ESPN’s crack research staff (@ESPNStatsInfo) produced an interesting note Tuesday night.
DeAndre Kane became the first college basketball player since 1996-97 to register at least 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals against a Top 10 ranked opponent.
The Cyclone senior’s actual numbers in the 15-point victory over No. 7 Baylor were 30 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals.
Radio analyst Eric Heft began his post-game interview with the soft-spoken Kane by recounting his stat-stuffing performance. Kane pushed away the praise by calling the game a “team” win.
Kane then went onto tout Dustin Hogue’s rebounding, Georges Niang’s late-game bucket making, freshman Monte Morris’ veteran play among a large group of contributors (coaches included) to the victory.
Kane, as you know, transferred to Iowa State this year. He’s said repeatedly that he simply wanted to win. That may seem like a cliché, but there’s truth buried in that statement.
Amazing stat lines like the one he produced vs. Baylor aren’t that unusual for Kane. As a junior at Marshall, he had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Hofstra. He contributed 20 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists vs. East Carolina. Kane also had a 14-point, 11-rebound “double double” in the Tulane game last season.
Marshall lost all three of those games on the way to a 13-19 season.
Kane, who has earned the last two Big 12 Player-of-the-Week awards, had helped his club to a 14-0 start.
I’ll bet he is enjoying the victories more than the stat lines. Actually, they go hand-in-hand.