The Missouri Tigers and the Illinois Fighting Illini have faced each other 42 times in the history of the two basketball programs but they have both been ranked in the top 25 when they played each other just six times. Their game on Thursday night will be the seventh.
The No. 9 Tigers are led by two senior guards, Marcus Denmon (19.6 points per game) and Kim English (16 points per game) and are undefeated so far on the season. The No. 25 Fighting Illini are led by junior guard D.J. richardson (14.4 points per game) and sophomore center Meyers Leonard (13.3 points per game) and have only lost one game, to UNLV, this season. This is the second time each team has played an opponent in the top 25.
Game Time/Date: Thursday, December 22; 9 p.m. ET
Location: Scottrade Center, University of Illinois
National: ESPN 2