2007–08 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2007–08 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers Woodmark.png
Conference Conference USA
2007–08 record 0–1[Note A], 38 wins vacated (0–0[Note A] C-USA, 16 wins vacated)
Head coach John Calipari (8th year)
Assistant coach Derek Kellogg
Assistant coach John Robic
Assistant coach Chuck Martin
Home arena FedExForum
Seasons
2007–08 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UAB 12 4   .750     23 11   .676
Houston 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Southern Miss 9 7   .563     19 14   .576
UCF 9 7   .563     16 15   .516
Tulsa 8 8   .500     25 14   .641
UTEP 8 8   .500     19 14   .576
Marshall 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
Tulane 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
East Carolina 5 11   .313     11 19   .367
SMU 4 12   .250     10 20   .333
Rice 0 16   .000     3 27   .100
#2 Memphis 0 0       0 1   .000
2008 C-USA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–08 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represented the University of Memphis in the 2007–08 college basketball season, the 87th season of Tiger basketball. The Tigers were coached by eighth-year head coach John Calipari, and they played their home games at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The team was the most successful in Tigers' history reaching the NCAA Championship game for the second time and setting numerous school records. It is also one of the most successful in college basketball history, setting the record for most wins in a season at 38–2 (Kentucky matched it in 2015 at 38-1). However, the wins were vacated in 2009 after an investigation into the eligibility of future NBA-star Derrick Rose and the Tigers officially finished the season 0–1.

Overview[edit]

Non-conference play[edit]

The Tigers began the season ranked No. 3 as a result of a strong recruiting class led by Derrick Rose and returning veteran stars Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey. To start non-conference play, the Tigers defeated powerhouses Oklahoma and Connecticut in the 2K College Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. On the same court in the Jimmy V Classic, they won an overtime thriller over USC led by O. J. Mayo. On December 22, they defeated No. 5 Georgetown by 14 and No. 17 Arizona the next week. On January 21, the undefeated Tigers were ranked No. 1 by both major polls after a loss by number-one North Carolina. The Tigers started the season 26–0, the best start to a season in Memphis history.

Conference play[edit]

Entering conference play, the Tigers were predicted to match the previous years undefeated run in the conference. Memphis started the season 26–0, the best in history. However, the record start was tested in a mid-season, non-conference bout against in-state rival No. 2 Tennessee. In a highly anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup covered by ESPN Gameday, the Volunteers beat the top-ranked Tigers at home 62–66. The Tigers finished Conference USA play undefeated for the second straight year, and won the conference tournament for the third straight year. Memphis finished the season with a 38-1 record and became the Conference USA regular season champions.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

In the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Memphis earned a 1-seed in the South. In opening rounds in Little Rock, they defeated 16-seed Texas–Arlington and 8-seed Mississippi State. They moved on to regionals in Houston where they defeated 5-seed Michigan State. In the regional final, they knocked off a 2-seeded Texas team playing near to its home in Austin. In the Final Four, Memphis beat UCLA and proceeded to the national championship game. The Tigers fell in overtime to the Kansas Jayhawks, 68–75 after a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer by Kansas-star Mario Chalmers. Chris Douglas-Roberts was named a first-team All-American, and prospective number-one draft pick Derrick Rose was named to the third team. The Tigers finished the season 38–2 (16–0), as Conference USA regular season and tournament champions. The 38 wins broke a record shared by the 1986 Duke Blue Devils, 1987 UNLV Runnin' Rebels, and 2005 Illinois Fighting Illini for the most wins in NCAA Division I history. It would be matched later by the 2012 and 2015 Kentucky Wildcats.

