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Kansas basketball: Losing the Big 12 Tourney will hurt the Jayhawks and Kansas City

Nov 28, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of T-Mobile Center before a game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Liberty Flames. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Since I was in junior high, one of my favorite memories has been watching Kansas basketball at the annual Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

Now, it seems that very tourney could be in serious jeopardy with the planned departures of conference charter members Oklahoma and Texas.

The tourney has seen many homes over the years. From Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City, the event has always been a major draw for local fans and helped stimulate March Madness fever just before “the big dance”.