TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) For the first time in three years, the College of Southern Idaho Men's Basketball team will miss the NJCAA national tournament. This, after finishing second in the nation last March.
The NJCAA held its Selection Show Monday morning and the announcers named off all 24 available seeds. Some argue there should be 32 teams, especially since the top eight seeds get first round byes and not even No. 16 Snow College who won the Region 18 tournament will go, since they fell to Arizona Western in the district playoff game.
CSI head coach Jared Phay says despite the key wins over ranked teams this season, there were opportunities down the stretch to capitalize and they didn't.
Many of the top ten teams in the country lost their respective region championships which hurt CSI's chances of taking an at-large bid, since CSI was 19th in the country.
Malik Porter, a sophomore forward said, "it's tough we didn't make it, but at the end of the day, we still fought our way but still didn't make it."
Phay explained, "it's a game of inches like other sports, a ball that should have gone in, but didn't." "There are games that we definitely we wished we had back, but that happens. There are also games that we won at the end, but just as easily could have lost. But the bottom line is we didn't win the games that we needed to."
Porter, who has Division I interest, plans to take visits in the upcoming weeks. Both Coreyoun Rushin and Jaxon Edelmayer are freshmen, but academic qualifiers. Phay and the coaching staff hope to court them both to stay on for their sophomore campaigns.