NCAA investigation[edit]

The NCAA determined in 2009 that Derrick Rose had forfeited his eligibility because the Educational Testing Service voided Rose's SAT Reasoning Test score that made him eligible to play at Memphis.[1] Additionally, the NCAA determined that even without the questions about Rose's SAT score, Rose would have lost his eligibility in December 2007 due to his brother being allowed to travel with the team for free.[2] All 38 wins and 1 NCAA tournament loss were subsequently vacated by the NCAA for rules violations, leaving the team with a final record of 0-1.[1][3][4] The NCAA also made Memphis remove banners commemorating the 2008 season. This included a banner commemorating three seniors who finished the 2008–2009 season with the most wins by any player in NCAA history with 137 from 2005 to 2009. Memphis also forfeited all NCAA tournament revenues.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jeff Robinson
SF
Elizabeth, NJ St. Patrick HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 14, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Derrick Rose
PG
Chicago, IL Simeon Career Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 4, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 4   Rivals: 23
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Taggart, ShawnShawn Taggart 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Richmond, Virginia
G 1 Kemp, WillieWillie Kemp 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Bolivar, Tennessee
F 2 Dozier, RobertRobert Dozier 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Lithonia, Georgia
F 3 Dorsey, JoeyJoey Dorsey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Sr Baltimore, Maryland
F 4 Niles, PierrePierre Niles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 310 lb (141 kg) So Memphis, Tennessee
G 5 Anderson, AntonioAntonio Anderson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Lynn, Massachusetts
G 14 Douglas-Roberts, ChrisChris Douglas-Roberts 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Detroit, Michigan
G 15 Allen, AndreAndre Allen 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Memphis, Tennessee
G 20 Mack, DonealDoneal Mack 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Charlotte, North Carolina
G 23 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Chicago, Illinois
G 31 McGrady, ChanceChance McGrady 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Auburndale, Florida
G 32 Robinson, JeffJeff Robinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Columbus, New Jersey
F/C 35 Bailey, HashimHashim Bailey 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 273 lb (124 kg) So Paterson, New Jersey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-04-05

