By LARRY VAUGHT
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was not thrilled that his team, with 30 wins, was a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It opens play against Dayton Friday in Indianapolis and if it wins could play Kentucky Sunday in Indianapolis.
Kentucky coach John Calipari praised the job the selection committee did this year during his press conference Thursday.
“I’ll defer to Cal on that. They’re probably more likely to talk to him about seeding and where he wants seeds to be than they would to me. They don’t call me and ask me anything. They probably don’t care that I disagree with the seedings,” Marshall said.
“It’s a great tournament. I’m kind of used to the short end of the stick, if you will, on the seedings. But that being said, we usually wear the dark uniforms, and we’ve won nine games in the last four years. We’re going to play great teams in this tournament regardless of where they seed you. I’ve enjoyed watching the games today, and there’s been some great games with lower seeds either coming close to winning or winning.
“We know we’ve got a challenge tomorrow. The seeds could easily be flip-flopped. Still you’re playing a great team and a well-coached team and a team with veterans and seniors. They’ve had their success in the NCAA tournament as well. It should be a tremendous game. Whoever wins gets the winner of Kentucky/Northern Kentucky.”