Carrington Harrison of 610 Sports radio first reported the news of the game, which would have to be cleared by the NCAA because of rules not allowing Division I basketball teams to play exhibitions against each other. The teams would also need a waiver from the NCAA to hold the event.
The two schools will split the approximately 18,000 seats in the Sprint Center; each athletics department will distribute its allotment.
MU, KU, the Sprint Center and the Kansas City Sports Commission have collectively agreed that proceeds from the game will be donated to the organizations that the five living former U.S. Presidents have come together to support: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
More than 2,000 days have passed since the last Border War game was played, but those days could be numbered. Those opportunities will be based upon donor rank. A limited number of tickets for Mizzou students will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The game will not be televised but both schools' radio networks will broadcast it.
Any tickets remaining from Mizzou's allotment will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 18th at sprintcenter.com.
The Tigers and Jayhawks played at least twice every year from 1907 to 2012.
Kansas and Missouri's men's basketball programs last played each other on February 25, 2012 before the Tigers bolted for the Southeastern Conference. They now lead the all-time series 172-96. That came three weeks after Marcus Denmon led Missouri back from a late deficit in the second-half with a barrage of three-pointers to beat the Jayhawks 74-71. They haven't shared a court since the Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012. If it's best for us to play them, then I'm sure we'll play. "But I'm not interested in doing what's best for Missouri".
"But it does change the way it was".
Kansas coach Bill Self, who has not been in favor of playing his easterly neighbor, said this past summer he thought the two schools would eventually face off again.
Self fired back a few days later in the Topeka Capitol-Journal: "Tell the ex-Missouri chancellor that I coach basketball, not football". It's too cold. We play our games indoors.