MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The loss at No. 8 Kansas on Saturday was just soaking in for Bob Huggins when he received word a player his team was to face 48 hours later—Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim—had just scored 48 points.

“Good, maybe he got them all out of the way,” Huggins joked.

The Toronto-born Ejim established a single-game Big 12 scoring record as No. 16 Iowa State downed TCU 84-69 in Ames. Aided by six dunks, he made 20-of-24 shots and went 6-of-6 at the foul line in a historic afternoon of basketball.

“For a guy like Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin—and all the great players that have gone through this league—Melvin Ejim’s name is at the top for points,” beamed Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg.

At only 6-foot-6, Ejim won the league rebounding title last season yet hasn’t been mentioned in player of the year conversations until Saturday. After he grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 33 second-half points—which would have been a career-high in itself—Ejim certainly surfaced as a contender.

“It was the best game and most fun game of my life,” he said.

What kind of follow-up performance Ejim produces could be crucial to West Virginia’s hopes of beating ISU for the first time in Big 12 play. The Cyclones swept last year’s meetings 69-67 in Ames and 83-74 in Morgantown.

“We need to come out Monday ready to play,” said Huggins, who wasn’t crazy about the two-day turnaround cutting into both teams’ preparation time. More to his liking is the fact West Virginia figures to face five top-50 RPI teams during the next 27 days.

“We’ve got all kinds of opportunities to get some great wins,” he said.

SCOUTING IOWA STATE

Tipoff: Monday, 7 p.m. in Morgantown (ESPNU)

Records: The Cyclones (18-4, 6-4) went undefeated in nonleague play—highlighted by RPI-top 50 wins over Michigan, Iowa and BYU—but then lost three consecutive games early on in Big 12 action. They have won three straight heading into Monday night.  … The Mountaineers (14-10, 6-5) had a three-game win streak severed at Kansas on Saturday, losing 83-69.

RPIs: Iowa State is No. 8 and WVU is No. 72.

Coach: Fred Hoiberg stands 80-43 in his fourth season at Iowa State, where his alma mater is bound for a third straight NCAA tournament berth. He has done it with a conglomerate of transfers, including several players who encountered various degrees of trouble at their previous schools. But Hoiberg is viewed as a terrific communicator who gives his players freedom on the court even as he affords them a second chance off of it.

Iowa State’s top players: Ejim rightfully grabs the headlines this week, but former Marshall standout DeAndre Kane is a physical 6-foot-4 point guard who has blended in seamlessly as a one-and-done transfer. He’s averaging 16 points, 6.5 rebounds and a conference-leading 6.1 assists. He handed out 10 assists against TCU and has 28 in his last three games. … Georges Niang (16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds) is a savvy low-post player who hit the game-winning layup to beat WVU in Ames last year. His sophomore season has revealed steady progress though he has fouled out a league-worst five times.

WVU roster notes: Juwan Staten ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (18.3) after a 22-point effort at Kansas. He slipped to second in assists (5.88) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.71). … Eron Harris (17.5 points per game) can only hope he plays like he did in WVU’s last home game—a 28-point performance vs. Oklahoma. He has made 26 consecutive free throws dating back to the first half of the Jan. 18 game at Kansas State. … Terry Henderson’s home/road splits for Big 12 play—8.1 points and 15-of-50 shooting on the road, 19 points and 33-of-65 at home.

Line: Iowa State favored by 2.

Prediction: West Virginia 80-77

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Comments

  • PhotoBoothe

    Well Allan was correct in the 77 pts for ISU part of his prediction...!

  • Mister Man

    Aight den.

  • The Wisetalker

    I wish all you ignorant morons would get off the Marshall Troll stuff...

    For the record I could care less about Marshall and get sick hearing about them. As far as I know they have a Basketball team but that is about it.

    The worst offender of the Marshall troll thing is "Steve" who goes by many alias's...

    Steve is also stevewvu, shawn and & GoEers...and it is always the same grade school type WVU rhetoric.

    Just ignore this immature little boy...On most days he forgets to take his meds and it is even worse if WVU wins.

    He will never go away because this is all he has...but just ignore him.

    It is what it is...

    • Steve

      Hi Larry Jefferds you jealous Marshall troll. What a no good Marshall loser you are!!

    • Steve

      Her wise talker I go Steve and Steve only. Don't get mad because others have called you out for the jealous Marshall troll that you are.

      Here is a post from someone who knows exactly who you are:

      From keatonsCorner:

      But in Wisetalker's case, he IS a troll.

      His name is Larry Jeffords, of Huntington, WV. A Huntington HS grad, and apparent former/current preacher.........He uses the aliases Larry, Lawrence, Thomas, Tomas, Lawrence Tomas, Wisetalker, and many more because he is a cowardly old man..... not very Christian of you, Larry Jeffords.

