Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (12/27/13) Edition

Hoops notes, Hickman's Notebook (actually a great point at the end), weekend viewing guide, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Dec. 27 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten talks about this year’s WVU squad being miles ahead of last year’s team.

Preview: The Bob Huggins Show - WVillustrated
Find out what to expect on this week's episode of The Bob Huggins Show!


News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN- Huggins’ squad is not what he expected it to be - Times West Virginian
The other day, in the midst of explaining a rather disappointing fifth loss in a season just 12 games old, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins made a passing reference to how different this team was from what he thought it would be when he was putting it together.

Mountaineers Maintain Confidence as Big 12 Play Nears - WVillustrated
Despite having the same record as they did a year ago at this time, WVU players remain confident that prosperity is ahead.

Williams Working Toward Consistency - BGN
Watching West Virginia freshman Devin Williams has been like watching two completely different players at times this season.

Style adjustment benefits WVU men's basketball team - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Under Huggins, the Mountaineers this year developed a new identity on offense, featuring versatile frontcourt players.

Does WVU miss Murray? - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while trying to rationalize the notion that both West Virginia and Aaric Murray are better off without each other


Pro News:

How WVU Pros stack up for the Pro Bowl - Pros Report
Could any of our WVU Pros be selected? Let’s take a quick look at how some of our guys stack up in the selection process.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears adjust to role as frequent favorite, starting with Fiesta - ESPN

Predictions, expectations and demands for Iowa State in 2014 - Des Moines Register

Bill Self says Tyler no snitch, but … - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State gets chance to face iconic foe Michigan in bowl game - Kansas City Star

2014 Sugar Bowl: Scouting The Enemy | Bama's Receivers - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Kansas transfer Tyler Patmon soaking in the joy of first bowl game - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Is Oregon really that susceptible to opposing rush attacks? - Burnt Orange Nation

Twenty-One Horned Frogs Receive Honors in 2013 - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Kingsbury Dodges Tough Questions About Masked Rider - Viva The Matadors

College football's Top 12 plays of 2013 - Sporting News


What's On Tap:

Elon Phoenix vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's basketball, 2 pm Sunday from the Coliseum

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. William & Mary Tribe - ESPN
3 pm Sunday from the CCC Arena in Charleston on ROOT


Video of Interest:

I'll never tire of watching this one:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known for being the DirecTV Genie, her work in the SI Swimsuit Issue and dating Derek Jeter (Yeah, Jeets!). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hannah Davis and CLICK HERE for a bonus gallery.


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