Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (12/16/13) Edition

More on Saturday's hoops wins over Marshall, football recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 16 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen revisits WVU’s 74-64 win over Marshall in the Capital Classic as Juwan Staten and Brandon Watkins talk about the comeback victory over the Thundering Herd down in Charleston.

Women's Capital Classic: Herd coach has high praise for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Women's Notebook


News of Note:

Huggins Steals One on Saturday - WVU Athletics
Veteran coach makes key moves in WVU victory.

Watkins a pleasant surprise for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
On a night when he provided many surprises, the best came last for Brandon Watkins.

This installment of series not a 'Classic' - Charleston Daily Mail
Perhaps it's time to drop "Classic" from the name of the annual intrastate basketball game between West Virginia and Marshall.

Mountaineers finished strong against Herd - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's basketball team managed to check off a handful of goals Saturday night with its 74-64 win over Marshall at the Civic Center.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers showing their heart with play - Times West Virginian
This may sound insane, seeing as West Virginia University owns no better than a 7-4 record and has yet to get into conference play, where matters really can get messy, but the Mountaineers of 2013-14 are reminding you of the Final Four team of 2009-10 in the heart with which they play.

Huggins puts Mountaineers on Staten’s back - Times West Virginian
The history book on the Capital Classic, once John Antonik of the West Virginia University sports information department gets around to writing it, will make note that this year’s 43rd renewal will forever be known as “The Brandon Watkins Game.”

Huggins... Herd not a true rival - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"It's proximity. I really believe that, at the end of the day, it's proximity. You've got two campuses in Cincinnati that are about five minutes apart. And, Kansas/Kansas State is an hour.


Recruiting:

Recruits give WVU fans hope - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The good news for Mountaineer fans is that some of the new ballplayers who have given their verbal commitments to West Virginia are among the nation's most sought-after recruits, including four who are part of ESPN's list of the top 300 players available.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The Official 2013 Nick Pants Gifpocalypse - Our Daily Bears

No lead, no problem for comeback 'Clones - Ames Tribune

KU men's basketball notebook: KU juinor Naadir Tharpe gets back on track - Lawrence Journal World

Wildcats Deliver Gift Horse to Trojans: K-State 72, Troy 43 - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Quarterbacks | Are We Back To Square One? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Three storylines for the Cotton Bowl - Oklahoman

Mack Brown's "unbelievable legacy" on display at resignation press conference - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU men turn it up late to hold off UT Pan Am - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Red Raiders overcome slow start to pound Central Arkansas, 79-57 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

Coke Zero Halftime Entertainment Set - WVU Athletics
Coke Zero has revealed the halftime entertainment act lineup for the 2013-14 WVU men’s basketball season.


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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Ukrainian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tetyana Veryovkina.


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