The college basketball world spent Friday night focused on Memphis and James Wiseman, for obvious reasons. It’s a massive, and important, NCAA case — one that’s already made its way to the legal system.

So grab your popcorn.

Memphis might lose its argument, eventually vacate all games Wiseman plays in and get punished by the NCAA. But until that happens, and as long as it keeps playing Wiseman while flipping a double-bird to the NCAA, Penny Hardaway’s Tigers, for better or worse, will remain one of the biggest stories in the sport.

Think about it.

Next Tuesday night, in primetime on ESPN, a nationally ranked Memphis team will play a nationally ranked Oregon team at the Moda Center in Portland. Wiseman, the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, will, presumably, be in the starting lineup despite the NCAA reminding the world late Friday that he’s “likely ineligible” to play college basketball. Who’s not tuning in for that? It’ll be a spectacle for sure.

As for actual basketball, Memphis beat Illinois-Chicago 92-46 on Friday to improve to 2-0 on this season. Wiseman had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes — meaning the 7-foot-1 center is now averaging 22.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 23.5 minutes per contest through two games. The Tigers are No. 7 in Saturday’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings. Their next opponent, Oregon, is No. 15.

In: Washington
Out: Davidson

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