Kevin Jones. The forward continues to impress, whether he serves as a starter or a sixth man off the bench.
On Wednesday night, Jones started. He promptly showed why head coach Bob Huggins has continually bestowed praise upon him, scoring three baskets inside after collecting offensive rebounds in the first four minutes of the contest.
That kind of effort, which helped propel West Virginia to a big early lead it would never come close to relinquishing, has simply become par for the course from Jones.
The sophomore tallied game-highs in both points (16) and rebounds (nine). A staggering seven of those boards came off the offensive glass, helping WVU ultimately win the battle of second-chance points 21-5.
If that wasn't enough, Jones added three steals on the defensive end.
Jones is the classic "effort" player -- a guy who combines unique skills and physical ability with an attitude that says he simply refuses to be denied when it counts. That, in essence, is why Huggins has grown so fond him.
After having it beaten into their collective skulls for the past nine days that they were the Big East Conference's worst team in terms of field goal percentage defense, the Mountaineers showed some of Huggins' trademark toughness on that end of the floor.
Duquesne shot only 31.8 percent from the floor, including an abysmal 2-of-13 effort (15.4 percent) from 3-point range.
The Dukes turned the ball over 24 times (15 in the first half). In the process, WVU held its opposition to the fewest number of points it had given up since a 63-36 win over The Citadel in 2006.
While his statistical line may not have been the most staggering, Pepper made several nice plays in his eight minutes on the floor.
The freshman guard had five points, one rebound and two assists in that span of time.
When Pepper checked in with 5:41 remaining in the first half, WVU had a 29-18 lead. He then proceeded to help key a 13-2 run to close the period, putting any thoughts of an upset to rest by the intermission.
Pepper then proceeded to make his own long-range bomb to extend the lead to 17 points. He added another jumper just over a minute later to lengthen the edge to 21.
It may not have shown up in the box score, but Pepper showed signs that he may be able to grow into a more prominent part of the Mountaineers' rotation as the season goes along.
To hear him tell the tale in postgame interviews, you would have thought WVU had lost by 29 and that it had been the team that had only scored 39 points.
Instead, it was Huggins' squad that had those significant edges. But the coach was anything but pleased and made clear that he didn't feel like the Mountaineers were playing like the No. 6 team in the country.
"You can't put guys in the game that just totally stop your offense," Huggins said. "Our offense comes to a screeching halt when you put (some of) them in the game."
"Honestly, I'm running out of patience with a few of the guys. They've got to get with us, or they can sit over there and cheer like crazy. If they don't do that, then they can stand outside and try to get at ticket to get in."
It's the coach's attitude that leaves little doubt his players will not rest on their laurels despite blowing out an opponent that had played well in stretches earlier this season.