5. 1972: Kansas 93, Missouri 80
A Big 8 title was within reach for the No. 14 Tigers as they headed to Allen Fieldhouse for the season finale. The Jayhawks may have been unranked as a team, but Bud Stallworth proved to be the best individual on the floor by a wide margin, erupting for 50 points to spark a KU upset.
4. 1987 Big 8 tournament final: Missouri 67, Kansas 65
A regular-season split in the 1987 edition of the series had featured the home teams winning by margins of one (Kansas) and three (Mizzou). The conference title game proved just as intense. Nineteenth-ranked Missouri missed a chance to win it at the free-throw line, but the scramble for the ensuing rebound left freshman Lee Coward wide open for his second game-winning shot of the year against the Jayhawks.
3. 1990: Missouri 77, Kansas 71
The first and only meeting of these teams as No. 1 (the Tigers) and No. 2 (KU) in the polls took place at Allen Fieldhouse. Missouri, with Doug Smith and Anthony Peeler leading the way, validated its spot in the polls by toppling Kevin Pritchard and a balanced Jayhawks squad.
2. 2012: Kansas 87, Missouri 86
The best rivalry of the old Big 8 and new Big 12 went out in style, with both teams ranked in the top five for the final clash at Allen Fieldhouse. Missouri, with Marcus Denmon scorching the nets from long range, surged out to an 11-point halftime lead that ballooned to 19 before KU battled all the way back.
Thomas Robinson outmuscled the smaller Tigers for a three-point play to tie the game at the end of regulation, setting up senior Tyshawn Taylor to win it with a pair of clutch free throws at the end of the overtime session.
1. 1997: Missouri 96, Kansas 94
Kansas’ 1996-97 squad was arguably the best of Roy Williams’ storied career, featuring Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz and Jacque Vaughn in the starting lineup. The Jayhawks were 22-0 and ranked No. 1 when they headed into Columbia to take on the unranked Tigers.
Despite the severity of the mismatch, Mizzou—always dangerous at home, especially under Norm Stewart—played like the Jayhawks’ equals all night. Kansas needed a LaFrentz putback in the final seconds just to stave off defeat in regulation, and smooth free-throw shooting keyed by Tigers junior Kelly Thames (10-for-10 on the night) helped force a second overtime.
Tied at 94 at the end of the second extra session, Missouri was trying to hold on for a chance at a game-winner when Vaughn came within a fingernail of a steal. He couldn’t control the loose ball, though, and Mizzou swingman Corey Tate beat the shot clock with a jumper that proved to be the game-winner.