Mizzou/Kansas Hoops Agree to Reignite the Border Showdown

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers go up for a loose ball during the preseason Showdown for Relief college basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks on October 22, 2017 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The dormant rivalry between Kansas and Mizzou athletics is being restored on the basketball court. Both programs announced an agreement to play six men's basketball games. It will start next season on December 12, 2020.

The rivalry game was known as the longest continuous rivalry west of the Mississippi River up until both teams parted ways after the 2012 season. The first match-up between the two dates back to 1907.

“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.”

The first game will be held at the Sprint Center in 2020-21. Both teams will alternate hosting for the next four years with it first at Allen Fieldhouse in the 2021-22 season. It'll be return once again to the Sprint Center for the final planned game in the 2025-26 season.

“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.”

Over the 105 years the rivalry lived, Kansas holds the all-time series lead, having won 174-95 games.