Illinois Needs A New Border War Rival

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Come this evening in front of a rabid crowd in St. Louis, Illinois will defend its border against Missouri during the two schools’ annual Braggin’ Rights game.

Three weeks from today, Illinois will defend its border against Wisconsin. The following month, it will stage a border battle against Indiana, and then cap that with another one vs. Iowa in March.

Yes, from south to north and east to west, Illinois butts heads in basketball with its state border rivals each and every season. Except, of course, for one notable exception.

Kentucky.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the Illini and the Wildcats last faced off in a basketball game – the highly controversial 1984 NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. But I’m here today to say that it’s high time for Illinois to add a new “Border War” rivalry with its other downstate neighbor and schedule a series with John Calipari & Co.

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