Ever since the Georgetown debacle, Missouri has been hotter than a pistol, winning nine straight, one short of eclipsing Coach Mike Anderson's longest streak ever at Mizzou. The Tigers can reach that mark when they begin Big 12 play Saturday against Colorado at the Coors Event Center.
The Buffaloes come in as a much-improved team at 11-4 and will test the Tigers. However, during the win streak, Mizzou has climbed all the way back to the number eight-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and 9th in the AP Poll. The Tigers 14-1 start is its second best in school history, and it also represents its best non-conference record ever. Mizzou, who is known for their relentless defense under Anderson, has held opponents to just 35 percent shooting from the floor. Moreover, the offense has been hot lately, winning all 14 games by double digits and beating opponents by an average of a shade over 28 points per game this season.
While the Tigers must refocus their efforts for conference play, it's almost a shame because they boast a 57 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. That's just two games behind Texas A&M, and 14 ahead of those highly touted Kansas Jayhawks, who reside on the wrong side of the border. The Jayhawks, after surviving scares against the likes of UCLA and USC, are still undefeated, and are even stronger with the return of Freshman sensation Josh Selby, who served his nine game suspension and is back on the hardwood.
Despite the intense rivalry, there are other teams Mizzou must look out for this season. Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas State are all ranked, and speak to the depth of the conference. There are also five other schools with double-digit wins, with just Oklahoma and Texas Tech having sub-par seasons. It should be a fun season, so sit back, open up the chips and dips, and enjoy the ride.