The Border War Continues

Kansas vs. Missouri
It's rivalry week for No. 3 Kansas starting with a Border Showdown matchup against Missouri on ESPN's Big Monday. Kansas is 18-1 on the season and 4-0 in Big 12 play for the third-straight season after its 84-61 win at Iowa State Saturday. Missouri is 15-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference play after its 70-53 win against Nebraska Saturday in
Columbia, Mo.



PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Missouri MIZZ 81.6 45.6 72.7 38.2 37.3 13.7 23.5 16.7 13.7 12.1 4.9 19.2
Kansas KU 84.9 49.6 71.2 40.7 41.1 13.0 28.1 18.4 12.5 9.2 6.3 18.1
Missouri MIZZ Opponents 63.1 39.0 69.1 29.0 37.2 13.8 23.3 10.2 20.9 6.2 2.9 19.5
Kansas KU Opponents 61.5 36.3 67.5 31.5 33.5 12.5 21.0 12.7 15.4 6.1 3.5 19.8
Rank and Records MIZZ
KU
RPI #47
#1
Strength of Schedule #116
#18
Overall 15-4
18-1
Conference 3-1
4-0
Home 12-0
12-0
Away 1-3
4-1
Top 25 3-2
5-1
RPI Top 50 3-1
5-1
About Kansas

Kansas is 4-0 in Big 12 play for the third-straight season and has the nation's longest home court winning streak at 53 games. The Jayhawks average 84.9 points per game and give up 61.5 ppg for a Big 12-leading +23.5 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 84.5 points per game and holds a +16.8 scoring margin.

About Missouri

Missouri is 15-4 on the season and 3-1 in Big 12 play after its 70-53 win against Nebraska Saturday, extending its home court winning streak to 31 games (12-0 this season). The Tigers average 81.6 points per game and give up 63.1 points per game for a +18.6 scoring margin, which ranks third in the Big 12. Missouri uses a pressure defense that forces 20.9 turnovers per contest. The Tigers lead the Big 12 in steals with 12.1 per game, while Kansas is next at 9.2. MU's +7.3 turnover margin is also tops in the conference.

Sophomore guard Kim English leads MU in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is second on the team with 32 steals and 40 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Marcus Denmon is scoring 11.2 points per game and has a team-high 43 three-pointers.

Sophomore forward Laurence Bowers leads the Tigers with a 60.6 field goal percentage, 5.9 rebounds per game and 32 blocked shots. He scores 10.9 points per game. Senior forward Keith Ramsey is second in rebounds with a 5.8 rpg average. Ramsey is scoring 5.7 points per outing.

Senior guard J.T. Tiller is a starter who averages 8.6 points and 1.5 steals per game. Freshman guard Michael Dixon scores 8.4 points, while senior guard Zaire Taylor (8.1 ppg) and junior forward Justin Safford (7.8 ppg) round out the MU regulars. Taylor leads the team with 55 assists and 36 steals.

 


The Series

Kansas leads the all-time series with Missouri, 167-94, including an 86-33 record in games played in Lawrence and 39-14 in Allen Fieldhouse match-ups. The Jayhawks have won the last 10 meetings with the Tigers in Allen Fieldhouse dating back to 2000. Overall, Kansas has won six of the last seven and 10 of the last 13 meetings with Missouri. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 20-9 series advantage against Missouri - 18-8 in regular-season play and 2-1 in the conference postseason championships. Tonight's game will mark the 40th KU-MU game with one or both of the teams ranked. The Jayhawks lost the first-ever meeting with Missouri, 34-31, on March 11, 1907, in Lawrence.

Get to Know an Opposing Coach

Mike Anderson is in his fourth season at Missouri with a 80-39 record. Overall, Anderson is 169-80 in his eighth season, which included four years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last year, MU recorded a record-breaking 31-win campaign, the largest turnaround in college basketball (+15 wins), the school's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and Mizzou's first-ever Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship. The 24 wins in 2008-09 was his first 20-win season at Missouri and fifth for his career. While at UAB, Anderson guided the Blazers to four 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances - one NIT and three NCAA Tournaments. His 2004 team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, ending its season with a loss to Kansas (100-74) in St. Louis. Anderson is 1-6 against KU in his career.

