The 1991-92 Memphis State Tigers were led by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, the nation's top recruit. Larry Finch’s Tigers went 23-11 during the regular season to earn a #6 seed in the Midwest region. Once there Memphis State defeated Pepperdine, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech before losing to rival Cincinnati in the Elite 8.
Penny chose Memphis over Arkansas because of the Tigers’ rise to national prominence in the 1980s.
“I fell in love with that (Memphis, 1984-85) team that went to the Final Four against Villanova and from that point on, I was already sold,” Hardaway said.