After a bad loss to Kansas, the reeling Bears need a win in Columbia to remain in the top 10 and stay in the hunt for a Big 12 title and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Baylor, the No. 6 team in the country, has lost only three games this season. Not so coincidentally, those are the only three games they've played against fellow Top 10 teams.
If the Bears are going to be able to get over the hump and win the Big 12, they'll need a win Saturday at No. 4 Missouri. They already lost to the Tigers 89-88 in Waco on January 21 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score.
Baylor certainly has the talent to defeat Missouri, even on the road, as Scott Drew's team has two sure-fire lottery picks in 6'9 SF Quincy Miller and 6'11 Perry Jones III.
However, neither player was able to get going against in their embarrassing 68-54 home loss to No. 7 Kansas on Wednesday night, as they combined to shoot 2-12 from the field, two fewer shots than Pierre Jackson took by himself.
On the other end of the ball, both the Jayhawks and the Tigers were able to pick apart the Bears 1-3-1 zone defense, which hasn't been able to generate adequate ball pressure against teams that can match Baylor's NBA talent.
A loss Saturday would put the Bears at 0-4 against their main competition for the Big 12 title, likely pushing them out of the discussion for a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The 12:45 PM game will be broadcast regionally on the Big 12 Network and streamed online at ESPN3.