The Tigers tip-off with the Jayhawks at 8 p.m. on Saturday
Feb. 2, 2012
4/4 University of Missouri Tigers (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) vs. 8/8 Kansas (18-4, 8-1 Big 12)
Tip-Off: 8 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman - Play by Play / Dick Vitale - Analyst)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly - Play by Play / Gary Link - Analyst)
Rankings: MU: #4/4; KU: 8/8 (AP / ESPN/USA Today Coaches)
Series: Kansas leads 171-94 (Last meeting: KU 70, MU 66 in Columbia, Mo. - March 5, 2011)
Missouri: Frank Haith (Elon `88); 149-103 overall (8th); 20-2 at Mizzou (1st season)
Kansas: Bill Self (Lenoir-Rhyne `77); 462-155 overall (19th) and 255-50 at KU (9th season)
> After defeating Texas on Monday, the No. 4-ranked Mizzou basketball team has shifted its attention to archrival Kansas as the Jayhawks make their way to Columbia for an 8 p.m. tip Saturday on ESPN. For the first time in school history, ESPN's College Gameday will be making the trip to Columbia. The Gameday broadcast is welcome to the public as doors open at 7 a.m. as taping will run from 9-11 a.m.
> Saturday's matchup restores one of college basketball's best rivalries as this will mark the 266th meeting between the programs, dating back to 1907. KU owns a 171-94 lead in the all-time series and has won the last five meetings. The last Tiger win came in 2009 when Zaire Taylor hit a game-winning shot to give the Tigers a 62-60 win over the Jayhawks in Columbia.
> This meeting between the Tigers and Jayhawks will take on extra meaning as first place in the Big 12 is on the line. The Tigers come into the game at 7-2 in league play while KU sits at 8-1. Mizzou and Kansas have not met with first place in the league on the line since the 2009 season when the two teams met at Allen Fieldhouse on March 1, where KU earned a 90-65 win.
> In all, there have been plenty of memorable MU-KU games over the past years. In 2009, Zaire Taylor hit a shot with two seconds left to break a 60-60 tie and give Mizzou a 62-60 win. In 2006, the Tigers rallied from down seven with a minute to go and send the game into overtime after KU's Christian Moody missed a pair of potential game-winning free throws with 0.4 seconds on the clock. And of course, the list would not be complete without mentioning the 1997 in which the Tigers beat the previously undefeated Jayhawks in double overtime on a shot by Corey Tate to clinch a 96-94 win.
> In all, Mizzou and Kansas have met in 142 games that were decided by single digits and 85 that were decided by five points or less. Mizzou is 60-82 in games decided by 10 or less and 39-46 in games decided by five points or less.
> In all, this will mark the 16th MU-KU game in which both teams rank among the top 10 and Kansas holds a 9-6 advantage in those 15 games. Of course, Mizzou and Kansas met twice as top-five foes in 1989-90 with Mizzou claiming wins on both games. First, the Tigers won, 95-87, in Columbia and then 77-71 in Lawrence.
> Mizzou won its 20th game of the season at Texas on Monday as it has now won at least 20 games in four straight seasons for the third time in program history and the first time since 1992. Mizzou won at least 20 games in four straight seasons from 1988-89 through 1991-92 and did so again from 1979-80 through 1982-83.
> Mizzou is 7-2 through its first nine league games, marking its best start to Big 12 play since 2008-09 when the team opened 11-2 in league games. It is just the fourth time in program history that Mizzou has won seven of its first nine league games as the others were in 2008-09, 1999-2000 and 1998-99.
> Another interesting note is that Tigers have already won four true road games this season and eight games away from home. Mizzou won just two true road games (2-7 overall) and won just six games away from home all of last season. Three of the Tigers' road wins have come in Big 12 play - they had just one Big 12 road win last season.
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