Braggin' Rights

Braggin' Rights (known for sponsorship reasons as Bud Light Braggin' Rights, previously Busch Braggin' Rights) is the annual men's college basketball contest between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten Conference and University of Missouri Tigers of the SEC.

Braggin' Rights
First meetingDecember 21, 1932
Illinois 36, Missouri 24
Latest meetingDecember 21, 2019
Illinois 56, Missouri 63
Next meetingDecember 21, 2020
Statistics
Meetings total50
All-time seriesIllinois leads, 32–18
Largest victoryIllinois, 32 points (2005)
Longest win streakIllinois, 9 (2000–2008)
Current win streakMissouri, 2 (2018–present)
Locations of Illinois and Missouri

HistoryEdit

First played in 1980, the game takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, during the month of December. From 1980 to 1993, it was played at the St. Louis Arena, and since 1994, it has been played at Enterprise Center. St. Louis is within convenient driving distance of the two schools' home cities of Columbia, Missouri (2 hours), and Champaign, Illinois (2 hours); many students at both schools come from the area; both schools have a large alumni base in greater St. Louis; and the Enterprise Center has a larger capacity than either school's home arena (State Farm Center for Illinois and Mizzou Arena for 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.

Before 2000, the series was fairly evenly matched, with Illinois leading the series 11-8 before the game held in 2000. However, the Illini went on a decade-long winning streak under Bill Self and Bruce Weber, while at the same time Missouri basketball floundered with Quin Snyder as coach. Tiger fan frustration with not being able to win one of their marquee games boiled over so much that in Snyder's final game, an 82-50 drubbing in 2005, one fan threw a full tub of popcorn on him while he was exiting the arena. Since hiring Mike Anderson in 2006, though, Missouri's fortunes took an upward turn, culminating in an emphatic win in 2009 with the Enterprise Center playing Prince's "1999" following the victory, as a sly reference to the last time Missouri had won in St. Louis.

The game was not played in 1982, but has been played every year since 1983. 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 Enterprise 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.

Before 1980, the Tigers and the Illini met sporadically. The official first meeting between the two schools occurred on December 21, 1932, where the Tigers hosted the Illini at Brewer Fieldhouse. Illini head coach Craig Ruby, a former star and coach at Mizzou, led his team to victory, 36-24. The following year, the Illini hosted the Tigers at Huff Hall, winning again by 36-24. Over the next half-century, the two teams met nine more times, culminating with a back-and-forth series called the Show-Me Classic. This event began in December 1976 in Columbia, Missouri, at the Hearnes Center, where Missouri defeated Illinois, 76-75. Over the next three years (1977-79) the two teams reciprocated home courts.

This series was replaced by the Braggin' Rights series on a neutral court sponsored by Anheuser-Busch for the 1980-81 season.

Other Mizzou and Illini teams now play Braggin' Rights games, most notably football.

ResultsEdit

Rankings are from the AP Poll (1936–present)

Illinois victoriesMissouri victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 December 21, 1932 Brewer Fieldhouse Illinois 36–24
2 January 3, 1934 Huff Hall Illinois 36–24
3 December 14, 1942 Huff Hall Illinois 51–30
4 December 18, 1943 Brewer Fieldhouse Illinois 39–29
5 December 16, 1946 Brewer Fieldhouse Missouri 55–50
6 December 4, 1954 Huff Hall Illinois 77–49
7 December 10, 1955 Brewer Fieldhouse Missouri 74–73
8 December 3, 1976 Hearnes Center Missouri 76–75
9 December 6, 1977 Assembly Hall Illinois 96–85
10 December 5, 1978 Hearnes Center Illinois 69–57
11 December 4, 1979 Assembly Hall Missouri 67–66
12 December 10, 1980 St. Louis Arena Illinois 84–62
13 December 8, 1981 St. Louis Arena No. 13 Missouri 78–68OT
14 December 20, 1983 St. Louis Arena Illinois 66–60
15 December 6, 1984 St. Louis Arena No. 7 Illinois 65–50
16 December 21, 1985 St. Louis Arena No. 15 Illinois 67–55
17 December 23, 1986 St. Louis Arena No. 9 Illinois 92–74
18 December 22, 1987 St. Louis Arena Illinois 75–63
19 December 19, 1988 St. Louis Arena No. 6 Illinois 87–84
20 December 20, 1989 St. Louis Arena No. 5 Illinois 101–93
21 December 19, 1990 St. Louis Arena Illinois 84–81
22 December 23, 1991 St. Louis Arena No. 16 Missouri 61–44
23 December 23, 1992 St. Louis Arena Missouri 66–65
24 December 22, 1993 St. Louis Arena Missouri 108–1073OT
25 December 22, 1994 Enterprise Center Missouri 76–58
26 December 20, 1995 Enterprise Center No. 14 Illinois 96–85OT
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
27 December 28, 1996 Enterprise Center Illinois 85–69
28 December 23, 1997 Enterprise Center Missouri 75–69
29 December 22, 1998 Enterprise Center Missouri 67–62
30 December 21, 1999 Enterprise Center Missouri 78–72
31 December 21, 2000 Enterprise Center No. 5 Illinois 86–81OT
32 December 22, 2001 Enterprise Center No. 9 Illinois 72–61
33 December 21, 2002 Enterprise Center No. 12 Illinois 85–70
34 December 23, 2003 Enterprise Center No. 21 Illinois 71–70
35 December 23, 2004 Enterprise Center No. 1 Illinois 70–64
36 December 21, 2005 Enterprise Center No. 6 Illinois 82–50
37 December 19, 2006 Enterprise Center Illinois 73–70
38 December 22, 2007 Enterprise Center Illinois 59–58
39 December 23, 2008 Enterprise Center Illinois 75–59
40 December 23, 2009 Enterprise Center Missouri 81–68
41 December 22, 2010 Enterprise Center No. 9 Missouri 75–64
42 December 22, 2011 Enterprise Center No. 9 Missouri 78–74
43 December 22, 2012 Enterprise Center No. 12 Missouri 82–73
44 December 21, 2013 Enterprise Center Illinois 65–64
45 December 20, 2014 Enterprise Center Illinois 62–59
46 December 23, 2015 Enterprise Center Illinois 68–63
47 December 21, 2016 Enterprise Center Illinois 75–66
48 December 23, 2017 Enterprise Center Illinois 70–64
49 December 22, 2018 Enterprise Center Missouri 79–63
50 December 21, 2019 Enterprise Center Missouri 63–56
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Series: Illinois leads 32–18

Series statisticsEdit

  • Series Record: Illinois leads 32 to 18
  • Current Streak: Missouri, 2 win
  • Illinois when ranked: 13-6
  • Missouri when ranked: 6-10
  • When both teams are ranked: Illinois leads 6-3
  • Illinois when unranked: 10-6
  • Missouri when unranked: 6-13
  • When both teams are unranked: Illinois leads 9-3
  • In overtime games: Tied 2-2
  • At the St. Louis Arena: Illinois led 9-4
  • At Enterprise Center: Illinois leads 16-10
  • Illinois' longest winning streak: 9 (2000–08)
  • Missouri's longest winning streak: 4 (1991–94, 2009–12)
  • Illinois' largest winning margin: 32 points (2005)
  • Missouri's largest winning margin: 18 points (1994)
  • Closest margin: 1 point, four times in regulation (1992, 2003, 2007, 2013) and once in three overtimes (1993)

See alsoEdit

Illinois–Missouri football rivalry

ReferencesEdit