Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/1/12) Edition

TCU previews, hoops previews, women's hoops win exhibition, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram gives TCU's perspective on the game this weekend between the Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers.

College basketball countdown: Scouting the Big 12 - Sporting News
8th

Big 12 Basketball Countdown: #5 West Virginia - Wide Right & Natty Lite
At #5, Big 12 newcomer, West Virginia.

For Murray, Huggins, WVU have been a wish come true - Charleston Gazette
If Aaric Murray hadn't yet understood the old adage about being careful what you wish for, well, he was indoctrinated to it shortly after his arrival in Morgantown.

Women’s Basketball Takes 102-28 Exhibition Win - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team came together for a 102-28 exhibition win over Alderson-Broaddus, Wednesday, at the WVU Coliseum in front of a Haunted Hoops crowd.

WVU Women’s Basketball Video Interviews: Exhibition Postgame - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Caldwell, Dunning & Simms

WVU Falls in Big 12 Quarterfinal - WVU Athletics
TCU stunned top-seed WVU, 2-0, Wednesday night in the Big 12 Quarterfinals.


News of Note:

A Return to Simpler Times - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Two losses later, the offense once billed as the nation's best is languishing in a confidence vacuum, desperate to regain the momentum it rode during a 5-0 start.

Team has not led in almost a month - Charleston Daily Mail
Once upon a time, early in a season that seemed headed for a fairy tale finish, West Virginia had played 229 minutes, 13 seconds without trailing.

Mountaineers offense looking to find rhythm - Charleston Gazette
Could it be something so simple as getting into a successful rhythm and seeing one success snowball into others?

Smith trying to ease pain of losses - Times West Virginian
Oh, he had faced adversity before, lost games, thrown interceptions and the like, the usual stuff that happens to quarterbacks.

HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Bracing’ for injury saves WVU’s Braun - Times West Virginian
Knee braces have been a savior in the sport.

Secondary situation at WVU is abnormal - Charleston Daily Mail
"Normal teams don't have a freshman playing corner," Roberts said.

Strange Similarities - WVU Athletics
WVU faces TCU again under similar circumstances.

West Virginia vs. TCU Game Preview - WVillustrated
It has been almost a month since the last time the No. 21 West Virginia University Football team tasted victory after their win against Texas.

W.Virginia Prepares For Boykin - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
TCU will make late trip to Motown due to storm

Patterson: Boykin to play Saturday against West Virginia, team will change preparation plans - TCU 360
Notes and highlights from Gary Patterson's weekly press conference

Unfamiliar Big 12 teams in unfamiliar spot - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Are we sure this is a Big 12 game? Like, 100 percent?

Big 12 on the spot: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
David Ubben says West Virginia's struggling offense is on the spot this week against TCU.

White had great game vs. TCU in 1984 - Register-Herald
Kevin White will be honorary captain of West Virginia’s football team for Saturday’s Big 12 game against TCU.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Primer: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Injuries compound TCU's fourth-quarter woes - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

After 4 straight losses, Kansas a must-win for Bears - Waco Tribune

Kansas vs. Baylor: Charlie Weis Previews the Bears - Rock Chalk Talk

A letter to Jake Knott, a Cyclones original - Des Moines Register

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder and Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein have led their team to an 8-0 season - Grantland

Suspended Sooners Safety, Quentin Hayes, Reportedly Reinstated - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU's Calvin Barnett hit with third suspended-license charge - Tulsa World

Tales From The Crip: The Spooooky Longhorn Defense - Barking Carnival

Bullitt fights through pain to stay in the fray - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Top 25: Choose your own November adventure - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Leach V. Holgorsen: Klein is Making Snyder Look Like the Offensive Genius - Football Study Hall

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Capital Classic Women’s Tickets to Go On Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets for the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic women’s basketball game between West Virginia and Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center are set to go on sale Monday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.


Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and discussed what the Mountaineers did during their bye week and how they are preparing to host TCU.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Argentinian model and Michael Bublé's wife. CLICK HERE for today's gallery and HERE for a bonus gallery of Luisana Lopilato.


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