(KMOV) -- Coming off what appeared at some points to be their best game of the season - that nearly turned into a nightmare - the Missouri Tigers return to Columbia Saturday for a conference showdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Mizzou narrowly escaped with a 97-95 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater Wednesday night. The Tigers led by 20 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game, but a series of poor passes and turnovers saw that lead dwindle to a single point with 47 seconds to play. Nonetheless, Mizzou was able to hold on for an important road-victory against a quality Big 12 opponent.
Texas Tech beat the lowly Colorado Buffalos at home on Tuesday night by a score of 63-55 for their first Big 12 victory of the season. Forward Mike Singletary led the Red Raiders with 20 points. They are led by a pair of point guards, sophomore John Roberson and senior Alan Voskuil. Each is averaging 14 points per game.
In their only meeting last season, the Red Raiders beat Mizzou in Lubbock by a score of 92-84. It was Bob Knight's 901st career victory and one of the last of his career, as he resigned two weeks later and handed the keys to the program to his son Pat, who will be making his first trip to Columbia as head coach.
Texas Tech is 11-7 on the season, with a record of 1-2 in the Big 12. Their wins have come against the likes of Saint Francis, Sam Houston State, East Central, Eastern Kentucky, Mississippi State, Southern Louisiana, Wichita State, New Mexico, Centenary College, Stephen F. Austin and Colorado.
Missouri is looking for their 14th consecutive home win and fourth straight conference victory. The only Big 12 loss for the 16-3 Tigers was against Nebraska in their conference opener.
St. Lousian Matt Lawrence is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 19 points and going 5-8 from beyond the 3-point arc against Oklahoma State.
Tip off is scheduled for 12:46 p.m.
Michael Bittner is a Journalism student at the University of Missouri