2008–09 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team

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2008–09 Memphis Tigers men's basketball
MemphisTigers.svg
C-USA Regular Season Champions
C-USA Tournament Champions
NCAA, #2, West Region
Sweet Sixteen
Conference Conference USA
2008–09 record 33–4 (16–0 C-USA)
Head coach John Calipari (9th year)
Assistant coach John Robic
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua
Assistant coach Josh Pastner
Home arena FedExForum
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Standings W L PCT W L PCT
#3 Memphis 16 0 1.000 33 4 .912
Tulsa 12 4 .750 25 11 .694
UAB 11 5 .688 22 12 .647
Houston 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
UTEP 10 6 .625 23 14 .622
UCF 7 9 .438 17 14 .548
Marshall 7 9 .438 15 17 .469
Tulane 7 9 .438 14 17 .452
East Carolina 5 11 .313 13 17 .433
Southern Miss 4 12 .250 15 17 .469
Rice 4 12 .250 10 22 .313
SMU 3 13 .188 9 21 .300

Rankings from AP Poll
† Conference USA Tournament winner

The 2008–09 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team represented the University of Memphis in the 2008–09 college basketball season, the 88th season of Tiger basketball. The Tigers were coached by ninth-year head coach John Calipari, and they played their home games at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tyreke Evans
PG
Chester, PA American Christian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Apr 16, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Ángel García
PF
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico East Chicago Central 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 2, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
C. J. Henry
SG
Oklahoma City, OK Putnam City 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Aug 26, 2008 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Roburt Sallie
SG
Sacramento, CA City College of San Francisco 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 16, 2008 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Matt Simpkins
PF
Patterson, NC The Patterson School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jan 5, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Wesley Witherspoon
SF
Atlanta, GA Berkmar 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 1, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 4  ESPN: 14
  • 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]

2008–09 Memphis Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Taggart, ShawnShawn Taggart 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Richmond, Virginia
G 1 Kemp, WillieWillie Kemp 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Bolivar, Tennessee
F 2 Dozier, RobertRobert Dozier 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Lithonia, Georgia
G 3 Sallie, RoburtRoburt Sallie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 186 lb (84 kg) So Sacramento, California
F 4 Henderson-Niles, PierrePierre Henderson-Niles 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 310 lb (141 kg) Jr Memphis, Tennessee
G 5 Anderson, AntonioAntonio Anderson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Lynn, Massachusetts
G 10 McGrady, ChanceChance McGrady 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Auburndale, Florida
G/F 11 Witherspoon, WesleyWesley Witherspoon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Atlanta, Georgia
G 12 Evans, TyrekeTyreke Evans 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Chester, Pennsylvania
G 14 Henry, C. J.C. J. Henry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
F 15 Simpkins, MattMatt Simpkins 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Sacramento, California
G 20 Mack, DonealDoneal Mack 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Charlotte, North Carolina
G 31 Laird, PrestonPreston Laird 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Fr Memphis, Tennessee
G 32 Robinson, JeffJeff Robinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Columbus, New Jersey
F 41 García, ÁngelÁngel García 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2010-06-04

