Nov 12, 2020 5:19 PM

2020 'Braggin Rights game between Missouri and Illinois on; site decided by coin flip

Posted Nov 12, 2020 5:19 PM
Photo courtesy of Mizzou Athletics
Photo courtesy of Mizzou Athletics

COLUMBIA, MO. – Braggin' Rights is back. Both Mizzou and Illinois have worked step-by-step in coordination to ensure the historic rivalry matchup continues in 2020 in light of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the game from occurring in St. Louis.

The two programs have agreed to square off on campus at either Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo., or State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Dec. 12. Television designations and tip times will be decided at a later date.

To fairly decide which venue will feature the premier matchup, national college basketball personality Andy Katz will host a Braggin' Rights On Campus: Coin Flip Special live production on Facebook, YouTube, and both schools' official athletic websites, MUTigers.com and FightingIllini.com at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Braggin' Rights on Campus: Coin Flip Special will feature interview segments with several key figures from both institutions including both head coaches, Cuonzo Martin and Brad Underwood, Mizzou President & Chancellor Dr. Mun Y. Choi and Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones, and Athletic Directors, Jim Sterk and Josh Whitman. Mizzou senior standout Jeremiah Tilmon, Jr., and Illinois star junior Ayo Dosunmu will also join the program.

At the conclusion of the show, Katz will flip a two-sided coin that displays Mizzou's "Oval Tiger" on one side and the Illinois 'Block I" on the other, and whichever institution's logo lands right-side up will host the 2020 edition of Braggin' Rights.

In an effort to maintain some of the neutrality that St. Louis' Enterprise Center provides for this annual contest from a staging standpoint, the institutions mutually agreed that fans would not be able to attend the game at either site. Following the 2020 edition of Braggin' Rights, plans are to continue holding the event at the Enterprise Center in 2021 and beyond.

Mizzou and Illinois have met 50 times in program history and the 2020 edition will mark the first time Braggin' Rights isn't played in St. Louis since an overtime thriller in Champaign on Dec. 4, 1979. Illinois leads the all-time series 32-18 with Mizzou winning the last two outings. The two teams have met in Champaign five times and Columbia on five occasions in addition to one lone matchup in Kansas City on Dec. 16, 1946.