ST. LOUIS — It has become a holiday-time staple in St. Louis, and the annual “Braggin’ Rights’’ basketball game between Illinois and Missouri will continue for at least another five years.

ST. LOUIS — It has become a holiday-time staple in St. Louis, and the annual “Braggin’ Rights’’ basketball game between Illinois and Missouri will continue for at least another five years.

Athletic officials from the two schools announced the extension of the series through at least 2017 during a news conference Thursday in St. Louis. The games will continue to be played at Scottrade Center.

“I’ve heard about the importance of the Illinois-Missouri game since the day I took the job here at the University of Illinois,’’ first-year Illini coach John Groce said. “This is one of college basketball’s best non-conference rivalry games.’’

Illinois holds a 20-11 series advantage in the late-December St. Louis games, but Missouri has won the last three meetings. Before that, Illinois won nine straight from 2000 through 2008.

This year’s game will be Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. (ESPN2).