Saturday, February 25th, marks the last time the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks are scheduled to play each other, ever. For some of the SEC fans who aren't quite educated on this rivalry, it didn't start on the court. This rivalry dates back to to the Civil War, when a man named William Quantrill led his men into Lawrence, KS and burnt the entire town to the ground, there's an idea of just how much hatred there really is.
This Saturday in Lawrence, there are a lot of things on the line. One being the Big 12 regular season title, the Jayhawks are 13-2 in conference, and the Tigers are 12-3. A No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, and quite possibly the NCAA Tournament are also on the line.
A Missouri win would not do anything to make the series less lopsided (Kansas leads 171-95). It would not put any banners in Mizzou Arena or close the gap in Final Fours or national titles. But it would give the Tigers bragging rights for the foreseeable future.
A Kansas win would give the Jayhawks the crown again. Kansas fans would tell those that support the Tigers that even in what may be the best season in school history, Missouri was playing for second place. It would send the Tigers to the SEC with a very good season, but without a league title most likely.
This is what it comes down to, the final shots fired in the Border War, ever. The Brawl in '61, Stormin' Norm, Danny and the Miracles, Lee Coward, Anthony Peeler, Roy Williams, Corey Tate, Clarence Gilbert, Aaron Miles, Kirk Heinrich, David Padgett, Zaire Taylor, Marcus Denmon. All etched into history forever, this is what it comes down to after 105 years. Brace yourself.