Coach Bill Self confirmed today that the basketball team will be playing an exhibition game against the University of Missouri to raise money for hurricane relief.
The Jayhawks have not faced off against the Tigers since their final game in 2012, where the Jayhawks won 87-86 in overtime.
Self said the NCAA was not concerned with recreating a Border Showdown, but they thought playing Mizzou would result in the highest amount of money raised for hurricane victims.
“The only interest is because we have an opportunity through NCAA approval to do something for others that we wouldn’t have had a chance to do at this level if we didn’t play Mizzou,” Self said.
Self said the players found out about the game yesterday. Sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot is excited for the the exhibition.
“Obviously that’s a fun game, and for charity that’s gonna be a good game,” he said. “I’m just really excited to get out there and represent KU.”
The exhibition match is set for Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Sprint Center, with tip off at 3pm.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for two schools to do something together for the better of the masses,” Self said.
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