It's an opportunity that can only take place every four years, and we've received several inquiries today on the topic, so we thought we'd take a look to answer the question: What is Mizzou's record on Leap Day?
In the 26 previous Leap Days since Mizzou Basketball began, the Tigers have played on six of them, and have a 2-4 record. Wednesday's home finale will mark the first such occurrence of a Leap Day game since 1992, when Anthony Peeler's Tigers fell by four points in Manhattan. That team finished in a tie for second in the Big Eight, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Tonight's game at Mizzou Arena is the first home game on Leap Day since the Tigers beat Colorado by five at Brewer Fieldhouse in 1964 (the Hearnes Center never had the honor of hosting a game on Feb. 29 in its 30-plus-year history).
Iowa State will serve as Mizzou's Leap Day opponent for the third time, making it the most-frequent of the seven matchups. Kansas has played the Tigers twice (going 2-0), while Mizzou has also faced Kansas State and Colorado on Feb. 29. The full history below:
1916: Kansas 31, Mizzou 19 (Lawrence)1952: Mizzou 53, Iowa State 49 (Columbia)1960: Iowa State 72, Mizzou 69 (Ames)1964: Mizzou 89, Colorado 84 (Columbia)1980: Kansas 80, Mizzou 71 (Kansas City - Big Eight Tournament)1992: Kansas State 73, Mizzou 69 (Manhattan)