Fridays box score
Michigan 71, K-State 57
Percentages: FG .367, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Rodriguez 2-4, McGruder 1-3, Spradling 1-6, Lawrence 0-1, Irving 0-2, Southwell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (Henriquez 3, Irving). Turnovers: 6 (Rodriguez 2, Lawrence, Gipson, McGruder, Spradling). Steals: 5 (Johnson 2, Rodriguez, McGruder, Southwell). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .518, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Stauskas 2-3, Albrecht 1-1, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Burke 0-2, Robinson III 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Hardaway Jr., Burke, McGary, Robinson III, Bielfeldt). Turnovers: 9 (Burke 5, Hardaway Jr. 2, McGary, Bielfeldt). Steals: 2 (Robinson III, Hardaway Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.7,198. OfficialsJohn Cahill, Michael Stephens, Roger Ayers.
Despite a lopsided loss, K-State players said they enjoyed playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off and thought they could learn from the trip.
It was a great experience, Angel Rodriguez said. Playing the No. 4 team in the country, we couldnt get a better opportunity than that one. It didnt come with the victory but its a long season and we have got to continue to get better.
Added starting forward Nino Williams: We learned from it. It was our first road test. We won a game. The second one didnt go so good, but we will learn from it and get better.
Though senior forward Jordan Henriquez seems to be struggling as much as anyone in Bruce Webers offense, he remains confident good games are ahead.
They want us to buy in and we need to buy in, Henriquez said. Our offense is going to come.
The biggest thing he wants to work on this week is becoming comfortable in practice.
Its a lot different, Henriquez said of the motion offense. There is a lot more screening, a lot more movement. As a big, youve got to know where youre open spot is, where youre comfortable at, where your guards want to get you the ball. Its a learning experience.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was chosen the tournaments MVP. K-State was cold from behind the arc. It made 4 of 18 three-point attempts. Weber is still spreading minutes around. The only players to see 30 or more minutes were Will Spradling and Angel Rodriguez. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat behind K-States bench. He attended the game after participating in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday and was honored at halftime with David Thompson and Christian Laettner.