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Missouri Tigers face a tough Texas team

Columbia, MO (KMOV.com) -- The Missouri Tigers basketball team will travel to Texas Wednesday to face the No. 16 Longhorns in what should be their toughest game thus far this season.

If there is a momentum battle going into the game, consider Mizzou the winners. The Tigers are coming off an impressive victory over Baylor in Columbia while Texas is still digesting an overtime loss to Kansas State Saturday. The loss snapped a 19 game home winning streak for the Longhorns.

If the Tigers plan to match the Wildcats and beat Texas in Austin, they will need another impressive showing from seniors Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carrol, who combined for 55 points against Baylor. Before Saturday, the last time two Tigers paired for at least 25 points each was 1988.

Mizzou is also getting strong contribution from their five freshmen, who are averaging a collective 24 points a game.

Texas is led by senior guard A.J Abrams, who averages 17 points a game. Abrams 342 three pointers are tops all time in the Big 12. Junior Damon James, who plays both forward and guard, chips in 16 a game

The Tigers beat Texas last January for the first time since 1999. In his 11 seasons at Texas, Longhorns coach Rick Barnes is 9-2 against the Tigers. Meanwhile, Missouri has won just two games in Austin all-time.

Despite carrying an 18-4 record - and a Big 12 record of 5-2 - Mizzou has just one win over a ranked team, when they took down then-No.19 USC in San Juan, P.R. However, they are 4-1 over the RPI top 50.

Texas has beaten a few solid teams, including Notre Dame and UCLA. They lost by just 4 points to Michigan State.

The nationally televised game will air on ESPN2 at 8:35 p.m.

Michael Bittner is a Journalism student at the University of Missouri

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