Border War showdown between MU and KU canceled for 2020-2021 season

Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 20:16:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Fans will have to wait another year until the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas renew the Border War rivalry, the KU athletics department announced Tuesday.

"Kansas Athletics announced today that due to the unique and difficult challenges COVID-19 has brought to the 2020-21 men’s basketball season, an agreement has been made to delay the upcoming six-game series vs. Missouri by one season," KU Associate Athletic Director Dan Beckler said.

The Jayhawks and Tigers were set to face off on Dec. 12 at the T-Mobile Center, but due to the pandemic, both teams have had to make changes in their schedules.

This game which was supposed be the start of series of games is now postponed until the 2026-27 season.

The first game between the old rivals will now be played on Dec. 11, 2021.

Last year, the schools agreed to play six games spanning from 2020 until 2025.

The plan is to play two games in Lawrence during the 2021-22 and 2023-24 seasons and two games in Columbia during the 2022-23 and 2024-25 seasons. With two games also being played at the T-Mobile Center.

Here is the revised schedule:

  • Dec. 11, 2021 – Missouri at Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse)
  • 2022-23 – Kansas at Missouri (Mizzou Arena)
  • 2023-24 – Missouri at Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse)
  • 2024-25 – Kansas at Missouri (Mizzou Arena)
  • 2025-26 – Missouri vs. Kansas* (T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • 2026-27 – Kansas vs. Missouri* (T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Mo.)

The Dec. 12 matchup would have been the first official game between the teams since Feb. 25, 2012, before the Tigers left the Big 12 conference.

The Jayhawks went on to win the match-up 87-86 in overtime.

The teams did square-off in 2017 during an exhibition game for hurricane relief.