So long, cupcakes.
The first real test of the season for the Cougars comes in the form of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. 5-0 out of the SEC, MSU is led by a trio of players scoring 12 or more points per game: Ravern Johnson, Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado. Varnado also has 12.8 rebounds and 7.4 blocks per game to his credit, and he's the key here. Baynes has to have a solid game if the Cougars want to win. The rest of the Cougs just need to be shooting like they have been.
Easier said than done.
The winner of this game faces the Pitt/Texas Tech winner for the Legends Classic title. 1-1 out of this tournament would be a successful weekend for WSU. This is the more winnable contest.