Friday, February 24, 2012
Playmakers: Missouri needs 3-ball for upset
By Myron Medcalf
It’s the game of the weekend.
If you’re a true college basketball fan, you have to find a way to see Mizzou-Kansas on Saturday afternoon.
This could be the end of the rivalry.
The Big 12 title is at stake. A Missouri victory would put the Tigers and Jayhawks in a 13-3 tie for the first place. A Kansas victory would give the Jayhawks a slice of the Big 12 title for the eighth consecutive season.
It has a pair of serious national coach of the year contenders in Frank Haith and Bill Self. Allen Fieldhouse will go crazy.
The Tigers won the first game 74-71 on Feb. 4, but the Jayhawks have been the better team since that game.
So how can the Tigers beat the Jayhawks for the second time this season? It won’t be easy. The Jayhawks look like a Final Four team right now. And the Tigers are coming off a 78-68 loss to Kansas State.
Missouri won’t have a chance if it’s struggling from the 3-point line. In the first game, the Tigers were 10-for-22 (45 percent) from beyond the arc.