The Aftermath Dara Bitler March 18, 2015 Features, The Wabash Line Wednesdays at The Salute March Madness. I can’t believe it’s finally here! At this point, I’ve already come face-to-face with reality; we didn’t do enough to make the tournament. Reality stinks! No matter how bad you want something to happen, sometimes, it just doesn’t. I’d be more upset if we did enough to have the opportunity to play right now, but we didn’t. We were not good enough. The aftermath is here. Let it sink in. It’s time to reflect. We need to learn from the mistakes we made, accept that we didn’t do enough, and move on. The most important thing is that we truly learn and move forward. It’s no secret, our men’s basketball program has never been elite. But, what I’ve learned in life is that nothing worth having comes easy. Having an elite program takes more than 100% effort by everyone involved, from top to bottom. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Here’s a look at how K-State has performed during the postseason: Since 1948, we’ve only made 28 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Our longest NCAA Tournament appearance drought was from 1996-2008. Our only National Championship appearance came in 1951. We lost to Kentucky 58-68. We have four Final 4 appearances, twelve Elite 8 appearances, and sixteen Sweet 16 appearances. Our overall record for NCAA Tournament appearances is 33-32. Our best seed in the tournament was in 2010. We were a #2 seed. We lost to Butler in the Elite 8. By far, this was the most exciting NCAA Tournament I can remember as a Wildcat. The Sweet 16 game against Xavier was the best basketball game I’ve ever watched. Here’s a look at how the current Big 12 compares: KU: 43 appearances and a record of 95-43 Iowa State: 16 appearances and a record of 16-16. Baylor: 8 appearances and a record of 11-10 TCU: 7 appearances and a record of 5-7 Texas: 31 appearances and a record of 35-34 Texas Tech: 14 appearances and a record of 8-15 Oklahoma: 28 appearances and a record of 35-28 Oklahoma State: 26 appearances and a record of 38-25 It’s time to make a statement! We want more from our program. I’m not saying that we fire anyone. It’s just time for someone to say, “Hey, this isn’t acceptable, let’s figure out what we need to do to get better.” Once that happens, then we have to get everyone to buy into the brand of the program. The past doesn’t look great but we have time to make a change for our future. BRING ON THE CATS!