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Mizzou/KU agree to start playing again in basketball in 2020

Jay Binkley
October 21, 2019 - 11:44 pm

Well it's back!  At least in basketball as the longest rivalry west of the Mississippi River will resume as Mizzou and KU have agreed to start playing again in basketball. 

The first matchup of the 6 game agreement will be next December 12th at the Sprint Center.  Then the next 4 years the game will alternate between Lawrence and Columbia with the final agreed upon game to be at the Sprint Center.  However according to KU athletic director Jeff Long they could extend this: 

From the KU press release:

“One of the best aspects of college athletics is rivalries, and we are thrilled that our fans and student-athletes will get to experience this Border Showdown rivalry once-again,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “We have quietly sought input from fans and supporters on the renewal of this series and we believe the overriding sentiments are that this historic rivalry should resume. While this series does not include each of our sports teams competing in the Border Showdown at this stage, we feel this is the first step to expanding it in the future. We are excited for this rivalry to begin anew next year and believe it will be great for all fans of college basketball.”

Mizzou press release:

Rivalry Renewed: Mizzou and Kansas Set for Six Annual Men’s Basketball Matchups Beginning in 2020-21
One of college basketball’s oldest and fiercest rivalries returns Dec. 12, 2020, at the Sprint Center.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of college basketball’s oldest and fiercest rivalries is back, and this time, it counts. Mizzou and Kansas have mutually agreed to renew their storied rivalry for six years, beginning Dec. 12, 2020, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The two teams will play six games, with one matchup in each of the next six seasons from 2020-21 through 2025-26. Among the six showdowns will be two meetings at the Sprint Center that bookend four on-campus games, including two meetings at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and two at Mizzou Arena. The series’ final contracted matchup in 2025 is set for Dec. 13, 2025, at the Sprint Center. All remaining dates will be decided at a later time.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for both programs to bring back one of college basketball’s best rivalries,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I’m excited for our guys, our University and our fans, and we look forward to the battles ahead.”

Future MU-KU Years & Locations:

2020-21: Dec. 12, 2020 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

2021-22: TBD – Lawrence, Kansas

2022-23: TBD – Columbia, Missouri

2023-24: TBD – Lawrence, Kansas

2024-25: TBD – Columbia, Missouri

2025-26: Dec. 13, 2025 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

“The atmosphere at the Showdown for Relief exhibition in 2017 was incredible to be a part of,” Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said. “We’re excited to bring that back and officially renew a historic rivalry that people have tremendous passion for. It’s a rivalry that college basketball deserves, and we look forward to delivering that tradition to fans across the nation.

“Hopefully, this renewal on the hardwood will lead to more opportunities (to play Kansas) down the road in other sports, too,” he added. “Rivalries make college sports great, and there is no question that when Missouri and Kansas face off in any sport, it’s important to a lot of people.”

Mizzou has faced Kansas 267 times, the most meetings against any opponent in program history. Kansas leads the all-time series 172-95. The rivalry, which tipped off on March 11, 1907 with a 34-31 Mizzou win in Columbia, returns for the first time in an official capacity since Feb. 25, 2012. The two programs raised more than $2M for hurricane relief with a preseason exhibition prior to the 2017-18 campaign at the Sprint Center.

Next season’s matchup will be the first meeting in Kansas City in the rivalry since 1997, and the 27th all-time meeting on a neutral court. It will mark Martin’s first official matchup with Kansas in his coaching career.

All ticket information, tip times and TV designations will be announced at a later date.

For all the latest on Mizzou Men's Basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team at @MizzouHoops (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

KU press release:

Kansas Athletics Announces Multi-Year Agreement to Reignite Border Showdown Rivalry

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Athletics announced today that an agreement has been made with the University of Missouri to reignite the Border Showdown rivalry that will feature six men’s basketball games, with the first matchup slated for next season on December 12, 2020 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. Until 2012, the Border Showdown was known as the longest continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi River.

“One of the best aspects of college athletics is rivalries, and we are thrilled that our fans and student-athletes will get to experience this Border Showdown rivalry once-again,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “We have quietly sought input from fans and supporters on the renewal of this series and we believe the overriding sentiments are that this historic rivalry should resume. While this series does not include each of our sports teams competing in the Border Showdown at this stage, we feel this is the first step to expanding it in the future. We are excited for this rivalry to begin anew next year and believe it will be great for all fans of college basketball.”

Season

Location

2020-21

Sprint Center*

2021-22

Lawrence

2022-23

Columbia

2023-24

Lawrence

2024-25

Columbia

2025-26

Sprint Center*

*Kansas will be the home team in 2020-21. Missouri will be the home team in 2025-26.

The Kansas-Missouri basketball series dates back to 1907, when the Jayhawks and Tigers met on back-to-back days in Lawrence on March 11-12, both Missouri wins. Those contests were the first of 269 meetings between the border rivals over the next 105 years, with the Jayhawks building a 174-95 edge in the all-time series. Kansas is 89-33 at home vs. Missouri, including 42-14 in Allen Fieldhouse, 65-53 in Columbia and the series is tied at 4-4 in Mizzou Arena.

“Jeff and I discussed the idea of playing Missouri on many occasions, including speaking with other coaches here at KU, and we all felt the timing is right to renew the rivalry,” said Head Coach Bill Self. “Even though we haven’t played the last few years, I know it was something our players and fans missed, and so did I. The interest generated in the 2017 exhibition game was far greater than I envisioned it would be which made it obvious to me that our fans were eager to see a Border Showdown matchup.

“Having coached a lot of games vs. Missouri in my time here at Kansas, I could not be more excited to start this series up again. This is a great experience for all basketball fans and I look forward to the rivalry being reignited in Kansas City next season, and then bringing it back home to Allen Fieldhouse the following year.”

The last regular-season Border Showdown took place on February 25, 2012, an overtime thriller at Allen Fieldhouse. No. 4 Kansas overcame a 19-point deficit during the final 17-minutes to force overtime, where it eventually outlasted No. 3 Missouri, 87-86. With that win, Self improved his record versus Missouri to 15-4 as the head coach at KU. On October 22, 2017, the Jayhawks defeated the Tigers in the only exhibition contest between the two schools, 93-87. The “Showdown for Relief” contest was organized in an effort to raise money for hurricane relief, which was the first time the two teams had met since the historical regular-season matchup in 2012.

In order for KU fans to be guaranteed tickets to the December 12, 2020 matchup against Missouri at Sprint Center, they must be season tickets holders during the 2019-20 season. A very limited number of men’s basketball season tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-34-HAWKS or by visiting KUAthletics.com. All 2019-20 KU basketball season tickets holders will have first right of refusal for the rivalry game next season at Sprint Center.

 

--KUAthletics.com--

 

 

 

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