      He's been chased off every WVU message board and now this is where he sits.

  • mad hatter

    i just don't get it,,, we talk as if traveling is a huge negative... well folks, we now have trains ,cars, and you got it,,airplanes...
    yes , airplanes....
    now the kids from iowa state did not have to ride a wagon train out here, and they certainly didn't walk,, well maybe from the bus from the airport to their hotel room..
    these kids are not 75 yrs. old, they are 18-22 and absolutely full of like and adrenalin.
    if they traveled everyday, with no sleep for 5 days, i think there would be a problem,, other than that, they're young bucks full of life

    • Aaron

      And here 2 days ago you were claiming travel was an issue and WVU players had no legs. Why the 180 Average Hatter?

      • mad hatter

        shawn, this is above you, but go get your websters and look up sarcasm.

        • Aaron

          That's a mighty big word Average . In what 5th grade year did you learn that?

          • mad hatter

            since you're a one eyed mutant hill billy who sleeps with his mom in the basement who is mentally chall. ,i don't think i need to waste time trying to explain to you what the abc's are.

          • Aaron

            What's the matter Average? Does the blowout have you crying that much.

  • John

    Iowa State is not loaded up with bigs and they are coming off a high. They are traveling and they too have a quick turnaround game on the road. I like our chances to win this one. All the talk about us having to play just 2 days after Kansas and Iowa State has to do the same thing and they are traveling to this one. We match up quite well with these guys. We can play with anyone who doesn't have some really big guys under the basket. We are going to get our first top 10 win tonight.

    • Barry

      I agree. I think that our guards can play with anyone.

    • mad hatter

      what's a bigs,,, is that our shoe sizes???

  • Steve

    Wish all of these Marshall trolls would go away. I got need for you guys, Dre Kane doesn't at for you anymore. He left that pathetic school to play real basketball in a real conference.

    Stop being so green with envy!

    • mad hatter

      "i got need for you guys, Dre Kane doesn't at for you anymore." ,,,, well put

      • Steve

        I meant to say I got news for Marshall trolls like you mad hatter...Dre Kane doesn't play for you Marshall fans anymore.

        Btw thanks for taking the bait. You really are a Marshall troll hahaha!!!

        • mad hatter

          with you sentence structuring , it is quite apparent you are ,in fact, a marsha fan.. go back to fat city where the rest of the scum lives.

  • Steve

    Another big time game against another top 10 rpi team on the big stage.

    Let's Go Mountaineers!

  • Aaron

    I believe the key for Iowa State will be Kane, who has a history of playing decent against the Mountaineers.

    • mad hatter

      well said shawn

      • Aaron

        Thank you Average

        • mad hatter

          yes , below average

          • Aaron

            Weren't you the one who said Iowa State would win.

            I was being generous Average

  • bill wagner

    I believe THIS is THE make or break game for West Virginia. My reasoning is simple: they played Kansas tough till the last 3 and a half minutes when WVU went cold and Kansas hit everything. Now tonight is a quick turnaround which they have done before but early in the season they were getting acclimated to the competition and the demand on them to perform where as now they have been playing much better as a group. So I am anxious to see tonight's game and will the improvement continue. My prediction is that we will win a close game. No surprise here!

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Put Henderson on Ejim; he will cool his jets.
    I predict also that Noreen must have a good defensive game. Let's face it that is his forte.
    Huggins will find their weak points, which is not shooting, and the student section just might pull us through tonight.

  • mad hatter

    we're in this position for one reason, bob huggins.
    after we went to the final four, bob huggins took two yrs off...in two yrs. 2010-11 3 of 12 recruits stayed with the program,,, who's in charge of recruiting??? bobby.
    now we're paying the price,,, be realistic sports fans, bob put us here and now we proclaim him a hof coach cause we're 14-10.
    how have we fallen so low as to accept mediocrity and be happy with a .500 season and an nit bid.. our 10,000$ a day coach is making a laughing stock of wvu... live with it,, it seems most of you have now accepted it.

    • Aaron

      Why are those recruits not here?

      • Barry

        Aaron,

        Why do you think they are not here?

        • GoEers

          Does it matter why they are or aren't? Why look back to one bad year instead of looking forward to a great season with a group of guys that are all coming back. Every coach and I mean every coach in the country has a bad year, and a year or two where recruits just don't work out. It happens all the time. Players get kicked off of teams or transfer.

          Coach Huggins likes to point out that he doesn't look in the rear view mirror, he only looks ahead,

          If you want to focus on last season, then go build a time machine and set it for February 2013. It looks like all the players and real WVU fans are looking forward to the rest of this season and the years to come.

