Memphis coach Josh Pastner has kept the Tigers relevant since succeeding John Calipari in 2009.
Elsewhere: Baylor played a random NAIA team, Memphis took on a rough loss, and Butler kept its Big East hopes alive.
A less exciting slate than you'd expect, considering there are over 60 games.
SMU and Cincinnati are looking strong in the American Athletic Conference, but the league has plenty of teams who could contend for the title.
Most of the country will enter conference play this weekend, which makes for some fascinating viewing appointments.
In recent years, New Year's Eve hasn't been that exciting. However, the powers that be have jam-packed the schedule to make this an exciting holiday.
Duke and Gonzaga face mid-majors following the busy weekend.
Memphis guard Markel Crawford suffered an injury in the first half of Saturday's game against Oklahoma State here at FedExForum -- an injury his mother, Dorothy Emmones, told CBSSports.com is a "torn ligament" in his left knee.
The AAC is entering an important three week stretch that could ultimately turn the the conference into a one-bid league.
Fitting Bill Self's profile for a tough point guard, Frank Mason establishes himself as Kansas' best floor general. Also, Shavon Shields is an All-Big Ten player and keep an eye on Washington big Robert Upshaw.

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