LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Border War is returning to college basketball.

The acrimonious rivalry between Kansas and Missouri, once the longest continually played rivalry west of the Mississippi River, will resume next season in Kansas City. The schools have agreed to play six times, with four of those matchups taking place on their respective campuses.

The series began in 1907 with a pair of wins by Missouri in Lawrence. The schools went on to play 269 times over 105 years. The last official meeting was on Feb. 25, 2012, when the No. 4 Jayhawks rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to beat the No. 3 Tigers in overtime at Allen Fieldhouse.

The schools also played an exhibition in 2017 to raise hurricane relief funds.

The rivalry went on hiatus when Missouri left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, leaving its old league scrambling for survival. Many coaches and administrators at Kansas took umbrage with the Tigers’ decision, including basketball coach Bill Self, and refused to schedule their border rival.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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