Weber open to playing Wichita State

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State and Wichita State basketball teams might not have anything on the future schedule now, but don’t rule out something down the line.

Wichita State — ranked fifth in both polls —  has been the state’s hottest team the last two seasons. After making it to the Final Four a season ago, head coach Gregg Marshall has led his Shockers to an undefeated mark so far this year at 17-0.

Yet, the Shockers haven’t played K-State or Kansas in recent years — something the two Big 12 programs have elected to pass on to this point.

Marshall, who has not shied away from scheduling tough games for his Shockers, told a national radio show that he didn’t blame KU coach Bill Self, nor K-State’s Bruce Weber for not wanting to do a home-and-home series with Wichita State.

While Self has not said whether he would consider playing the Shockers, Weber is more open about the idea.

“I’m not against it,” Weber told the Wichita Eagle. “But scheduling is one of the most difficult things about coaching. I don’t think people have any idea how hard it is. It might be more difficult than even recruiting.”

Weber expanded on the idea by saying he spoke with K-State administration last season about the idea of playing a game against WSU this season at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Weber also said people don’t always realize just how important scheduling is to a program.

“I did all the scheduling at Purdue when I was an assistant there to Gene Keady, and he told me then, when I was young, that scheduling was more important than recruiting,” he said. “But I like things that are good for basketball.”

The Wildcats are 20-11 all-time against the Shockers and haven’t played since 2003.

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