The Tigers (14-2, 0-1 Big 12) saw a nine-game win streak end when they lost to Colorado, 89-76 on the road. Wednesday night, they host a streaking Nebraska Cornhusker team that has put together an 11-game win streak of their own.
Nebraska is first in the Big 12 and second nationally in points per game allowed (53.5), while Missouri leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally in points per game (85.8). Nebraska has not allowed 70 points in 11 games, while Missouri has scored more than 70 points in its last seven contests.
Mizzou coach Mike Anderson is hoping to get more playing time out of freshmen point guard Phil Pressey who saw limited action on Saturday. Missouri has five players averaging double figures, led by Marcus Denmon’s 17.0 points per game. Denmon, who is one of the early front runners for Big 12 Player of the Year, is hitting nearly 50 percent from three-point range.
Laurence Bowers (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Ricardo Ratliffe (11.4 ppg. 7.0 rpg) provide Missouri with a strong interior presence, while guards Michael Dixon and Kim English both average more than 10 points per game while Dixon leads the Big 12 in steals (2.3 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6-to-1).