It didn't take long for Iowa State to get rattled. Even Kane, who is being talked about as a Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, couldn't find his groove. He fumbled a pass from Monte Morris on an alley-oop in the first half, and then shot an airball on a free throw.
The fans booed him relentlessly. They reveled in his 0-for-4 start from the foul line. They chanted "We want Kane!" in the waning moments of the second half, the game completely out of hand.
"I knew it was going to be like that," said Kane, who will turn 25 this summer. "It was like that at Marshall-West Virginia. They're supposed to do that."
Monday's setback is a speed bump on Kane's road to redemption. He was dismissed from Marshall's program last April - a year of collegiate eligibility left and a degree soon in his hand - and looked at his options. He flirted with his hometown school, Pitt, and visited St. Mary's.
He found a home in Ames, Iowa, where he has flourished under coach Fred Hoiberg.
Kane is one of two players in Division I basketball averaging 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. He is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, first in assists and second in steals. That's who he is, no matter the competition. Last season in Conference USA, Kane was 10th in the league in scoring, second in assists and third in steals.
"I'm so thankful for his time at Marshall," Kane's mother, Carol Robinson, said from her seat behind the bench Monday night. "I have no regrets about anything. Coach Tom Herrion, everybody, they did a great job with DeAndre at Marshall. They made him a bigger and better person."
On this night, he just didn't play for the better team.
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