KU and MU discussing joint ‘event’ that fans hope is basketball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mizzou fans and KU fans are buzzing with the unconfirmed news that the two athletic programs are discussing a charity exhibition basketball game that would benefit victims of recent hurricanes.

When FOX 4 reached out to representatives at the universities, neither would confirm a basketball game, but did say they were in talks about ‘an event’.

“We are in talks with Kansas for an event but it would be premature to get into the details at this time,” said Patrick Crawford, Mizzou Basketball’s sports information director. KU Associate Athletics Director Jim Marchiony echoed those details in an email to FOX 4.

In 2012, KU coach Bill Self made it clear he had no interest in playing the new SEC team.

“Hey, they’re going on to their bigger and better things, but when they chose to do that, that means they’re leaving behind Kansas,” Self said. “And K-State. And Iowa State, or whoever else. I guarantee you they don’t feel any different than I do.”

Mizzou opens its 2017 regular season schedule against Iowa State in Columbia on November 10.

The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 172-95, and won eight of the last 10 games between the schools. They haven’t played one another on the hardwood since February 25, 2012 when KU stormed back from a 19-point second-half deficit to win 87-86 in overtime.

SportsRadio 610’s Carrington Harrison says if the game happens, the Sprint Center would be the venue.

The teams last met in Kansas City in the final of the 1997 Big 12 tournament at Kemper Arena, KU won 87-60. In 23 Kansas City matchups, KU holds 17-6 advantage.