A Kansas Win Would...
  • Make Kansas 19-1 on the season...
  • Make Kansas 5-0 in conference play for third-straight season...
  • Extend the nation's longest home court winning streak to 54 games...
  • Make the KU-MU series 168-94 in favor of Kansas, including a 40-14 KU advantage in Allen Fieldhouse...
  • Give KU its 11th-straight win against Missouri in Allen Fieldhouse...
  • Make Kansas 13-0 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 636-106 alltime in the facility and 109-6 under Bill Self...
  • Make Bill Self 188-41 while at Kansas, 395-146 overall and 14-3 all-time against Missouri, 11-3 while at Kansas...
  • Make Kansas 1,989-794 all-time.



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Missouri #11 Z. Taylor 19 15 25.789 8.105 41.1 76.9 40.7 2.737 0.789 1.947 2.895 1.158 1.895 0.158 2.158
Missouri #15 K. Ramsey 19 19 25.789 5.684 59.4 62.5 33.3 5.842 2.316 3.526 1.632 1.789 1.737 1.158 1.947
Missouri #24 K. English 19 15 22.421 14.842 42.2 71.2 36.7 3.632 1.158 2.474 1.105 2.211 1.684 0.105 1.684
Missouri #21 L. Bowers 19 5 20.842 10.895 60.6 79.5 54.5 5.947 2.632 3.316 1.263 1.158 1.263 1.684 2.263
Missouri #12 M. Denmon 19 4 20.526 11.211 42.9 68.2 43.4 3.316 0.895 2.421 1.211 1.0 1.0 0.158 1.526
Missouri #23 J. Safford 19 14 19.211 7.789 42.4 66.7 45.5 4.105 1.316 2.789 1.211 1.474 0.737 0.737 2.0
Missouri #4 J. Tiller 16 16 22.688 8.562 42.3 78.0 18.2 2.438 0.875 1.562 2.938 2.375 1.5 0.062 2.25
Missouri #10 M. Dixon, Jr. 19 7 18.526 8.368 46.3 88.2 37.8 1.263 0.158 1.105 2.211 1.0 1.211 0.0 1.632
Missouri #3 M. Paul 18 0 13.611 4.278 47.3 65.2 38.5 0.944 0.222 0.722 2.222 0.833 0.611 0.0 1.056
Missouri #32 S. Moore 19 0 9.895 1.368 30.8 71.4 0.0 1.684 0.474 1.211 0.474 0.474 0.474 0.632 2.0
Missouri #35 J. Underwood 11 0 4.364 0.818 14.3 58.3 0.0 1.909 0.909 1.0 0.091 0.455 0.182 0.364 1.545
Missouri #33 T. Stone 10 0 4.1 2.2 64.7 0.0 0.0 0.9 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.4



GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Kansas #4 S. Collins 19 19 31.368 16.0 46.4 87.0 40.8 2.105 0.211 1.895 4.263 1.895 1.316 0.0 1.474
Kansas #1 X. Henry 19 19 27.579 14.316 44.3 77.9 40.2 3.947 0.895 3.053 2.0 1.947 1.895 0.474 1.895
Kansas #45 C. Aldrich 19 19 25.737 11.211 56.0 73.3 0.0 9.947 3.158 6.789 1.0 1.526 0.684 3.421 2.368
Kansas #22 M. Morris 19 16 23.632 12.368 58.9 73.1 33.3 5.579 2.526 3.053 0.895 1.0 1.158 0.316 2.368
Kansas
T. Taylor 19 15 22.632 6.895 44.3 69.2 33.3 2.632 0.526 2.105 3.579 1.737 1.105 0.105 2.0
Kansas #21 M. Morris 19 2 15.316 6.263 56.2 60.5 60.0 4.895 1.421 3.474 1.053 1.105 0.632 0.789 2.368
Kansas #14 T. Reed 19 0 14.895 4.474 43.5 75.0 40.0 1.421 0.105 1.316 1.368 0.474 0.842 0.105 0.737
Kansas #12 B. Morningstar 10 2 22.2 4.8 47.2 71.4 42.9 2.6 0.7 1.9 3.2 1.0 1.0 0.2 1.3
Kansas #0 T. Robinson 19 1 9.737 3.684 48.2 42.1 0.0 3.632 1.421 2.211 0.474 1.105 0.211 0.684 1.684
Kansas #15 E. Johnson 16 2 8.312 3.25 54.3 66.7 30.8 1.375 0.5 0.875 1.812 0.812 0.438 0.062 1.25
Kansas #13 C. Henry 11 0 6.455 3.636 60.9 50.0 55.0 0.818 0.091 0.727 0.364 0.182 0.455 0.091 1.091
Kansas #2 C. Teahan 11 0 5.727 1.727 35.0 66.7 42.9 1.364 0.818 0.545 0.545 0.364 0.182 0.091 0.545
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