Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Hangover (1/7/14) Edition

Coverage of Texas Tech win, other hoops notes, varsity report, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Jan. 7 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Eron Harris talk about the big overtime victory over Texas Tech and what it’s like to start Big 12 conference play undefeated after two games.

WVU women just out of Top 25 - Charleston Gazette
WVU (14-1), winners of 13 in a row, plays Baylor at home at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bussie Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Furfari: Was West Virginia women’s upset win, late rally best ever? - Register-Herald
That absolutely amazing 71-67 upset victory at Oklahoma State last Saturday night was, in this TV viewer’s opinion, the finest game in the West Virginia women’s 40-year basketball program history.

The Extra Tenth: Mackenzie Myers - WVU Athletics
The 2014 West Virginia gymnastics season officially opens this Friday, Jan. 10.

Is It College Football Season Yet?
Only 233 more days


Texas Tech Hangover:

Staten, W. Virginia slip past Texas Tech 89-86, OT - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc

WVU Wins in OT - WVU Athletics
Staten's 25 powers WVU to second conference win of the season.

Mountaineers survive Texas Tech in overtime - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia didn't merely reach its breaking point Monday night. It dribbled past it and then took three steps.

WVU survives Tech in overtime, 89-86 - Charleston Gazette
Well, for at least 24 hours West Virginia will stand alone atop the Big 12 standings.

In mid-meltdown, Mountaineers salvage overtime merriment - WV MetroNews
West Virginia is 2-0—and temporarily alone atop the Big 12—after taking care of business on its Texas road swing.

West Virginia Stays Perfect in Conference Play Behind Staten - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Overtime wasn't enough for Texas Tech to slow down Juwan Staten and West Virginia.

WVU outlasts Texas Tech in OT, 89-86 - Times West Virginian
If this is what the Big 12 is going to be this year, it’s going to be a fun winter, no matter how cold it gets.

GAME RECAP: WVU Beats Texas Tech in OT - WVillustrated
West Virginia (10-5, 2-0 in conference play) handed Texas Tech (8-7, 0-2 in conference play) their second straight Big 12 loss in overtime.

Starting Things Off Right - BGN
It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t the way West Virginia probably hoped to do it, but Monday’s 89-86 victory moved the Mountaineers to 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play.

Staten-ment Made - BGN
Terry Henderson buried a three with 17 regulation seconds left to force overtime and West Virginia rode Juwan Staten’s shooting to an 89-86 win at Texas Tech on Monday.

'Eers Take it in OT - EerSports
For the second game in a row, West Virginia got a battle on the road in the Big12, again emerging victorious, this time defeating Texas Tech, 89-86 in overtime

WVU outlasts Texas Tech in OT - WVSports.com
West Virginia (10-5, 2-0) led for most of the game but had to get a late three-pointer from Terry Henderson to send the game to overtime and a final stop on the last possession to win its second conference road game in a row 89-86 Monday night over Texas Tech.

Staten overcomes untimely technical with 25-point effort - WV MetroNews
Point guard relieved after surviving late-game technical

Henderson reflects on game-tying 3-pointer - WV MetroNews
Guard finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range, none bigger than the one to force OT.

Harris on WVU’s escape at Texas Tech: ‘We just grinded it out’ - WV MetroNews
Contained during the first half, Big 12's leading scorer provides a spark when WVU needed it late.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Henderson, Harris & Staten

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Texas Tech - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 89-86 overtime win over Texas Tech in Big 12 basketball action.


News of Note:

Holton’s eligibility, impact a mystery - Charleston Gazette
Those close to the team seem optimistic, if not confident.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Some Big 12 teams must now learn from mistakes - Times West Virginian
If you didn’t know better, you’d have sworn the voice at the other end of the line belonged to Bob Huggins, for it was telling a story that you’d been watching develop all season with Huggins’ West Virginia basketball team.

Huggs Talks Guard Play, Scheduling - EerSports
Bob Huggins talked with the national media on Monday morning and touched on a couple of different topics, including the play of Juwan Staten and Eron Harris.

Huggs: Big 12 'Terrific' Aiding WVU Travel - BGN
With life in the Big 12 came a difficult challenge for West Virginia athletics. Morgantown is at least 800 miles away from every other school in the conference, making trips a bit longer than they had been in the past.

2014 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge - WVU Athletics
Help Huggs help the MBRCC Cancer Center.


Pro News:

WVUPros Wild Card Weekend wrap-up - Pros Report
Four entered. One left the weekend still standing (or playing). Going into the opening Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, all four games had one WVUPro participating.

Coal Burning Stove: Goode’s move to Philly was right move - Pros Report
"The Birthplace of American" could very well double as the birthplace for Najee Goode’s NFL career.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor MBB: The Plus/Minus - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State hires ex-Kansas coach Mangino as offensive coordinator - SI.com

Notebook: Tharpe plays despite ankle injury - Lawrence Journal World

K-State freshmen take another step forward - Topeka Capital Journal

Sugar Bowl Win Over Alabama Completes BCS Cycle For Oklahoma's Bob Stoops - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Five questions the Cowboys face for the 2014 season - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Video: Welcome to Texas, Charlie Strong - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Hosts No. 25 Kansas State Tuesday Night - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

West Virginia Mountaineers 89, Texas Tech Red Raiders 86 | Game Analysis - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

(7) Baylor Bears vs. (9) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Hilton on ESPN2/3

(25) Kansas State Wildcats vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the DMC on MASN, Altitude & ESPN3


Video of Interest:

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Video: Huggins sees incremental improvement afte road wins - WV MetroNews
Coach Bob Huggins shares his postgame thoughts on West Virginia’s 89-86 overtime escape at Texas Tech.

WATCH: Texas Tech reacts to overtime loss - WV MetroNews
Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith, senior forward Jaye Crockett, and sophomore guard Toddrick Gotcher share their thoughts on the 89-86 overtime loss to WVU


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely British lass. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rosie Jones.


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