Following last season’s Final Four run with a school-record 14-0 start to this season, life is good for Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. But he still wants more, especially when it comes to non-conference opponents.
“We’re talking to Connecticut,” Marshall told The Jim Rome Show. “We’re talking to other folks with a potential home-and-home. We had Alabama, Tennessee, and Saint Louis to start home-and-homes in the last two years, so we’re going to get good teams now.”
However, Marshall says there hadn’t been a lot of interest from Kansas or Kansas State in being a part of that non-conference slate in the coming years.
“It would be great for us and great for the state and maybe the nation to see a game like that,” the coach said. “I think the last four years we’ve proved that we’re a pretty good basketball team and I understand why they won’t play us. They really don’t have a whole lot to gain. They’ve been the big brother for so long and they just don’t want the little brother, who’s now grown up, to be able to compete with them and maybe win. They don’t want to give up that superiority in the household.”
The 2-time Missouri Valley Coach of the Year said he understands Kansas and Kansas State’s stances though.
“If I were them, I wouldn’t play us either, that’s just my honest opinion,” said Marshall. “I would not play the game, if I were Bill Self or Bruce Weber.”