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Kentucky Replacing Kansas as Missouri’s Rival

The SEC is predominately a conference that puts more focus on football, with the exception of Kentucky. With Missouri entering the conference; Missouri becomes another school that shares our passion for basketball. The Kansas City Star wrote an article recently on the impact Missouri is going to have in the conference and the similarities it finds itself in with Kentucky replacing Kansas as their biggest rival with their move to the SEC. The similarities between Kentucky and Kansas basketball are plentiful and Missouri has taken notice.

Adolph Rupp got his start under KU coach Phog Allen. Rupp took his team to play KU numerous times towards the end of his career. Coach Calipari was once a low level assistant at Kansas. Both include the letter U and K. Both share blue blood. Both schools were found in 1865. And of course our most recent tie is taking down Kansas to bring home number 8.

The Kansas City Star takes note on just how passionate the BBN fan base is and uses Matt and KSR as an accurate description of how faithful and loyal Kentucky fans are to our basketball program.

“Kentucky has always been a looked-down-upon state, with jokes about hillbillies and rednecks,” Jones says.

Kentucky basketball has the power to change that perception, he says, to give Kentuckians a reason to puff out their chests. And among his audience, and communities throughout the state, Jones says there’s a genuine interest in the Missouri basketball program.

“There’s a belief that Missouri, upon entry, could be the second-most passionate basketball school in the conference,” Jones says.

Missouri is likely to become one of Kentucky’s biggest rivals in the coming years, largely due to the passion both schools share for the same sport. Matt said that Kentucky fans want there to be at least one program in the SEC that cares about basketball. Missouri is that program and come February the start of a new and conference changing rivalry is going to begin.

Article written by Tara Bilby

10 Comments for Kentucky Replacing Kansas as Missouri’s Rival

  1. tdogg40330
    7:41 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Its not a rivalry if the same team wins all the time ….. just sayin

  2. Dave in Bangkok
    8:41 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t just decide to become a rivalry. Shit’s gotta happen. Give it a decade. Stop trying to force shit. Retards!

  3. for realz...for realz
    9:02 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    i lol’d … for realz … for realz

  4. The Blue Goose
    9:22 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    I live in Missouri. Their fans are horrible. Their fans are basketball-illiterate. Their fans are delusional. I know we’re accused of being delusional, but uh, we’ve been to a final four…plus a bunch more, oh, and plus 8 championships.
    Mizzou is hot right now so you’re hearing a lot from their fans, but their games in the Paige Sports Arena were easy tickets at the end of the Norm Stewart era (proven cheater they named the court after) and the Quin Snyder era.
    I’m really looking forward to their move to the SEC. Problem is they stack up pretty well in football and basketball this season because they have their best basketball team in years and a pretty favorable football schedule in my opinion.

  5. Nolan Richardson
    9:36 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    They said this about the Hogs when we entered the SEC…how long did that last?

  6. Rixter
    9:41 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    And don’t forget, Josh Harrellson was from Missouri…so…that’s something, too.

  7. Mark
    10:33 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t know the schools were lost prior to 1865!

  8. GA Hill
    12:04 am August 19, 2012 Permalink

    To the Blue Goose’s point: Mizzou is a joke of a school, and only have “passionate” fan bases when they have a good team.

    This is going to be just like the Big XII: their football fans were only “passionate” when they played Nebraska, and their basketball fans were “passionate” when playing KU.

    The results are going to be the same against UK as it was against NU in football and KU in basketball, by the way.

  9. Yabba do
    8:54 am August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Life would be more fun if we just started playing good football instead of looking for a basketball rival. Let’s be honest, most schools don’t give 2 shizzies about basketball.

  10. Flyingfishman
    4:13 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    Favorite scene from the Outlaw Josie Wales:
    When Josey visits a bustling Texas town, we come across an old Yankee woman (Grandma Sarah) buying some supplies in a general store.
    Shopkeeper: “The wheat is from Kansas and the molasses is from Missouri,”
    Grandma Sarah:. “We’ll do without the molasses. Anything from Missouri has a taint about it.”
    Grandma’s travel companion:“Now grandma, you gotta tread lightly now that we’re in Texas. Lots of nice settlements from Missouri coming West.”
    Grandma Sarah: “Never heard of nice things coming from Missouri. And treading lightly is not my way. We’re from Kansas. Jayhawkers. And proud of it.”
    Shopkeeper: “I know how you feel. I’m a hoosier myself.”
    Grandma Sarah: “Personally I don’t think much of hoosiers neither.”