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How the Memphis Tigers navigated uncertainty and got back to the NCAA Tournament

Ahead of their first round matchup with FAU Friday night, it's important to look back at how they got back to the Big Dance.

Jackson Brown

Published: 4:32 PM CDT March 17, 2023
Updated: 4:33 PM CDT March 17, 2023

After ending an eight-year NCAA Tournament drought in 2022, the Memphis Tigers achieved another first in a decade: winning a conference championship.

The Tigers' American Athletic Conference title - achieved after a win over the No. 1 team in the nation in Houston - earned them an automatic spot in the Big Dance, making the tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since their recent drought began in 2014.

While Tigers fans are as confident as ever in the team's chances to go far in the tournament, reaching this point was anything but a sure bet. Between several key players transferring out, and the program facing serious penalties for NCAA violations, the Tigers entered the 2022 offseason with a cloud over them.

Before No. 8 Memphis tips off against No. 9 FAU Friday at 8:20 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, it's worth taking a look at how they weathered their storms and made their way back to the NCAA Tournament.

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