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Missouri, Oklahoma State basketball to renew rivalry

Monday, June 16, 2014 | 1:56 p.m. CDT; updated 11:54 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 16, 2014

The Missouri basketball team will continue its series with former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State – at least for one day in December.

During a press conference Monday at Kansas City's Sprint Center, Missouri and Oklahoma State announced that the Tigers and Cowboys will play for the 119th time on Dec. 30 at the Sprint Center. Throughout the series' history, the teams have met 14 times in Kansas City, with Missouri winning the last meeting there, 88-70, in 2012.

"In joining the Southeastern Conference two years ago, we talked about our commitment to our fans throughout Missouri, and in particular, our fans in Kansas City," said Mike Alden, Missouri athletics director. "We have tremendous fan support in this part of the state, and it is critically important to us as a university to have a strong presence in Kansas City. Athletics gives us an excellent opportunity to build on that presence, and we're excited to host a major event in Kansas City once again this year."

Game time and television information have not been announced.

Missouri last played at the Sprint Center on Nov. 16, beating Hawaii 92-80. The Tigers have won six consecutive games in the 18,972-seat arena.

Oklahoma State went 21-13 last season, reaching the NCAA Tournament. The team lost superstar combo guard Marcus Smart, who left after his sophomore season to enter the upcoming NBA draft. The Cowboys' key returning player is senior Le'Bryan Nash, a three-time all-Big 12 selection who averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

"I remember playing Oklahoma State in Kansas City twice while I was in school and those were two great games," said Kim Anderson, Missouri basketball's head coach. "Our two universities share great history with one another and conference affiliation isn't going to change that fact. Obviously K.C. is very special to us and plays a major part in who we are as a university and as a basketball program. We have tremendous fans in the city and they know how committed we are to bringing Mizzou Basketball to Sprint Center as often as possible."

Tickets for the Dec. 30 game will go on sale to Tiger Scholarship Fund members and men's basketball season ticket holders starting in July. Public ticket sale will begin in August through the Sprint Center, according to a Missouri basketball news release.


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