• Key Play: Nino Williams grabbed a rebound and made a put-back layup to spark a K-State run after falling behind by 10.
• Key Stat: K-State made 28.6 percent of its shots in the half.
• Key Play: The Wolverines’ Trey Burke scored a driving layup for the first points of the second half, and Michigan began to pull away.
• Key Stat: Michigan made 54.5 percent of its shots in the second half.
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,” point guard Angel Rodriguez said. “Playing the No. 4 team in the country, we couldn’t get a better opportunity than that one. It didn’t come with the victory, but it’s 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 didn’t 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 Weber’s 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 Henriquez wants to work on this week is becoming comfortable in practice.
“It’s a lot different,” Henriquez said of the motion offense. “There is a lot more screening, a lot more movement. As a big, you’ve got to know where you’re open spot is, where you’re comfortable at, where your guards want to get you the ball. It’s a learning experience.”
• Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. was chosen the tournament’s MVP. … K-State was cold from behind the arc. It made four of 18 three-point attempts. … Weber is still spreading minutes around. The only players to see 30 or more minutes were Will Spradling and Rodney McGruder. … Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat behind K-State’s bench. He attended the game after participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday and was honored at halftime with David Thompson and Christian Laettner as part of the NCAA’s 75th anniversary of the NCAA Tournament.
| Kellis Robinett, email@example.com