Even with a relative slump in Pastner's first two seasons, the Tigers are 125-14 in league play from 2005-06 to the current season, including an 18-1 mark in C-USA tournament games. They have lost just 10 times in those eight seasons, five coming in 2010-11.
For the 62nd time in that span, the Tigers will face a hostile crowd tonight. They won't be caught off guard.
"We get everyone's best shot," Pastner said. "We get the biggest crowds every time we play someone, it's a color-out. Every time we play someone, it's the most expensive ticket for that opponent. It's everyone's Super Bowl and World Series, so we have to bring our 'A' game."
Tonight the Herd, which has bounced between "A" to "F" too many times this season, gets one final shot at the Tigers in Huntington.
"I know one thing. I know I want to beat these guys. Everybody else wants to, too," said Herd forward Dennis Tinnon. "I know they're going to come in with lots of energy and I know we have to match their intensity. Because if we don't, it's not going to be a pretty game.
"We showed that we can compete with them, and I feel that here, especially at home, we can get the win."
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Memphis' record by season since Conference USA's 2005 realignment, with NCAA/NIT postseason advancement:
Season Overall Conference* Postseason
2005-06 33-4 16-1 NCAA region final
2006-07 33-4 19-0 NCAA region final
2007-08 38-2 19-0 NCAA final
2008-09 33-4 19-0 NCAA region semis
2009-10 24-10 13-4 NIT second round
2010-11 25-10 13-6 NCAA second round
2011-12 26-9 16-3 NCAA second round
2012-13 21-3 10-0
Total 233-46 (.835) 125-14 (.899)
* Conference records include C-USA postseason tournament games, in which Memphis is 18-1 with six championships.