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Starkville showdown

Things can change quickly in college basketball. <br><br>Alabama and Mississippi State have essentially switched places from the last time these Western Division foes faced off against each other. But regardless of their relative positions in the polls, this border war is always tough.

When the squads last met on January 15th in Tuscaloosa, the Bulldogs were 0-3 in the SEC and desperate for a conference win. Alabama, on the other hand, had lost just two games all season and was still ranked among the nation's elite. The Tide forced overtime that night, pulling away in the extra period for a 68-62 win. But since that game Alabama basketball has struggled to keep its head above...