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Oklahoma Vs. Missouri Preview: A Battle For .500 In Conference

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Between the Missouri Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners, guess who has the longer conference win streak this season. Wrong. It's the Sooners.

In fact, Oklahoma's four game conference win streak is twice as long as Mizzou's longest conference win streak this season.

So with that known, guess who has the longer conference losing streak this season. Wrong. It's the Sooners again.

After starting 0-3 in conference, Oklahoma got hot, and combined with a favorable schedule, they rattled off four straight, the best of all winning against Baylor during a Wednesday afternoon affair.

Mizzou, on the other hand, just hasn't gotten hot in conference play. Maybe it is an unfavorable schedule, one that hasn't seen them go more than two games in a row without facing a ranked foe, maybe they haven't hit on all cylinders, or maybe they don't have all cylinders to hit?

Whatever the case for the Tigers, if they are ever going to start a run, it would be now. Between last Monday's loss in Lawrence, and the season finale against the Kansas Jayhawks in Columbia, Mizzou has six straight winnable games. Cynics in the crowd will suggest that the only true winnable games for these Tigers are the ones played in Columbia, and that may be true, but in order to start the streak they need to win today at home.

Oklahoma, though, is in the midst of its toughest stretch of the season, and might have to think back on the four game win streak if they want to remember this season fondly. After Wednesday's loss to Texas, the Sooners face Mizzou today, then a pesky Nebraska team at home followed by consecutive games against K-State, A&M and KU.

So while these two teams are meeting today with identical 4-5 Big 12 records, the odds that they will finish anywhere near each other in conference really depends on the outcome of this one. If OU can defeat the Tigers they will have a two game lead over them in a battle for the fourth spot in conference. If Mizzou can win, then coast through their next five games, there is a high likelihood that they will be able to watch the first day of the conference tournament from the bleachers.

Today's game tips at 12:30 p.m. from Mizzou Arena and can be seen on ESPN3.com.