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
Sat, Nov 15*
7:00 pm
#13 Fairfield W 90–63  1–0
FedExForum (17,741)
Memphis, TN
Mon, Nov 17*
11:00 pm, ESPN
#13 Massachusetts W 80–58  2–0
FedExForum (18,254)
Memphis, TN
Thu, Nov 20*
3:30 pm
#13 vs. Chattanooga
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off
W 83–71  3–0
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (3,207)
Hato Rey, PR
Fri, Nov 21*
6:00 pm
#13 vs. Seton Hall
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off
W 84–70  4–0
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (6,733)
Hato Rey, PR
Sun, Nov 23*
6:30 pm
#13 vs. Xavier
O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off
L 58–63  4–1
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (8,242)
Hato Rey, PR
Tue, Dec 2*
7:00 pm
#18 Marist W 100–61  5–1
FedExForum (17,329)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Dec 13*
1:00 pm, CBS
#17 at #19 Georgetown L 70–79 OT 5–2
Verizon Center (15,238)
Washington, D.C.
Wed, Dec 17*
7:00 pm
#23 Arkansas-Little Rock W 59–51  6–2
FedExForum (17,220)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Dec 20*
5:00 pm, ESPN
#23 #17 Syracuse L 65–72  6–3
FedExForum (17,091)
Memphis, TN
Mon, Dec 22*
12:00 pm
Drexel W 87–49  7–3
FedExForum (16,715)
Memphis, TN
Mon, Dec 29*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Cincinnati W 60–45  8–3
FedExForum (18,071)
Memphis, TN
Wed, Dec 31*
1:00 pm
Northeastern W 80–48  9–3
FedExForum (17,1643)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Jan 3*
7:00 pm
Lamar W 108–75  10–3
FedExForum (16,386)
Memphis, TN
Wed, Jan 7
8:00 pm
Marshall W 80–57  11–3
(1–0)
FedExForum (17,606)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Jan 10
4:00 pm
at UCF W 73–66  12–3
(2–0)
UCF Arena (9,825)
Orlando, FL
Tue, Jan 13
6:30 pm, ESPN2
at Tulsa W 55–54  13–3
(3–0)
Reynolds Center (5,936)
Tulsa, OK
Sat, Jan 17
7:00 pm
UAB W 81–68  14–3
(4–0)
FedExForum (18,456)
Memphis, TN
Wed, Jan 21
8:00 pm
#22 Rice W 80–52  15–3
(5–0)
FedExForum (17,589)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Jan 24*
2:30 pm, CBS
#22 at Tennessee W 54–52  16–3
(5–0)
Thompson-Boling Arena (21,905)
Knoxville, TN
Wed, Jan 28
6:00 pm
#18 at East Carolina W 85–64  17–3
(6–0)
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (5,705)
Greenville, NC
Sat, Jan 31
12:00 pm
#18 Houston W 83–68  18–3
(7–0)
FedExForum (17,687)
Memphis, TN
Wed, Feb 4
8:00 pm
#14 at SMU W 79–66  19–3
(8–0)
Moody Coliseum (5,056)
Dallas, TX
Sat, Feb 7*
8:00 pm, ESPN
#14 at #18 Gonzaga W 68–50  20–3
(8–0)
Spokane Arena (11,339)
Spokane, WA
Wed, Feb 11
7:00 pm
#8 Tulsa W 63–37  21–3
(9–0)
FedExForum (17,941)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Feb 14
4:00 pm
#8 at Southern Miss W 72–47  22–3
(10–3)
Reed Green Coliseum (5,431)
Hattiesburg, MS
Wed, Feb 18
7:00 pm
#5 SMU W 90–47  23–3
(11–0)
FedExForum (17,497)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Feb 21
3:00 pm, ESPN
#5 at UTEP W 70–63  24–3
(12–0)
Don Haskins Center (11,659)
El Paso, TX
Thu, Feb 26
8:00 pm, ESPN2
#5 at UAB W 71–60  25–3
(13–0)
Bartow Arena (9,153)
Birmingham, AL
Sat, Feb 28
12:00 pm
#5 Southern Miss W 58–42  26–3
(14–0)
FedExForum (18,454)
Memphis, TN
Wed, Mar 3
6:00 pm
#5 at Houston W 69–60  27–3
(15–0)
Hofheinz Pavilion (6,049)
Houston, TX
Sat, Mar 7
12:00 pm
#5 Tulane W 74–47  28–3
(16–0)
FedExForum (18,466)
Memphis, TN
2009 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 12
6:00 pm
#4 vs. Tulane W 51–41  29–3
FedExForum (12,141)
Memphis, TN
Fri, Mar 13
3:00 pm
#4 vs. Houston W 74–49  30–3
FedExForum (11,792)
Memphis, TN
Sat, Mar 14
10:35 am, CBS
#4 vs. Tulsa W 64–39  31–3
FedExForum (14,058)
Memphis, TN
2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 19*
11:25 am, CBS
#3 (2) vs. (15) Cal State Northridge W 81–70  32–3
Sprint Center (17,319)
Kansas City, MO
Sat, Mar 21*
2:20 pm, CBS
#3 (2) vs. (10) Maryland W 89–70  33–3
Sprint Center (18,247)
Kansas City, MO
Thu, Mar 26*
8:37 pm, CBS
#3 (2) vs. #9 (3) Missouri L 91–102  33–4
University of Phoenix Stadium (20,101)
Glendale, AZ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 13 13 18 18 17 23 22 18 14 8 5 5 5 4 3
Coaches 12 12 17 15 15 21 24 25 19 15 10 6 4 3 3 2 9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "[1]." 2008–09 Schedule Retrieved on 17-02-2010.