Team preview: Memphis

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2005, 3:31 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

John Calipari's fifth season in Memphis is precisely why psychologists don't dare work overtime.

Afforded every physical and environmental advantage at the outset, the Tigers promptly played out the year as if it was a three-car pileup involving their sweethearts.

Denial was first; a consensus preseason Top-25 squad refuted its sunny forecasts by discovering new and interesting ways to lose to Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Providence, all in the glittery confines of the FedExForum.

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