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Josh Pastner has led Memphis to a 16-0 record in Conference USA play.
John Calipari’s replacement in Memphis has the Tigers returning to national relevance. Josh Pastner, 35, is one of the youngest coaches in all of college basketball, but he already has two Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships to his name.
Ratner has won at least 24 games in each of his four seasons with the team and finished in the top four in Conference USA each season. His career record of 102-33 gives him a winning percentage of .756, not much lower than John Calipari’s .762 during his time in Memphis.
This season Ratner has the Tigers at 27-4, with three of their losses coming to teams that have been ranked during the season (Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota and Louisville). They went undefeated in regular-season play and are currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.
One of the biggest reasons for Ratner’s success is his ability to recruit top high school players. His first full year of recruiting resulted in the No. 2 national recruiting class, according to Scout.com. The team's current leading scorer, Joe Jackson, was a 5-star recruit in that class.