NCAA Bound Tigers Headed to Raleigh
March 16, 2014
The University of Memphis will play George Washington Friday in the Second Round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. The Tigers (23-9) learned their fate during the Division I Men's Basketball Selection Show broadcast by March Madness Live and CBS on Sunday.
Memphis is the East Region's No. 8 seed. The winner of Friday's game between No. 9 seed George Washington and the Tigers will take on the winner of Friday's game pitting No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina on Sunday. The games in Raleigh will be played at PNC Arena.
Times for Thursday and Friday's NCAA Second Round games are still to be determined.
Memphis will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and 10th time in the last 12 years.
The Tigers are one of four teams from the American Athletic Conference to receive bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. This is Memphis' 26th overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Tigers have a 33-25 record in NCAA Tournament play. In its history, Memphis had made three Final Four appearances (1973, 1985, 2008), six Elite Eights and 11 Sweet Sixteens.
Memphis advances to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year under head coach Josh Pastner. Last year Memphis was placed in the Midwest Regional. The Tigers defeated Saint Mary's 54-52 before falling to Michigan State 70-48 in Second and Third Round games played in Auburn Hills, Mich.
This is Pastner's 17th trip to the NCAA Tournament in his 18 seasons in college basketball as a player, staff member, assistant coach and head coach. During his time at Arizona, Pastner was part of 13-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament (1997-2008), including the 1997 NCAA championship squad. He was an assistant on the Memphis staff when the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2009.