Columbia, MO (KMOV.com) -- A tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye. That's a slogan the No. 11 Missouri Tigers want to revive.
The Kansas State Wildcats (19-8, 7-5 in the Big 12) will travel to Columbia on Wednesday to take on Missouri in a must-win for K-State. They should be confident they can beat Mizzou - because they did last month, by a score of 88-72.
"They embarrassed us up there," forward Leo Lyons said Monday.
The game was the Tigers (23-4, 10-2) second Big 12 loss of the season, but they haven't been defeated since.
Kansas State will enter a hostile environment where Missouri has won 17 consecutive games, the eight longest such streak in the nation. The Tigers also average 26.2 more points than their opponents at home - the largest differential in the country.
For the Tigers to make Wednesday 18 straight in Columbia, head coach Mike Anderson says Missouri guards J.T. Tiller and Zaire Taylor must play better than last time these teams met.
"Our guard play was not very good in that game," Anderson said. "And theirs was phenomenal."
Tiller and Taylor combine for just 10 points and 9 assists that night. Comparatively, Kansas State guards Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen went for 33 points and 11 assists.
"Hopefully we get a little more leadership from our guard play," Anderson added.
After losing their first four conference games, Kansas State has won seven of their last eight. Coached by Frank Martin, the Wildcats have been led by Clemente, who is averaging 15 points a game, and Pullen, who chips in 14.
The Wildcats still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. With 11 conference wins, Missouri has virtually assured themselves of a ticket to the dance - and other coaches have noticed, as the Tigers moved up to No. 8 in this week's ESPN Coaches Poll.
"It's a report card of what these guys have done up until this point," Anderson said. "But you still want to be there when it's all said and done. We want to get an A on the final."< /p>
Tipoff for Wednesday is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the contest will air on ESPNU.