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Huggs and the men have been camping out in Cinci since leaving Louisville and, as expected, the Queen City's focus is on him returning once again. As far as the team itself, bench depth is obviously an ongoing concern on this road swing. Aside from the basketball news, there's more recruiting news to peruse inside, as well as your weekend Big East basketball viewing guide.
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What You May Have Missed:
WVU women to face toughest test yet vs. No. 12 DePaul - Daily Athenaeum
Injured Ali likely won’t practice for rest of season
NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
Still receiving votes here
College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn - SI.com
...but not here
Players give back - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Dozen WVU gridders attend 15th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner
News of Note:
Huggins coaches up WVU men - Times West Virginian
'Secret weapon?' - Charleston Gazette
Mazzulla's scoring is silver lining of tough loss to Louisville
Cam Thoroughman Feature - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer Jammin' feature on senior forward Cam Thoroughman.
Louisville 55, West Virginia 54 - Card Chronicle
I still can't figure out why these guys don't use a "jump" divider on their stories to lessen the clutter on their front page...EVER
LaQuentin Smith, Roderick Ryles liked Pitt, off to West Virginia this weekend - Orlando Sentinel
This is just a story on their visits, don't jump the gun just yet
St. Edward offensive lineman Brandon Jackson selects West Virginia - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Same article from the recruiting post yesterday
Around the League (and Beyond):
Nebraska Cornhuskers end licensing deal with Taylor Martinez's father - ESPN
How was this not an NCAA violation?
What's On Tap:
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
8:00 Saturday night from 17/32 Arena on the BE Network (includes FSN Pitt, MASN, SNY and others) and ESPN3
(8) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (17) DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
4:00 Sunday from McGrath Arena on ESPNU
(19) Louisville Cardinals vs. (5) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Gampel Pavilion on MASN, SNY and ESPN3
(20) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (7) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Pavilion on ESPN
(10) Syracuse Orange vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
3:00 Saturday from the Brad on ESPNU
(2) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
8:00 Saturday night from the LBAC on ESPN2
Videos of Interest:
Videos of (Dis)Interest:
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