Mountaineer Morning Links: Purdue Pre-Game (1/18/13) Edition

Purdue preview, hoops notes, updates from: baseball, rifle, women's basketball, football recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

The Business of Sports - WVU Athletics
This week's West Virginia University news and notes.

Women's Basketball Promotional Reminders - WVU Athletics
As the West Virginia University women’s basketball team enters the second half of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule, there will be several promotional days in the upcoming games.

No. 1 WVU back in action this weekend vs. Nebraska - Daily Athenaeum
After a break from competition that started during Thanksgiving, the No. 1 West Virginia rifle team will compete in its first match of 2013 Saturday when the Mountaineers welcome Nebraska to Morgantown.

Epling Stadium to host WVU-Kansas series - Register-Herald
WVU will be entering a new era when it comes to baseball this season, playing for the first time in the ultra-competitive Big 12 and with Mazey leading the way.

FURFARI COLUMN: Lowes Moore ninth among WVU scorers - Times West Virginian
Moore, who scored 20 or more points in 37 games, posted impressive statistics for his brilliant career. He made 680 of 1,434 field goals (47.4 percent) and 336 free throws in 441 attempts (76.2 percent) and had 378 rebounds.


News of Note:

WVU travels to Purdue for last nonconference game of the season - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers have lost three of their last four games and find themselves without a winning record this late in the season for the first time in a decade.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins frustrated with inconsistency - Times West Virginian
this 8-8 team was just 10 points from being a 12-4 team, just three points in consecutive Big 12 losses from being 3-1 instead of 1-3 for it had managed to drop a 65-64 home game to Kansas State on a foul that was called against it and a 69-67 road game at Iowa State when a similar foul was overlooked.

For Huggins, size no longer matters - WV MetroNews
Coach hopes small-ball attack can revive West Virginia's season.

Huggins sees need to play ‘small’ in Big 12 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Huggins alluded to possible changes earlier in the season, but what he saw Saturday apparently convinced him to permanently make the switch.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

WVU going JUCO route - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Four members of Holgorsen's newest class have already inked their names to National Letter of Intents and were expected to be on the Morgantown campus when classes began this week.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 commissioner: League could be 'proactive' on expansion front - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Forbes: Big Ten tops revenue list but Big 12 richest league per school - Kansas City Star

Kansas Basketball 2013: Ben McLemore the All American? - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State forgoes four-guard lineup, easily beats TCU - Kansas City Star

Is The NCAA Tourney In The Sooners Future? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Coach Travis Ford said Cowboys must regain defensive identity - Oklahoman

Texas Basketball Report v6.3: Longhorns Suffering Unprecedented Struggles On Offense - Burnt Orange Nation

Could Nick Florence be quarterback in Chip Kelly’s offense in the NFL? - Dallas Morning News

Rhoads Grizzly Faces Southern Migration - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Five Questions: The Running Backs - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Purdue Boilermakers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Mackey Arena on CBS

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (1) Baylor Lady Bears - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from the Ferrell Center


Video of Interest:

Huggs talks with Tony Caridi about the tough one-point loss at Iowa State on Wednesday and looks ahead to the last non-conference tilt of the season against Purdue on Saturday afternoon.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a VS Angel from Skokie, IL. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Erin Heatherton.


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