February 5, 2011

Tigers roll, turn thoughts to Kansas

It had been exactly two weeks since Missouri had tasted victory. In fact, since an 87-54 win over Iowa State, the Tigers hadn't had a lead for so much as a second. They put an end to that quickly against Colorado, using an 11-0 run to take command early and beating the Buffs 89-73.

"That was something we wanted to do was get off to a good start because we felt we'd been kind of sluggish starting out games," Marcus Denmon said. "We came out and keyed in and did some of the things we wanted to do offensively and defensively."

But the Tigers had little time to enjoy this one. In less than 48 hours, they will tip off in Lawrence against arch-rival Kansas. The Jayhawks sport a 22-and-1 record and an 11-game winning streak against Mizzou at Allen Fieldhouse.

"Every game's a big game. It's huge because it's the next game on our schedule. It's bigger because it's an obvious rival," said Kim English, fresh off a season-high 21 points. "Streaks don't mean too much."

Missouri, meanwhile, hasn't done much winning anywhere outside of Mizzou Arena this year. The Tigers are 0-and-4 on the road in Big 12 play. Their last win outside the city limits of Columbia came on December 22nd against Illinois. Their only true road win this season was at Oregon way back on December 2nd.

"It's tough on the road. It's mental," Steve Moore said. "It's maturity. You got to play with intelligence on the road. You've got to go in there like you're ten down. The refs aren't gonna give you anything, you've got to grind it out. You've got to stick to your guns and what you do."

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