This is the 249th all-time between Kansas and Missouri, with the Jayhawks holding a 157-91 series lead. Last meeting saw the Tigers beat the Jayhawks, 68-63, on March 15, 2003, in the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas, Texas.
, hoping to bounce back from its first conference loss of the season, returns home after a two-game road swing to welcome border rival Missouri
to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday, Feb. 2 (8:00 p.m./ESPN's Big Monday). The Jayhawks (13-4 overall, 5-1 Big 12) dropped their first Big 12 contest of the season on Saturday afternoon in Ames, falling to Iowa State, 68-61. That loss broke a two-game KU win streak, and marked the team's first loss in Big 12 play since falling at Oklahoma on Feb. 23, 2003. KU enters Monday's game with Missouri with a 21-game home win streak in league games, and the Jayhawks haven't lost to the Tigers in Allen Fieldhouse since Jan. 24, 1999. The Tigers have gone 5-4 in its last nine games, including Saturday's 62-53 home win over Kansas State.
Preseason All-America candidates Langford and Simien pace the Jayhawk attack, combining to score 42.2 percent of KU's points this season. Meanwhile junior Aaron Miles runs the point and leads the Big 12 in assists per game and ranks among the league leaders in steals per contest. Although KU's offense has struggled at times this year, the defense has been solid and the Jayhawks allow just 64.5 points per game on 37.6 percent shooting this season.
Missouri scores 73.4 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field. Rickey Paulding paces MU with 15.5 points per game on 38.4 percent shooting from the field. Arthur Johnson chips in with 13.6 points and 7.5 boards per game, while Linas Kleiza leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per contest, but has been sidelined as of late due to an injury.