MISSOURI STATE (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) has won three straight after a loss to Oklahoma State on Monday night, but the No. 13 seed in the league still needs to beat Texas Tech to reach the Sweet 16.
The Cougars have beaten the Red Raiders by a combined 13 points over the last four games.
“I know it’s hard to say,” head coach Jay Wright said.
“We’ve done a good job of winning and playing well.
We’re playing with confidence, and we’ve done that over the past few games.”
The Cougs have won seven straight and five of the last six against Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, are playing their first road game of the season after losing two straight.
The last time the teams met in Dallas was Dec. 20, 2012, and the Red Raider won in double overtime.
Both teams are playing without five starters, but Wright said they expect all of them to return.
“They’re going to have some injuries,” Wright said of the players.
“But I’m very confident in this team.”
The Red Raider guard, Jarnell Stokes, has started each of the team’s last two games after missing most of the previous two due to injury.
He’s averaging a team-best 18.3 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor.
The Blue Raiders, who have lost five straight, are shooting 40.5 percent in their last four.
Forward Joe Ingles is averaging 16.3 ppg, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 62.7 percent.