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The Big 12 has had its share of first-round upset losses. Here is a look at those teams

UC Irvine guard Evan Leonard, left, shoots against Kansas State guard Mike McGuirl during the first half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
UC Irvine guard Evan Leonard, left, shoots against Kansas State guard Mike McGuirl during the first half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) AP

The thing about getting bounced from the tournament by a double-digit seed in the first round is you had to have had a very good season in the first place.

Kansas State did. The Wildcats shared the Big 12 championship with Texas Tech, the second time in seven years under coach Bruce Weber that K-State hoisted a league trophy.

But Friday’s first-round loss to UC Irvine 70-64 also was the second by Kansas State to a No. 13 seed in the Weber. The first also occurred after a Big 12 title, in 2013 to La Salle.

The Wildcats joined the list of Big 12 teams that fell to a No. 12 seed or higher in the first round since the league’s inaugural season of 1996-97. Here’s the list nobody in Big 12 country wants to join:

2001 Hampton (15 seed) 58, Iowa State (2) 57

2005 Bucknell (14) 64, Kansas (3) 63

2006 Bradley (13) 77, Kansas (4) 73

2012 Norfolk State (15) 86, Missouri (2) 84

2013 La Salle (13) 63, Kansas State (4) 61

2012 Oregon (12) 68, Oklahoma State (5) 65

2014 North Dakota State (12) 80, Oklahoma (5) 75, OT

2015 Alabama-Birmingham (14) 60, Iowa State (3) 59

2015 Georgia State (14) 57, Baylor (3) 56

2016 Yale (12) 79, Baylor (5) 75

2016 Stephen F. Austin (14) 70, West Virginia (3) 56

2019 UC Irvine (13) 80, Kansas State (4) 74

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