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MU vs KU a defining showdown

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COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 14:  Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers goes up for a lay-up during the game against the Texas Longhorns on January 14, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By Jamie Squire COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 14: Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers goes up for a lay-up during the game against the Texas Longhorns on January 14, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By Jamie Squire

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(Missouri Basketball App) -- So, how nervous are YOU about the KU game? The mood around Columbia is awfully tense these last couple of days. Rightfully so, as this is without question the most important game of the season.

There are constant debates over what Robinson is going to do. Which Taylor is going to show up? Can we expect Flip to even be a factor? What happens if Kim doesn't shoot well? They're all good questions. but there's a more Zen-like solution to this whole situation: Just enjoy the game.

MU-KU is always special. Without being too much of a homer, some of the best games I've ever seen played have been between these two teams. It is a true rivalry, and one of the oldest in the country. The contests produced by this matchup are vicious and beautiful all at the same time. Legends are made, scapegoats are born, and folklore is written. But don't let all that distract you from one very important fact: this could be the last time we get to do it.

This is the last time (at least in the near future) that we can look forward to the wild crowds, above-and-beyond individual performances, and nail-biting comebacks. I'm sure the SEC will have plenty of great contests for us- and I have no doubt we'll find a new rival to focus our ire on. But it won't ever be like this again. Much like college itself, once it's over, you can never quite get that feeling back.

So, stop worrying about whether Mizzou wins or loses, and just enjoy the moment. Fire up a grill, crack ope a beer, or paint your face and head to a local establishment. If you're lucky enough to be going to the game, leave everything -including your voice- in Allen Fieldhouse when you leave.

We're lucky enough to know in advance that this is the last regular season game of the I-70 series. We're lucky enough to have it matter. And we're lucky enough to have a team that could pull off a wild win in Lawrence. So drink every moment in, because no matter how it turns out, this is the last time (for now) that we'll get to do this.

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