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NCAA Basketball Polls: Baylor Stays Undefeated, Hangs On To Top Ten Ranking

After surviving an OT game against West Virginia, the Bears faces their biggest test of non-conference play against Mississippi State in Dallas.

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After a wild 83-81 OT victory on Thursday over West Virginia, Baylor moved to 12-0, staying at No. 7 in the coaches poll and No. 6 in the AP poll.

Baylor is one of seven teams in the top 25 still undefeated, but of those seven, only the Bears and the Murray State Racers of the Ohio Valley Conference have yet to beat a ranked opponent.

Scott Drew's young team will have a chance to change that on Wednesday Dec. 28 in Dallas, when they face No. 15 Mississippi State at the American Airlines Center. The Bulldogs, with 6'11 Arnett Moultrie and 6'10 Renardo Sidney, are one of the few teams with the size and athleticism to match up with Baylor's talented front-line.

For the Bears, the key will be getting Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller the ball, as they were repeatedly frozen out by Baylor's guards in the latter half of the West Virginia game.

Pierre Jackson, Brady Heislip and Gary Franklin combined to take 33 of the team's 63 shots against the Mountaineers.

Baylor remains the highest ranked team in the Big 12, although undefeated Missouri (No. 8 in both polls) is right on their heels. Kansas dropped (No. 17, No. 18) after a shocking home loss to Davidson, while Kansas State jumped into the Top 25 for the first time all season after winning the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

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