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/05/07*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Tennessee–Martin
2K College Hoops Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer)
W 102–71  1–0
FedExForum (16,555)
Memphis, TN
11/06/07*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Richmond
2K College Hoops Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer)
W 80–63  2–0
FedExForum (16,771)
Memphis, TN
11/15/07*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Oklahoma
2K College Hoops Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer)
W 63–53  3–0
Madison Square Garden (7,308)
New York, NY
11/16/07*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Connecticut
2K College Hoops Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer)
W 81–70  4–0
Madison Square Garden (8,895)
New York, NY
11/20/07*
7:00 PM, WLMT
No. 3 Arkansas State W 84–63  5–0
FedExForum (16,741)
Memphis, TN
11/27/07*
7:00 PM, WLMT
No. 3 Austin Peay W 104–82  6–0
FedExForum (16,987)
Memphis, TN
12/04/07*
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 vs. USC
Jimmy V Classic
W 62–58 OT 7–0
Madison Square Garden (8,300)
New York, NY
12/15/07*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 vs. MTSU W 65–41  8–0
Sommet Center (18,071)
Nashville, TN
12/19/07*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 at Cincinnati W 79–69  9–0
Fifth Third Arena (8,254)
Cincinnati, OH
12/22/07*
11:00 AM, ESPN
No. 2 No. 5 Georgetown W 85–71  10–0
FedExForum (18,864)
Memphis, TN
12/29/07*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 17 Arizona W 76–63  11–0
FedExForum (17,965)
Memphis, TN
01/03/08*
8:00 PM, CSS
No. 2 Siena W 102–58  12–0
FedExForum (16,836)
Memphis, TN
01/05/08*
12:00 PM, WLMT
No. 2 Pepperdine W 90–53  13–0
FedExForum (16,974)
Memphis, TN
01/09/08
7:00 PM, CSS
No. 2 East Carolina W 99–58  14–0
(1–0)
FedExForum (17,308)
Memphis, TN
01/12/08
7:00 PM, CSS
No. 2 at Marshall W 68–54  15–0
(2–0)
Cam Henderson Center (9,034)
Huntington, WV
01/16/08
7:00 PM, WLMT
No. 2 at Rice W 77–50  16–0
(3–0)
Reliant Arena (1,892)
Houston, TX
01/19/08
8:00 PM, CSS
No. 2 Southern Miss W 83–47  17–0
(4–0)
FedExForum (18,108)
Memphis, TN
01/23/08
7:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 at Tulsa W 56–41  18–0
(5–0)
Reynolds Center (8,475)
Tulsa, OK
01/26/08*
11:00 AM, ESPN
No. 1 Gonzaga W 81–73  19–0
(5–0)
FedExForum (18,152)
Memphis, TN
01/30/08
7:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 at Houston W 89–77  20–0
(6–0)
Hofheinz Pavilion (8,918)
Houston, TX
02/02/08
12:00 PM, CSS
No. 1 UTEP W 70–64  21–0
(7–0)
FedExForum (17,722)
Memphis, TN
02/06/08
8:00 PM, CSS
No. 1 SMU W 77–48  22–0
(8–0)
FedExForum (16,844)
Memphis, TN
02/09/08
3:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 UCF W 85–64  23–0
(9–0)
FedExForum (17,833)
Memphis, TN
02/13/08
8:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 Houston W 68–59  24–0
(10–0)
FedExForum (17,527)
Memphis, TN
02/16/08
7:00 PM, CSS
No. 1 at UAB W 79–78  25–0
(11–0)
Bartow Arena (9,392)
Birmingham, AL
02/20/08
7:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 at Tulane W 97–71  26–0
(12–0)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena (3,795)
New Orleans, LA
02/23/08*
8:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 No. 2 Tennessee L 62–66  26–1
(12–0)
FedExForum (18,389)
Memphis, TN
02/27/08
7:00 PM, CSTV
No. 2 Tulsa W 82–67  27–1
(13–0)
FedExForum (17,179)
Memphis, TN
03/01/08
3:00 PM, CSTV
No. 2 at Southern Miss W 76–67  28–1
(14–0)
Reed Green Coliseum (8,129)
Hattiesburg, MS
03/05/08
7:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 at SMU W 72–55  29–1
(15–0)
Moody Coliseum (7,421)
Dallas, TX
03/08/08
12:00 PM, CSTV
No. 1 UAB
Battle for the Bones
W 94–56  30–1
(16–0)
FedExForum (17,822)
Memphis, TN
2008 Conference USA Tournament
03/13/08
6:00 PM, CSTV
No. 2 vs. Tulane
Quarterfinals
W 75–56  31–1
FedExForum (NA)
Memphis, TN
03/14/08
3:30 PM, CSTV
No. 2 vs. Southern Miss
Semifinals
W 69–53  32–1
FedExForum (NA)
Memphis, TN
03/15/08
10:35 AM, CBS
No. 2 vs. Tulsa
Final
W 77–51  33–1
FedExForum (14,071)
Memphis, TN
2008 NCAA Tournament
03/21/08*
8:55 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. Texas–Arlington
First Round
W 87–63  34–1
Alltel Arena (16,060)
North Little Rock, AR
03/23/08*
3:45 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. Mississippi State
Second Round
W 77–74  35–1
Alltel Arena (16,060)
North Little Rock, AR
03/28/08*
8:57 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. No. 18 Michigan State
South Regional Semifinals
W 92–74  36–1
Reliant Stadium (32,931)
Houston, TX
03/30/08*
1:20 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. No. 7 Texas
South Regional Final
W 85–67  37–1
Reliant Stadium (32,798)
Houston, TX
04/05/08*
5:07 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. No. 3 UCLA
National Semifinals
W 78–63  38–1
Alamodome (43,718)
San Antonio, TX
04/07/08*
8:21 PM, CBS
No. 2 vs. No. 4 Kansas
National Championship Game
L 68–75 OT 38–2
Alamodome (43,257)
San Antonio, TX
*Non-conference game. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^A. Due to NCAA sanctions, Memphis had 33 regular season wins, 5 tournament wins and 1 tournament loss vacated from the 2007–08 season. The team's pre-sanctions record was 38–2. The "official" record therefore stands as 0-1.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NCAA rejects Memphis' final appeal of vacated wins". Associated Press. March 22, 2010. Archived from the original on March 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "University of Memphis public infractions report". NCAA. August 20, 2009. pp. 1, 15. Retrieved May 17, 2014. In addition to issues surrounding the academic eligibility of [Derrick Rose], the investigation also revealed that [Rose]'s brother ("the brother") had received impermissible benefits in the form of cost-free airline transportation and lodging while traveling with the institution's men's basketball team to road games during the 2007-08 season....the violations involving [Rose]'s brother would also have rendered [Rose] ineligible, beginning in mid-December 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 48. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Forfeits and Vacated Games". sports-reference.com/cbb. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/teams/schedule?teamId=235&year=2008