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Memphis Expected to Clash with Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis: Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Realignment Talks

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What’s up, everyone? This is Derrick Branch from Strike 7, and today’s video will cover the latest news regarding the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball program and the ongoing talks about conference realignment, specifically concerning Memphis.

Memphis Tigers’ Battle of Atlantis Tournament Matchup

A report recently stated that the Memphis Tigers will face Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. This tournament will occur around the Thanksgiving holiday from November 22nd to November 24th. The Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament marks the official start of the college basketball season, where top teams from different conferences compete against each other. The matchup between Memphis and Michigan has generated excitement among fans due to the intriguing history of former players becoming successful coaches. Some argue that Juwan Howard has been more successful than Penny Hardaway, but opinions vary.

Juwan Howard vs. Penny Hardaway

Juwan Howard has done an excellent job coaching at Michigan, with achievements such as winning the conference tournament and making back-to-back NCAA tournaments. On the other hand, Penny Hardaway has also achieved significant milestones at Memphis, dealing with challenges like players leaving for the transfer portal and NIL issues. Both coaches have impressive resumes, but a victory for Memphis against Michigan would be a valuable early-season achievement.

Memphis and Conference Realignment Talks

As for conference realignment, rumors have been circulating about Memphis potentially joining either the Pac-12 or the Big 12. Reports suggest that the Big 12 is considering adding UConn to their conference, while the Pac-12 could be eyeing programs such as SMU and San Diego State. While some believe joining either conference would be a significant step up in competition for Memphis, others argue that staying in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) might be the better option.

Pros and Cons of Conference Realignment

Joining the Pac-12 or the Big 12 would provide more exposure, funding, and resources for Memphis. However, staying in the AAC might offer a more straightforward path to the College Football Playoff and enable Memphis to showcase its football program’s potential. Ultimately, the decision depends on several factors, including the conference’s future stability, TV deals, and exposure opportunities.


As the Memphis Tigers navigate the ever-changing landscape of college sports, they must carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of potential conference realignment. Whether they remain in the AAC or move to the Pac-12 or the Big 12, the program’s ultimate goal should be to continue building a vital football and basketball program, impacting the national stage, and achieving sustained success.

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Meet Derrick Branch, the founder and chief wordsmith at Strike 7 Sports. With a sharp focus on the NFL and the NBA, Derrick's expertise in sports is matched only by his passion for sharing it with others. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the prestigious University of Arizona Global. Let his insightful and engaging writing take you to the heart of the action.

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