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A Dog December Date With March Implications

They have been tested by quality competition on a major national stage, not to mention a neutral court. And they came out of a first real road game with another confidence-building victory. Now, Mississippi State really steps it up for a December matchup with a March air about it. "This will no question be our most difficult challenge of the year, playing Baylor," Coach Rick Stansbury said.

Challenge, true. But Wednesday's meeting of Mississippi State and Baylor in Dallas is loaded with opportunity, too. Not to mention interest from all around the college roundball world as it features a pair of top-twenty clubs from major conferences, on a neutral court at that. Call it a potential preview of what the 2012 NCAA Tournament could feature in later rounds. The Bulldogs (12-1) arrive at...

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