Missouri and Kansas have a long-standing rivalry across all sports. However, the rivalry has been dormant since 2012 when the Tigers moved to the SEC. The rivalry between these two states dates back to before the Civil War, so make sure to be in attendance when this rivalry kicks off again.
Rival Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
The Missouri Tigers and Illinois Fighting Illini have been squaring off every year since 1980 in the Braggin’ Rights series. The annual contest takes place in St. Louis and is a must see for both Tigers and Illini fans. Over the years the Illini have gotten the better of the Tigers winning 30 of the team’s 46 meetings, but the contests are always hardly fought so don’t miss it when these two meet.
Missouri Tigers Stadium Guide
At a Missouri Tigers basketball game, you’ll find an incredible in-game atmosphere that mimics that of a pro game. Before the game, they dim the lights and light off pyrotechnics giving you the feeling you’re watching a big league matchup. They also keep the lights dim all game drawing your focus to the court and creating the impression that you’re watching the game in a place where people really care about basketball.
In addition to the incredible atmosphere, the Mizzou fan support is also great. The fans are a large part of why the Tigers opened Mizzou Arena in 2004, and you can see why with how the fans show support for their team win or lose. The Antlers student group are particularly rambunctious in their support of the team and will perform all kinds of antics and pranks during the game. Whether you’re sitting near The Antlers or not they make their presence known and get into the heads of the opposition.
Before or after the game make sure to head to downtown Columbia to grab something to eat or drink. Here you’ll find all of the Mizzou favorites including Harpo’s and Shakespeare’s Pizza.
Mizzou is one of the more underrated basketball schools in the nation and is home to an incredible game day experience, so make your travel plans now.
Make sure to check out the displays showcasing the greatest athletes in Mizzou history near the main entrance. The displays do an excellent job of showing off Missouri’s strong athletics history, so don’t miss them during your visit to Mizzou.
The Antlers are the loudest fans inside Mizzou Arena on game days. The unofficial student group is named after the named after the antler dance they did in 1976 and is the group to be in if you’re a rabid Mizzou basketball fan. Keep on the look out for The Antlers as you never know what kind of pranks they’ll perform.
This tradition began in 1976 during a game between the Tigers and Ohio State and has carried on to today. Half of the stadium will chant “M-I-Z,” and the other half will respond with “Z-O-U.” Usually, the student section will shout the first half while the alumni section will follow with the latter half, so no matter where you’re sitting join in on the chant.
The Tigers student section has two distinct traditions regarding free throws. When the Tigers are shooting, raise both hands and chant “Swoosh, yay” when a basket is made, however, when the opponents shoot get loud and follow the instructions of the coordinators to get in the shooters head. No matter who is shooting, join in on the tradition to help aid the Tigers in their quest for victory.
Three Pointers - After every Tigers three-pointer, make the referee sign for a three-pointer with your hands to show off your Tigers pride.
When an opponent fouls out everyone in the arena chants “left, right, left, right” until the player sits down at which point every yells “sit down!” Make opposing players feel ashamed about fouling out by taking part in this tradition.
Old Missouri (Alma Mater)
After the game, the entire student section sticks around to sing the Mizzou alma mater win or lose. No matter how the game you attend goes make sure to stick around and show off your school pride after the game.
Old Missouri, fair Missouri,
Dear old varsity,
Ours are hearts that fondly love thee,
Here’s a health to thee.
Proud art thou in classic beauty,
Of thy noble past;
With thy watchwords, Honor, Duty,
Thy high fame shall last.
Every student, man and maiden,
Swells the glad refrain,
Till the breezes music laden,
Waft it back again.
Fight, Tiger, fight for old Mizzou,
Right behind you, everyone is with you.
Break the line and follow down the field,
And, you’ll be, on the top, upon the top.
Fight, Tiger, you will always win,
Proudly keep the colors flying skyward.
In the end, we’ll win the victory,
So Tiger, fight for Old Mizzou!
(YELL) T-I-G-E-R-S, TIGERS GO!
(Repeat Main Verse)
Every True Son and Daughter
Every true son, so happy hearted,
Skies above us are blue,
There’s a spirit so deep within us,
Old Missouri here’s to you (RAH! RAH!).
When the band plays the Tiger war song,
And when the fray is through,
We will tramp, tramp, tramp around the Columns,
With a cheer for Old Mizzou!
HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!
HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!
HOORAY, HURRAH, AND A BULLY FOR OLD MIZZOU,
RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!
MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH, TIGERS!
Let’s Go Tigers
After the tip-off, the Mizzou student section chants “Let’s Go Tigers” until the Tigers score their first basket. Join in on the chant to give the team your support and help them score early and often.