Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (1/15/14) Edition

Football & hoops notes, Women travel to Iowa St tonight, recruiting updates, pro news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - WV MetroNews
Terry Henderson and Bob Huggins discuss their team’s struggles so far this season with defense and rebounding.

WVU women prepare for stout Cyclones - Times West Virginian
During the course of any season there are games that stand out as key games, and unranked West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team plays one of those games at 8 tonight when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to face the No. 13/9 Iowa State Cyclones.

WVU women look for win at No. 13 ISU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Teams split games in 2012-13 season

West Virginia to take on No. 13 Iowa State - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will continue a tough stretch of play as they prepare to take on No. 13 Iowa State tonight at 8 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

West Virginia Mountaineers football 2014 season report card - ESPN
It was a rough season at West Virginia.

Season wrap college football: West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Below is a review of West Virginia’s disappointing 2013 season


News of Note:

Poor 3-point shooting has been a theme in West Virginia's losses - Charleston Daily Mail
There were two problems for West Virginia in Monday night's loss to Texas. First, the Mountaineers were 4-for-25 from 3-point range, their worst shooting performance from there this season. Second, the Mountaineers attempted 25 3-point shots.

Mountaineers can’t escape adversity of Oklahoma State loss - Register-Herald
The headlines in sports sections around the state Tuesday morning read, “Texas beats West Virginia.” Perhaps a more accurate description of the action Monday night in Morgantown would have been, “Oklahoma State beats Mountaineers — again.”

Texas game a big step back for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Everything took a turn for the worse in West Virginia’s 80-69 loss to Texas Monday evening in the Coliseum.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Home court no longer an advantage - Times West Virginian
Has the Coliseum lost its magic?Certainly a case can be made that the cozy confines of the Coliseum are not so cozy any longer.


Recruiting:

WVU looking to juco for sack help - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia finished with only 16 sacks during the 2013 season, tying the Mountaineers for 107th out of 123 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in sacks per game.

With Signing Day just 3 weeks away, WVU mounts up for final push - WV MetroNews
With 19 players committed and as many as seven spots open, who might the Mountaineers add and who might they lose? Recruiting analysts weigh in.


Pro News:

New year, new challenges for Neild - Pocono Record
The nose tackle for the Washington Redskins is in the final year of his four-year contract, will be a first-time father in the next few weeks, and will try to shake the negativity that surrounded the team this season.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor football gets spring boost with early enrollees - Waco Tribune

Reassessing Expectations - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Hilton mystique no match for Jayhawks' talent - Topeka Capital Journal

Kansas State Battles Back Late to Down the Sooners in Big 12 Action - Bring On The Cats

OU basketball: Je'lon Hornbeak getting back in the flow - Oklahoman

Joe Wickline's impact as OSU offensive line coach will be hard to replace - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Culture Change at Texas - Barking Carnival

How do we begin to covet?: The why of TCU's 2014 [air raid, ed.] offense - Frogs O' War

We Live to Prove the Naysayers Wrong: An Interview With Kliff Kingsbury - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Women’s Basketball Heads to No. 13 Iowa State - WVU Athletics
8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (9) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on MSG, MASN2, Altitude and ESPN3

(12) Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena on ESPNU/3


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