          It's a Great Day to be a Mountaineer Wherever you may be!

          • Barry

            I agree we should look ahead.

            I am just curious why things fell apart, and I don't want to see it happen again.

            The past is the key to the future

        • Aaron

          I don't have to think, I know why most are not there.

          The thing is, of the 7 who are no longer in Motown, three of them were 4-Star recruits.

          That contradicts average hatters claim that Coach Huggins cannot recruit.

      • mad hatter

        shawn, it's mainly because of who recruited.. but i'm sure you won't believe that,,, just keep on drinking the kool aid...

        • Aaron

          http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2012-08-27/david-nyarsuk-cincinnati-eligible

          Just one example of the kids recruited but to be fair, the question was rhetorical as I never expected an intelligent response.

        • Steve

          Why are you so obsessed over and jealous of coach Huggins? Do you hate the fact that WVU is doing way better than what you predicted, so now instead of ripping on the team you find something ridiculous to rip coach Huggins on?

          Mad hatter you are the definition of a loser.

          • mad hatter

            i said 14 wins,, that's one better than last yr,,, that's a huge improvement,, let's give that daddyo a raise,, o
            wait,, he makes nearly 10,000 a day, yes A DAY.. SOME OF THE PEOPLE , IN FACT LOTS, DON'T MAKE THAT A YR...ISN'T THIS SAD TO YOU

          • Aaron

            It seems you're jealous of Coach Huggins success Average. Why is that? Would you like home more were he like you?

            Average!

          • Aaron

            And I can't help but not Average that you failed to comment on David Nyrusak.

            Why, are you jealous of his success as well?

          • GoEers

            Hey Aaron I can tell that mad hater is getting really mad when he starts using all caps! This guy is hilarious! I've never seen someone have so much jealousy and hatred for a coach and an athletic program. I guess mad hater is the perfect illustration of how bad things are at his favorite school marshall.

          • Aaron

            Didn't you say Iowa State would win Average? It wasn't even a game.

    • GoEers

      Yes Mad hater WVU is in a position to finish in the top 3/4 of the nation's toughest conference and possibly make the NCAA tourney for the 6th time in 7 years. Most of those trips saw WVU make it to at least the Sweet 16 and even one Final Four...which was WVU's first since the Jerry West days. So I agree with you mad hater WVU is in this position because of Coach Huggins!

      Thank you Coach Huggins and good luck tonight!

      • mad hatter

        let me go on record right now, we will struggle to win 2 more games, maybe one in the tourney , no ncaa and depending on how desperate the nit is, possibly no post season..
        now everyone get on their bandstands and tell me huggins is a hof coach and he fixed it after the broke it,,, but he single handedly and dragged our team into the mud and we remain, there,
        now if we win the big 12, i will be the first to eat tons of crow,, don' t think that will happen, but we can only hope.

        • Aaron

          Our team? What position do you hold with WVU Average? I'm sure your hall monitor vest from your 3rd year of 5th grade still fits but wearing it at the crosswalk at the Mountainlair doesn't make you a WVU employee.

        • GoEers

          so mad hatter if wvu doesn't win the big 12 it won't be a successful season? That means there are 9 teams that in the no. 1 rpi conference that won't have successful season and about 320 teams in college basketball that won't have a successful season. You have made dire predictions about WVU's basketball team all season including your post that Dibo and Adrian would be ran off by coach huggins. As first year players, they seem to be doing fine and are buying in.

          You are truly an idiot! Only reason I keep responding to your posts is because I get enjoyment of reading your new predictions now that all your other predictions turned out to be false.

          Best now for you to run along and check up on that fine basketball program over at Marshall.

          LOL

        • Aaron

          BAAAAAAAAAAAAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAA

          Could you be any more wrong Average?

  • jay zoom

    after tonight Huggins will still be crying what do I have to do. staten and harris is all I have. except when one player comes out of the blue. Big 12 contender Doubt it. not this year or a few years to come. THANKS OLLIE

    • Whatamaroon

      Marshall troll

      • JimJim

        We all can't be Marshall troll's can we. Maybe we tell the truth.

        • The Wisetalker

          Anyone who doesn't kiss up to WVU is a Marshall Troll....

          Any hint of negativity toward WVU...
          You're a Marshall Troll

          Anyone who doesn't predict a WVU victory is a Marshall Troll

          Anyone who is not a WVU graduate is a Marshall Troll

          Anyone who...

