Conference realignment has become common recently, and what were once rivalry games have now become non-conference affairs. One school that has felt this is Missouri, who left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012.
This means that the team no longer plays Kansas State regularly, and Wildcats head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber is open to the idea of renewing the rivalry.
Speaking to Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star, Weber mentioned that nothing was definite yet, but that having Kansas State play Missouri at a neutral site in Kansas City’s Sprint Center certainly had potential.
“It is not a definite by any means, but we have talked about it,” Weber said. “We will see what happens this year with the CBE. If it looks like it was a good thing and a success and we have officially broken the barrier of them leaving, that kind of stigma, then maybe we can move forward with it.”
It certainly would be fun seeing the Wildcats and Tigers square off regularly again, though Mizzou’s basketball team leaves a little something to be desired at the moment. In the team’s first season under Kim Anderson, the Tigers went 9-23 (3-15 SEC) and finished dead last in the SEC.
Kansas State, on the other hand, was 15-17 (8-10 Big 12) in its third season under Weber and while it was the Wildcats’ worst season under him, the team still has a bright future. Regardless of team records, however, watching these teams face off against each other again would be a lot of fun.
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