Iowa State's Melvin Ejim can claim all the National Player of the Week honors, but here's how you know he's really made it:
He has outscored Grinnell's Jack Taylor over their last three games.
Ejim, of course, got introduced to the nation Saturday after he scored a Big 12-record 48 points in Iowa State's 84-69 win over TCU. It got a lot of run, deservedly, on ESPN's SportsCenter.
But that was 90 points short of what Taylor scored in a game last season for Grinnell. His 138 points in a game introduced him to the nation and then some.
Well, a look at the last three games of Iowa State and Grinnell -- all wins for those two teams -- reveals this:
Ejim: 92 points. Taylor: 91 points.
Ejim scored 22 points against both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State before his explosion Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
In his last three games, Taylor notched 22 points at Lake Forest, 40 at Knox, and 29 at home against Beloit.
Ejim was 32-of-54 from the field in that stretch, 6-of-12 from 3-point distance. Taylor was 23-of-53 from the field, 19-of-45 from 3-point.
Ejim played 114 minutes over those three games. Taylor played 59.
Over the season, though, Mel isn't catching Jack. Taylor averages 32.1 points per game. Entering the Cyclones' game at West Virginia Monday night, Ejim was at 19.8.
Iowa State's offense plays quickly. But it's not Grinnell. Both programs are fine with that.