Great start by Dustin Houge at Iowa State

No one predicted that the Big 12's leading rebounder would be Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue, a lightly heralded junior college transfer.

But Cyclones forward Georges Niang knows not to doubt his remarkable new teammate, saying that Hogue is too determined to be stopped.

So far, no one has been able to stop Hogue or the Cyclones.

Their surprising 8-0 start has been keyed by their most surprising player.

The 6-foot-6 Hogue is the leading rebounder among Big 12 teams with 11.1 a game - nearly two more than anyone else in the league - and he has 12.6 points a game on 60.3 percent shooting.

Hogue is also averaging 17 points and 15.3 rebounds in his past three games, wins over Auburn, Northern Iowa and No. 25 Iowa.