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Kansas' refusal to play irks Wichita State, only national title game would bring them together

The drum beat is only going to grow louder for mighty Kansas to start scheduling games against Wichita State.

The top-seeded Jayhawks and ninth-seeded Shockers are on opposite sides of the bracket, but both of them have advanced into the NCAA tournament's second weekend.

Nothing short of an appearance in the national title game would bring them together this year — or any year, for that matter.

The Jayhawks have been reluctant to schedule the Shockers for multiple reasons, among them the belief that a game against the only other Division I school in the state besides Big 12 rival Kansas State would not do them much good.

Kansas and Wichita State haven't played in more than 20 years.