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Texas looks to rebound against Missouri

Feb 4, 2009 - 11:13 AM Missouri (15-5) at No. 17 Texas (18-4) 9:30 p.m. EST

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- A surprisingly shoddy defensive performance doomed Texas in its last contest and snapped a 19-game home winning streak.

The 17th-ranked Longhorns will need an improved effort on that end of the court when they host Missouri on Wednesday.

Texas (15-5, 4-2 Big 12) allowed a season-high in points during an 85-81 overtime setback to Kansas State on Saturday. The Wildcats torched the Longhorns with 10 3-pointers, including six from Denis Clemente in a 44-point performance.

The struggles of point guard A.J. Abrams continued as he scored just 15 points on 5-of-21 shooting. The senior guard converted 4-of-14 from long range in the loss to Kansas State and is connecting on just 26 percent (15-of-57) from deep in his last seven contests.

Damion James led the Longhorns with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Gary Johnson added 16 and six in the loss to the Wildcats.

Missouri (18-4, 5-2) leads the Big 12 at 85.0 points per game and has won five of six to place itself in third place in the conference standings behind unbeatens Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Tigers rebounded from an 88-72 loss at Kansas State with a 89-72 victory over Baylor Saturday. Leo Lyons scored 30 points and DeMarre Carroll had 25 in the win.

Lyons is averaging 16.8 points per game while Carroll contributes 14.8 for Missouri, which snapped a nine-game losing streak to Texas with a 97-84 win in Columbia last season.