With the score tied at 83 and the clock running out, Iowa State point guard DeAndre Kane drove to the basket and finished a contested layup to give the Cyclones an 85-83 victory over North Carolina. After Kane’s impressive day, he’s been named NetScouts Basketball’s NCAA Tournament Player of the Day for games on Sunday, March 23rd.
Kane had a stat-stuffing performance against the Tar Heels with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. The game-winner was the icing on the cake for Kane’s phenomenal day.
“He’s been our Mariano Rivera,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said of Kane in an article by the Associated Press. “He’s been our closer all throughout the season.”
After transferring from Marshall, the 6-foot-4, 200 pounder averaged 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game in his senior season. He creates mismatches against smaller defenders while he’s also shooting the three at a 40 percent clip.
The drawback to Kane’s draft stock comes in his 24-year-old age. With the amount of young prospects oozing with upside, Kane may not be as intriguing of a prospect. He can also be reckless, shown in his seven turnovers. Kane could earn a late draft selection because of his build and intangibles.
Iowa State lost Georges Niang for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, meaning that Kane and other Cyclones will need to step up to make a run at the Final Four. If Kane continues his heroics, Iowa State could make the improbable streak.
Sunday Game Notes
–Stanford started the day with a 60-57 upset over Kansas. After a poor performance in the previous round, Dwight Powell scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Stanford. Chasson Randle played well with 13 points and six steals but was sometimes reckless as he committed seven turnovers. Andrew Wiggins, a possible number one overall pick in this year’s draft, struggled with only four points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3FG) and four rebounds. Tarik Black ended his career with 18 points while freshman Conner Frankamp played well with 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-7 3FG).
-In the most anticipated matchup of the Round of 32, Wichita State and Kentucky lived up to the hype as the Wildcats topped the previously undefeated Shockers, 78-76. The Harrison twins played well for Kentucky, combining for 39 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Julius Randle was a force inside with 13 points, ten rebounds, and six assists while James Young had 13 points, eight rebounds, and some clutch shots down the stretch. For Wichita State, Cleanthony Early was phenomenal with 31 points (12-17 FG, 4-6 3FG) and seven rebounds. The 6-foot-8 senior forward has played his way into a possible first round selection. Sophomore guard Ron Baker had 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3FG), five rebounds, and two assists.
–Josh Richardson scored a career-high 26 points to lead Tennessee past Mercer in an 83-63 win. Jarnell Stokes dominated down low with 17 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists.
–UCLA ended Stephen F. Austin’s 29-game winning streak, cruising to a 77-60 win. Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 19 points (8-12 FG, 1-4 3FG) while Norman Powell added 16 (6-9 FG, 0-1 3FG). Kyle Anderson continues to be a stat-stuffing mismatch with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Sophomore guard Thomas Walkup led Stephen F. Austin with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
-All five Baylor starters scored in double-figures as the Bears had no problem with Creighton, winning 85-55. Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each had 17 points in the win. In Doug McDermott’s final game, he finished with 15 points without a made three-pointer.
–Virginia continued the blowouts with a 78-60 win over Memphis. Joe Harris led Virginia with 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3FG) while freshman point guard London Perrantes continued his steady play with eight points, two assists, and no turnovers in a team-high 33 minutes. He’ll be a key player for Virginia moving forward.
–Arizona was dominant in an 84-61 win against Gonzaga. Freshman Aaron Gordon finished with a well-rounded 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had an additional 18 points to go with five rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Nick Johnson added 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and three steals. Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1 center Przemek Karnowski had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Kevin Pangos contributed 12 points and three rebounds.
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