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The Tiger Basketball Podcast from The Commercial Appeal, hosted by Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tennessee. 

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The Tiger Basketball Podcast from The Commercial Appeal, hosted by Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tennessee. 

The survive-and-advance path runs through Cincinnati next

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The Tigers are a dangerous team capable of rattling off a strong enough regular-season finish to legitimately join the NCAA Tournament at-large conversation. 

Why? Defense. But will that be enough against the likes of Houston or Wichita State? 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto dive into what Memphis has to do to position itself on the bubble, breaks down its survive-and-advance win over Tulane and previews the weekend's road game at Cincinnati. 

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Feb 25 2021

39mins

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Memphis still in control of its own destiny

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Memphis has won six of seven and is 8-3 in league play for the first time since the 2013-14 season. 

But, if the Tigers are going to have a legitimate shot at an at-large bid and get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since that same 2013-14 season, they have to beat Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Thursday. 

Only after that should Memphis start looking toward Sunday's matchup at Houston. 

Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss that, as well as break down the win over East Carolina, talk Penny Hardaway's discovery of his best lineup and preview the Bearcats on this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast. 

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Feb 10 2021

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Why ECU, Cincinnati games are more important than Houston

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Memphis has turned its season around in the a matter of 15 days. 

The Tigers have gone from a 6-5 record and a bleak outlook on the rest of the year to an 11-6 mark and, all the sudden, clearing a realistic path to the postseason. 

Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss how the team has turned things around, what it needs to do to keep momentum on its side and whether the Tigers can do just that. 

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Feb 04 2021

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What have been the biggest factors during Memphis' recent winning streak?

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In the span of a week, the Memphis basketball team has gone from mediocre to having as much momentum as any team in the AAC. 

The Tigers have won back-to-back-to-back league games for just the second time in the past two seasons. 

Which begs at least a couple of intriguing questions: Is this the best three-game stretch of the Penny Hardaway era? Also, which five factors are the most responsible for Memphis' turnaround? 

Beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto attempt to answer these questions and discuss whether the next seven days will be as successful as the last seven have been on this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast. 

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Jan 27 2021

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Jordan Nesbitt and what we learned from the latest loss to Tulsa

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Another loss to Tulsa, a top 75 decommitment and a surprise addition to the current roster. 

There's plenty to cover on this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast.

Beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto recap the team's loss at Tulsa (and break down what it might have revealed about the future of the 2020-21 season), discuss Arterio Morris' decommitment, analyze Jordan Nesbitt's decision to enroll early and look forward to the next couple of games. 

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Jan 20 2021

35mins

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Discussing what it will take for Memphis to make an NCAA Tournament push

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The Memphis basketball team's season has been interrupted twice in less than a week by its opponents' issues with COVID-19 testing. 

After beating South Florida on Dec. 29, the Tigers do not have a game scheduled until Jan. 14, when they are set to host SMU at 6 p.m. at FedExForum. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto recap the latest developments, dissect the team's new offense, discuss how the extended layoff might affect the Tigers and get into what has to happen if they want to have a legitimate shot at an NCAA Tournament berth. 

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Jan 07 2021

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Penny Hardaway appreciates 'patient' fans. How much patience is warranted?

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Watching the Tigers this season has been a frustrating experience for some Memphis fans. 

The team is 4-3 after another disappointing loss, this time to Auburn. Coach Penny Hardaway took to social media Sunday night, writing in part: "I appreciate the fans who are being patient. It is a marathon and not a sprint."

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss how criticism of Hardaway and his team is warranted in some ways, while not in others. They also dive into the issues still plaguing the Tigers – most notably the lack of an effective point guard and a continued inability to execute consistently. 

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Dec 14 2020

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Strong suits, weak spots and the importance of the Auburn game

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Defense is the Tigers' strong suit. Three-point shooting is the team's weak spot. 

Jayden Hardaway has been Memphis' biggest surprise. Lester Quinones might be the team's best all-around player through six games. 

On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto break down these things, as well as dig into other topics such as Landers Nolley II's injury, Memphis' upcoming game against Auburn and what the potential addition of graduate transfer Parker Stewart would mean for the team. 

