Tiger Basketball Podcast

Tiger Basketball Podcast

The Tiger Basketball Podcast from The Commercial Appeal, hosted by Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tennessee.

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November 22, 2021 35 min

There are no second chances when it comes to first impressions.

To this point, the Memphis basketball team has played exclusively at home and exclusively on ESPN+. That changes this week as the Tigers travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they will face Virginia Tech on Wednesday in a game that will be broadcast to a national audience (ESPN2).

And there’s a chance Memphis will be back on ESPN2 on Friday, facing No. 25 Xavier.

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The first three games of the Memphis basketball season have revealed plenty about these Tigers. 

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Most notably, despite all of the team's flaws, Penny Hardaway and Co. are still very good. We've also learned, however, that with a little work, a few adjustments in certain areas and maybe some more time to...

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Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren were as advertised and the Memphis basketball team's veteran core gave the Tigers all the stability it needed to come away winners in the season opener. 

How it all came together and where they still have work to do are the primary topics of this week's edition of the Tiger Basketball Podcast. Co-hosts Mark Giannotto and Jason Munz break down the lineup combinations that were most effective and l...

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The trajectory of the upcoming Memphis basketball season will hinge on myriad variables. 

How it utilizes veteran guard Alex Lomax might be at the top of the list. 

On this episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto debate the topic, while also evaluating the role of star freshman Emoni Bates. Munz and Giannotto also survey the big picture and make a few predictions regarding the 20...

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Memphis did what it was supposed to do last week against LeMoyne-Owen. 

Better yet, for the most part, it looked like most people hoped it would look. The Tigers played confidently and were in sync more often than not, despite missing several key pieces, including Emoni Bates and last year's leading scorer, Landers Nolley II. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz is joined by Tiger ...

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The Memphis basketball team achieved its highest preseason Associated Press Top 25 ranking in a decade this week. 

Thirty-four of the AP's 63 voters had the 12th-ranked Tigers inside their top 10. The team even showed up on one ballot at No. 2 in the country, according to collegepolltracker.com. But seven voters did not include Memphis anywhere in their top 25. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat w...

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We know more today about the Memphis basketball program's pending NCAA infractions case than we did last week. That's because Independent Accountability Resolutions Process officials released a timeline of the case's procedural events on Monday. 

But, for every question it answered, it raised many more. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto take ...

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It's one thing to see it on paper, but it's something else entirely to observe it up close and personal. 

If anything was made clear by watching the Memphis basketball team practice last week, it's how deep the Tigers' roster will be this season. Even without veteran guard Alex Lomax and high-profile transfer Earl Timberlake on the floor during the Memphis Rebounders Club's Happy Hour Hoops event, Penny Hardaway...

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The Memphis basketball team won a postseason tournament championship (the NIT) in March. It won an offseason championship – in a manner of speaking – by signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and adding Hall of Famer Larry Brown and former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace to the coaching staff. 

Will the Tigers make it three in a row with a national championship next spring? 

Penny Hardaway's team will officially begin i...

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 Football is the driver behind any and all conference realignment. 

Always has been and always will be. 

But, obviously, its effects aren't limited to football. So, as the American Athletic Conference appears set to lose Houston, Cincinnati and UCF to the Big 12, where does that leave the league from a basketball perspective? 

On this week's episode of the Memphis Basketball Podcast, Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz ...

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The Memphis basketball offseason has been one wild ride. 

And, one way or the other, the season to come is sure to follow suit. 

On the long-awaited return of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, The Commercial Appeal's Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto revisit the highlights of the past five months – the No. 1 recruiting class, the start of the NIL era, Larry Brown, Rasheed Wallace and more –...

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The Memphis basketball program sailed into the offseason on the strength of its recent NIT championship run. 

The Tigers ran the table at the postseason tournament, beating Dayton, Boise State, Colorado State and Mississippi State to win the crown for the second time (2002). 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss the significance of the team's str...

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The Memphis men's basketball team is back in action Thursday in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto discuss Memphis' opponent (Boise State), break down what the NIT means in the grand scheme of things, and how next year's schedule should be more advantageous for Penny Hardaway'...

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Selection Sunday was disappointing again for the Memphis basketball program and its fans.

The Tigers were left out of the NCAA Tournament field after a 16-8 season. While the team, under third-year coach Penny Hardaway, is a No. 1 seed at the National Invitation Tournament, how should we perceive the program and the direction it is headed? 

Beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss that, as well as give their impr...

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The Tigers have their work cut out for them. 

Memphis (15-7), after losing a heartbreaker at Houston to close out the regular season, will be the No. 3 seed at this week's AAC Tournament. The Tigers will face either East Carolina or UCF at 9 p.m. Friday. Chances are, if they win that game, a rematch with the Cougars will be on deck at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Can Memphis redeem itself? If so, what must the Tigers do differently in ...

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The Memphis basketball team has set itself up for a dramatic conclusion to the regular season. 

The Tigers, winners of six straight, are in position to potentially move into the NCAA Tournament field and still has a shot at an AAC title. 

But they can't do either of those things without beating No. 7 Houston at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Fertitta Center. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason ...

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The Tigers are a dangerous team capable of rattling off a strong enough regular-season finish to legitimately join the NCAA Tournament at-large conversation. 

Why? Defense. But will that be enough against the likes of Houston or Wichita State? 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto dive into what Memphis has to do to position itself on the bubble, breaks down...

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Memphis has won six of seven and is 8-3 in league play for the first time since the 2013-14 season. 

But, if the Tigers are going to have a legitimate shot at an at-large bid and get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since that same 2013-14 season, they have to beat Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Thursday. 

Only after that should Memphis start looking toward Sunday's matchup at Houston. 

Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Mu...

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Memphis has turned its season around in the a matter of 15 days. 

The Tigers have gone from a 6-5 record and a bleak outlook on the rest of the year to an 11-6 mark and, all the sudden, clearing a realistic path to the postseason. 

Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss how the team has turned things around, what it needs to do to keep momentum on its side and whether the Tigers can do just tha...

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In the span of a week, the Memphis basketball team has gone from mediocre to having as much momentum as any team in the AAC. 

The Tigers have won back-to-back-to-back league games for just the second time in the past two seasons. 

Which begs at least a couple of intriguing questions: Is this the best three-game stretch of the Penny Hardaway era? Also, which five factors are the most responsible for Memphis' turnaround? 

Beat wr...

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