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Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2003 10:04 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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Kansas St (12-10) at No. 21 Missouri (14-6)
KANSAS ST. WILDCATS
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MISSOURI TIGERS
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COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- No. 21 Missouri tries to remain unbeaten at home this season when it takes on Big 12 Conference foe Kansas State at the Hearnes Center on Saturday.

The Tigers (14-6, 5-4 Big 12) are just 2-5 on the road this season but 11-0 at home, including 4-0 in conference play.

Missouri began the 2000-01 season 11-0 at home before losing to Oklahoma on a last-second shot.

The Tigers have lost two of three overall, including a 73-71 setback at Texas A&M on Wednesday.

Travon Bryant nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 71 with 23 seconds left, but Bradley Jackson sank a short jumper with two seconds left for the game-winner.

Arthur Johnson scored 18 points and Rickey Paulding 15 for the Tigers, who led by seven points at halftime.

Kansas State (12-10, 3-6) had lost four in a row and six of seven before posting a 62-54 triumph over Colorado on Tuesday.

Tim Ellis, Jarrett Hart and Frank Richards each scored 11 points and Matt Siebrandt and Pervis Pasco 10 apiece in the win.

The Wildcats are 1-5 on the road this season, 0-4 in Big 12 games. They have lost 12 straight conference road games, dating to last season, and 22 in a row on the road against ranked teams.

Missouri holds a 108-107 all-time lead over Kansas State. The Tigers have scored just 26 more points than the Wildcats in the 215 games.

The Tigers have won 18 straight home games over the Wildcats and three straight overall in the series.


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