Mizzou vs KU like we've never seen

Mizzou vs KU like we've never seen

Credit: AP

Missouri guard Michael Dixon, Jr. (11) drives around Texas guard Myck Kabongo during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

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by John Knicely, jknicely@kmov.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 1 at 10:15 AM

(KMOV)-- The Mizzou/Kansas basketball rivalry is one of the best in college basketball and one that fans of each school look forward to all year long.

This Saturday's game in Columbia carries weight that puts it up with the biggest games ever played between the Tigers and Jayhawks. The game has major national implications. Both teams are ranked in the top ten, Mizzou (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) is ranked #4 and Kansas (17-4, 7-1 Big 12) is ranked #8.

The game has major Big 12 championship implications. With Kansas having a one game lead in conference it will be huge for the Tigers to win on their home court. Mizzou will still have to play at Lawrence. A KU win in Columbia this Saturday would almost certainly mean MU would have to win in Lawrence.

Both teams are in the running for top seeds in the NCAA Tournament.  The regular season Big 12 Champion will likely get a one seed. And whoever finishes higher will have a great shot at playing close to home in the St. Louis Regional.

This could be the last time these 2 teams play each other in Columbia. Mizzou moves to the SEC next year and while the Tigers want to keep the rivalry going, the Jayhawks are as of now saying good riddance.

Saturday's game will be in the national spotlight all day and all night long.  ESPN is hosting it's College Gameday from Mizzou Arena Saturday morning and airing the game in prime time at 8 pm. So there you go, plenty of extra hype for a game that doesn't need it. I can't wait.

By John Knicely

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