The importance of Kansas State's win at Baylor last weekend, can't possibly be overstated. The Wildcats NCAA resume got a huge boost with a second win over a top ten team this season, not to mention the confidence boost that they get going into Columbia. They'll need it.
Sure, KSU meat the Tigers by 18 back on January 7th, but Mizzou has won four straight and 24 of the last 26 games against 'Cats at home where they are 15-0 this season. Frank Martin may be 5-4 all-time against Missouri, but he's yet to beat them on the road. This will be the 235th meeting between the two programs which have played twice a year for 85 consecutive seasons, a streak that will end when Missouri leaves for the Southeastern Conference at the end of the school year.
Pop quiz—the Wildcats and Tigers have battled each other through five different conference affiliations, can you name them? You better have gotten the Big 12, before that there was the Big Eight, Big Seven and Big Six. But they both started in the Missouri Valley Conference, along with KU. All three left before Wichita State became a member right after WWII.