Rick Pitino (AP)Each Friday this season, The Dagger will set the table for college basketball's busiest day of the week, giving you a look at the games worthy of your attention while flipping through the channels.
THE MAIN CARD
Memphis (5-3) at No. 4 Louisville (9-0), 4:00 p.m. EST: Louisville, despite having to deal with a wave of injuries early on, has managed to maintain an unblemished record, which is quite impressive despite eight of those nine games being played at home. They'll be at the swanky KFC Yum! Center again on Saturday when Memphis comes to town, and the Cardinals are continuing to get some bodies back as non-conference play winds down. After just getting forward Rakeem Buckles back from last year's season-ending knee injury, highly-touted freshman guard Kevin Ware will make his season debut against the Tigers. On the other side, Memphis has been up-and-down so far, and gets a boost of its own coming in, with Seton Hall transfer Ferrakhon Hall set to bolster its front court. The Pick: Louisville.
No. 22 Texas A&M (8-1) at No. 13 Florida (7-2), 2:30 p.m. EST: It's test time for the Aggies, who are playing their first true road game of the season here. In their lone venture away from home, they split a pair of games against Mississippi State (loss) and St. John's (win) at Madison Square Garden in mid-November. Since then, they've run through five overwhelmed opponents, scoring only an average of only 59.6 points per game. On the other hand, they've only allowed 44 a game in that stretch. How does that style hold up against an athletic and deep Florida team with a shot-happy backcourt? One positive in their corner is having star junior forward Khris Middleton back. After suffering a knee injury just 10 minutes into the season-opener, he came back last Saturday and scored 24 points in 28 minutes against Louisiana-Monroe. The Pick: Florida.
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