For 32 years the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Missouri Tigers face each other in what has become
and incredible college basketball rivalry. On December 21 they face off in the Bud Light Braggin Rights at the Scottrade Center
in St. Louis for the much anticipated matchup that you won't want to miss. Every December, the Braggin Rights game is the
can't miss matchup of these two storied college basketball programs, and the event is proud to feature what has become an
incredible rivalry. The site of this famed game is the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, one of the premier venues in the country
that is home to the biggest concert, sports and entertainment events in the midwest. This year, on December 21, Fighting Illini
and Tigers fans will descend upon St. Louis in search of the a victory that will give them bragging rights for the year until
next December, when they battle again. If you are looking for a special holiday outing with family and friends, then look
no further to taking in the Bug Light Braggin Rights matchup between Illinois and Missouri this December.
Men's College Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the country. It is hard to match the action and
drama of college basketball, especially when it come to tournament time. Different from college football, schools of any size
and from anywhere in the country can make it to the top, as exemplified by programs like Jim Valvano's North Carolina State,
the 8th seeded Villanova Wildcats who won it all in 1985 or the Loyola Marymount Lions, who went all the way to the Elite
Eight as a 13 seed following the death of their superstar, Hank Gathers. In no other sport could you find these headlines
because it has the perfect playoff system- win your way in and then any thing is possible. You control your own destiny.
college basketball, rivalries are everything. The sport is lucky to have many amazing rivalries that never disappoint, like
Duke vs North Carolina, University of Connecticut vs Syracuse and Louisville vs Kentucky. One cross border rivalry that is
always a dream matchup is Missouri vs Illinois. Named #17 on the Bleacher Report's top 25 college basketball rivalries, this
matchup captivates basketball fans everywhere when they meet every December in St Louis at the Bud Light Braggin' Rights event.
Great rivalries like this one are what make college basketball one of the most beloved pastimes in the country.
As a non conference matchup, its hard to beat the atmosphere at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis when the
Illinois Fighting Illini and the Missouri Tigers tip of at this holiday season staple. Both fans bases show up with incredible
spirit, united by a deep desire to beat the other. This is definitely not another preseason game. As the proud sponsor of
this highly anticipated matchup, Anheuser-Busch had helped create a tournament like atmosphere at the holiday time event.
The Scottrade Center is a state of the art facility, visited by the hottest names in entertainment throughout the year, providing
an incredible game day experience for the thousands of Illini and Tigers fans who make the trip every year. The fanbases take
over the city of St. Louis during this weekend, bringing their great sport to a city of wonderful sports fans. This neutral
court matchup is a tradition for both schools and the level of competition is always a boost to their non conference schedules.
If you are looking for the perfect holiday trip, then look no further than the Bud Light Braggin' Rights Illinois Vs. Missouri.
Since 1980, two of the midwest's most powerful college basketball programs have matched up every December
to play a thrilling non conference game that has provided many thrills over the years. One of the most intriguing parts of
the rivalry is the streaky nature of this event. Not since the third meeting in the 32 year history of this great game has
a different team won it three years in a row. Both teams have enjoyed long winning streaks including Illinois winning streaks
of 8 and 9 games. In this fierce midwest rivalry, it is not uncommon to see the non-ranked team come out victorious, which
has occurred five times.
On December 22, 1993, one of the most thrilling Braggin' Rights games took place at the St.
Louis Arena. The Fighting Illini came into the matchup highly favored to bet Missouri and were ranked #19 in the country.
They were coming off an incredible 121-52 victory over Chicago State, and were looking for a similar outcome versus their
cross border rivals. Once things that fans of these two programs have come to know is that there is never a favorite because
both teams have shown the ability to upset the other. The game was a thrilling back and forth event, ending in a 108-107 triple
overtime victory for the Missouri Tigers. This game will live on as maybe the rivalry's best, but when it comes to Illinois
vs Missouri, anything is possible.
Bud Light Braggin' Rights Trivia
What is the hardware for the winning
The winner of the Bud Light Braggin' Rights gets their name engraved on an incredible trophy that does not travel
home to the winning school's campus. Instead, the trophy remains on display year round at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis,
where it is displayed in a case decorated in the color of the winning school.