If the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference agree to play a basketball challenge series starting in 2013-14, one game won’t be on the schedule.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Kansas vs. Missouri.
Kansas officials, including coach Bill Self, have held a firm stance that KU wouldn’t play Missouri after the Tigers’ move to the SEC this season. That stance is not changing — even with a potential marquee KU-MU matchup sitting on the table.
If the Big 12/SEC challenge is approved, scheduling decisions would be made at the conference level. Still, a Border War revival is unlikely.
“Both conferences know their schools well enough to know what their wishes are,” said Jim Marchiony, KU’s associate athletic director for public affairs.
MU officials declined comment about the potential Big 12/SEC challenge, but athletic director Mike Alden has said multiple times that the school would like to continue its series with KU in both football and basketball.
Texas A&M-Texas is another former rivalry that could exist in a Big 12/SEC challenge, but the Longhorns have also resisted scheduling the Aggies following their exit from the Big 12. Kansas could face A&M in this month’s CBE Classic championship game at the Sprint Center, but only if the Jayhawks and Aggies win their semifinal games.
According to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12/SEC challenge would involve all of the Big 12’s teams and at least 10 of the 14 SEC teams in inter-conference matchups. Even if KU-MU and Texas-Texas A&M are off the table, plenty of other intriguing games could arise. Kansas and Kentucky could play a rematch of the NCAA championship game won by the Wildcats in April and South Carolina coach Frank Martin could face his former Kansas State team, for example.
The Big 12 and Pac-12 held a series of games, called the Hardwood Series, for four years starting in 2007.
The Star’s Blair Kerkhoff and Terez A. Paylor contributed to this report.