WICHITA, Kan. Wichita State University could have gone undefeated this season, finished No.1 in the country and notched the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. That still would not have been enough for the Shockers to open tournament play in Wichita.
Why not? Because rules in place prevent a host institution from playing at the site where it's hosting NCAA Tournament rounds. Wichita State is hosting the games at Intrust Bank Arena, putting in effect the rule that keeps the Shockers from playing in their own city.
Those rules do allow teams to play at a site where their own conference is hosting. This is why KU sometimes gets to play NCAA Tournament games at area sites like Kansas City's Sprint Center when the Big 12 hosts. This was the case last year for the Jayhawks.
This year, KU earned a No. 1 seed and therefore is rewarded with a tournament site close to home to kick off the NCAA Tournament. As the top seed in the Midwest Region, the Jayhawks landed in Wichita for the first two rounds.