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Report States Colorado Basketball to Play Baylor (Again) in Dallas

Sources told ESPN that the match-up will be a part of four games at the American Airlines Center.

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A report issued from ESPN over the weekend states that the Buffaloes could be facing the Baylor Bears for the third-straight year after leaving the Big 12 conference.

The game would be a part of a series played at the AAC in Dallas that would also include games between SMU and TCU (bad, but always fun and Larry Brown), Alabama and Oklahoma, and Texas (all players transferred) and LSU.

"We want this to serve as the tipoff to the season," bd Global president Brooks Downing told earlier this month. "The plan is to generate a lot of excitement and hype about college basketball in the city that's hosting the Final Four."

If the November event is a success, Downing said bd Global likely will stage something similar each fall in the city slated to host the Final Four. The 2015 Final Four will be in Indianapolis before shifting to Houston in 2016.

This year's marquee game will be Baylor vs. Colorado, as both teams are expected to open the season in the top 25.

The Bears return the crux of a squad that won the NIT championship and tout two future pros in Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson.

Colorado's backcourt of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie will be one of the nation's best, while forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson were two of the country's top freshmen last year.

After losing to Brady Heslip's awfulness and Baylor 80-63 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament two years ago, the Buffs rebounded to take down the Bears 60-58 in the semi-finals of the Charleston Classic. I can't say that Baylor is becoming a rival for the Buffs, but the hatred for Scott Drew's team runs deep for Colorado fans and they would like nothing more than another win over the team from Waco.

This game is another excellent match-up in what is shaping up to be a fantastic non-conference schedule for a Colorado team that should start the season ranked in the Top 25.