Mizzou player, out-of-state schools criticize Wichita


The excitement for the NCAA Tournament has the city of Wichita buzzing.

However, some have had harsh words about Wichita being chosen as one of the host sites for the big dance.

Mizzou junior forward Kevin Puryear didn’t hold back during a press conference after his team landed in Nashville for the first round of the tournament.

“I was praying to god we didn’t end up in Wichita,” said Puryear. “There is nothing in Wichita,” he added.

The negative comments left Wichita State senior Tarun Braphu scratching his head.

“He’s obviously not been to Wichita if he said something about Wichita before even being here,” said Braphu.

Puryear’s comments caught the attention of two former Wichita State Shockers.

Current New York Knick Ron Baker tweeted in response to what Puryear had to say.

“Make your mark in March before you call out my city brotha!,” said Baker.

Baker’s former teammate, Evan Wessel, also sounded off on Twitter.

“You were praying to God that you made the tournament,” said Wessel.

Others haven’t shied away from their thoughts about the air capital.

The Oracle, a coordinator of a San Diego fan forum, published a list of cool things to do in Kansas City if you’re coming to “Witchita” with a “T” for the tournament.

The post goes on to say if you are planning on landing in Kansas City, it is a much cheaper alternative than to fly to “Witchita” with a “T”.

“I lived here 18 years ago, 15 years ago, and I grew up here, and there is a lot more to do to in Wichita then there use to be,” said Kacey Sawyer, who grew up in Wellington.

Sawyer and others say for those coming to town for the tournament, they’ll be pleasantly surprised with everything the city has to offer.

“You could go to Botanica, it’s less than 10 minutes from downtown, you could go to Exploration Place if there are kids,” said Sawyer.

A sentiment echoed by Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell.

“Our zoo, which is the most visited attraction in the state of Kansas, it is an award winning zoo,” said O’Donnell.

It is things like that, O’Donnell says, will now get to be showcased with the NCAA Tournament coming to town.

“This is giving us a national platform, people, like these fans in San Diego, who would never come to Wichita, Kansas have an opportunity to because of the NCAA Tournament,” said O’Donnell.

A little perspective for the San Diego fans who were upset about the cost to fly to Wichita.

At last check, the cheapest price to flight from San Diego to another host site, like Detroit is $922 dollars.

That is only about $75 to $80 less than the cheapest flight to Wichita.

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