On the road in college basketball, rankings can virtually be thrown out the window, and the West Virginia Mountaineers emphasized that theory with a vengeance on Monday night.
The unranked Mountaineers utterly blitzed 11th-ranked Iowa State in Morgantown, as they broke the century mark in route to a 102-77 victory. Coming into the game, West Virginia was a small underdog despite playing in their home building, but they shot the lights out from beginning to end.
In total, WVU shot 54% and a blistering 13-for-22 (59%) from beyond the 3-point arc, and four members of their starting five scored 16 points or more. Amazingly, they were able to extend the final margin to 25 points despite being soundly outrebounded (44-34), and their shooting display was simply too much for anyone playing on the road.
As for Iowa State, Melvin Ejim fell flat with a 1-for-6 shooting night for the Cyclones, and it came just two days after his 48-point, 18-rebound explosion over TCU. ISU did manage to put five scorers in double-figures, but they simply couldn’t get any timely stops, and it showed on the final scoreboard.
At 15-10 overall and 7-5 in Big 12 play, the Mountaineers are very much alive on the ever-evolving “bubble”, and this is a huge win to add to their resume.