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No. 25 BAYLOR (16-3, 4-1 Big 12) at No. 10 TEXAS (16-3, 3-1)

1:45 p.m., Erwin Events Center, Austin, Texas

Skinny: The glow of Baylor’s untelevised five-overtime thriller at Texas A&M; faded some when the Bears lost to a rested Oklahoma, but this is a way to make up for that setback. Texas entered the week 82-7 under coach Rick Barnes against in-state opponents, including 20-0 against the Bears. That streak could end this year but don’t count on it happening in Austin.

No. 14 STANFORD (16-3, 5-2 Pac-10) at No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE (17-2, 5-2)

3 p.m., Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, Wash.

Skinny: The Cardinal, who will finish a three-game road swing with this game, have quietly chugged along and built up a solid record with only two victories (Southern California and Arizona) against top-50 RPI teams. Both of those came at home, which lends a bit more significance to Stanford’s attempt to upend Derrick Low, Kyle Weaver and the Cougars.

No. 7 TENNESSEE (18-2, 5-1 SEC) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (14-5, 5-0)

7 p.m., Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.

Skinny: Rick Stansbury’s Bulldogs struggled to a 5-5 start overall but rattled off nine straight victories to enter the week as the SEC’s lone unbeaten team in league play. Tank-like guard Jamont Gordon and big men Charles Rhodes and Jarvis Varnado have Mississippi State on the precipice of being ranked for the first time in more than three years; a victory over the Volunteers surely would help.


GONZAGA (16-5, 5-0 WCC) at No. 21 SAINT MARY’S (17-3, 4-1)

11 p.m., McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, Calif., ESPN2

Skinny: The Gaels probably will drop back out of the top 25 after Monday’s loss to San Diego, but this is still a vital league game. It is the second stint in the poll this year for Saint Mary’s, which did not play quite the same murderous schedule Gonzaga typically does. Mark Few’s Bulldogs will remain in league play the rest of the way, and poaching this one on the road would prove valuable for the regular-season WCC race.


No. 3 DUKE (17-1, 5-0 ACC) at No. 4 NORTH CAROLINA (19-1, 4-1)

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