CHAMPAIGN — By the flip of a coin, No. 8-ranked Illinois basketball will head to Columbia, Missouri, on Dec. 12 for the annual Braggin’ Rights rivalry game.

NCAA insider Andy Katz flipped the fateful coin, which landed in favor of the Tigers, during a live show streamed Thursday night.

The series, in which the Illini hold a decisive 32-18 edge, will not be played in St. Louis for the first time since 1979 due to ongoing precautions taken amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members from each program, including Illinois coach Brad Underwood and star guard Ayo Dosunmu, joined the show before Katz flipped the coin, offering their input as to why it was important for each school to play the game in an unprecedented basketball season.

Underwood said that continuing the series makes sense logistically as well, given the relative proximity and ease of travel for the two schools.