Mountaineer Morning Links: Big 12 Tournament First Round (3/13/13) Edition

Big 12 tournament previews, spring football reports, Tavon features, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, March 13 - WV MetroNews
Wendell Barnhouse of Big12sports.com previews the Big 12 Tournament, Aaron Dickens of RedRaiderSports.com says that Texas Tech has trouble scoring in the second half of games and Dana Holgosen talks to the media after the second spring practice.

Luck: It’s a football-first world - WV MetroNews
"I took this job with one goal in mind … to make sure we could figure out a way to be a member of a power football conference," said Luck

Frazer’s Two Homers Down Pitt - WVU Athletics
Matt Frazer led WVU to win at Pitt.

Tavon Austin impresses NFL teams with multi-dimensional skills - Baltimore Sun
Former Dunbar standout is projected to be drafted in the first round of NFL draft

Tavon Austin to work out for Ravens, several other NFL teams - Baltimore Sun
West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is slated to work out for the Ravens in early April, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Schmitt's Saloon Wing Challenge with Owen Schmitt - WVillustrated
Former WVU fullback Owen Schmitt joins WVI's Geoff Coyle to try the wing challenge at Morgantown's new Schmitt's Saloon.


News of Note:

Hoops

Big 12 Championship Preview - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers take on Texas Tech Wednesday night.

‘Might as well fight’ - Times West Virginian
WVU, Tech enter tourney as underdogs

West Virginia set to take on Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
The road through the Big 12 tournament begins today in Kansas City against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech (10-19, 3-15).

Mountaineers to play with sudden confidence - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU to face Texas Tech in first round of Big 12 tournament.

FURFARI COLUMN: Long skid might just end - Times West Virginian
West Virginia swept Texas Tech in both regular-season meetings.

Madness is in the air - Daily Athenaeum
As the Big 12 Conference tournament begins tonight, West Virginia sits one loss away from ending its most disappointing season since veteran head coach Bob Huggins took the helm five seasons ago.

Behind the Scenes With the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
Behind the scenes with the Mountaineers at the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championships in Kansas City

Kansas City: A last-chance kinda town - WV MetroNews
WVU and Texas Tech's NCAA hopes hinge on a four-day miracle run at the Sprint Center.

Mountaineers not ready to give up - Charleston Gazette

VIDEO: Huggins and Players Talk from Big 12 Tournament - WVillustrated
Huggs, Turk, Harris & Hinds

Photo Gallery: Big 12 Tournament Prep - BGN
West Virginia got in a 40-minute shootaround and met the media one day before their debut in the Big 12 Championship.


Spring Football

Dana Holgorsen Press Conference Quotes - WVU Athletics
Quotes here, video below

Breaking down spring camp: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia's spring practice is already underway. Let's take a closer look.

Uncertainty a good thing for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
As the 2013 edition of the West Virginia football team took the field to kick off spring practice Sunday, there was a much different feeling around the group as a whole.

Offense now in Dawson’s hands - Times West Virginian
His job is to rebuild the offense, and he believes the key to that is competition.

New WVU assistants adjusting - Inter-Mountain
Holgorsen said the new coaches, three offensive and two defensive, bring different philosophies to the table, and they all seem excited in their new roles.

Changes to Roster, Staff Bring Excitement to WVU Spring - WVillustrated
Holgorsen says it feels like the first day on the job working with young players and new coaches in Morgantown.

West Virginia first-year offensive line coach faces tough test - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Crook, one of four new faces on the coaching staff, has one of the most difficult jobs this spring -- rebuilding the interior of the line. Most notably, he needs to find a center to replace four-year starter Joe Madsen.

Spring Practice Report: Day 2 - WVSports.com
Downfield blocking and specialist work dominated the session, as the Mountaineers continued to work without pads in the infancy of the spring.

Former WVU standout Wilson loves his job - Register-Herald
Quincy Wilson couldn’t be happier than he is in his job as assistant director of West Virginia University’s football operations.

Photo Gallery II: WVU 2013 Spring Football - BGN


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Basketball Tournament: Favorites, Contenders & Longshots - Crimson And Cream Machine

2013 Big 12 Basketball Tournament Preview - Barking Carnival

Bubble watch: Where the Bears’ chances stand for an NCAA bid - Waco Tribune

CFTV: Cyclones ready for Big 12 Tournament - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Preview Big 12 Tournament - Rock Chalk Talk

Tournament Tuesday: Settling in at the Sprint Center - Bring On The Cats

Sooner Nation Podcast Previews The Big Twelve Basketball Tournament - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball: Jéan-Paul Olukemi hoping to make another comeback - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Horns have a chance; yes, they do - Austin American-Statesman

TCU needs another solid game from its seniors to survive Texas in the Big 12 tournament - Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Red Raider basketball lands in Kansas City hoping to shock the Big 12 while interim-head coach Chris Walker’s future remains unsettled - Dallas Morning News


What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Big 12 Tournament First Round, 7 pm tonight from the Sprint Center on MASN, Altitude, CSN California & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
Big 12 Tournament First Round, 9:30 pm tonight from the Sprint Center on MASN, Altitude, CSN California & ESPN3


Video of Interest:

Football head coach Dana Holgorsen's weekly press conference, and he discussed what the team has been working on during spring practice.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Make sure you listen to the audio to this one:


Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown has just been named SI Swimsuit's Rookie of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Vancouver stunner, Kate Bock.


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