Since Josh Pastner took over the duties as head coach for the Memphis Tigers, he has been successful than many experts expected him to be. In four seasons, Pastner took Memphis to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and back-to back C-USA tournament championships. This is something that the great John Calipari didn’t achieve during his tenure at Memphis. College Gameday will be at the Memphis and Gonzaga game in February and Pastner is definitely excited about the opportunity.
First, Memphis received big news earlier this week concerning their attendance. Memphis ranked No. 11 nationally in home attendance in the 2012-2013 season. They averaged over 16,336 fans over 18 games at the FedEx Forum.
This was the sixth straight year that Memphis finished in the top 15 nationally in home attendance and 12th in the last 13 seasons it has ranked in the top 20.
With Memphis entering their new conference, they will now get more exposure on bigger networks such as ESPN. With the College Gameday crew coming to Memphis for their match-up against Gonzaga, Pastner mentioned that it’s more important than ever that “Tiger Nation” continue to turn out in droves.
“There’s only eight College Gamedays a year and we’re one of the spots,” said Pastner on Saturday. “It’s another opportunity to showcase this city, the university, our basketball program and most importantly our rabid fan base; another opportunity to showcase how passionate the fan base is here in Memphis.
“We’ve got the best fans in the country. It’s important to continue to pack FedEx Forum, more so now than ever with our TV coverage and the exposure we’re going to get and the possibility of keeping the American Athletic conference tournament at FedEx Forum.”
Memphis will be hosting the AAC tournament on March 12-15. The U of M officials are hopeful that Memphis will be the permanent site for the men’s tournament. Each game in the tournament will be televised on ESPN networks.
The Tigers will also be on ESPN during other parts of the season. The fans will be able to watch the Tigers in action during the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and against Florida in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.