The biggest seismic shifts of college sports realignment won’t hit basketball for another year or two, but there are still some noteworthy programs changing leagues as early as next season. One of the unavoidable pitfalls of conference shuffling is the loss of traditional rivalries, but the pain of those disappearances can be salved by the creation of some entertaining new matchups.
Missouri is the biggest-name school changing homes this year, with the Tigers coming off a 30-win season, and much has been made out of the end of its Border War with Kansas. However, the Tigers have a chance to start another border battle with SEC foe Arkansas…the team that also happened to steal Mizzou coach Mike Anderson just a season ago.
Herein, a closer look at Missouri-Arkansas and the rest of the best new rivalry games for each team that’s changing conferences next season.