Indianapolis Former Kansas State player Michael Beasley wasn’t afraid to share his opinion on whether the Wildcats deserved to make the NCAA Tournament this season.
“Nah,” the Miami Heat forward said before Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, “because they lost a lot of games they were supposed to win and a lot of non-conference games. They beat some good teams, but it was too many games they were supposed to win that they didn’t.”
KSU finished the regular season 22-11 and tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats went 1-1 in the NIT after getting passed over for the NCAA Tournament.
In recent weeks, KSU coach Frank Martin has said that the Wildcats were worthy of a tournament bid. Martin has been critical of some media members and has reiterated that the Big 12 does not get the respect it deserves on a national scale.
“I don’t like putting the blame on anybody else, but they lost a lot of games they were supposed to win,” Beasley said. “There’s a lot of games that shouldn’t have came down to the final minutes in the game. We just couldn’t close it out.”
Beasley led KSU to the NCAA Tournament last year, as the Wildcats finished the regular season 20-11 overall and 10-6 in the Big 12.