Tiger Basketball Announces 2009-10 Non-Conference/Exhibition Schedule
Aug. 6, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tiger Nation can begin penciling in the 2009-10 University of Memphis basketball schedule as the non-conference portion of the slate was announced Thursday. Including the Tigers' two exhibition games and eight Conference USA contests, Josh Pastner's debut season as the Memphis head coach has 21 home dates at FedExForum.
Game times and television games are to be announced at a later date.
Four non-league foes are ranked in a recent ESPN.com/Dick Vitale summer top-40 poll, with Kansas at No. 1, Tennessee at No. 12, Syracuse at No. 17 and Gonzaga at No. 34. The Tigers were ranked No. 40 in that poll.
The Pastner era tips off in early November with two exhibition contests at FedExForum versus LeMoyne-Owen Nov. 3 and Christian Brothers Nov. 9. Four days later, Pastner coaches his first regular season game as the Tigers' mentor when Jackson State comes to the Bluff City. It is the second time in four seasons Memphis opens a campaign versus Jackson State, as the Tigers also did so in 2006-07.
Memphis' home non-conference schedule is highlighted by visits from in-state rival Tennessee Dec. 31 and Gonzaga Feb. 6. The Tigers also welcome Arkansas State Dec. 5, Montana State Dec. 9, Southeast Missouri State Dec. 22, IUPUI Dec. 28 and Houston Baptist Jan. 3 to FedExForum.
As announced on Aug. 1, Memphis is slated to participate in the Hall of Fame Showcase and hosts three games at FedExForum as part of the event. The Tigers meet Tennessee Tech Nov. 20, Central Arkansas Nov. 24 and Oakland Nov. 30 in the exempt Showcase event.
Memphis opens the Hall of Fame Showcase with a Nov. 17 encounter in St. Louis against Kansas, which is ranked No. 1 in most summer preseason polls. The Tigers also play two additional neutral site contests when they face Arkansas-Little Rock at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 12 and UMass at TD Banknorth Arena in Boston, Mass. Memphis last played in Alltel Arena in North Little Rock in the 2008 NCAA Tournament first and second rounds. The Tigers defeated Texas-Arlington and Mississippi State in those two tournament games en route to their NCAA championship game appearance.
The Tigers' only true non-conference road game is a Jan. 6 meeting against the Orange at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
Memphis' Conference USA schedule is expected to be released in early September. The Conference USA Tournament, which had been at FedExForum since 2005, moves to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and is slated for Mar. 10-13.
2009-10 Memphis Basketball Schedule (Non-Conference/Exhibitions Only)
Nov. 3 - LeMoyne-Owen (exhibition)