West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins says his current team will meet his former team, Kansas State, in a game at Intrust Bank Arena next season.
Huggins, who coached K-State during the 2006-07 season, made the announcement during his weekly radio show in Morgantown on Monday after dining with K-State coach Frank Martin, his former assistant, on Sunday.
"I was with Frank Martin last night," Huggins said on his radio show. "He told me, 'The place in Kansas City (Sprint Center) is absolutely unbelievable. The place in Wichita may be nicer.' "
The schools have been discussing a series of neutral-court games, but neither West Virginia nor K-State officials could confirm a Wichita game Tuesday.
Andy Assaley, who handles the majority of K-State's scheduling as director of men's basketball operations, said nothing had been finalized.
"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 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."
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. Boleski said he was "definitely" interested in bringing college basketball games to the arena.
K-State has expressed interest in playing a game in Wichita. It already plays a neutral-court game every year at the Sprint Center — it will take on Alabama there in 2011 and Florida in 2012 — and is now looking south. In a recent interview with the Eagle, 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."
But there are some concerns about giving up multiple games that could be played in Bramlage Coliseum. Coming off a breakthrough season and a run to the Elite Eight, two neutral-court games makes sense. But will it in years when K-State may be less successful?
"That's what we're trying to decide," Martin said. "Do we need to play a game in Kansas City and Wichita every year? Or should we alternate sites? Would it be good to play two neutral-site games a year? That's what we're trying to figure out."
Should a series of games between K-State and West Virginia pan out, it would match teacher against student. Martin was Huggins' top assistant coach at K-State before being promoted to the head job in 2007 when Huggins left for West Virginia.
Huggins' departure was not well received by K-State fans, but he said he is not concerned about any hard feelings.
"Maybe it's a sore subject," he said on his radio show, "but hopefully it's not."