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TEXAS VS. ARIZONA IN NEW YORK CITY
After last year's instant classic—a 73-70 Arizona victory in Tucson—this rematch in the Jimmy V deserves to be played on a grand stage: Madison Square Garden.
KENTUCKY VS. MICHIGAN STATE IN DETROIT
The two perennial powers look to set a basketball attendance record when they meet in an early test for both teams at Ford Field. Expected crowd: 75,000-plus.
FLORIDA AT LOUISVILLE
Gators coach Billy Donovan faces his former coach and mentor Rick Pitino in the arena in which their 1986-87 Providence team won the Southeast Regional.
DUKE AT NORTH CAROLINA
The first face-off with Coach K marks Roy Williams's official welcome back to Tobacco Road.
UCONN AT SYRACUSE
The 2003 national champs host the '04 favorites in their regular-season finale.
LUOL DENG, F, DUKE
A graceful inside scorer who can play all five positions, the 6'8" Deng may be the Blue Devils' best player.
LINAS KLEIZA, F, MISSOURI
The 6'8" workhorse was the leading scorer (29.1 ppg) last summer for the Lithuanian team that finished second at the world championships.
LEON POWE, F, CAL
A scoring and rebounding machine, the 6'8" Powe is the best player to arrive at Berkeley since Jason Kidd.