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Austin returns in time to battle West, Xavier

Updated: December 10, 2002, 9:57 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Mississippi State junior forward and Wooden Award candidate Mario Austin was cleared by the NCAA to play Tuesday after missing the No. 22 Bulldogs' first six games of the season.

Austin will see his first action of the season Saturday when MSU travels to New York City to play No. 11 Xavier at Madison Square Garden.

"He'll be back on the floor," Austin's attorney Donald Jackson told ESPN.com. "They upheld the NCAA's initial clearinghouse decision that he did do his core courses ...

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