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JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The 2012-13 season for the Arkansas State University men's basketball team is officially over as the Red Wolves have elected to not participate in any post-season tournaments.
Arkansas State concluded its season with a 19-12 overall record, which represented the program's most victories since 1997-98 when the Red Wolves compiled a 20-9 overall ledger. A-State also claimed the Sun Belt Conference's (SBC) West Division title for the second time in the last three seasons by registering a first-place 12-8 league divisional mark.
As a result of its successful season, ASU had an opportunity to play in one of two tournaments - the College Insider Tournament or the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
"The consensus was not to play in either of these tournaments," said ASU head coach John Brady. "Our team really had its sights set on playing in either the NCAA or NIT (National Invitational Tournament) Tournament and are disappointed they weren't able to reach their goal.
"Our guys didn't want to continue the season just to play in a game which really had no significance," added Brady.
Arkansas State wrapped up its season by winning eight of its last 12 contests and reached the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season before suffering an eventual season-ending 58-56 loss to Western Kentucky last Sunday (March 10) in Hot Springs, Ark. The game marked the final appearances for seniors Trey Finn, Brandon Peterson, and Marcus Hooten.
"We greatly appreciate the interest in our program and the great fan support wereceived this season," said Brady. "We're excited about our future and are preparing for an even better season in 2013-14."
ASU will get an early start on its 2013-14 season as the Red Wolves will embark on the program's first-ever preseason exhibition tour to Canada and play four games against collegiate competition in Calgary, Alberta.