It appears that the Border War, at least in a small way, is back! And it’s for a great cause.
On Friday, Bill Self confirmed earlier reports that Missouri and Kansas will play in an exhibition game for hurricane relief. The exhibition is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.
Both Self and Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin commented on the exhibition game, which will be played in Kansas City in the Sprint Center. The game will not be televised or streamed, but the school’s radio network will broadcast from the game.
“The opportunity to use the platform of college basketball to help so many people in need is the most important aspect of this event,” Martin s aid. “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. This scrimmage will not only be fun for fans of Mizzou and Kansas, but also for people all over the world.”
“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,” Self said. “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. With that in mind, I contacted Coach Martin and discussed the possibility of us playing an exhibition game for the benefit of so many affected by the catastrophic storms. We both felt that this would be a great opportunity to impact others.”
The two schools have not played in basketball since February of 2012. Hopefully this paves the way for the two teams to one day again play in the regular season, in both football and basketball.
Missouri should have a strong team this year, especially with the additions of Michael and Jontay Porter Jr.
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