The Stat Line of the Night – 3/24/10 – Rajon Rondo
The Stat Line of the Night – 3/25/10 – Jacob Pullen
Xavier vs. Kansas State was classic March Madness on Thursday night. In fact, it was an instant classic. It was the first double-overtime game in the Sweet 16 in over 10 years, and it didn’t disappoint. Except for Xavier fans.
Jacob Pullen is the K-State player that will go down in March Madness highlight history. Pullen nailed two 3-pointers in the second overtime to lead K-State over Xavier 101-96 in the West Regional semifinals. As Bill Raftery would say, “Onions!”
Pullen was money all night long. He scored 28 points and hit 6 threes in the game, including the two daggers. He also hit on all 4 of his free throw attempts and added 4 boards, 3 assists and a steal. And he almost sealed the deal before either of the overtimes. Pullen made a 3-pointer and two huge free throws at the end of regulation to give the Wildcats two different leads, but Xavier was game enough to overcome those.
The Wildcats will now advance to their first Elite Eight since 1988. If they can beat fifth-seeded Butler on Saturday, K-State will go to their first Final Four since 1964. Jacob Pullen is the biggest reason why, and he has The Stat Line of the Night for 3/25/10.