Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 2/20/12
The students are already lining up at Allen Fieldhouse for Saturday's showdown between third-ranked Missouri and No. 4 Kansas, the finale of a bitter rivalry and one that could ultimately decide the regular-season Big 12 champion. There's only one problem: Both teams still have a game before the big showdown. The Tigers host surging Kansas State on Tuesday night before the Jayhawks visit Texas A&M on Wednesday. Both are dangerous opponents who could take a bit of the pizzazz out of what could be the biggest regular-season game since the Big 12's inception. Kansas coach Bill Self jokingly said that he won't mention Missouri to his team except to tell them that he won't mention Missouri.
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