Tigers’ men basketball return to court Wednesday

Tigers’ men basketball return to court Wednesday

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 10: Kyvon Davenport #0 of the Memphis Tigers and Kyle Washington #24 of the Cincinnati Bearcats jump ball during a semifinal game of the 2018 AAC Basketball Championship at Amway Center on March 10, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Tigers’ men basketball is set to return to the court Wednesday.

The University of Memphis released the team’s 2020-2021 schedule.

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The 27-game regular season begins against Saint Mary’s in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Tigers will play either the No. 15 West Virginia/Northern Iowa winner/loser in the second round. The third round of the tournament would be played Friday.

After the classic, the Tigers will come home to the FedExForum for their home opener against Arkansas State.

The Dec. 2 game will be Memphis’ first game inside the FedExForum since March 5.

Memphis Tigers Head Coach Penny Hardaway said the team is pretty calm as they wait for the start of the season.

“I think our players just want to play,” said Hardaway. “They know right now we’re going to South Dakota and that the season is going to start there. I think if we were indecisive about what we were going to do to begin the season, then the frustration would probably set in, but knowing that we’ll be playing next week, they are pretty calm about everything else.”

Other notable non-conference games are against Ole Miss and Auburn before the Tigers face their 20-game conference schedule.

Fans can purchase 12-game ticket packs starting Wednesday.

2020-21 Memphis men’s basketball schedule

Nov. 25 (Wed.) — (1) Saint Mary’s (ESPN2), 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 (Thu.) — (1) No. 15 West Virginia/Northern Iowa (ESPN/2), 11 a.m./4 p.m.

Nov. 27 (Fri.) — (1) South Dakota State/Utah State/Wichita State/TBD (ESPN/2/U)

Dec. 2 (Wed.) — Arkansas State

Dec. 5 (Sat.) — at Ole Miss

Dec. 8 (Tue.) — Mississippi Valley State

Dec. 12 (Sat.) — (2) Auburn

Dec. 16 (Wed.) — at Tulane*

Dec. 21 (Mon.) — Tulsa*

Dec. 29 (Tue.) — USF*

Jan. 2 (Sat.) — at Temple*

Jan. 5 (Tue.) — at UCF*

Jan. 14 (Thu.) — SMU*

Jan. 17 (Sun.) — at Tulsa*

Jan. 21(Thu.) — Wichita State*

Jan. 24 (Sun.) — at ECU*

Jan. 27 (Wed.) — at SMU*

Feb. 3 (Wed.) — UCF*

Feb. 6 (Sat.) — ECU*

Feb. 11 (Thu.) — Cincinnati*

Feb. 14 (Sun.) — at No. 17 Houston*

Feb. 18 (Thu.) — at Wichita State*

Feb. 21 (Sun.) — Temple*

Feb. 24 (Wed.) — Tulane*

Feb. 28 (Sun.) — at Cincinnati*

Mar. 3 (Wed.) — at USF*

Mar. 6 or 7 (Sat. or Sun.) — No. 17 Houston*

(1) Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

(2) Holiday Hoopsgiving (Atlanta)

*American Athletic Conference game

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