigers beat Georgetown led by Patrick Ewing, whom Lee dominated in the paint.
They lost to Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the 1983 Big East Tournament and advanced to the second round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament before losing to Memphis State.

1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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After beating Providence, the Tigers went to play for the national championship against the UCLA Bruins led by legendary coach John Wooden and led by star Bill Walton.
In the title game of the NCAA Tournament at St. Louis, junior center Bill Walton scored 44 points (21 of 22 field goal attempts) with thirteen rebounds as the top-ranked Bruins defeated #12 Memphis State, 87–66.

Chris Douglas-Roberts

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Led by First-Team All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts and future No.
He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.

Eugene Lambert (coach)

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The Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the first time, in 1955, under coach Eugene Lambert.
He served as head basketball coach at North Texas Agricultural (now the University of Texas at Arlington), Kenyon, Arkansas, Memphis State, and Alabama.

Wayne Yates

Wayne Yates took over for Bartow in 1974 when Bartow left for Illinois.
Yates transferred to Memphis State University following his sophomore year.

Tyreke Evans

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The 2008–09 Tigers, led by another freshman guard, Tyreke Evans, again went undefeated in Conference USA and earned a two seed in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
After playing college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.

1995 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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In 1995, the Memphis team included future NBA players David Vaughn, Cedric Henderson, and Lorenzen Wright, and they made it to the 1995 NCAA Tournament where they lost in the Sweet Sixteen.
And for the second time, the tournament returned to Memphis, this time at the Pyramid Arena, the home to the Memphis Tigers men's basketball team.

Penny Hardaway

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In 1990, Finch landed the country's highest rated high school recruit, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway.
Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player.

Tubby Smith

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A few days later, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job.
Smith previously served in the same role at the University of Tulsa, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, the University of Minnesota, Texas Tech University, and the University of Memphis.

Josh Pastner

On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner was named the team's head coach.
Pastner was a player on the 1997 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball national championship team, and an assistant coach at the University of Arizona under Lute Olson and at the University of Memphis under John Calipari.

Joe Jackson (basketball)

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In 2012–13, the Tigers, led by CUSA player of the year Joe Jackson, won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles in their last season in CUSA.
He played college basketball for the University of Memphis where he was named the 2013 Conference USA Player of the Year.

Will Barton

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After the season, sophomore star Will Barton left for the NBA.
He played college basketball for Memphis, where he won the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012.

Memphis Pyramid

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The Tigers also moved to the Great Midwest Conference and began playing their home games at the new Pyramid Arena (affectionately known as the "Tomb of Doom") in 1991.
The Pyramid was the home court for the University of Memphis men's basketball program, and later for the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies.

NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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The Tigers made the NCAA tournament for the first time, in 1955, under coach Eugene Lambert.

Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball

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The Tigers defeated 15 seed North Texas in the first round, 7 seed Nevada in the second round, and 3 seed Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen, and lost to 1 seed and eventual tournament runner-up Ohio State in the Elite Eight.
2 Memphis advanced the Buckeyes to the Final Four.

1973 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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They went to the NCAA tournament where they handily beat South Carolina and Kansas State after a first round bye to reach the Final Four.
Led by longtime head coach John Wooden, the UCLA Bruins won their seventh consecutive national title with an 87–66 victory in the final game over Memphis State, coached by Gene Bartow, a future head coach at UCLA.