Illinois has won eight straight times vs, Missouri, but this may be the best team Missouri has had in that time. The Tigers offense should key a revenge win.

The Illinois Fighting Illini have dominated this annual series with the Missouri Tigers winning each of the last eight meetings, but the Tigers are in a nice position for some sweet revenge here.

[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Missouri is off to 9-1 start with their only loss being by four points to Xavier on a neutral floor, which is certainly no disgrace. They are clicking on both sides of the floor, averaging 86.3 points per game on an excellent 48.2 percent shooting offensively while their defense is limiting opponents to 64.4 points on 39.0 points shooting.

Now Illinois has also been stingy defensively, so the key to this contest will be which offense can go off on what may be the best defense each team has seen all year. Well, the Illini have been respectable offensively, but they are still averaging about 15 points less per game than the Tigers are, at 71.9 points per contest.

When you add in the eight years of defeat, we simply feel that Missouri will be playing with  a greater sense of urgency tonight, and the fact that they have had some nice non-conference wins already over USC and California should certainly benefit them.

Free Pick: Missouri -3 (-110)