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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Big 12 Conference, the Kansas City Sports Commission and Sprint Center/AEG announced a two-year extension on Friday that will keep the men's basketball tournament in Kansas City through 2016.

The Big 12 men's basketball tourney has been played in Kansas City 11 times since the league began competition in 1996-97 -- more than any other city in the conference. The Sprint Center has hosted the event the past three years.

"This agreement solidifies the fact that Kansas City is Big 12 country. The sport of college basketball has a great history in Kansas City and the Big 12 is a large part of it," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "The city has always been a fantastic host for schools, fans and alumni and this allows our men's basketball student-athletes to continue competition in one of the best basketball facilities in the nation."

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