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Players love Border War’s atmosphere and energy, coaches say it’s just another game

LAWRENCE, Kan. – When the Kansas and Missouri teams played their first Border War basketball game in nine years, the energy in Allen Fieldhouse was electricity.

Jayhawks fans fill the arena and any Mizzou fan is drowned in a sea of ​​blue and red.

While Kansas dominated the game and won 102-65, players on both sides said they loved the environment and were happy that the rivalry was back.

“I feel like everyone wants to go out there and win. There were a lot of people there, we just wanted to go out there and show,” said Missouri guard Javon Pickett (leading the team with 19 points). “We just want to go out there, compete and win. Obviously not going out with a win, but just wanting to go out and play.”

Kobe Brown of Missouri said: “It’s been a pleasure to play in front of a crowd like this. “I haven’t had many games in front of such a large crowd.”

Dajuan Harris sophomore Redshirt from Columbia and scored a career-high 13 points against Mizzou; The show didn’t recruit him until after Kansas did.

“I have some family here. I want to perform well in front of my family, then my teammates, then the crowd. And it was also my birthday,” Harris said.

Blue Valley Northwest’s Christian Braun has only 13 points but his impact on the game has been huge. Coach Bill Self and his teammates applauded him for delivering great energy throughout the game.

“I told the boys that after the first five minutes I felt tired. I think I’m tired already,” Braun said with a laugh.

“It was the most fun I had in my life. I feel like I was made for that.”

Both Self and Mizzou’s Cuonzo Martin head coaches said the atmosphere was loud and fun. But when they acknowledge competition, they won’t blow it up according to the lore it once was.

“From my point of view, we were just a loser. We lost to a good team, we move forward,” Martin said. “I guess if you keep the score it’s 1-0.”

“Personally, I think it doesn’t feel the same,” says Self.

“For me when you play Missouri, it’s a big game because it’s exaggerated because it gives a bigger picture. Today is not a bigger picture so today is just a non-conference game where the end of the season will mean nothing but us playing against each other when before, our games affected whether we won the championship or not. . ”

If Mizzou brings in better teams over the next few years, perhaps the coaches will rethink their statements.

For now, the environment will always be hectic but with just bragging rights online, a Border War victory may not be the same for these shows.

https://fox4kc.com/sports/jayhawks/players-love-atmosphere-and-energy-of-border-war-coaches-say-itjust-another-game/ Players love Border War’s atmosphere and energy, coaches say it’s just another game

JACLYN DIAZ

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