MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Not since the 2008 run to the National Championship game has there been this much fervor about the Memphis Tigers basketball team.
Thursday night was just the first of two exhibition games at FedExForum.
One factor that made it so exciting was the return of favorite son Penny Hardaway to the program as Tigers head coach.
The former Tiger All-American, NBA All-Star, and Olympic Gold Medalist has all the reverence of a rock star on the UofM bench.
The Tigers hosted crosstown foe LeMoyne-Owen College, defeating them 120-66.
Thursday night was also the first chance fans got to see Penny as the head bench boss of the Tigers against an actual opponent.
Penny-coached teams are usually fast-paced both on offense and defense. Penny also considers in-game adjustments to be his best asset as a coach.
“Offensively we want to be efficient," Hardaway said. "We want to run. We want to play with energy. That’s basically what I want to see offensively. Defensively, we want to pressure them. Speed them up. Usually when you speed up teams they don’t make the right decisions.”
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