Mountaineer Morning Links: Gonzaga Game Day (12/2/13) Edition

Gonzaga previews, four-star DB commits, varsity notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Dec. 10 - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter shares his thoughts on WVU’s most recent football commitments and Jim Meehan, a Gonzaga beat writer for the The Spokesman Review previews the Zags matchup against WVU tomorrow night.

WVU looks to keep streak going against Marshall Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will carry a seven-game win streak into Saturday’s matchup against in-state rival Marshall. The Mountaineers’ (7-1) early success this season can be attributed to the tactics used by head coach Mike Carey.

Women's Soccer Ranks No. 8 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the final TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 Rankings of the 2013 season.

Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

FURFARI COLUMN: IMG could still be seen as controversial - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University is in its first year of partnership with IMG College for at least partial media rights.


News of Note:

Mountaineers, Bulldogs to Hook Up on ESPN2 - WVU Athletics
First ranked non-conference foe at Coliseum since 2011.

Some More Coliseum Magic Tuesday Night? - WVU Athletics
The 15th-ranked Zags come to town Tuesday night.

Huggins calls for crowd support - Charleston Daily Mail
"I need it for my psyche," he said from a blue seat on the baseline Monday afternoon. "I'm tired of walking in here and seeing so many empty seats."

WVU Ready to Battle No. 20 Gonzaga - WVSports.com
In each of the past two season, West Virginia has matched up with Gonzaga. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, WVU and Gonzaga met in Pittsburgh for an NCAA tournament game and last year the two opened up in Spokane.

WVU hosts No. 20 Gonzaga - Charleston Gazette
Third meeting in three years, but first in Morgantown

WVU's Harris learns a lesson - Charleston Gazette
Eron Harris will be the first to admit that when last he stepped onto the basketball floor it was not a pretty sight.

Harris hopes homecourt energy will help WVU match consistent Zags - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers are 5-0 at home this season but are 2-point underdogs to No. 20 Gonzaga.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Gonzaga brings excitement to WVU Coliseum - Times West Virginian
Gonzaga comes to the Coliseum today to face West Virginia in a 9 p.m. game televised nationally on ESPN2 and, like it or not, it is Gonzaga and not the Mountaineers that has the star power to make this an attractive national game.

WVU hoping for home-court advantage against Gonzaga - Times West Virginian
On the surface, you may wonder what chance West Virginia has at victory at 9 p.m. today when Gonzaga comes into the Coliseum to face the Mountaineers.

Preview: WVU vs Gonzaga - BGN
WVU has another chance to defeat a name school when Gonzaga visits, but this assignment is far tougher than either of the previous opportunities against Missouri and Wisconsin.

West Virginia hosts Gonzaga, seeks much-needed marquee win - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia University coach Bob Huggins knows his team missed a couple of big opportunities to put itself back on the college basketball map and earn some early resumé builders for postseason play over the last few weeks.

Huggins emphasizes playing as a team - Daily Athenaeum
“If you go back to 2010, what did we say constantly? ‘Do what we do,’” Huggins said. “They would say that before every game. ‘Do what we do.’”

Victory over Gonzaga crucial for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
It’s only early December, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it inside the WVU basketball program. The 6-3 Mountaineers are preparing for a major opportunity by hosting No. 15 Gonzaga, a win that could get them back on the map.

Huggins credits Few’s winning consistency - WV MetroNews
Stoic coach has steered Gonzaga to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments as 20th-ranked Bulldogs visit Morgantown.

BGN Video: Scouting Gonzaga - BGN
With nearly a third of the season out of the way, West Virginia will bring its 6-3 record back to the Coliseum to take on a nationally ranked Gonzaga team.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
West Virginia Coach, Bob Huggins, and sophomore guard, Eron Harris, talk to the media prior to the game against Gonzaga.

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia 2013 game preview: Zags get first true taste of the road - The Slipper Still Fits
Excluding the Maui Invitational, the Bulldogs have enjoyed the cozy confines for the McCarthy Athletic Center for quite some time.


Recruiting:

Dravon Henry Picks WVU - EerSports
West Virginia picked up a huge piece of their 2014 class on Monday afternoon when Aliquippa (PA) athlete Dravon Henry announced that he would be a Mountaineer, choosing WVU over former Backyard Brawl rival Pittsburgh.

WVU is it for Henry - WVSports.com
Aliquippa (Pa.) defensive back Dravon Henry put an end to his highly contested recruitment Monday afternoon by selecting West Virginia at an announcement inside the Municipal Center.

4-star safety Henry picks WVU over Pitt - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers assistant Tony Gibson lands a big commitment from the Aliquippa (Pa.) star, who was pursued by elite FBS programs.

WATCH: 4-Star DB Dravon Henry Commits to WVU - WVillustrated
Mountaineers get huge commitment when Henry makes the call for WVU over Pitt and Miami.

Dravon Henry, Aliquippa defensive back, to play college football at WVU - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Henry is rated as a four-star recruit on Rivals.com and is listed as the 149th-best prospect nationally, placing him second among all players in Pennsylvania

Aliquippa's Henry picks West Virginia over Pitt - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Gibson won over Henry's parents (Roland and Shanell), too.


Pro News:

Seattle Seahawks: Analyzing Bruce Irvin's Move To Linebacker - ProsReport
Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks has carved out a name for himself in his young football career on the defensive side of the ball.

WVU Pros Week 14: Geno bounces back, Bailey hauls in some passes - ProsReport
It had been a dismal few weeks for some of our WVU Pros but let's see how they fared in Week 14.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Thoughts on 11-1, being Big 12 Champs, and Closing the Case - Our Daily Bears

These Cyclones know how to overcome adversity - Des Moines Register

Jayhawks’ shots have been off the mark - Wichita Eagle

Gipson leads Kansas State into game against South Dakota - Wichita Eagle

OU football: Perseverance has paid off for Sooners - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cowboys must rally back from disappointing Bedlam loss - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mack Brown's attorney, mouthpiece and mentor, Joe Jamail, hangs loss in Waco on Case McCoy - Barking Carnival

TCU men’s basketball hopes to bring road toughness home - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Reaction from Texas Tech Accepting Bid to Holiday Bowl to Play Arizona St. - Viva The Matadors

Florida State faces huge challenge in defeating SEC in title game - Tomahawk Nation
ACC Champs look to de-throne the entire SEC in Pasadena.

Want a new gift suite choice? Take a seat - SportsBusiness Daily
2013 Bowl Gifts to Participants


What's On Tap:

(19) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
9 pm from the Oliver Garden on ESPN2/3. Zags are giving 2.

(13) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (19) Florida Gators - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the O'Connell Center on ESPN/3. Gators are giving 2.5.

South Dakota Coyotes vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Bramlage Coliseum on FSN affiliates. Cats are giving 14.


Video of Interest:

A preview of tomorrow night's tough match-up against the 15th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Coliseum from head coach Bob Huggins.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favorites. CLICK HERE for today's animated GIF gallery of Bar Refaeli.


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