Kansas, Mizzou in talks to play basketball exhibition for hurricane relief

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

The Mizzou men's basketball is in discussion with Kansas to play an exhibition game.

Kansas and Missouri are in talks to faceoff on the basketball court later this month, but in an exhibition to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday. The game reportedly would be played October 22 and would benefit hurricane relief efforts.

While we await an official announcement of approval from the NCAA, KU basketball coach Bill Self announced at Media Day Friday afternoon that the rumored charity basketball game between Kansas and Missouri is 'going to happen'. "When I brought the idea to our administration we immediately decided that, if we were going to do this, it needed to be selfless, impactful, and there could be no recognized revenue as a result of the competition".

More than 2,000 days have passed since the last Border War game was played, but those days could be numbered.

"The opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help so many people in need is the most important aspect of this event", Mizzou head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a release. "We both felt that this would be a great opportunity to impact others". The game will not be on TV or streamed, but it will be on each school's radio network. A limited number of tickets for Mizzou students will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, Oct. 17. They now lead the all-time series 172-96.

Mizzou and Kansas last played each other in basketball in 2012, the Tigers' last season in the Big 12 Conference before leaving for the Southeastern Conference. While the KU athletic department has remained strong in its stance that it was Missouri that left the conference, and, therefore, ended the rivalry, the opportunity to showcase two exciting teams in an exhibition setting for a good cause makes sense. "I guarantee you they don't feel any different than I do". "Everybody deserves that", Self said back in 2012, days before that final game.

Kansas coach Bill Self, who has not been in favor of playing his easterly neighbor, said this past summer he thought the two schools would eventually face off again.

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