- Braggin' Rights
Braggin' Rights (known for sponsorship reasons as Busch Braggin' Rights) is the annual men's
college basketballcontest between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten Conferenceand the University of MissouriTigers of the Big 12 Conference.
First played in 1980, the game takes place in
St. Louis, Missouriduring the month of December. From 1980 to 1993, it was played at the St. Louis Arena, and since 1994, it has been played at Scottrade Center. St. Louis is within convenient driving distance of the two schools' home cities of Columbia, Missouri(2 hours) and Champaign, Illinois(3 hours); many students at both schools come from the area; both schools have a large alumni base in greater St. Louis; and the Scottrade Center has a larger capacity than either school's home arena (Assembly Hall for Illinois and Mizzou Arenafor Missouri). It is traditionally held over the students' holiday break near the end of December, and is nationally televised.
One of the most closely contested games in the series was the final game held at the St. Louis Arena on
December 22, 1993. Missouri defeated Illinois 108-107 in a game that lasted three overtimes.
The game was not played in 1982, but has been played every year since 1983. Through the 2007-08 season, Illinois holds a 19-8 edge over Missouri. The name of the victorious team is engraved on a large trophy that, unlike other college rivalry trophies, does not travel home with the winning team. The trophy is displayed in a glass case in the Scottrade Center lobby, where it occupies either an orange-and-blue or black-and-gold space in the cabinet, depending on who won. The other side has a plastic square reading "THE TROPHY BELONGS HERE NEXT YEAR" in the position where the trophy would go.
* The rankings listed above were the
Associated Presspoll rankings at the time of the contest. A blank ranking indicates the team was unranked.
* (OT) denotes an overtime game. (3 OT) denotes a game that required three overtime periods.
* Series Record: Illinois leads 19-8
* Current Streak: Illinois, 8 wins
* Illinois when ranked: 13-3
* Missouri when ranked: 3-8
* When both teams are ranked: Illinois leads 6-0
* Illinois when unranked: 6-5
* Missouri when unranked: 5-11
* When both teams are unranked: Illinois leads 4-2
* In overtime games: Tied 2-2
* At the St. Louis Arena: Illinois led 9-4
* At Scottrade Center: Illinois leads 10-4
* Illinois' longest winning streak: 8 (1983-90 and 2000-07)
* Missouri's longest winning streak: 4 (1991-94)
* Illinois' largest winning margin: 32 points (2005)
* Missouri's largest winning margin: 18 points (1994)
* Closest margin: 1 point, four times (1992, 1993, 2003, 2007)
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