Impressive OSU faces tough road test

Hard-nosed Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford is an early candidate for Big 12 coach of the year. The former Kentucky Wildcat returned the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament last season and there's been no slippage in his second year despite voters in both polls keeping OSU out of the Top 25.

Impressive wins at Kansas State and at home against Texas A&M have paced the Cowboys (16-4) to a 4-2 Big 12 record. Now they seek a first conference road win today at Missouri (15-5, 3-2). Coach Mike Anderson's Tigers are 12-0 at home. The Cowboys have dropped road games at Oklahoma and Baylor.

OSU is led by a dynamic backcourt featuring Big 12 leading scorer James Anderson (22.1 ppg) and Obi Muonelo (13.0), who scored 24 points in Wednesday's 76-69 win over A&M.