Mon February 27, 2012
What's Next In The Border War?
Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State.
But after Saturday's epic battle between the Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers, the prevailing question is "What's next?"
KU and Mizzou could meet again in the upcoming Big 12 tournament at Kansas City's Sprint Center. But based on the stance by KU, the regular season rivalry is over.
"It's a shame it's going to end, but it's definitely going to end. Playing them once a year with nothing on the line doesn't carry the same value as playing them twice a year with a championship on the line,” said Kansas coach Bill Self.
For Frank Haith, in his first year coaching at Mizzou, the two Border War games left him asking for more.
“It'd be sad if we don't play. I mean I just don't understand it, and hopefully we can get to continue to play. I think it's too good of a game, too good of a rivalry for us not to play,” said Haith.
Saturday's game found KU trailing by 19 before the Jayhawks pulled it out in overtime, beating MU 87-86 and closing out 104 years of tradition.