Mizzou, Sooners playing for second place

Bouncing back from a road loss to win impressively at home, sound familiar? Mike Anderson's Tigers have lost only five games this season, all five games on the road. Each time the Tigers loss on the road, they responded by beating that same team at Mizzou Arena in impressive fashion. After losing to Kansas Sunday, the Tigers have an opportunity to responding again with a home win.

Bouncing back from a road loss to win impressively at home, sound familiar?

Mike Anderson's Tigers have lost only five games this season, all five games on the road.

Each time the Tigers loss on the road, they responded by beating that same team at Mizzou Arena in impressive fashion. Just ask Nebraska and Kansas State about that.

The Tigers are a perfect 17-0 at home in Columbia this year and has an 18 home court winning streak on the line tonight when No. 5 Oklahoma invades the Show Me State.

The Sooners, who are 26-3 on the year, will be the Tigers toughest road game to date.

Expect Mizzou Arena to be an absolute mad house, as this Big 12 conference showdown will decide second place in the league and tournament seeding for next weeks Big 12 Tournament.

"We have been playing all season for games like this," Coach Anderson said in an earlier interview. "This is what college basketball is all about."

One of the main questions in tonight's game is whether the Tigers can contain Oklahoma star Blake Griffin, who has returned after missing two games with a concussion.

The Sooners only two conference losses came while Griffin sat and watched from the bench.

"There is no doubt about it, we will have to be at our best," Anderson said. "We have had a lot of success at home and we don't plan on changing that anytime in the near future."

Great defense has led to impressive offensive performances for J.T. Tiller in the Tigers game against Kansas State a week ago.

"Our defense sets up our offense," DeMarre Carroll said after last week's contest against the Wildcats. "Tiller had a great game against the K-State, he was on point on the defensive side of the ball."

Defense will be a key factor in tonight's contest, whoever plays the best defense and controls the tempo and pace of the game will most likely have the advantage.

The last time Mizzou defeated a No. 5 nationally ranked team was back in 2003 against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Tigers are hoping to repeat that feat tonight.

"It promises to be a great game," Anderson said. "Our guys will be ready; this is why you play the game, games like this one."


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