MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Despite a turnaround season under
first-year coach Bob Huggins, Kansas State was snubbed by the
N-C-double-A tournament selection committee.
The Wildcats were the first Big 12 team to win at least 20 games
overall and record double-digit conference wins, yet fail to make
the tournament field.
K-State (22-11) finished fourth in the conference, its best
finish ever since the league began play in 1996-97.
The selection committee bypassed Kansas State for the Big 12's
fifth-place team, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders likely got in based
on regular-season victories over Kansas and Texas A-and-M, despite
getting routed by the Wildcats on Friday.
K-State has not been to the tournament since 1996, and was
waiting to hear from the N-I-T. It last played in that tournament
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