The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball staff represents the University of Memphis at NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. The Tigers have competed because 2013 at the Athletic Conference. 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 as the 19th most prosperous basketball program from 1962 to 2012 in their annual 50 in 50 list.
On April 7, 2009, Josh Pastner has been named the head coach 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 during 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 headed the team in scoring and has been drafted to the NBA. Williams was allowed to play with his first season after departing Calipari took him Memphis’ top-ranked recruiting class. In 2011 Pastner directed the Tigers back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in his coaching career, though they lost in the initial round into his former group, Arizona.
Throughout the 2011–12 year, the Tigers announced they were leaving Conference USA to join the Big East Conference starting in 2013 (later renamed the American Athletic Conference). They began the season strong, moving as high to No. 13 in the country before falling out of the ranks (a phenomenon which would eventually become a recurrent motif of this Pastner age ). In the last game of the season, Josh Pastner’s success over Tulsa gave him 72 career successes, the most by a Memphis head coach over his first few seasons. Memphis made its second straight NCAA Championship after winning the Conference USA championship. An 8-seed, the Tigers dropped in the first round to 9-seeded Saint Louis. For the NBA, sophomore star Will Barton left after the summer.
Back 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 year in CUSA.  The Tigers started competition from the then recently formed American Athletic Conference in 2013. AAC competition wasn’t as kind to the Pastner-led Tigers, as they made an NCAA tournament berth in only 1 of the team’s first 3 seasons at the AAC.
On April 8, 2016, facing mounting criticism in Memphis, Pastner took the job of head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech.  A few days later, the Tigers hired Tubby Smith to take over the head coaching job.  Smith had only won the Big 12 coach of the year award as well as some national coaching awards for his season at Texas Tech.
Smith was fired on March 14, 2018, after failing to achieve the NCAA Tournament in both of his two decades as head coach. Penny Hardaway was afterwards verified as Smith’s replacement
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