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Gregg Marshall on Kansas, K-State: 'I wouldn't want to play us either'

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Gr.egg Marshall (USATSI)
Gregg Marshall is trying to schedule as tough as he can for the Shockers' program. (USATSI)

Gregg Marshall is about as fearless with the media as any college basketball coach today.

The Wichita State coach -- who's led his team to a 14-0 record so far this season -- went on "The Jim Rome Show" Friday to discuss the state of his program, among other things. The topic of scheduling big-time programs came up. Wichita State's in a holding pattern of sorts. It's too good for programs to want to schedule a home-and-home with, but it's not good enough just yet to be a proven, worthy opponent in the eyes of major-conference foes, the way Butler and Gonzaga have become.

Doesn't mean Marshall is stopping from trying. He can't get Kansas and Kansas State to play a game outside of those two's home arenas. Marshall mentioned he's in discussions with UConn about a possible home-and-home. He compared a potenteial Wichita State-Kansas series with many of the other rivalries that have grown inside college hoops: Notre Dame-Indiana, Kentucky-Louisville, etc.

“It would be great for us and great for the state and maybe the nation to see a game like that,” he said on Rome's show. “I think the last four years we've proven that we're a pretty good basketball team and I understand why they won't play us. I mean, 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. If I were them, I wouldn't play us either. That's just my honest opinion. I would not play the game, if I were Bill Self or Bruce Weber.”

The audio for the interview is linked here and for this specific topic, head to the 6:40 mark.

 
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