Braggin' Rights: Illinois hoops sets date for key non-conference rivalry with Mizzou
The annual Braggin’ Rights game between Illinois and Missouri is set to happen in 2020. But like many things this year, there’s a twist.
These two border rivals will face off in the 40th annual Braggin’ Rights game on Dec. 12. While we know the date of said game, we won’t know the site of the matchup until Thursday.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀…
𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝘀. 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶 – 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟮, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 pic.twitter.com/NxZBAo6NPp
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) November 11, 2020
Per tradition, these two teams have faced off at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis each year. One of the signature looks of this rivalry is a professional style arena decked half in gold and half in orange.
But that won’t be the case this year. The game will be either in Columbia, Missouri, or Champaign, Illinois. How will that be determined? By a coin flip, of course.
Braggin' Rights is Back & Heading to Campus
Watch a Coin Flip Special tomorrow night at 6 p.m. to find out who gets to host the 2020 edition of the historic rivalry!
— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) November 11, 2020
The coin flipping will take place on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. CT. College basketball analyst Andy Katz will host the special, which will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and the schools’ athletic websites.
This is just another twist in the year of the twist. Despite the location change, the same vitriol will likely be there. The Tigers have won each of the past two matchups.
Though the Illini have dropped two of these games in a row, they should enter as favorites. Illinois is ranked No. 8 in the preseason AP college basketball rankings.