The NCAA tournament meeting between Marshall and WVU re-ignited an argument that has been discussed at high-top bar tables across West Virginia for the last decade: Should the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd play annually in basketball?\r\nThe same argument happens with football, but both sides seem to be on common ground that it\u2019s a lot more difficult, especially for WVU, to schedule each other with only three out-of-conference slots on the Mountaineers\u2019 slate every year.\r\nBut with so many out-of-conference spots in the basketball schedule \u2014 WVU played 13 this season \u2014 why can\u2019t it make room for the only other Division I school in the state?\r\nHerd head coach Dan D\u2019Antoni took every opportunity given to him last weekend leading up to the tourney game to ask the same question: Why won\u2019t you schedule us?\r\nOf course, it didn\u2019t hurt that Marshall made its first NCAA tournament in 30 years and won its first tourney game ever.\r\n\u201cWe have a good program. We made the NCAA tournament. We got the first-round win. We\u2019re a legit program. So play us \u2014 it\u2019s that simple,\u201d D\u2019Antoni said.\r\nBut it didn\u2019t end there, D\u2019Antoni went with subtle trash talk to get WVU head coach Bob Huggins and administration to flinch, claiming that Marshall is the true school in West Virginia because of one of the silliest explanations I\u2019ve heard.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re a Division I school, you\u2019ve got to treat us like one,\u201d D\u2019Antoni said. \u201cI would love to play. I\u2019ll needle them a little bit. I see someone I can needle, so I\u2019ll needle them a little bit. We are playing West Virginia University. I\u2019m coaching Marshall University, where West Virginians play. I\u2019ll leave it at that.\u201d\r\nD\u2019Antoni is referring to the fact the Herd had eight West Virginia natives on the roster, along with three coaches on his staff.\r\nThe reason this argument is silly is the Mountaineers have three on scholarship this season \u2014 Logan Routt, Chase Harler and Brandon Knapper. D\u2019Antoni\u2019s comments also ignore that WVU had a Morgantown native as the heart of team the previous four seasons in Nathan Adrian.\r\nSure, Marshall has more West Virginia players on its team by a considerable amount, but there\u2019s a reason for that, more than Huggins not giving them a chance.\r\nThe Herd has to recruit in-state players while WVU doesn\u2019t. That\u2019s not a knock on the talent level in the state, but with Huggins\u2019 footprint in Ohio, along with his resume as a Hall-of-Fame caliber coach, he can pluck top-level talent from other places.\r\nDo you think Marshall could sign a 4-star point guard from Wisconsin like Huggins did with Jordan McCabe, or a 4-star forward from Ohio, in Derek Culver? Chances are slim to none.\r\nMarshall is doing what it has to do to succeed and hit lightning in a bottle with a bunch of West Virginia players this season, and that\u2019s great. It proves recruits from the Mountain State can compete at the highest level.\r\nBut let\u2019s not act like WVU intentionally avoids West Virginians because it doesn\u2019t deem them good enough. It\u2019s because WVU doesn\u2019t have to recruit the way Marshall does.\r\nD\u2019Antoni tried to poke the bear when he saw a window, but I have a feeling Huggins grabbed the stick and threw it back at him.\r\nThe series between the schools has come down to where the game is played, and you could argue that this game should be played annually.\r\nBut based on the argument D\u2019Antoni made for why it should happen, WVU shouldn\u2019t give the Herd a second glance.