Of course, this is the fourth time this season West Virginia has had a day or less between games, so the Mountaineers should be figuring it out. In those second games they are 2-2, but that record probably has as much to do with the opposition (losses to ranked teams Wisconsin and Texas and wins over Presbyterian and Texas Tech) as recovery time.
And as coaches are fond of saying, these are for the most part 18- to 22-year-olds who play year round and shouldn't be bothered by having only a day between games. Plus, West Virginia's players seem to have learned from their past quick turnarounds how to handle them.
"It's just something you get used to,'' said Staten, who had 22 points at Kansas and is second in the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game (Harris is fourth at 17.5). "The last time we kind of fell apart, but I think we learned from that.''
The last time was when WVU lost at home to Oklahoma State on a Saturday and then came out flat in a Monday loss to Texas.
This would seem to be a similar challenge because Iowa State - like Texas was becoming at the time - is one of the best teams in what is, at least statistically, the best conference in the country. The Cyclones opened the season 14-0 before stumbling a bit against a brutal schedule, losing four of five in a stretch that included two games against Kansas, as well as Texas and Oklahoma.
Since then Iowa State has won three straight, including a three-overtime win last Monday night at Oklahoma State and then Saturday's 84-69 win against TCU. That TCU win was notable in that 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior forward Melvin Ejim set a Big 12 record with 48 points, making 20 of 24 shots and six dunks.
Ejim leads the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 19.8 points, but Georges Niang (16.0) and Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane (16.0) are also among the top 10 scorers in the league.
Iowa State is also the top-scoring team in the Big 12, leads in 3-pointers made and attempted and in assist-to-turnover ratio. Iowa State also leads the nation in assists.
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