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Friday preview: No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis

SITE: Tulsa, Okla.

TIME: 2:45 p.m.

TV: CBS

ANNOUNCERS: Marv Albert play-by-play, Steve Kerr analyst

THE SPREAD: Arizona by 5.5

RECORDS: Arizona 27-7, Memphis 25-9

ENROLLMENTS: Arizona 38,800; Memphis 23,031

THE BUZZ: The biggest story line in this one is that Memphis coach Josh Pastner is a former Arizona player and assistant, and at one time, he was seen as the future Wildcats coach. Instead, he was swept out in the aftermath of the Lute Olson saga. Memphis starts four freshmen, and how the youngsters react to tournament pressure will determine whether this game is close. Memphis is not going to be able to stop Arizona F Derrick Williams. Memphis needs to be hot from the outside, but the Tigers aren’t particularly proficient from beyond the arc and Arizona opponents have hit just 28.8 percent of their 3-point attempts. Still, Arizona doesn’t always bear down on defense, and Memphis’ athleticism could pose problems.

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