No. 2 Kansas (28-2) closes out the 2009-10 regular season at Border Showdown foe Missouri (22-8, 10-5) Today. The Jayhawks are coming off an 82-65 win against No. 5 Kansas State Wednesday. The victory was KU's 27th-straight home finale win and 26th-consecutive Senior Night win. KU's 28 wins in 30 games is the second best 30-game record in school history (29-1 in 1996-97). Missouri won at Iowa State Tuesday 69-67 in overtime. The Tigers have won 10 league games for the second straight season.
|Rank and Records||KU||MIZZ|
|Strength of Schedule||#15||#52|
|RPI Top 50||10-2||5-5|
For the second-straight year, Kansas will enter a season with the nation's longest active home court winning streak, currently at 59 games heading into 2010-11. The streak ranks as the second longest in Kansas men's basketball history. Kansas is 28-2 on the season, 14-1 in conference play, and has won its sixth-straight, 10th Big 12 and NCAA-leading 53rd overall league title. KU averages 82.4 points per game and gives up 63.8 ppg for a Big 12-leading +18.6 scoring margin. In Big 12 play, Kansas is scoring 79.7 points per game and holds a +11.9 scoring margin. Senior guard Sherron Collins leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game and has scored in double figures 24 times this season following his 17-point performance against Kansas State Wednesday.
Missouri has won four of its last five games with the lone loss at then-No. 6 Kansas State (Feb. 27). The Tigers are 22-8 on the season and 10-5 in Big 12 play after their 69-67 overtime win at Iowa State Tuesday. MU is is 16-1 at home this season. The Tigers average 78.9 points per game and give up 65.1 points per game for a +13.7 scoring margin, which ranks second in the Big 12 behind Kansas' +18.6. Missouri uses a pressure defense that forces 19.9 turnovers per contest and its +6.5 turnover margin leads the league. The Tigers also lead the Big 12 in steals with 11.1 per game, while Kansas is next at 8.7.
Sophomore guard Kim English leads MU in scoring at 14.1 points per game. He is second on the team with 43 steals and 59 three-pointers. Sophomore guard Marcus Denmon is scoring 11.3 points per game and has a team-high 67 three-pointers. Sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is shooting 56.2 percent from the field. He averages 10.1 ppg and his 5.2 rebounds are second on the team. Bowers has a team-high 39 blocked shots.
Senior forward Keith Ramsey is second in rebounds with a 5.8 rpg average. Ramsey is scoring 5.9 points per outing. Senior guard J.T. Tiller is a starter who averages 8.7 points and has a team high 86 assists this season. Freshman guard Michael Dixon scores 7.3 points, while senior guard Zaire Taylor scores 8.4 ppg and his 1.8 steals per game are second in the Big 12.
Junior forward Justin Safford (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Missouri, 168-94, including an 63-53 record in games played in Columbia. Missouri has won three of the five meetings in Mizzou Arena. Overall, Kansas has won seven of the last eight and 11 of the last 14 meetings with Missouri. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU holds a 21-9 series advantage against Missouri - 19-8 in regular-season play and 2-1 in the conference postseason championship. Today'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. On Jan. 25, Marcus Morris scored 17 points and Cole Aldrich had 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Kansas' 84-65 win over MU in Allen Fieldhouse. Justin Safford led MU with 19 points, while Zaire Taylor had 11. KU outrebounded MU 56-28 and also doubled the Tigers in points in the paint, 36-18.
|#10||M. Dixon, Jr.||30||8||16.967||7.333||46.6||85.4||34.3||1.167||0.167||1.0||1.7||1.0||1.1||0.0||1.567|