Mountaineer Morning Links: Dukes Gameday (12/11/12) Edition

Duquesne previews, hoops notes, Pinstripe Bowl tickets, more football honors, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins says his big men have the green light to let the shots fly and Ben Kercheval of CollegeFootballTalk.com visits the Sportsline studio, and gives his take on the release of WVU CB Coach Daron Roberts.

WVU's Smith preps for curtain call - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Photos: Honoring the Big 12's best players, coaches with out - Dallas Morning News
Check out their offensive POY

ESPN.com's 2012 All-Big 12 team - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Several Mountaineers here

ESPN.com's All-Big 12 Freshman Team - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
2 freshman Mountaineer defenders made the cut

WVU's Murray Big 12 Rookie of the Week - WVU Athletics
Junior forward honored by the Big 12 this week.

Mountaineers Crack Top 25 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team cracked the top 25 in the Associated Press poll this week after recording three consecutive wins.

Dunning Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report: Dec. 12, 2012

WVUPros NFL Week 14 Recap: Bruce Irvin Being Bruce Irvin - WVU Pros
In Week 14 of the NFL Season, we saw four different Mountaineers stand out. We tell you who and how here.

The Oakland Raiders Release Owen Schmitt - WVU Pros
The Raiders released FB Owen Schmitt who was in his first year with the team.


News of Note:

WVU, Duquesne Meet for 87th Time on Tuesday - WVU Athletics
Two former Atlantic 10 foes meet in Pittsburgh.

Preview: WVU vs Duquesne - BGN
After a one-year hiatus, West Virginia renews ties with a frequent foe 75 miles to the north -- and it's not Pitt.

WVU to visit Duquesne tonight - Register-Herald
Heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. contest at Duquesne, a game that will be aired live on CBS Sports Network, is a very different WVU team.

WVU Men’s Basketball: Duquesne Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers look to continue their recent hot streak against the Dukes.

West Virginia travels to Duquesne tonight - Inter-Mountain
The Mountaineers (4-3), who have won the last three games, are coming off a 68-67 victory over Virginia Tech last Saturday afternoon.

Huggins lets the big boys fire - Charleston Gazette
"I'm all for it,'' Huggins said. "I mean, they can't miss any more than our guards have.''

Mountaineers will just keep on shooting - Charleston Gazette
"Some of the guys that are struggling to make a shot have shot it very well in practice.''

Huggins Green-Lights His Big Men - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"You don't want them shooting shots that's going to lead to a fast breaks on the other end, but (it's allowable) as long as they're within the context of what you're trying to do," Huggins said.

Huggins impressed by newcomer - Charleston Daily Mail
the hardest part for Gerun may come as Huggins tries to find a spot for Gerun on a team beginning to find some momentum.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Line Report: A Season In Review - Our Daily Bears

MEASURES OF PROGRESS: Margin of Victory - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Ben McLemore also stands out when blending in - Lawrence Journal World

K-State defied the odds and did it again - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Reserve Cornerback, Joe Powell, Facing Felony Drug Charges Per Report - Crimson And Cream Machine

OK State's Monken to coach Southern Miss - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Is faith in Mack Brown justified? - Austin All American Statesman

Freshman's new role at fullback will give TCU offense more options - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Five things Tommy Tuberville left in better condition at Texas Tech than he found them in - Dallas Morning News

Pick 'n' Roll - ESPN

Big East basketball-first schools reportedly meet on topic of dissolution - Sporting News
Anybody surprised?


What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Duquesne Dukes - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Consol Energy Center on CBS Sports Network

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Ticket Update - WVU Athletics
Limited club seats are available for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.


Video of Interest:

Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown gives her final thoughts on the women's soccer season. The women made history by recording the school's first regular season Big 12 conference title, and knocking off #1 ranked Stanford during the season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an example of why the Beach Boys wrote California Girls. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natalie Eva Marie.


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