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Mizzou, KU to play in basketball game for disaster relief

14 October, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Mizzou men's basketball in talks about exhibition game with Kansas

The matchup comes at an interesting time for both schools, with the Jayhawks entering the season as Final Four contenders and the Tigers touting the one of the nation's top freshmen in Michael Porter Jr.

"Buy tickets to this game, but also please donate if you are able to, as there are people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who need our support", Martin said in the press release. The event will feature contests and scrimmages along with events from Missouri's women's team.

Those longing for resumption of the Missouri-Kansas Border War might get their wish granted sooner than later.

"The opportunity to make an impact on those suffering as result of the hurricanes, through the game of basketball, is a great opportunity for our program", Kansas coach Bill Self said in a release.

The longtime rivals last played each other in 2012, Mizzou's last season in the Big XII.

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When asked about reviving the Border War game, just days after Sterk's comments, Self told The Kansas City Star, "As of now, no". The game will not be televised or streamed, but KU and MU will broadcast it on their radio networks. With that in mind, I contacted Coach (Cuonzo) Martin and discussed the possibility of us playing an exhibition game for the benefit of so many affected by the catastrophic storms. The two teams have played in non-revenue sports in the NCAA Tournament a few times since but have had no productive talks to resume the series in football or basketball.

Kansas was recently linked to the investigation when the University Daily Kansan reported that the FBI had documents related to KU and its sponsorship with Adidas, the sportswear company accused of assisting in a widespread bribery probe.

Many have speculated that October 22 is the date to watch for the potential scrimmage.

Supervising editor is Pete Bland.

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