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Southern Cal may move home game with KU to Intrust Bank Arena

BY J. BRADY MCCOLLOUGH
The Wichita Eagle

LAWRENCE — The Southern California and Kansas basketball teams are working on moving a game originally scheduled for USC in December 2011 to Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena, KU officials said today.

The schools began a home-and-home series Dec. 18, 2010, when the Jayhawks beat the Trojans 70-68 at Allen Fieldhouse. The meeting next season will be a home game for USC no matter where it is played.

Why would USC move its home game to Wichita? Simple: USC's Galen Center seats 10,258, while Intrust Bank Arena seats 15,000. USC would keep the gate receipts because it would be the home team.

Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director for external relations at KU, said that the move to Wichita is not yet official.

If the move is finalized, it would mean that KU would have its only nonconference road game moved to Wichita.

The Jayhawks will play Kentucky in New York in Madison Square Garden as part of the first Champions Classic, and they will play three games in the Maui Invitational, which will feature KU, Duke, Michigan, Georgetown, UCLA, Tennessee, Memphis and Chaminade.

Kansas State may also play a basketball game against West Virginia at Intrust Bank Arena next season. The two schools have been working on a series of neutral-court games, and Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins, who coached the Wildcats for one season before Frank Martin took over, said last month the first of those games will take place in Wichita this winter.

Neither school has confirmed the game, indicating it is still in the planning stages and not yet set. But K-State director of basketball operations Andy Assaley said Tuesday that the game is close to becoming a reality.

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