MU, KU basketball to play exhibition game for hurricane relief at Sprint Center

The game will not be on TV or streamed online

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mizzou and Kansas will go head-to-head once again, this time for hurricane relief.

41 Action News learned on Thursday afternoon, that the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri will play an exhibition basketball game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22.

Tickets will be available starting Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at only at sprintcenter.com

On Friday during his annual media day, KU head men's basketball coach Bill Self confirmed the announcement.

The game will raise money for victims of recent hurricanes that have hit the U.S.

Money raised from the game will be contributed to the organizations that the five living former U.S. Presidents have come together to support: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A KU spokesperson released ticket prices on Friday:

  • Courtside: $200
  • Side court (lower level): $120
  • End court (lower level): $75
  • Upper level: $40
  • Upper level (student): $25

Kansas and Mizzou haven't played basketball in any form since 2012, the year Missouri joined the SEC.

The game will not be televised or streamed, but each school's radio network will broadcast it. 

Former Mizzou basketball players can't wait to see the legendary rivalry revived.

"There is nothing like MU-KU. There really isn't. I can remember the floor shaking every game," said former MU basketball player Jarrett Sutton.

Sutton was part of the Mizzou team the last time they tipped off against KU.

"The pressure is on, the lights are shinning brightest and that's where you learn and grow up," Sutton said.

Former players from the other side of the rivalry are ready for a return, as well. 

"It's been something I grew up with and then to have it disappear is kind of devastating," said Conner Teehan, a former KU player. "There's obviously a lot of bad blood that goes into it but it's a game that means a lot to a lot of people."

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self said, for him, it's not about the rivalry but about what the game can do for hurricane victims. 

"It didn't have anything to do with us wanting to play Missouri, it had everything to do with how can we send the most money to those victims and there was no doubt," Self said.

Special options to buy tickets:

Members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from the Mizzou allotment first based on donor rank. A limited number of tickets for Mizzou students will be available to purchase starting on Tuesday, October 17.

Members of Kansas Athletics' Williams Education Fund will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from the KU allotment based on donor membership level. A limited number of tickets for KU students will be available for purchase starting October 13.

            

     

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