MANHATTAN, Kan. | West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins said his team will meet his former team, Kansas State, in a game at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena. The schools have been discussing a series of neutral-court games, but neither West Virginia nor K-State officials could confirm a Wichita game on Tuesday afternoon.
Huggins, who coached K-State during the 2006-07 season, said during his weekly radio show in Morgantown on Monday that the game would be next season. Andy Assaley, who heads the majority of K-State's scheduling efforts as director of men's basketball operations, said both sides were working toward a future series, but nothing had been agreed upon.
"We've been in talks, but we're not sure where the games would be played," Assaley said. "Nothing is final yet."
Arena general manager A.J. Boleski said Tuesday afternoon that he had no knowledge of the game. "No game is scheduled for 2011 at this time," Boleski said. "We are in discussions with an outside promoter who is interested in bringing in a college game here next year, but I know nothing about the specifics beyond that."
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The arena has played host to one college game — Tulsa-Wichita State in December — and will be the home for an NCAA women’s sub-regional March 20 and 22. K-State has expressed interest in playing a game in Wichita.
In a recent interview with The Wichita Eagle, K-State coach Frank Martin said playing at Intrust Bank Arena was a priority. “We continue to move forward on that," Martin said. "I think it's going to happen. We don't have anything in stone yet, but I know we've had great conversations with the people who run that building."
A series of games between K-State and West Virginia would match teacher up against student. Martin was Huggins' top assistant coach at K-State before being promoted to head coach in 2007 when Huggins left for West Virginia.