Feb. 20, 2009

Two rivals will butt heads once again on the hardwood Saturday afternoon in a nationally televised showdown when Central Missouri meets Northwest Missouri. CBS College Sports will broadcast the game from Warrensburg, Mo. starting at noon ET and the game can also be viewed live on ncaa.com.

The two teams come into the matchup from different directions as Central Missouri looks to continue its climb up the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings while Northwest Missouri hopes to keep its head above water. 

Central Missouri (20-4, 13-4 MIAA) was held to only 35 percent shooting in the second half of its game Wednesday night, and despite a career-high 32 points from junior forward Sanijay Watts, the team's eight-game winning streak was snapped at Nebraska-Omaha, 81-71.

Northwest Missouri State (12-12, 7-10 MIAA), on the other hand, rallied behind a career-best 16 points from Shawn Carter and a barrage of three-pointers down the stretch to beat Truman, 62-51, Wednesday. It’s the third year in a row Northwest has swept the regular season series with Truman.

Northwest will ride its first three-game win streak of the season into its first nationally-televised game of the season. The seventh-ranked Mules fell out of first place following its loss at Nebraska-Omaha and could be facing a must-win situation Saturday.

It will be the 200th meeting of the two teams on the basketball court with Central Missouri holding a 115-84 advantage. The first contest took place in 1919 in Warrensburg. The Mules will look to avenge an earlier season loss at Northwest Missouri.

Information courtesy of Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri