Missouri, Kansas to renew 'Border War' rivalry series
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Missouri and Kansas will renew their "Border War" basketball rivalry with a six-year series starting in December 2020, the schools announced Monday.
The Tigers and Jayhawks programs have been heated rivals for decades, but they stopped playing each other when Missouri left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference seven years ago. Host Kansas won the last regular-season game 87-86 in overtime in 2012.
"You could say I got the seven-year itch," Kansas head coach Bill Self joked in comments published by the Kansas City Star.
The programs met for an exhibition game in 2017. The success of that event helped renew discussions about making it an annual event.
The opener of the new series will be played in Kansas City, Mo. Subsequent years also will feature games in Lawrence, Kan., and Columbia, Mo.
"I do know this," Self said. "My players that have experienced the rivalry and coaches that experienced the rivalry missed the rivalry. I'm sure Missouri players and coaches felt the same way. Our current players of course haven't been part of the rivalry. It won't take long for all parties to be sold on the intensity and the importance of playing well against our bordering university."
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said, "This is a tremendous opportunity for both programs to bring back one of college basketball's best rivalries. I'm excited for our guys, our University and our fans, and we look forward to the battles ahead."