And now on Thursday it all comes full circle.
Both schools have bigger fish to fry than simply settling an old score with a high school rival.
Both players insist this isn't about them. But there is a guarantee of just one more meeting (an American tourney matchup is possible), and so the subplot in the big plot does matter.
"If you're a good player, you want respect from your hometown. You gotta have it," Jackson said. "You get respect from Memphis, you get that swagger. People know who you are and what you're about no matter where you go."
Jackson knows because he's had that respect for years.
Chris Jones still wants his.