|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABGet ready to witness the end of history tonight as the Missouri Tigers take on the Kansas Jayhawks for the last time in conference play.
The two teams have met annually since 1907, but next season the Tigers will join the SEC. The Jayhawks are not interested in continuing the regular meeting of the two teams. Unless they meet somewhere in the tournament, tonight's game will be the last between the two for the foreseeable future.
As both teams are fighting for the conference title, tonight's game means even more than just a ceremonial end to the series. Missouri is looking for its first Big 12 regular season conference title, and are currently 12-3 in conference play this season. Kansas, on the other hand, needs this win to further its own quest for the school's eighth straight Big 12 title. Kansas is 13-2 in the conference so far.
Whoever wins this game will take a big step towards capturing the title, while also greatly harming the other team's ability to keep up. The NCAA odds list Kansas as 7 ½ point favorites to win the game, with the over-under at 144 ½. There is a lot on the line for both teams tonight, especially as a Missouri win would keep the two schools tied for the regular season title. Kansas does not want to leave the title to chance any longer.
Kansas is coming into the game on a five-game win streak, having defeated Texas A&M 66-58 on Wednesday night. In fact, the most recent loss the Jayhawks suffered was a 74-71 defeat against the Tigers. Kansas was up by 8 with just 2:08 left in the second half, but Missouri's Marcus Denmon put up 9 points to lift the Tigers to victory.
The Tigers themselves have been playing extremely well, having had their seven-game win streak snapped by a recent 78-68 loss at home to Kansas State on Tuesday night. Kansas State was able to shoot an astounding 53.8 percent, compared to the Tigers' 38.3 percent. Missouri will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses, as well as contain Kansas in the paint. Kansas State was able to score 32 points in the paint against the Tigers, so the Jayhawks' larger lineup may cause Missouri some problems.