LAW, Kan – They don’t call it a Border War.
It’s been 10 basketball seasons since Kansas and Missouri went head-to-head in a regular game of the season. When Missouri left the Big 12 for the Southeast Conference, Kansas Coach Bill Self decided that the series would end in the near future.
However, the hiatus ends this weekend. Fans can’t wait to see Saturday’s game at Allen Fieldhouse, which will be the 121st meeting between the Tigers and Jayhawks.
Since Monday, KU students have been lining up in the halls of the gymnasium. About 150 students, all of whom already had tickets, passed the time by studying or playing with their devices while in line. Each student represents a larger group of people.
They have all been assigned a number for a spot in Saturday’s student section, as they await a draw to decide who will watch the top word of the student section. Missing a roll call could force them to move to the back of the line.
“I wanted to be as close as possible,” says Drew Keller, a KU student from Topeka. “The more you feel part of the game, the closer you are. You feel really important, like you are giving energy to the players.”
“We haven’t played together since 2012. Obviously, I grew up watching MU and KU play together. It will certainly be an exciting time watching it years later, and as a student here. It’s going to be fun,” said Lauren Spitalari, a KU student from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
The lobby is sometimes completely silent when students study and do homework. However, silence should not be confused with complacency. The last week of fall semester at KU is next week, so students are using downtime as study time, but they’re also hyping the game.
“If you become a Kansas student, you have to enjoy basketball and enjoy the game and be there for the team. Obviously, we’re probably going to win the national championship this year, so you have to be there for every game,” said Liam Kenney, a KU student from St. Louis said.
They wanted to see the highly anticipated game from up close in one of the game’s holiest halls. Kansas (7-1) will meet Missouri (5-4) at 2:15 p.m. in Lawrence. The game will be shown on ESPN.
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