March Madness: Memphis Tigers head to NCAA Tournament after 8 years

Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:18 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 1:09 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - March Madness is here, and the Memphis Tigers are ready to represent in the NCAA tournament.

The team headed out Tuesday afternoon to Portland, Oregon where they will have their first game against Boise State on Thursday.

This is a big moment for the Tigers, the last time the team competed in the NCAA tournament was in 2014.

Fans full of energy wished their Tigers the Best of Luck on their St. Patrick’s Day matchup.

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“I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel because my passion for Tiger basketball is just the ultimate. I mean it’s everything in my life, I’ve waited for this, I never jumped off the bandwagon,” said fan Diana Shull.

“Beat Buster Bronco, beat Buster Bronco and I wanna see some 3 pointers, I want them to hit those free throws. I want them to just beat the slop out of them,” said fan Herronda Harley.

Coach Penny Hardway said this trip brings back memories and thanks the city for all the support.

“I just wanna say thanks to everybody for coming out and I’m sure the whole entire city will be watching on Thursday, Go Tigers,” said Hardaway.

This is the 27th time Memphis has made it to the NCAA Tournament The Tigers have won at least one game in both of the last two NCAA Tournament trips.

Among the crowd was Tigers senior guard Tyler Harris’ mother.

“I just want them to know, to go down there and play the best that they can, bring us home a championship, just work hard everybody play and get it done,” said Peggy Harris.

Tip off for Thursday’s game is at 12:45.

If the Tigers win that game they advance to play the winner of a first-round game between Gonzaga who is the number-one overall seed and Georgia State who is the 16th-seeded Saturday.

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