          • OKANYDAY

            JimJim and The Wisetalker ......nice post and I agree with you 100%. Anything negative about our WVU on these blogs, and we're automatically labeled a Marshall Troll. The truth will set you free, and I would rather tell the truth, then to constantly be "sugar coating" everything on here and making up a bunch of crap that has no basis whatsoever. I love WVU, but I will not be a yes man. I think Bobby Huggins is the most disgusting looking coach in his attire, of any in Division I coach. I care less what some of the posters on here claim as Huggins being a HOF coach: he looks like trash wearing that tent over his gut. There are many HOF coaches out there who represent their schools in a quality manner: ie. Tom Isso, Coach K, Roy Williams, Steve Fisher, Bill Self, Jim Beiheim, Tubby Smith and I could go on and on. This poster, "Eers" made a comment that I said WVU would not win more than 13 games; I never said that, and Eers needs to back of his accusation with facts. I respect WVU's basketball team and players highly; however they need to make their statement on the playing floor, and not worry about what competitors MAYBE saying about them. It shows a position of inferiority when a WVU player makes a comment of this type; and WVU is not inferior to no one.
            We are what we really are, and it doesn't matter what others say.
            Gooooo Mountaineers !

          • Aaron

            There is a difference between being a yes man and in much of the posting that goes on by those who dislike Coach Huggins.

            I'm curious, do you know why Coach Huggins wears the attire he does?

          • OKANYDAY

            Aaron....Huggins is probably trying to emulate Bobby Knight, who wore a neat sweater, I don't know. Further, I don't dislike Huggins as a person; I dislike his regard and overall poor attitude for his position as the highest paid person in the State of West Virginia, who imposes his way upon the fans of WVU.

          • Aaron

            Do you not recall him wearing suits, including the all Gold one against Cincinnati?

            Personally, I don't see how wearing a pullover that cost well over $100.00 with khaki pants reflects bad on the state.

            As to his weight, as someone who's struggled with mine all my life, I can emphasize with him and believe your comments were out of line.

          • Steve

            Hey big Larry aka Lawrence Tomas you are an admitted Marshall fan...therefore you are a troll!!!

            The biggest one of them all!!!

          • Steve

            Wise talker aka big Larry you are an admitted Marshall fan. You can change your screen name, but you can't change the fact that you are a no good Marshall troll. Sorry that your favorite team has the worst record in the worst conference in college basketball.

          • GoEers

            Hey wiseloser let me finish your last sentence for you:

            Anyone who is a marshall fan yet reads and comments on every article about WVU is a troll.

            I'll add one more for you:

            Anyone who changes their screen name yet still posts the same stupid jealous rhetoric is a troll.

          • KeatonsCorner

            But in Wisetalker's case, he IS a troll.

            His name is Larry Jeffords, of Huntington, WV. A Huntington HS grad, and apparent former/current preacher.........He uses the aliases Larry, Lawrence, Thomas, Tomas, Lawrence Tomas, Wisetalker, and many more because he is a cowardly old man..... not very Christian of you, Larry Jeffords.

            He's been chased off every WVU message board and now this is where he sits.

          • KeatonsCorner

            And here is evidence that OKANYDAY is VT punk....

            http://hamptonroads.com/user/458831/comments


            I win.

          • The Wisetalker

            I wish all you stupid ignorant morons would get off the Marshall Troll stuff...

            For the record I could care less about Marshall and get sick hearing about them. As far as I know they have a Basketball team but that is about it.

            The worst offender of the Marshall troll thing is "Steve" who goes by many alias's...

            Steve is also stevewvu, shawn and & GoEers...and it is always the same grade school type WVU rhetoric.

            Just ignore this immature little boy...On most days he forgets to take his meds and it is even worse if WVU wins.

            He will never go away because this is all he has...but just ignore him.

            It is what it is...

          • Miste Man

            Absolutely true.

          • GoEers

            Oh my God! thank you for that info. Keaton's corner.

            Larry Jeffords you no good SOB! get you ass outta here now!

            And same for you okanyday you no good vt troll!!

          • Steve

            Hey wise talker I mean Lawrence Tomas I mean Larry jeffords which fact is it that make you a jealous Marshall troll:

            --the fact that Marshall has never beaten WVU in football

            --the fact that Marshall hasn't played in an NCAA tourney in 26 years

            --or the fact that Marshall is stuck in the worst conference in all of college sports while WVU is on the big 12 along with Texas and Oklahoma

          • Steve

            Is this true Okanyday that you are a Virginia tech troll and post on that Hampton roads website?

            There is only one thing worse than a Marshall troll and that's a Marshall/tv troll.

            Very nice piece of work on that Keaton.

        • Mister Man

          You're doing a great job as a Marshall troll.

      • RJ

        Maybe Whatmaroon is a Virginia Tech Troll in disguise since maroon is one their colors!! HA!

      • mad hatter

        pitt troll