Mizzou Tigers and Fighting Illini continue annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis through 2017

ST. LOUIS - Even though the Border Battle with Kansas is over for the foreseeable future, The Missouri-Illinois basketball series won't be going away anytime soon.

The annual Braggin' Rights game has been extended through 2017 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

"Scottrade Center has been the proud home of the annual Braggin' Rights game since the building opened in 1994," St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center Chairman Tom Stillman said. "We are thrilled that this St. Louis tradition will continue through 2017."

The Braggin' Rights game began in St. Louis in 1980 and has been played 31 times over the last 32 years. Illinois holds a 20-11 lead in the series, but Mizzou has won the last three meetings. Five games in the series have gone into overtime, and 14 games have been decided by two possessions or fewer.

"The Bud Light Braggin' Rights Game has become a holiday tradition for both Mizzou and Illinois fans and this announcement is a shining example of two athletics departments working to keep tradition alive despite the changing landscape of scheduling in college basketball," Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. "I want to thank our friends with Anheuser-Busch, State Farm and Scottrade Center for being a major part of this great rivalry and I want to thank the city of St. Louis for being such a great host for the country's top non-conference rivalry game."

This year's game will take place on Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.

"There is nothing like this game in all of college basketball," Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith said. "The fan bases are split down the middle and the enthusiasm is second to none. You add in a national television audience and the excitement of the holiday season and you get the best rivalry game of the non-league season."

Haith coached in his first Braggin' Rights Game last year and led the Tigers to a 78-74 win. Illinois' John Groce will get his first chance this season after coaching at Ohio University where he led the Bobcats to a pair of NCAA Tournaments including the 2012 Sweet 16.

Missouri opens its season on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. vs. Southern Illinois Edwardsville in Columbia.

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