ISU Faces Another Tough Road Test vs. Mountaineers
AMES, Iowa - No. 16 Iowa State (18-4, 6-4) takes to the road again Monday when it travels to face West Virginia (14-10, 6-5) in a key Big 12 contest. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Where: Morgantown, W.V. - WVU Coliseum (14,000)
When: Monday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Adam Amin (PxP), Bob Valvano (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant director of athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- ISU (18-4, 6-4) faces a tough road test on short turnaround for the second week in a row when it faces West Virginia (14-10, 6-5) Monday.
- Iowa State is one of just two schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI). The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season. ISU is the only school in the nation to score 70+ points in every game.
- Melvin Ejim had one of the best performances in ISU and Big 12 history Saturday against TCU. Ejim scored a Big 12 record 48 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. He shot 20-of-24 from the field, including 2-of-2 behind the arc, and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
- Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 19.6 points per game, up 8.3 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). The senior has posted eight double-doubles and against Oklahoma became just the 11th player in Big 12 history to grab 900 career rebounds.
- Ejim is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts, eight rebounds while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 35 percent behind the arc. In the last three games, Ejim is averaging 30.7 points and 15.7 rebounds.
- DeAndre Kane, who is on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, first in assists, second in steals and 12th in rebounding. He has scored 20+ points in five of 10 Big 12 games.
- Georges Niang has been the Cyclones’ hottest long-range threat since Jan. 18. Since that time, Niang is 16-of-31 from long distance and is averaging 19.2 points per game.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring at 85.0 points per game. The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.7 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.76 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, 2nd in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last three games for the Cyclones. Morris leads the Big 12 with a 4.8 assist/turnover ratio. In conference play, he’s been even better with a 6.6 a/to ratio.
- Head coach Fred Hoiberg won his 80th game as head coach of the Cyclones, just one behind Tim Floyd (81) and four behind Larry Eustachy (84) in their first four years leading the program.
- Iowa State shoots 56.2 percent on 2-point field goals.
Series Notes vs. West Virginia
- The Cyclones and Mountaineers had never met prior to West Virginia joining the Big 12 last season. ISU won both meetings a year ago to hold a 2-0 edge in the all-time series.
- Pittsburgh native DeAndre Kane is expected to have more than 50 friends and family in attendance at tonight’s game. In three career meetings with West Virginia when he played at Marshall, Kane averaged 16.7 points.
- West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is 4-3 all-time against Iowa State: 2-1 at Cincinnati; 2-0 at Kansas State; 0-2 at West Virginia.
- West Virginia’s Juwan Staten played one season at Dayton (2010-11). Iowa State assistant coach Cornell Mann was an assistant coach at Dayton in Staten’s one season there.
Ejim Goes Nuts vs. TCU
- It seemed like it would be a game to remember for Melvin Ejim and that was before he scored 24 of ISU’s final 26 points en route to a Big 12 record 48-point performance against TCU. Ejim hit a school record 20 field goals while matching the top scoring games in Division I this season. Here is a look at the Big 12 records that Ejim rewrote:
Points scored in a game: 48
Points scored in a conference game: 48
Points scored in a half: 33 (2nd)
Points scored in a conference game half: 33 (2nd)
Field Goals made: 20
Field Goals made, Conference Game: 20
Field goals made in a half: 14 (2nd)
Field goals made in a conference half: 14 (2nd)
Combined Points + Rebounds, single game: 64
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