Kansas attorney general fires back after New Mexico A.G. predicts NCAA upsets

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

— Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt fired back at New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas after Balderas picked upsets of two Kansas schools in the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament.

Balderas picked the 15th-seeded New Mexico State men's team to go to the NCAA's Elite Eight, shocking Kansas, Wichita State and Butler before falling to unbeaten Kentucky in the men's tournament.

Schmidt responded Wednesday with a statement calling out Balderas' "baseless prediction."

"My friend and colleague Attorney General Balderas is obviously pandering his home-state crowd with his baseless prediction that New Mexico State will defeat both KU and Wichita State in the NCAA basketball tournament," Schmidt said.

"As a new attorney general, Mr. Balderas clearly has much to learn about Kansas basketball. I wish him all the best in pondering these philosophical matters at length during the free time he will have next week after his team has departed the tournament this coming weekend in Omaha.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report