Tigers to host Demons in a 12 p.m. (CT) non-league game at FedExForum Saturday.
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The most legendary name in Tiger basketball history, Larry Finch came to the University of Memphis in the fall of 1969 and returned the team to national prominence. A graduate of Melrose High School, Finch played for the Tiger freshman team in 1969-70 and made his first varsity appearance in the fall of 1970. He played in all 26 games for the Tigers and scored 479 points. His average of 18.4 points per game led the team to a 18-8 record.
As a junior, Finch increased his scoring average to 23.9 points per game, which was a school record for just one season. The sharp-shooting guard poured in 723 points as a senior for a new scoring average record of 24.0 points per game. Finch helped the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in 1973 and a match-up against UCLA in the championship game. He finished his career with a school record 1,869.
Finch was drafted by the both the NBA and the ABA and opted to remain in Memphis and play professional basketball for the Memphis Tams and Pros. He entered the coaching profession with Gene Bartow at UAB and returned to Memphis as an assistant under Dana Kirk in 1978. Finch took over as head coach for Memphis in 1986 and remained as the head coach until 1997 compiling an overall record of 220-130.