NCAA Men's Basketball

Nowell sets record, K-State into Elite 8

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) Markquis Nowell walked the ball up the floor with the score tied in the final minute of overtime and exchanged animated hand signals with his coach, Jerome Tang.

Standing on the March Madness logo at Madison Square Garden, the 5-foot-8 Kansas State point guard who grew up in Harlem glanced at the basket for a split second and flicked a chest pass into the lane. Keyontae Johnson slipped behind the Michigan State defense, elevated with his back to the basket, grabbed the ball and slammed it down.

It was the signature play of a towering performance by the shortest player on the floor.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama31-5
2 Houston33-3
3 Purdue29-6
4 Kansas28-8
5 Texas28-8
6 Marquette29-7
7 UCLA31-5
8 Arizona28-7
9 Gonzaga30-5
10 UConn27-8
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama31-5
2 Kansas28-8
3 Gonzaga30-5
4 Houston33-3
5 San Diego State29-6
6 Purdue29-6
7 UCLA31-5
8 Duke27-9
9 Texas28-8
10 Florida Atlantic33-3
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