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WSU basketball opens Diamond Head Classic against Mississippi State

ESPN has announced the Diamond Head Classic schedule and it looks good for the Cougs.

First-round games Wednesday, Dec. 22, will tip off with the noon PT matchup of Mississippi State and Washington State.

In the second game, WSU will play either Baylor or San Diego. Baylor would be a great test, while San Diego rolled over for WSU in Alaska last year.

MSU and WSU have met once, with WSU winning 62-53 in the 2008 Legends Classic. I don't know a ton about the 2010 version of the MSU team, but do know that Jarvis Varnado is gone and troubled -- but talented -- freshman Renardo Sidney may still be serving a suspension during the Diamond Head Classic.

If both Baylor and WSU win their openers, we're in for a treat. Baylor looks to be strong again, even after losing Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh. It seems like we've played Baylor every year recently yet still can't get the best of them (Or I'm exaggerating, we beat them in 2007). It'd go a long way if the 2010 Cougars can bring a win home over the Bears.

Between MSU and perhaps Baylor, the Diamond Head Classic is shaping up to be a nice test for WSU. The season schedule should be out soon, but at least the TBA part of the Diamond Head Classic is filled in.

Side note: The Maui Invitational bracket is out. UW takes on Virginia in the first round. Who do you root for?

EDIT NUSS, 5:15 p.m.: Here's a link to the full bracket.