The Missouri Tigers have the Baylor Bears right where they want them - at Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers and Bears will meet tonight (8 p.m., ESPN2-TV) with a huge step toward a potential Big 12 Conference Tournament bye hanging in the balance.
"Everyone's aware of where everyone is," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "But the only thing we can look forward to is the next day in practice and it's one game at a time."
This one game is a big one. The Tigers (21-6) currently sit fourth in the Big 12 standings at 7-5. Baylor (17-9) is in a three-way tie for fifth at 6-6 with Kansas State and Nebraska. With the top four teams getting a first-round bye in next month's tournament in Kansas City, a loss tonight is potentially devastating.