Columbia, MO (KMOV.com) - The Missouri Tigers will return home to face Iowa State Saturday in what they hope will be their 20th victory the season and third consecutive over the Cyclones.
The Tigers are coming off a monumental win over Texas in Austin Wednesday. The last time Missouri played at home was last Saturday in a victory over Baylor.
Iowa State is 12-10 on the season, but just 1-6 in conference play. Mizzou easily disposed of the Cyclones by a score of 77-46 when the two met in Columbia last month. Iowa State came up short against Kansas State on Wednesday night.
With a win Saturday, along with their big victory in Texas, the Tigers can virtually assure themselves of top-25 ranking next week. Missouri is currently 28th in the AP poll.
Seniors Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carrol continued their streak of strong play Wednesday, but it was junior Zaire Taylor who led the Tigers with 17 points. Mizzou has featured six different leading scorers since conference play began.
The Cyclones are led by sophomore forward Craig Brackins, who averages 19 points a game. Missouri will also need to keep an eye on another sophomore, guard Diante Garrett, who averages 10 points and 5 assists a game.
With a win, the Tigers can match the best start of any Mizzou team in Big 12 play. The 1998-99 squad began 7-2 in conference play.
A victory also insures the 21st 20 win season in school history - and coach Mike Anderson's first at Missouri. Anderson did record four 20 win seasons at UAB before arriving in Columbia.
Tip off is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Michael Bittner is a Journalism student from Mizzou