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Minutes add up for Kane

MU hoops
Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:03 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It's a wonder Marshall University men's basketball player Dre Kane can even find the Thundering Herd bench because he goes there so infrequently.

Kane rarely leaves a game.

He has played for every minute in eight games this season including all 50 in a Nov. 18 double-overtime loss at Hofstra.

You'll know exactly where to find the all-conference second team selection this week in Tulsa, Okla., during Conference USA men's basketball tournament games at the BOK Center -- between the lines.

"If my coach needs me to stay in the games I can handle that," said Kane, who leads C-USA in average playing time with 37.2 minutes per game. "If my team needs me I'm OK with that."

Start looking for him there Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. when No. 9 seed Marshall (13-18 season, 6-10 conference) clashes with No. 8 seed Tulane (18-13, 6-10) in the first round.

Marshall practiced Monday afternoon in Cam Henderson Center before flying to Tulsa. A public workout is scheduled Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the BOK Center. Tulane's public workout is at 3 p.m.

Kane was a real workhorse last year in Marshall's run to the conference tournament championship game, playing for 165 of a possible 175 minutes in four games. Marshall was the No. 6 seed in 2012 and -- the same as this year -- had to win four games to be the champion.

Here's what Kane logged in that week at FedExForum in Memphis:

Kane played for 38 of 40 minutes in a 74-56 first-round defeat of SMU with 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In a March Madness quarterfinal classic Marshall downed Tulsa, 105-100, in triple-overtime. Kane was in for 54 of the 55 minutes. He had 40 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Marshall moved past Southern Miss in the semifinals, 73-62, with Kane playing for 36 of the 40 minutes. He had 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists and blocked one shot.

Memphis beat Marshall in the finals, 83-57, with Kane staying on the court for 37 of the 40 minutes. His line was 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.

The 6-foot-4 junior guard said he's ready to do it again if necessary.

"I'm OK. I'm in shape," he said. "I just want to provide whatever I can to help my team win the game."

Kane has joined Skip Henderson as the only Marshall players in history ranked in the school's top 15 for points, top 10 for assists and top 10 for steals in a career.

He goes into the postseason 15th in scoring (1,474), ninth in assists (429), 10th in steals (128), tied for 11th in free throws made (331), 16th in field goals made (517), ninth in field goal attempts (1,253) and tied for 16th in 3-point field goals made (109).

The only players in NCAA Division I averaging at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists this season are Kane and UMass guard Chaz Williams.

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