Mountaineer Morning Links: National Signing Day (2/6/13) Edition

Recruiting analysis, men's hoops notes, women take on Texas Tech tonight, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

The Road Frequently Traveled - WVU Athletics
What is facing the WVU baseball team may be unprecedented in the sport.

WVU Travel A Hot Topic - WVillustrated
Big 12 coaches sympathize with West Virginia and its numerous conference road trips

WVU is messing with Texas - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The Mountaineer football team beat Texas. WVU's men's basketball team has handled the Longhorns twice. And the West Virginia women's team won its first meeting against UT.

VIDEO: Geno Smith talks about getting ready for the NFL Draft - WVU Pros
Since the end of the Mountaineers’ season, Geno Smith has been hard at work, preparing for the NFL Draft. Last week, he took a break and appeared on NFL TV. Here is the video.


News of Note:

Rolling WVU women hit road - Times West Virginian
If WVU is to win this key game and extend its Big 12 winning streak to three in a row, the Mountaineers are in need of a scoring revival from Taylor Palmer, who has been in a terrible scoring slump.

WVU looks to extend win streak, avenge early season loss to Texas Tech - Daily Athenaeum
A four-point overtime loss to Texas Tech earlier this season proved to be a huge blow for the West Virginia women’s basketball team.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Before Texas Tech - WVillustrated
Mike Carey, Ayana Dunning and Christal Caldwell preview their upcoming game in Lubbock.

Finally, Huggs has reason to smile - Register-Herald
Coach says team ‘getting better’ after win over Texas

NCAA tournament not out of equation for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
February has arrived, March is just around the corner and words such as "bubble," "RPI" and "bracketology" will become common diction among college basketball enthusiasts during the next few weeks.

Defense proving to be foundation for success - Daily Athenaeum
After the West Virginia men’s basketball team’s loss at Purdue Jan. 19, it appeared as if the Mountaineers might have finally hit rock bottom.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

Signs of a strong finish? - WV MetroNews
West Virginia remains in the chase for several other recruits who'll announce their decisions on National Signing Day.

WVU focused on Switzer too late - WV MetroNews
GW head coach Steve Edwards Jr. talks about his three players signing D-I scholarships and why WVU missed out on Ryan Switzer.

WVU seeks to fill holes on National Signing Day - Times West Virginian
One of the most crucial recruiting seasons in many years comes to a conclusion today for West Virginia University’s football team with the Mountaineers expected to welcome at least 24 recruits, hoping to fill huge gaps following a disappointing season.

National Signing Day 2013: Big 12 football recruiting preview - SBNation.com


Around the League (and Beyond):

Post Game Thoughts: Kansas St. 68, Texas Tech 59 - Viva The Matadors

What Billings Means to Baylor - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State National Signing Day Primer - Wide Right & Natty Lite

The Problem With the Offense - Rock Chalk Talk

Sooners Filling Gaps In The Lines - Crimson And Cream Machine

What loss of Andrew Billings means for Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

Fred Ross flips to Mississippi State from Oklahoma State - SBNation.com

TCU Flips Jermaine Antoine from North Texas - Frogs O' War

Recruiting on the South Plains | The Day Before National Signing Day Updates - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Mountaineers to Tangle with Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will travel to Lubbock, Texas for an 8 p.m., tipoff with Texas Tech on Wednesday.

Baylor Bears vs. (22) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba Arena on ESPN/ESPN3

(5) Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on ESPNU


Video of Interest:

WVU sophomore guard Gary Browne shares what he has learned since his freshman year and how his game has changed.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Dude Perfect's got nothing on this kid:


Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American actress and singer. CLICK HERE for today's .gif gallery of Jennifer Love Hewitt.


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