The Missouri Tigers are who we thought they were -- a fast, quick, pesky team that doesn't make a ton of mistakes. The Kansas State Wildcats are not who we thought they were -- they're a mistake-filled team with no leadership or no one with the ability to step it up.
Mizzou topped K-State at Mizzou Arena on Monday afternoon, 75-59, as part of ESPN's Big Monday schedule. Missouri jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and Kansas State clawed back in the second half before Mizzou went on another run to close it out.
Missouri had five players in double digits led by by Marcus Denmon who had 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting including 5-of-7 free throws. Kim English and Ricardo Ratliffe added 10 points apiece while Mizzou got points off the bench from Laurence Bowers (10) and Phil Pressey (13).
Kansas State's Jacob Pullen led all scorers with 16 points. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts added 14 points and six boards while Curtis Kelly scored four points and nabbed seven boards in his second game back. Rodney McGruder shot just 2-of-9 and totaled four points.
Missouri is ranked No. 13 in the AP top 25 while K-State is no longer ranked. This game won't help them get back there.
Mizzou moves to 16-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big 12. They'll host Iowa State on Jan. 22. Kansas State moves to a disappointing 13-6 and 1-3 in Big 12 play. They'll travel to College Station, Texas to play Texas A&M next weekend.