By Carrie Anderson
TULSA, OK (WMC-TV) - University of Memphis Tigers head coach Josh Pastner said he is ready to face off against his alma mater Friday.
When it was announced the Tigers would be playing the Arizona Wildcats for their first game in the NCAA tournament, all eyes focused on Pastner.
The second year Tigers coach not only played for Arizona, but also learned the skills that would ultimately bring him to the Bluff City from legendary Arizona coach Lute Olson.
Pastner and his Tigers hit the court Friday at the BOK Center for their first practice in front of fans that made the trip to Tulsa.
Pastner said that meeting his alma mater in the tournament makes for an interesting matchup, but the Tigers will be the only team on his mind.
The Arizona connections in this game do not end with Pastner. PAC 10 player of the year Derrick Williams was heavily recruited by Memphis before making the decision to sign with the Wildcats. Former Arizona and Phoenix Suns great Steve Kerr will also be calling the game.
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