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Rugged road ahead for OSU men's basketball team

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, Published: December 6, 2011

Dec. 21: vs. No. 16 Alabama (7-1), in Birmingham. The Cowboys beat the Crimson Tide a year ago in the All-College, thus the neutral-court rematch. Anyone for a football doubleheader? This Tide team returns three All-SEC players that added a stellar recruiting class.

Dec. 28: vs. SMU (5-3), American Airlines Center, Dallas. The Mustangs won 20 games a year ago, but are rebuilding. There's little height and the Mustangs don't shoot it or score well.

Dec. 31: Virginia Tech (5-3). The Hokies beat OSU last year and again this season in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals in Madison Square Garden, 59-57. Tech has since lost two of three, including a 69-61 verdict to Kansas State. Back home, the Cowboys will want this one.