His 8.4 assists per game already lead the league by a good margin, and his 18-point average is tied for fifth.
Kane will try to keep all that up and help the Herd overcome two close losses on a row at 7 p.m. Saturday, when Nevada comes to Cam Henderson Center. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.
The role of Kane and Martin picked up when the NCAA ruled Kareem Canty ineligible as a freshman, so that arrangement is not going away. Kane isn't flinching, and neither are his teammates.
"I was really surprised he was able to pick that up like that," said forward Dennis Tinnon. "Coming off of being a 'two' guard, a straight scorer, being able to lock down the [opposing] point guard and being able to contribute with a lot of assists and everything like that.
"I think it's a good look for Dre. It helps us spread the floor out a lot. Dre can be at the top and be able to create his own plays and make sure somebody else is open."
Those 50 minutes Sunday pushed Kane's average to 38 per game, which begs the question: Can he play that much all season? He did play 34 a year ago, ninth among C-USA players, but still ...
"You've got to be conscious of that, as a coach," Herrion said. "You've got to manage it on preparation week, as well, not just on game night. Which we will, we've done a good job. I didn't expect him to play all 50 the other day - we like to get him some breaks during the game.
"He's a valuable cog like other guys, and a lot of guys are putting some minutes up. We've also been in foul trouble, too."
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