WICHITA, Kansas – If Wichita State and Kansas win their first round NCAA tournament games this week, they’ll wind up squaring off in the Round of 32.
Looking ahead, the No. 2 seed Jayhawks will play No. 15 seed New Mexico State at 11:15 a.m. on Friday.
The No. 7 seed Shockers will play No. 10 seed Indiana at 1:45 p.m. on the same day. If both teams advance, they’ll battle each other in the next round.
The last time WSU and KU played in the NCAA tournament was in 1981 in the Sweet 16 in New Orleans. The Shockers won that matchup in the last few seconds.
At Sunday’s press conference at Wichita State, WSU head coach Gregg Marshall said, “We’re going to get
ready to play Indiana. If we’re fortunate enough to play in the next round, if it’s Kansas or New Mexico State we’ll get ready to play them. I’m very pleased to be part of March Madness and the NCAA Tournament again.” Marshall added, “I do think our (Midwest) region is tough. We’ve got four of the top ten winningest basketball teams in the history of college basketball in there. We’re not one of them. Our region, Kentucky is one, Kansas two, Indiana and Notre Dame are nine and ten in our region. We have to somehow make our way through those guys to get to the Final Four. That’s kind of like last year’s gauntlet.”