Not that neat stats never go together, but this one might turn out to be rather special. Not only did Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner earn his 100th victory in his young coaching career, but the Tigers also won the Conference USA regular season title for the eighth time.
Memphis, who is obviously a lock for the NCAA Tournament, clinched the title when they beat the UCF Knights on Saturday. Memphis was coming off their first loss in 18 games before the day began. Pastner was slightly nervous on how his players would react:
“We were probably a little tight after losing a game for the first time in a while. But we got some energy off our bench, especially Chris (Crawford), who played at an extremely high level, and that helped us find a way to win.”
The win was their 25th of the season. Pastner earning his 100th victory–before he has shaved for the second time in his life–is going to help create even more buzz around the recruiting guru. While all of Pastner’s victories have come during his time with Memphis, it is safe to assume that every college basketball program will be dying to have him.
As for the immediate future, the Tigers still have two games left on their regular season docket. Both are games in which the Tigers will be heavy favorites before they battle it out in the conference tournament. Assuming that Memphis continues to take care of business, the Tigers will have at least 30 wins before the NCAA Tournament even starts.
I sure hope Memphis’ bank accounts are loaded. I can hear every other universities’ athletic directors already backing up the Brinks truck.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone