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1973 Tigers teammates that 'brought community together' to be honored

Former teammates and members of Gene Bartow coaching staff are expected to attend the event as well. Former teammates and members of Gene Bartow coaching staff are expected to attend the event as well.
Many fans remember the 1973 Memphis Tiger Men's Basketball team. Many fans remember the 1973 Memphis Tiger Men's Basketball team.

(WMC-TV) - When the University of Memphis Tigers—then referred to as Memphis State—played in the Mid-South Coliseum not only did they create legendary success, they helped bring together a divided city.

Many fans remember the 1973 Memphis Tigers Men's Basketball team with guys like Larry Finch, Larry Kenon, and Ronnie Robinson suiting up in blue.

Finch passed away in 2011, the head coach, Gene Bartow, passed away in 2012, but on February 8 three teammates—Larry Kenon, Billy Buford, and Bill Laurie—from that beloved team will be honored during halftime of the Memphis Tigers game against Gonzaga at FedexForum.

"And of course Larry and those kids, Ronnie Robinson, and those guys [were] probably responsible for doing a lot of racial healing back during that time," said a friend of Finch, Leonard Draper."Because Memphis was kinda in turmoil. It was right after Dr. King got killed and Memphis State basketball was the one thing at that time that kinda brought the Memphis Community together."

Former teammates and members of Gene Bartow coaching staff are expected to attend the event, as well, while bringing back fond memories for Memphians made 41 years ago in the Bluff City

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