Iowa State Hosts West Virginia Wednesday
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (21-5, 9-5) and West Virginia (15-12, 7-7) face off in a midweek Big 12 showdown at Hilton Coliseum Wednesday night. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Big 12 Network.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Feb. 26, 7 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Big 12 Network | Clearances
Talent: Doug Bell (PxP), Bryndon Manzer (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at Cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Patrick Tarbox, assistant director in the athletics communications department, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- ISU (21-5, 9-5) looks to improve on its 6-1 record in February when hosts West Virginia (15-12, 7-7) Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum. ISU has never won seven conference games in a single month. The Cyclones are also looking for their third-straight 10-win conference season, which would be a first in school history.
- Head coach Fred Hoiberg won his 83rd game as head coach of the Cyclones vs. TCU, which leaves him just one win behind Larry Eustachy (84) in their first four years leading the program.
- Iowa State is one of just three schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI, Delaware). 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.
- Ejim (19.6), Kane (17.4) and Niang (17.1) are all averaging 17+ points in conference action. No Big 12 team has ever had three players average 17+ points in league games.
- Ejim is the Big 12’s top scorer at 18.9 points per game, up 7.6 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). 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 34 percent behind the arc.
- Ejim has been named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, joining Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team members in school history. No first-team pick has led the Big 12 in scoring.
- DeAndre Kane has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games. He is 10th in the Big 12 in scoring, 11th in rebounding, second in assists and fourth in steals.
- Georges Niang has scored 17 or more points in nine of the 10 games since Jan. 18. In those 10 games, Niang is averaging 18.8 points and shooting 52.8 percent from the field.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 in scoring (83.6). 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 1.82 assist/turnover ratio (1st in Big 12, T-1st in nation).
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last seven games and is currently on pace to break the NCAA record with a 5.2 assist-turnover ratio. In conference play, his a/to ratio is 6.9.
- ISU has eight wins over the RPI Top-50, more than everyone except Kansas, Arizona and Michigan.
Series Notes vs. West Virginia
- The Cyclones and Mountaineers had never met prior to West Virginia joining the Big 12 last season. The Cyclones lead the all-time series 2-1.
West Virginia won the first meeting with the Cyclones, 102-77, the most lopsided loss of the season for ISU. The Cyclones shot just 36.6 percent from the field in the game, including 4-of-23 from long distance. WVU was 13-of-22 from 3-point range.
- The Cyclones had five guys in double figures, led by Georges Niang’s 17 points. Niang fouled out with 8:08 remaining. Dustin Hogue had 15 points and 10 boards in the loss.
- Pittsburgh native and Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane had 14 points in the meeting. In three career meetings with West Virginia when he played at Marshall, Kane averaged 16.7 points.
- West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is 5-3 all-time against Iowa State: 2-1 at Cincinnati; 2-0 at Kansas State; 1-2 at West Virginia. Fred Hoiberg is 2-1 against the Mountaineers.
- 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.
- Melvin Ejim is on pace to become the winningest player in school history. Ejim, who missed two games earlier this season, has played in 81 career wins, which is second only to Jacy Holloway’s (1994-97) 83 wins as a player.
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