Hardaway: Tigers ‘locked in’ ahead of NIT quarterfinals

Hardaway: Tigers ‘locked in’ ahead of NIT quarterfinals
Memphis forward DeAndre Williams (12) and guard Lester Quinones (11) trap Dayton guard Koby Brea (4) along the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the NIT Tournament, Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Denton, Texas. Memphis won 71-60. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) (Source: Matt Strasen)

DENTON, Texas. (WMC) - The Memphis Tigers are taking advantage of their post-season opportunity in the NIT Tournament.

The Tigers advanced last week to the quarterfinals with a 71-60 win over Dayton in the first round.

Memphis is up against Boise State this Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Head coach Penny Hardaway says they’re still looking to capitalize on their opportunity. He says a good run in the NIT builds momentum for next season.

“I knew that the team was locked in because we were in shootarounds yesterday and guys were locked in yesterday,” said Hardaway. “We want to win it. If we’re in anything we want to win it. We felt like obviously like a lot of other teams. We should’ve been in the NCAA tournament, we didn’t do that. We have the opportunity to still win a championship. Bring our kids to the tournament, it’s a beautiful tournament and there’s a lot of good teams in this tournament. We’re happy to be here and we want to win the championship.”

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