Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
*Kansas will be the home team in 2020-21. Missouri will be the home team in 2025-26.
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.”
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.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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