No. 1 seed Kansas was supposed to be in the Sweet 16; No. 9 seed Wichita State was not. But together, the two schools have pulled off something that hasn’t been accomplished since 1988: Two Kansas men’s basketball teams in the Sweet 16. (KU and K-State faced off in the Elite Eight in 1988.)
When KU coach Bill Self was asked about Wichita State’s surprise victory over No. 1 seed Gonzaga, he responded with some textbook wit — the kind that might also strike a tender nerve.
“I’m happy for the Shockers. I’m excited for them,” Self said, smiling. “But that doesn't mean we're going to play them.
“That was a joke. Because I knew that would be the next question.”
So yes, even after Wichita State’s second Sweet 16 appearance in eight years, Self and the Jayhawks are holding true to their word. Don't expect any KU-Wichita showdowns in the near future.