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West Virginia makes a statement in blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State


West Virginia continued their surge as one of the most surprising teams in the Big 12 on Monday night as they mollywhopped No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77.

Remi Dibo led the way for the Mountaineers, scoring 20 points and hitting six of West Virginia’s 13 threes, but it was Terry Henderson who got hot in the first half and sparked an early West Virginia run. The ‘Eers used a 14-2 run and jumped out to a 30-16 lead that they would never look back from.

All in all, it was a truly dominating performance for Bob Huggins’ club, one that further vaults them into the NCAA tournament conversation. They may be just 15-10 on the season and 7-5 in the league, but they can now claim wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor and the Cyclones with their only truly bad loss coming at Virginia Tech in the second game of the season.

It’s worth noting that this group certainly does have the talent to make the Big Dance.

While tonight was a bit of a fluke — I’ll get into that in a second, but I think even Bob Huggins would agree with me — the bottom line is that Juwan Staten has a legitimate shot at winning the Big 12 Player of the Year award. A devastatingly quick point guard, he’s second in the conference in scoring and has become as good as anyone in the league at getting into the lane and finding the multitude of shooters that surround him. Throw in Eron Harris and Henderson, and this team can put up points in a hurry.

But, like I said, this performance was a bit of a fluke. West Virginia caught fire early and were tremendous on the defensive end of the floor. They overwhelmed the Cyclones, a team that is notorious for struggling to win games on the road. This was a statement win, one that will generate plenty of attention across the country, but that does not mean West Virginia is good enough to show up and blow out everyone in the conference.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.