Hello American Athletic Conference, We Are Memphis:
On July 1, the University of Memphis officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference. Beginning July 8, GoTigersGo.com brings a daily introduction of each sport at the University of Memphis to the American Athletic Conference. The sport schedule is below with links to previously featured programs.
Memphis posted a perfect APR score three of the last four years (2010, 2011, 2012) and had a .997 APR score in 2013, receiving NCAA Public Recognition Awards each of those years. In his four seasons as head coach, Josh Pastner has had 13 players earn degrees, and five more players are on track to receive degrees by the end of this calendar year. Since 2002, the Tigers program has had 34 players earn their degrees.
Derrick Rose is the youngest player in NBA history to be named the league's MVP.
Olympic Gold Medalist
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, the most-decorated player in Tigers history, was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. squad at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Ga.
Anfernee Hardaway won gold as a member of Dream Team II at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Local greats talk about Penny Hardaway and wearing the Memphis Tigers uniform.
NBA Rookies of the Year
Former Memphis stars Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans were named NBA Rookies of the Year in 2008-09 and 2009-10, respectively. Memphis is only the second NCAA Division I program to produce back-to-back NBA Rookies of the Year in NBA history and the first to do so since 1977-78 and 1978-79 (North Carolina is the other program).
Memphis became only the second NCAA Division I program to produce consecutive NBA Rookies of the Year in 2009 (Rose) and 2010 (Evans).
Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans - Memphis Back-to-Back NBA Rookie of the Year Award recipients.
NCAA Final Four Appearances
The Tigers advanced to three NCAA Final Fours in their history (1973, 1985, 2008), reaching the championship game in 1973 and 2008.
Memphis enters the 2013-14 campaign as one of the nine NCAA Division 1 programs to win 20 or more games each of the last 11 seasons (2002-03 to 2012-13). The only other American Athletic Conference member in this group is Louisville.
The Tigers are one of nine NCAA Division I programs to win 20 or more games each of the last 11 seasons.
Memphis has won a total of 24 conference crowns (regular season and tournament combined) in its history. The Tigers hold 13 league regular-season championships and 11 tournament titles.
In his first season as head coach in 1986-87, Larry Finch guided Memphis to the Metro Conference Tournament championship.
NBA Draft Picks Since 1987
The Tigers have 32 NBA Draft picks since 1987, which are tied for the 13th-most among all NCAA Division I schools over that period of time. It's the second-most NBA Draft picks since 1987 among the current American Athletic Conference institutions.
The infographic above shows Memphis with the second-most NBA Draft picks since 1987 among American Athletic Conference schools.
Memphis has 48 1,000-point scorers in its history, which is tied for 10th-most among NCAA Division I schools. The only other American Athletic Conference school on this list is Louisville (second with 63).
Keith Lee (left) and Elliot Perry (right) are the top-two scorers in Memphis basketball history.
Wins Since 2000-01
Memphis' 358 victories are the third-most among NCAA Division I schools since 2000-01. The next American Athletic Conference school on that list is Louisville in 11th place with 322 wins. Over that time, Memphis also set two NCAA records for conference win streaks. The Tigers posted 52-game regular season and 64-game overall (regular season and tournament) win streaks from 2006-10.
Since 2000-01, Memphis' 358 victories are the most among American Athletic Conference schools and the third-most among all NCAA Division 1 programs.
Total Attendance Since 2000-01
Memphis is closing in on the 4-million mark for attendance in the 21st century. The Tigers averaged over 15,600 fans per game at The Pyramid/FedExForum over that span of time and ranked in the top-20 in NCAA Division I attendance 12 of the past 13 seasons.
Memphis is consistently ranked among the top-20 NCAA Division 1 programs for attendance in the 21st century. Nearly four million fans watched the Tigers play in person since 2000-01.