A rivalry that dates back to 1907 makes its unofficial return at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo., as the Kansas and Missouri basketball programs square off in a charity exhibition to raise money for relief organizations that the five living former U.S. Presidents have come together to support: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Jayhawks and Tigers haven’t met on a basketball court since Mizzou’s final season in the Big 12, 2012.
As far as exhibition games go, this should be one of the best this year. Arena should be split 50-50. Fun atmosphere in KC.
Kansas runs out onto the floor to cheers and boos.
Missouri runs out with hoodies on. Interesting look.
How many people out there are going to watch via the pay-per-view link?
Missouri side of the crowd definitely seems louder in the pregame. More chants. KU had loud cheers when Jayhawks ran out onto the court, though.
National anthem is over. Starting lineup intros next.
Kansas side erupts during KU's pre-game hype video of Thomas Robinson's block against Mizzou in 2012.
Sprint Center is about 85% full right now.
First player introduced is Michael Porter Jr., the #1 recruit in the nation.
This has the feel of a regular season game, at least in the pregame.
Last player introduced for KU is Malik Newman.
Bill Self with a loud cheer and jeer. Game time.
Udoka wins the tip and we are underway...
Udoka fouled underneath. Hits the first free throw. KU opens with a lead.
Malik Newman guarding Michael Porter, who missed his first shot. Then Devonte finds Udoka with an alley-oop. KU 3-0.
Mizzou makes its first shot when Kassius Robertson drills a 3. Devonte Graham with a quick answer from deep.
Michael Porter with an and-one bucket, his first unofficial basket. Lagerald Vick fouled him on a layup.
After Jeremiah Tilmon scores inside, KU fires up its next shot in 4 seconds: a missed 3 from Svi. Michael Porter makes KU pay with a 3.
Devonte Graham. Wow. Another 3. He's got 9 points in less than 4 minutes.
Score is 14-14 with 14:09 left. Internet is slow here.
15-14, KU after Billy Preston hits a free throw. Graham with 11 points.
Jontay Porter with his first bucket. Michael Porter's younger brother.
No box score that I'm aware of.
Devonte Graham hits another 3. Guy is on fire. KU 21-19 with 12:19 in 1st half.
On the floor, Billy Preston, Devonte Graham, Malik Newman, Marcus Garrett and Mitch Lightfoot.
Media timeout. KU 21-19. Graham with 14 points. Michael Porter Jr. has 6 points.