The college basketball season is gradually approaching the entire universe. It is about to hit all of us in the head and make a headache. As for the Memphis Tigers, they are preparing for another successful season, especially with the talent on the roster. Coach Pastner has the tools to win at least 23 wins, but will he do it?
When Michael Dixon was finally cleared by the NCAA, that made Memphis one of the teams to watch out for this upcoming season. Many experts are already saying that Memphis has the best backcourt in the nation that includes Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson and Dixon. Pastner has stamped his mark as the head coach for the future. Some fans are judging him on his success in the NCAA Tournament, which could possibly boot him out of town.
With what John Calipari has done during his time at Memphis falls in the hands of Pastner. He’s placed in the situation where he has to almost repeat Calipari’s success. Calipari led Memphis to two consecutive Elite Eight’s, national championship, and Sweet 16.
In all honesty, that’s not fair. A coach should not be judged based on their success in the tournament. Pastner finally got his first win last season over Saint Mary’s before falling to Michigan State to end the Tiger’s season with an overall record of 31-5.
Practice officially begins for all Division 1 schools on Oct. 3. Memphis Madness will take place on Oct. 18. Finally, Memphis has to get ready for their exhibition game against Christian Brothers on Nov. 8. With the seniors on the roster, this team will not have a problem winning basketball games.
To sum this piece up, Pastner will be watched closely by a lot of fans of the sport. Some experts are not happy with three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament with only one win and three straight Conference USA Championships. Pastner is a good coach with the ingredients of becoming a great coach.
This season Memphis will take on Louisville, Oklahoma State, Florida, Cincinnati, Temple, Gonzaga and many other teams. I am pulling for Pastner and his players. It almost feels like Pastner is carrying the college basketball universe on his shoulders. Well, the only thing he has to do is win big games and not choke under pressure and the world will crumble to his feet.