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Dec 09 2020

36mins

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Whose stock is up and whose is down after the Crossover Classic

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Nov 30 2020

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DeAndre Williams deserves a waiver and the NBA Draft was huge for Memphis

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On this week's Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss whether it's still worth it to play in the Crossover Classic. In addition, Munz and Giannotto react to the news of Isaiah Stokes' one-year suspension, discuss Moussa Cisse and DeAndre Williams' statuses, and break down the impact of James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa being taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.  



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Nov 20 2020

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Moussa Cisse, Isaiah Stokes and why the Crossover Classic is so important for Memphis

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The Crossover Classic, where Memphis is scheduled to begin the 2020-21 season, is unique in what it can offer to the Tigers. 

Penny Hardaway's team could strengthen its postseason resumé if the dominoes fall their way. But there's also a chance its postseason outlook could take a hit. 

On this episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto dissect Memphis' potential paths through the Crossover Classic. They also discuss the latest on Moussa Cisse, Isaiah Stokes and DeAndre Williams. 

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Nov 11 2020

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If eligible, what DeAndre Williams could do for Memphis?

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The Memphis basketball team continues to await the NCAA's ruling on DeAndre Williams' transfer waiver request. 

On this week's edition of the Tiger Basketball Podcast (which was recorded prior to Wednesday's news that Penny Hardaway's team will officially travel to Ole Miss on Dec. 5), beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto discuss the impact Williams would have on the team if he is eligible to play this season. In addition, they analyze the initial KenPom.com rankings – where Memphis is 39th – and examine the updated Crossover Classic field. 

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Nov 05 2020

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An early progress report and reactions to the AAC's preseason poll

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On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, beat writer Jason Munz and sports columnist Mark Giannotto react to and analyze the results of the poll. Munz and Giannotto also discuss how the Tigers have looked since full practices began two weeks ago as well as the status of the 2020-21 schedule. 

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Oct 28 2020

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NCAA Tournament or bust for Penny Hardaway and Memphis?

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The Memphis basketball team has enough talent and will likely face a good enough schedule that an NCAA Tournament berth should be well within reach in 2021. 

So says Commercial Appeal sports columnist Mark Giannotto and Tiger basketball beat writer Jason Munz on this week's long-awaited Tiger Basketball Podcast. 

Following a months-long pandemic-related hiatus, Giannotto and Munz resume the Tiger Basketball Podcast by recapping the highlights from the spring and summer, discussing Memphis' 2020-21 outlook and breaking down the coaching staff's Class of 2021 recruiting efforts. 

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Oct 22 2020

34mins

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Can Memphis win out?

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Jason Munz and Mark Giannotto look back at the Tigers' signature win over Houston, their loss at SMU and look ahead to the next three games and the AAC Tournament.

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Feb 27 2020

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Big games ahead, bubble talk and an 'incomplete' season

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Beat writer Jason Munz and columnist Mark Giannotto discuss the team's outlook, what it would take to get back on the NCAA Tournament bubble and how to compartmentalize a season that's been described as "incomplete" on this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast.

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Feb 20 2020

36mins

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Will Memphis be healthy for AAC clash at Cincinnati?

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On this week's episode, Jason Munz and Mark Giannotto discuss the health statuses of some of Memphis' walking wounded.

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Feb 10 2020

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Is now the time to start adjusting the tempo?

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Memphis is halfway through a critical stretch. The Tigers passed the first half of the test. Temple and South Florida will come calling this week.

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Feb 03 2020

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Next two weeks are critical for Memphis

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Mark Giannotto and Jason Munz discuss the Memphis basketball team's recent slide and what the next two weeks mean for the Tigers' postseason chances.

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Jan 27 2020

29mins

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Tiger Basketball Podcast: Has Memphis weathered the storm?

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On this week's episode of the Tiger Basketball Podcast, Commercial Appeal columnist Mark Giannotto and beat writer Jason Munz break down the week that was for Memphis.

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Jan 14 2020

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Wish episodes were longer.

By RyanHemming22 - Mar 25 2020
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Great content but wish it were longer or more often. Do a Q&A from Twitter now and then.

Good show

By #bosshawg79 - Oct 30 2018
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This is a good show I wish it went longer.