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Listen up KU and MU…the Border Showdown MUST return…soon!

Border Showdown

Since 2012, the classic Border Showdown rivalry between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers has ceased. Fans on both sides of the border want the rivalry to return.

There have been a few unintentional meetings, primarily in the NCAA softball tournament, but not enough to really feel like the showdown is back with no football or basketball games. Of all seasons to bring back this classic rivalry, this upcoming sports season is the perfect time for the Tigers and Jayhawks to play again in basketball and football.

Mizzou is coming into this basketball season with a buzz from arguably the school’s best recruiting class coming in. The only thing that could possibly get fans more excited for the season would be a matchup with the Jayhawks.

Beating KU would prove the legitimacy of how good this Mizzou team could be and stand out on their tournament resume. Even more valuable, Mizzou could have bragging rights once again. Whether they would win the game or not, there would be so much more buzz around the Tigers.

Bill Self is on Hall of Fame ballot

KU Coach Bill Self

FEBRUARY 2017 – This has been a milestone season for Kansas coach Bill Self as the Jayhawks enter February chasing their 13th straight Big 12 title.

In November, Self became the winningest coach in Allen Fieldhouse history, surpassing his good friend Ted Owens. On Dec. 6, he won his 600th career game against UMKC, joining 31 other coaches in the club and becoming just the ninth-fastest coach to reach that milestone.

On Dec. 21, Self received his highest individual honor to date when he was nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

KU’s Brannen Greene good as gold when he shoots

KU-Greene

MARCH 2015 – He’s a 6-7, 215-pound rangy sophomore guard at Kansas. He wears No. 14. And he’s from Juliette, Georgia.

His name is Brannen Greene, and he’s one of the best shooters in the country who will need to come up huge in KU’s quest to make a deep run in March and make the Final Four.

K-State Wildcats will count heavily on Tre Harris shooing treys

MARCH 2015 – As the roller-coaster 2014-15 men’s basketball season draws to a close for Kansas State, the future still holds questions. Who will anchor the front line? Where will the scoring come from? There’s even a question about who will be wearing the purple and white uniform for coach Bruce Weber. Those are just a few details to determine.

Upset victories over ranked Kansas and Iowa State to end February put the Wildcats back in the discussion as a “bubble team” for the NCAA tournament.

Fill out those March Madness brackets

basketball bracket

MARCH 2015 – What makes “March Madness” so special that even the slightest sports fans go, well, nuts for?

Why do we all of the sudden become micro college basketball experts and we look at 68 teams and try our best shot of predicting the winner?

Frank Mason III draws comparisons to Collins at KU

KU basketball's Frank Mason

FEBRUARY 2015 – Kansas sophomore point guard Frank Mason III calls Sherron Collins one of his all-time favorite Jayhawks.

And why is really not surprising. Not only was Collins one of the greatest point guards in school history who helped lead KU to a national title in 2008, he and Mason have striking comparisons.

Gill-Caesar shines for Tigers

MU's Gill-Caesar

FEBRUARY 2015 – Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar is eager to shine on the big stage.

In fact, the top prospect was so eager to get started that he jumped into Missouri’s recruiting class a year early.

Gill-Caesar, a 6-6 shooting guard, was considered a Top 50 recruit for the class of 2015 before reclassifying a year early to sign with the Tigers in August.

Selden returns to KU, but shooting remains inconsistent

KU's Wayne Seldin, Jr.

JANUARY 2015 – Two days after Kansas’ heartbreaking loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. made a Twitter announcement that comforted Jayhawk fans.

“Want to let Jayhawk Nation know, I will be returning for my sophomore season! Can’t wait to get to work and back in the fieldhouse.”

After starting all 35 games and averaging 9.7 points last season while showing glimpses of greatness, Selden likely would have been a late first round or early second-round NBA Draft pick. But he knew he could improve with another year under KU coach Bill Self.

Selden, though, had a bigger reason to come back.

Williams seizing the opportunity at Kansas State

KSU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – For a college basketball player—unless you have freaky skills—success often comes when you take advantage of opportunities. Such is the story of Nino Williams.

Williams, a 6-5 Kansas State senior forward, has a career of opportunities seized. Let’s start with his prep career.

Williams is from St. Louis, but prior to his sophomore year of high school, his school’s coach got fired. He decided to look for other options, and the best one appeared to be at a prep school in Kansas City. However, he quickly realized that it was too good to be true.

Williams maintains Tigers inside presence

MU-Williams

JANUARY 2015 – Johnathan Williams III, one of the few returning Missouri regulars, hopes to bring rebounding skill and tough inside play to coach Kim Anderson’s young squad.

Only Williams and forward Ryan Rosburg return as starters, as the roster includes six freshmen and three transfers. The Tigers bring back just four players back from Frank Haith’s final season in Columbia.

Williams was one of the SEC’s top freshman last year, providing fearsome defense with 57 blocked shots, ranking eighth nationally at 1.6 per game, and 11th in the league with 227 rebounds, which was the fourth-best rebounding season for freshmen in school history.  The blocks rank second for a Missouri freshman and fifth-best overall.