"There is not a nickels worth of difference between the teams, that is evident," said Bill Self. "A lot of time the mindset and focus is the difference in whether you win or lose."
"I think we will have to make sure our energy is as good as it was when we played Missouri at home and when we played them in the Hearnes Center," said Self.
"I think if we are off a little bit the advantage may swing to them because they have so much to play for."
Besides the obvious revenge factor, Mizzou looks to play their way into the NCAA tournament. MU is the six seed in the tourney after finishing league play with a record of 9-7. The Tigers defeated Texas A&M in the first round, 74-68. The Tigers set a tournament record with 60% shooting.
"I think they are an NCAA Tournament team," said Self. "I do think they are deserving of an at-large bid based on the schedule they played."
Kansas is working for a higher seed in the NCAAs in hopes of playing the first rounds in Kansas City.
"My feeling is that we need to be a four-seed or better. I think right now, unless we play good this weekend, there is a chance that won't happen," said Self.
"It is really important to play well on Friday."