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A Major CBB Rivalry Has Been Renewed Starting Next Season

Kansas and Missouri players battle under the basket during a game.

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 25: Michael Dixon #11 of the Missouri Tigers shoots during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on February 25, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas and Missouri basketball fans, rejoice. The Border War is officially back, starting next December.

A casualty of conference realignment, the Kansas-Missouri rivalry will resume on the hardwood. The two programs announced a six-game series tonight, with the first game scheduled for December 12, 2020 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

The series will run through the 2025-26 season, with two games in Kansas City, two in Lawrence and two in Columbia, Missouri.

“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 Kansas coach Bill Self in a press release.“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.

The Kansas-Missouri rivalry dates back to 1907. The last meeting between the two schools was a thrilling 87-86 KU win at Allen Fieldhouse on February 25, 2012.

The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 174-95.

Hopefully tonight's announcement will lead to other schools choosing to reschedule now defunct rivalries--looking at you, Texas and Texas A&M football.