College Basketball Nation: Jamelle Hagins

Numbers To Know: Wednesday recap

November, 29, 2012
Player of the Night – Mason Plumlee
Plumlee scored 21 points and tied a career-high with 17 rebounds as the Duke Blue Devils came back to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes, 73-68. It’s his second 20-17 game of the season. Over the last 15 years, the only other major conference players with multiple 20-17 efforts before the end of November were Michael Beasley and Blake Griffin.

Over the past four seasons, the only other player with a 20-17 game against a top-five opponent was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last season against Louisville. The last Duke player with a 20-17 game against a ranked opponent was Shelden Williams in 2004.

Scorer of the Night – Derrick Marks
Marks poured in a career-high 35 points, including 28 in the second half, as the Boise State Broncos upset the Creighton Bluejays, 83-70. During one stretch, he scored 18 straight points for the Broncos.

Creighton had won 42 straight home games in November, a streak that dated back to 1989. This was Boise State’s first road win over a ranked non-conference foe in school history.

Distributor of the Night – Larry Drew II
The UCLA Bruins needed some good news after a pair of transfers and an upset loss to Cal Poly. Drew helped deliver with 13 assists in an 82-56 win against the Cal State Northridge Matadors.

It’s the most assists in a game by a Bruin since Darren Collison had 15 in 2007. Drew fell three assists shy of Earl Watson’s school record set in 2000.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamelle Hagins
The Delaware Fightin Blue Hens fell short of the Lafayette Leopards, 63-60, but Hagins finished with an eye-popping 18 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks. Over the past 15 seasons, only four other players have reached all three of those totals in a game: Cincinnati’s Kenyon Martin (1999), New Mexico State’s Chris Jackson (2003), Louisiana Tech’s Paul Millsap (2006) and Rider’s Jason Thompson (2008).

Freshman of the Night – Olivier Hanlan
Wednesday’s best performance by a freshman was probably Rasheed Sulaimon’s 17 points for Duke. But Hanlan had a more interesting game.

Hanlan went 15-19 from the line on his way to 22 points, as the Boston College Eagles beat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 73-61. That’s the most free throws for an ACC freshman in at least the past 15 years. The second-youngest power conference team, BC’s top six scorers are freshmen or sophomores.
NEW YORK -- Michigan threw a couple of sloppy inbounds passes at the end, giving Pittsburgh hope. Kansas State couldn’t find a stop, keeping Delaware hanging around.

Early-season tournaments are always a juggling act for teams: the chance to receive a good gauge on where a team is early -- but a chance that comes with the potential for late-game issues that will be less likely to show up as the season progresses.

Neither No. 4 Michigan nor Kansas State played close to its best Wednesday night. In the Wolverines’ case, a week-plus layoff and an elevation in competition led to sloppy play. But for both teams, it was good enough -- barely -- to win.

Michigan beat Pitt 67-62, and Kansas State knocked off Delaware 66-63, a pair of games that were similar in their closeness and their final-minute questions.

“We did just enough to win the game,” Michigan coach John Beilein said.

Just enough was the key at Madison Square Garden. Just enough to advance. Just enough in November could equate to just enough in March, when just enough could separate the continuation of a season from the end of one.

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Joe Camporeale/US PresswireThe length of players like Glenn Robinson III, right, helped Michigan overtake Pitt in the second half.
Michigan reached its just-enough moment by making a switch, going from the mixing of man-to-man defense with a couple of different zones to an old reliable for the Wolverines, the 1-3-1 zone. This 1-3-1, though, looks different from versions played by Beilein’s prior teams.

He has more length up top, with 6-foot-6 Nik Stauskas, and then 6-6 Tim Hardaway Jr. and 6-6 Glenn Robinson III on the wings. The three can form a suffocating trio, which they did to force Pittsburgh into turnovers and to turn a seven-point deficit into a one-point deficit, allowing the Wolverines to climb back into the game.

“Absolutely,” Beilein said. “We began practicing it a little bit ago and we just keep working at it. It has a lot of things to it. It has some merit to look at it in the future, especially the way they played it.

“That length, with our wings at the 3, the 2 and the 4 spot, it has a chance to work.”

It was enough to overcome a 3-of-17 3-point shooting night for the Wolverines, a night that would have doomed them last season. Enough to overcome a night when Michigan turned the ball over more times (nine) than it had assists (eight), with a coaching staff that places high value on ball security.

Like everything else with Kansas State and Michigan, it is definitely a work in progress.

K-State shot less than 40 percent for the second consecutive game, and while it had good presence in the post, only three players -- Shane Southwell, Adrian Diaz and Thomas Gipson -- shot 50 percent or better from the field. The Wildcats struggled with Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins, who had 12 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes.

“We did not play pretty,” KSU coach Bruce Weber said. “I mean, that was pretty obvious. It had been so good for us at home and we had defended so well, made shots and the game came easy.

“Now, it didn’t come quite as easy. We missed a lot of shots, made some mistakes defensively.”

But both teams received the same lesson. For the first time this season, after beating all their previous opponents by at least 19 points, they saw teams of at least somewhat similar caliber. Both teams were pushed -- almost to the brink of their first losses of the season.

Instead, Kansas State and Michigan did just enough to play for a championship Friday.
NEW YORK -- Quick thoughts from Kansas State’s 66-63 victory over Delaware in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Overview: Delaware would just not go away, even when the Blue Hens had every reason to. Their best player, senior forward Jamelle Hagins, missed much of the second half with cramps. The Blue Hens trailed by as much as 11.

Yet Delaware kept responding to every Kansas State shot, and the Colonial Athletic Association school would not make life comfortable for the bigger school from the Big 12. The Blue Hens did this the entire game, even cutting the K-State lead to two points, 60-58, with 1 minute, 20 seconds left.

Each time KSU tried to pull away -- from a 15-5 run in the first half to a mini 5-0 run early in the second half -- Delaware kept retaliating. But the Blue Hens could never take the lead.

Turning point: Kansas State forward Nino Williams made a long 2-pointer from the right wing with 52 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 62-58 lead and forced Delaware to have to foul to extend the game, even when the Blue Hens continually cut the game to one possession.

Key player: When Delaware started to make a run, cutting the Wildcats' lead to three, 58-55, Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez did what crafty point guards do: He made a crucial play. Rodriguez drove the lane and made a spinning layup, giving K-State a 60-55 lead. Rodriguez had 12 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Key stat: 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Those were KSU’s numbers Wednesday, a performance that included four consecutive made free throws in crunch time to extend leads from one possession to two twice during the final minute of the game.

Miscellaneous: Even in a loss, Hagins emerged as a mid-major player to keep an eye on the rest of the season. He had 12 points and 15 rebounds before cramps limited him the rest of the game -- and played well against a big Kansas State frontcourt. ... Delaware guards Devon Saddler and Terrell Rogers stood out not because of their play, but their footwear. Saddler wore pink shoes to go with bright pink socks, while Rogers had pink shoes with white socks.

Up next: Both teams stay in New York after a day off for turkey, stuffing and all the side dishes coming along with Thanksgiving. Kansas State advances to the Preseason NIT championship game Friday against either No. 4 Michigan or Pittsburgh. Delaware will play in the third-place game against the Michigan-Pittsburgh loser, but the Blue Hens will have another chance for a victory against a major-conference program.