Iowa State Not Invited to Postseason

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard and head men's basketball coach Wayne Morgan both expressed disappointment Sunday after the Cyclones were not selected for postseason play. Both, however, look forward to next season when the Cyclones return all five starters from a team that posted 16 victories.

        AMES, Iowa- Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard and head men's basketball coach Wayne Morgan both expressed disappointment Sunday after the Cyclones were not selected for postseason play. Both, however, look forward to next season when the Cyclones return all five starters from a team that posted 16 victories.

        "I know that Wayne and his team are disappointed," Pollard said. "We wanted the opportunity to garner more experience for the players that return next year. We will now work toward a successful 2006-07 campaign."

        Iowa State, which ended its run of three consecutive postseason berths, including a second-round appearance in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, has qualified for 12 NCAA Tournaments and three NIT berths since 1984.

        "Obviously we are disappointed we did not qualify for postseason play" Morgan said. "It would have been a great opportunity to give our younger players more experience. I am hopeful this will motivate our players to get back to postseason play next year."

        Iowa State loses just three players and returns 87.6 percent of its scoring for next year, which includes first-team all-Big 12 selection Curtis Stinson and third-team all-Big 12 pick Will Blalock. Both guards are 1,000-point scorers and rank in ISU's career top-six in assists and steals.


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