The two Minnesota players from Memphis are Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins.
A 2009 WHITE STATION STATE TITLE REUNION
Friday's game is a reunion of the 2008-09 White Station High School squad that won the Tennessee Class AAA state championship.
Three members of that Spartans squad - Memphis' Ferrakohn Hall and Joe Jacksonand Minnesota's Andre Hollins -- will be on the court Friday.
IT'S A (NCAA) RING THING
Both head coaches in Friday's Memphis-Minnesota match-up have NCAA championship rings.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
The following season (1997-98), Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith led Kentucky to the NCAA championship.
JOHNSON SUSPENSION OVER
For the first time in regular-season action, junior Geron Johnson will be able to suit up for the Blue and Gray.
Johnson had to sit the first three games as a result of an NCAA-imposed suspension. The suspension was the result of extra benefits received by Johnson from a family friend who assisted the family with his educational expenses prior to his enrollment at the University of Memphis.