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Tigers Basketball Insider: From ‘embarrassed’ to ‘a perfect ending’
Jayden Hardaway (1), Mousse Cisse (32), Boogie Ellis (5), Landers Nolley (3) and Malcolm Dandridge (23) celebrate winning the NIT basketball tournament March 28, 2021. (Courtesy NCAA)

Jayden Hardaway (1), Mousse Cisse (32), Boogie Ellis (5), Landers Nolley (3) and Malcolm Dandridge (23) celebrate winning the NIT basketball tournament March 28, 2021. (Courtesy NCAA)

Hello, and welcome back to the Tigers Basketball Insider. 

The Memphis Tigers ended their season on a high note, winning the NIT tournament. We hope you enjoyed our coverage, and our weekly Tigers email throughout this season. 

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More from this season’s Insider:

Tigers basketball: 'Embarrassed' Hardaway vows to make changes

The team has gone through intense practices, intent on shedding whatever it was that held it down at the Crossover Classic.

Memphis steamrolls Arkansas State in home opener

The Tigers rebound after two tough losses, and Ahmad Rand makes his debut.

Calkins: Congrats on the new deal, Penny! But gosh, your team stinks.

On the day Memphis announced a five-year contract extension for Penny Hardaway, the Tigers looked utterly inept in losing to Tulsa.

Memphis' 'lion' offense off to a modest, not roaring, start

There are signs the new scheme could breed confidence and consistency with time. 

Tigers basketball: Memphis anxious to play after third postponement

The Tigers have had plenty of practice. They can only hope Sunday’s game against Tulsa actually happens.


How everything clicked in Memphis' most complete game of the season

More confidence. New offensive wrinkles. As Moussa Cisse put it: “We played how we were supposed to play.”

Calkins: Memphis throttles Cincinnati — and shows it just might be up for a challenge

The Tigers lost Alex Lomax to injury and got the shaft from the American Athletic Conference, but they rose to the occasion Sunday and won at Cincinnati for the first time since Derrick Rose led the team.

'We're hungry': Memphis primed for massive Houston game

With USF taken care of, all eyes and efforts now turn to the season’s toughest task. 

Calkins: There's no other way to put it — the Memphis Tigers got screwed

The American Athletic Conference moved the Tigers’ last home game of the season to Houston. It’s a transparent screw job.

Memphis is out of the AAC tournament. What now?

What is in front of the Tigers is an agonizing wait to see what the NCAA selection committee has in store.

Calkins: It was a perfect ending for the Tigers

Memphis won the NIT title Sunday, overwhelming Mississippi State. If it wasn’t the tournament the Tigers had hoped for, it was the triumphant ending they deserved.

Calkins: Now comes the hard part for Penny Hardaway — persuading his players to stick around

The Memphis Tigers could be a dangerous team next season if their most important players return. But will they? In the age of the transfer portal, all bets are off. 

Memphis to headline 2021 preseason NIT

The University of Memphis Tigers, the NIT champion, will be in the NIT Season Tip-Off in November.

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