Missouri, Kansas discussing possible exhibition basketball game

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Kansas' Cole Aldrich blocks a shot against Missouri during a Jan. 25, 2010 game.

More than 2,000 days have passed since the last Border War game was played, but those days could be numbered.

On Thursday, the Missouri athletics department confirmed a possible renewal of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry on Oct. 22 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City as part of a benefit for hurricane relief efforts.

“We are in discussion with KU for an event, but it would be premature to talk about details at this time,” said Nick Joos, Missouri’s senior associate athletic director for strategic communications, via email.

In a statement to The Kansas City Star, Kansas associate athletics director Jim Marchiony also acknowledged the talks.

Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports radio first reported the news of the game, which would have to be cleared by the NCAA because of rules not allowing Division I basketball teams to play exhibitions against each other.

The radio station and The Kansas City Star also reported that MU broadcast rights-holder Learfield Sports had contacted affiliates to clear space from 3-5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 for a Mizzou Network “special program.”

In 2011, after the Joplin tornadoes, Missouri was cleared to play in an exhibition against Missouri Southern to raise money for relief efforts.

The Missouri-Kansas rivalry dates back to 1907, with the Jayhawks leading the all-time series 172-95. The two teams haven’t played since Feb. 25, 2012, a game Kansas won 87-86.

Missouri will play in two closed scrimmages before its Nov. 10 opener against Iowa State. The possible exhibition would come a day after the Oct. 21 “Mizzou Madness” event.

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