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Bring it onPosted Friday, February 13, 2009, at 4:55 PM
Does any rivalry top North Carolina - Duke?
A few closely contested ball games.... Location, location, location.... family.... tradition?
The week of February 9-15 is designated as 'Rivalry Week' on ESPN. Rivalry Week is a week of programming devoted to showing the top rivalries in college basketball. Games that are annually shown during Rivalry Week include: Duke vs. North Carolina, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh, Missouri vs. Kansas, Syracuse vs. Connecticut, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Villanova vs. Saint Joseph's, and Kentucky vs. Florida.
Coincidentally, Southeast Missouri has seen some top-notch rivalry b-ball this week also.
After a 38 year span, two of the top teams in the state met before a sold out crowd at the Show-Me Center with Sikeston sqeaking out a one point win over Scott County Central. Two schools only ten miles apart and not playing for 38 years?
Perfect rivalry stuff. Most all the players knew each other and several actually played against and with others during AAU ball. Cousins on each team. SEMO tradition. Great stuff. Hat's off to all the individuals who made this happen. Let's hope this year's game turns into an annual event.
The 84th SCAA Tourney also wrapped up during 'Rivalry Week'. The Stoddard County teams all rival each other. We saw state ranked #1 Bernie fall to Bloomfield in a game for the ages and then again to Advance as Dexter walked away with the crown.
This is just basketball. There are so many great rivalries in the sports world. How about a good ole' Cardinal Cub baseball game, Laker Celtic basketball game, or a Michigan Notre Dame football game?
Big schools, little schools, proffesional, amateur...... every team has a rival. What are some of your favorite rival games to watch?
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