Jacob Pullen doesn’t like the NIT

Coming into last season, Jacob Pullen compared playing in the NIT to drinking boxed wine.

Following Kansas State’s 74-66 loss to Colorado on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum, the senior guard took his displeasure of the postseason tournament to another level.

“This is my last go-around,” Pullen said. “I’m not going to the NIT. I won’t play basketball in the NIT. I’m saying that now. If we lose, and we have to go to the NIT, I will not play.”

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats (12-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12) are still a few losses away from anyone seriously discussing their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament.

But the last time they started league play 0-2 (during the 2008-09 season) they were one of final teams left out of the Big Dance.

K-State’s current losing streak made Pullen remember that forgettable ending Wednesday night, and he didn’t respond well to the memory.

For good reason, he thinks K-State is destined for bigger and better things in 2011.

With a few improvements, he thinks the Wildcats can still have a successful year.

He can also be an optimist.

“We’ve just got to grow up,” Pullen said. “That’s the biggest thing. The Big 12 is 16 games. We lost our first two. Nothing says we can’t win the rest.”