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Looking ahead to Kansas-Missouri

Updated: February 3, 2012, 2:33 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb

This Saturday marks the 266th meeting between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers on the hardwood, and with the upcoming conference realignment it is likely the last "Border War" in the foreseeable future to be played in Columbia, Mo. So the already high level of intensity for this game is cranked up a notch. Then you add in the fact the teams are playing for top standing in the Big 12 title hunt and the roof may rattle at Mizzou's gorgeous arena.

What is most intriguing is what Kansas does with Thomas Robinson defensively. Jeff Withey's length can bother Ricardo Ratliffe, so that should set that matchup (although Ratliffe scores mainly on pick-and-rolls and dump-offs from Missouri's guards). The question for Kansas is whether Bill Self uses Robinson to guard Kim English.

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