The Tigers have lost three straight road games, going 0fer in conference games outside of Columbia, and can last boast a win away from home on December 2 at Oregon. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have lost three consecutive games, and five of their past six conference contests.
One of the streaks has to end, and the answer to which one lies on the interior.
For Mizzou, the lack of an inside presence prohibited them from competing on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns. And with no news out of the Mizzou camp on the status of forward Laurence Bowers, Ricardo Ratliffe, Justin Safford and Steve Moore will be called upon to do the dirty work down low.
For Ok State to compete, they need to get the ball into 6'6 forward Marshall Moses - the Cowboys' leader with 15.5 points and eight rebounds per game - 6'6 forward Darrell Williams, and his 6.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg, and 6'7 J.P. Olukemi, 11.6 ppg and 4 apg.
On the perimeter the Cowboys are led by Keiton Page, who not only looks younger each year, but also seems to have been in Stillwater for the better part of a decade. The 5'10 junior (really? junior?) is the team's second leading scorer and best perimeter shooter.
Page and backcourt mate Markel Brown will have their hands full with the Mizzou guards. Mike Dixon, Marcus Denmon, Phil Pressey, Matt Pressey and Kim English provide a punch that should make the Ok State heads spin.
And in an interesting twist, the younger Pressey is on pace to break Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford's Mizzou freshman assist per game average record. If you recollect, Ford played one season at Mizzou before transferring to Kentucky. In his lone season in Black and Gold, Ford averaged 3.5 assists per game. Flip Pressey is currently dishing out 3.9 apg.
The game tips off tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.
NOTE: From Oklahoma State Athletic Dept.
STILLWATER – Due to potential weather-related issues, Oklahoma State is opening the doors to Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Fans will be allowed to attend Wednesday's men's basketball game against Missouri free of charge, the OSU Athletic Department announced today.
"Because of the inclement weather and obvious travel difficulties for our fans around the state, we decided to open the doors for anyone who would like to attend. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for a homecourt advantage against a quality Big 12 opponent," said associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth.
Those taking advantage of the free admission will be allowed to sit in the 300 level of the arena. All seats pre-purchased will continue to be reserved for ticket holders.