Originally written on The Dagger  |  Last updated 10/25/11
If reports that West Virginia is Big 12-bound are true, then the consequences for college basketball are far different than past conference defections. This is a move that creates a fun rivalry rather than destroying one. Annual West Virginia-Kansas State matchups pitting Wildcats coach Frank Martin and mentor Bob Huggins will be a treat for Big 12 basketball fans. Martin coached under Huggins at Cincinnati and Kansas State before taking over as head coach of the Wildcats when Huggins left for West Virginia in 2007. Maybe the only people who likely won't be excited for those games are the two coaches themselves. Martin agreed to play West Virginia in Wichita on Dec. 8 because he believes it will be a good test for his team and because he believes Huggins deserves to hear applause from Kansas State fans, but he has misgivings about competing against his friend. "I don't like playing against friends," Martin told reporters earlier this month. "When it's people like that that I'm r...
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