Collins was perhaps even more valuable on the defensive end, manning the bottom of West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone against big bodies such as Craig Smith and Nate Doornekamp. The 5-10 junior took several charges, battled in the post and came up with three steals to help the Mountaineers forge a 29-29 first half tie.
Collins also displayed his toughness after getting hit with a blindside screen from Doornekamp in the open floor. The shot, which caught him in the ribs and shoulder, knocked him to the floor for a few sconds, but he was able to get up and go the bench under his own power.
Collins continues to fight through knee, ankle and foot problems to be one of WVU's most valuable defenders as well as the sparkplug for the halfcourt offense.