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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kansas St. snubbed out of NCAAs? Beasley says no

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— 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.

Comments

Ryan Gerstner 10 years, 9 months ago

I never understood the clamor to get K-State in the tournament. They were 10-11 vs. the top 200 teams in the country. So that means they got 12 wins against teams outside the top 200. Insane!

yovoy 10 years, 9 months ago

4th in the xii? others that finished behind them in league got in.

Saguaro_Jayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

4th in the xii? others that finished behind them in league got in.

Not exactly. They tied for 4th thru 7th places. Once subjective criteria was applied, e.g. quality wins, RPI, etc . . . they got what they earned.

elkwc36 10 years, 9 months ago

Guess I never will; understand a Jayhawk's need to comment negatively on every thread. Jealously? Scared?
And I appreciate everything Beasley did at KSU but we had some bad losses to last year also. I wasn't upset about not being in but still don't know how A&M got in. Just my opinion. And don't need no cackle from a Hawk either.

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