Markquis Nowell Dropping a Dime Show in Sweet 16
How Markquis Nowell goes, the Kansas State Wildcats offense generally goes. And it’s going quite well for Nowell early on in the Sweet 16 against the Michigan State Spartans, so it’s going quite well for the Wildcats overall.
Through just less than 16 minutes of play, back home, Nowell was feeling quite at home, having already dished out seven assists. Two of those on back-to-back possessions were quite electric.
First, Nowell turned a huge block by forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin on one end into a nifty finish on the other when he found forward Keyontae Johnson for a slam, and-one. After that, with his right hand he fired a one-handed pass underneath to Tomlin, who snared and slammed it.
Then, he turned one loose from deep himself and turned away knowing he knocked it down. His electricity was on point.
His 10 assists at halftime served as the most by any player in the NCAA Tournament so far. About his only negative was a behind-the-back pass on target off a steal that didn’t turn into points when a Michigan State player got back and knocked it out of bounds of his intended target.
Kansas State carried a 43-38 lead into the break in an enthralling opening 20 minutes.