Undefeated Missouri figures to be tested by Illinois

Marcus Denmon and the Missouri Tigers may face their toughest challege of the young season tonight when they play Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis.

Marcus Denmon and the Missouri Tigers may face their toughest challege of the young season tonight when they play Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The numbers are overwhelming.

They show Missouri has been about as dominant as possible in the school’s first 11-0 start since the 1991-92 season. The Tigers lead the Big 12 in eight different categories and are tops in the nation in scoring margin by more than four points at plus-27 per game.

The one lingering question for Missouri is how much of its success has to do with itself, and how much does it have to do with the teams it’s played.

Everyone should know more tonight after the ninth-ranked Tigers head to St. Louis for arguably their toughest tilt to date in the annual Braggin’ Rights game against 25th-ranked Illinois at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ESPN2-TV). It’s one of the most anticipated matchups between the rivals in years.

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