Memphis Announces 2000-2001 Basketball Schedule
Aug. 15, 2000
MEMPHIS - A season opener with Temple, the school's inaugural appearance in the Puerto Rico Shootout and a league schedule, which includes nationally-televised home dates against both the Conference USA regular season and tournament champions, highlight The University of Memphis basketball schedule released by U of M athletic director R.C. Johnson Wednesday.
"We have put together a very difficult schedule," said first-year coach John Calipari. "In all likelihood we will be playing five opponents who will be nationally-ranked within our first seven games of the season. And we close strong with six games which could include the top four teams in the league at the end of the year."
Memphis opens the season against Temple Nov. 17 in a nationally-televised, ESPN game.
Less than a week later the Tigers travel to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Shootout. The U of M opens play in the tournament against Miami of Ohio on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The Tigers will play either Stanford or Old Dominion in the second round of the tournament. Rounding out the tournament field is Utah, American University, Georgia and Indiana State.
Memphis will play host to Conference USA Tournament defending champion Saint Louis on Jan. 18 as well as take on defending C-USA regular season champion Cincinnati Feb. 15 in The Pyramid. Both games are slated to be televised by ESPN.
The Tigers' conference schedule also includes home-and-home dates with National Division rivals UAB, Houston, Southern Miss, South Florida and Tulane. Memphis will play host to American Division foe Marquette, while traveling to DePaul, Charlotte and Louisville.
In addition to playing at Louisville March 3, the Tigers will return to Freedom Hall for the Ohio Casualty Group Conference USA Tournament March 7-10.
Highlighting the nonconference schedule are games against Southeastern Conference opponents Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, as well as a home date against Kansas State from the Big 12 and a game at Big East rival Miami.
Memphis plays eight opponents who were in last year's NCAA Tournament -- Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Saint Louis, Temple and Tennessee. Additionally, Puerto Rico Shootout teams Indiana State, Stanford and Utah were in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers' schedule includes seven games against five opponents who played in the National Invitation Tournament -- Charlotte, Marquette, Mississippi, South Florida and Tulane.