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Kansas Jayhawks Softball not selected for NCAA Tournament

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Upon first glance it looks like a snub, but after digging a little deeper, KU simply didn't win the games they needed to in order to receive an invitation.

Four of the seven Big 12 teams made the NCAA Tournament this year, but perhaps surprisingly, Kansas was not one of them.

Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, and fifth-place finisher Oklahoma State were all selected for the Tournament (OU was the auto bid), but fourth-place Kansas got the cold shoulder.  The Jayhawks (31-20, 8-9) finished 2.5 games ahead of Oklahoma State (29-24, 6-11) in the Big 12 standings, but dropping a two-game set to OSU late in the season must have had a significant amount of influence on the selection committee.

In addition, Oklahoma State played a much more difficult non-conference schedule than the Jayhawks did.  By my count, Oklahoma State had 18 non-conference games against teams that made this year's NCAA Softball Tournament, going 9-9 in those matchups.  Kansas played six such non-conference games, going 0-6.  (My numbers could be a game or two off.)

Despite winning a game against Big 12 Champ and overall #3 seed Oklahoma, KU just didn't win enough games overall against quality opponents to garner an invitation.

It's a disappointing end to the season for the Jayhawks, especially for the seniors on the team who were looking to lead KU to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament.

We'll wrap up the 2016 KU softball season later this week on RCT.