Tigers Basketball fans have known whom the University of Memphis will play for quite some time..
Now we know WHEN those games will take place..
Dates are now set...
The Tigers Tipoff their new schedule at home Novemeber 5th and 6th at home in FedExForum with the inaugural 2K College Hoops Classic benefitting Coaches vs Cancer..
Connecticut, Kentucky and Oklahoma are the other regional sites..setting up a possible Final 4 in New York November 15 and 16.
Other Non Conference Home games, Arkansas State Nov. 20
Austin Peay on the 27th or 28th.
The Christmas Holidays tipoff with Georgetown December 22nd.
Arizona December 29th..
Sienna comes in January 3rd..
Then two West Coast Conference teams.. Pepperdine on the 5th..
Gonzaga January 26th.
And, Tennessee comes to the Forum February 23rd.
Non-Conference games on the road,
Southern Cal in the Jimmy V Classic December 4th in New York.
Middle Tennessee State in Nashville December 15th..
And at Cincinnati December 19th.
Now, that's definitely a schedule worthy of a pre-season Number One team, which the U of M is according to several publications..
Tigers Coach John Calipari says the Same type of schedule is being put together for '07-'08.
Calipari says, "Playing in our Conference, we must get outside games like this... And we are now getting the top teams to come here to play us.. Now, what gets tough is if, for some reason WE go south and can't compete. Then that's really tough. But, with this team and this program i expect us to be able to compete for some time to play those people."
The Tigers also host the Conference USA tournament again...
Those dates are March 12th through the 15th at FedExForum.
The full C-USA schedule will be announced later.