“Showdown for Relief,” a basketball scrimmage between the University of Kansas and University of Missouri was held at the Sprint Center on Sunday.The scrimmage raised money for hurricane relief, with the final amount reaching 1.75 million dollars. Although not a regular season game, KU won with the final score being 93-87.
KU and MU had not played since 2012 as MU left the Big 12 for the SEC for the following season and Jayhawk coach Bill Self swore off the “Border War” for following seasons.
At a media day last week, Self said the game wasn’t an effort to bring the Border War back.
“It didn’t have anything to do with us wanting to play Mizzou,” Self said during the conference. “It had everything to do with how we can send the most money to those victims.”
The money was raised through texted donations during the game, the 40 dollar pay-per-view cable cost and ticket sales.
“To raise money for hurricane relief I think is tremendous for everybody involved, not only the states of Kansas and Missouri but also across the country,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said in an interview with The Score Report.
KU fan and senior Hannah McPhail believes that after the success of the scrimmage, the Border War should be reinstated.
“I always looked forward to watching MU and KU play because the games would always be so close and exciting to watch,” McPhail said. “Even if it’s just an exhibition game every year, I still think everyone would love to bring back the fun rivalry between the two schools.”