Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (2/12/14) Edition

Men & women's hoops notes, men squarely on NCAA bubble, baseball preps, rifle ready for post-season, Charles Sims update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Feb. 12 - WV MetroNews
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf and Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com talk about WVU’s tournament resume as it stands right now and the work they have left to do to ensure a spot in the big dance.

Luck: Big 12 happy at 10 teams - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"That might change in a few years, but for now I don't expect a new round of realignment any time soon."

WVU Moves in Coaches Poll - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's basketball team moves to No. 16 in the USA Today Poll.

Trout, Matlock Recap Offseason - BGN
WVU assistant baseball coaches Derek Matlock and Steven Trout recap the Mountaineers' offseason work

Rifle Maintains No. 1 Ranking - WVU Athletics
Today’s ranking comes on the heels of the Mountaineers’ (10-0, 7-0 GARC) 4702-4688 victory over then-No. 2 Kentucky on Feb. 8.

No. 1 West Virginia prepares for postseason action - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University rifle team won their first Great American Rifle Conference title Saturday, and now, with that behind them, they are looking toward postseason.

Baseball Preview: Catchers - WVU Athletics
The start of a four-part preview series.

Fan behavior spiraling out of control - Daily Athenaeum
Fan behavior has become a hot button issue in college basketball lately. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was given a three-game suspension after shoving a Texas Tech fan who allegedly called him a "piece of crap."


News of Note:

Good Times - WVU Athletics
Isn’t it fun watching college basketball around here again?

Mountaineers 'getting better and better every time' - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think a long time ago was the start of something," West Virginia guard Eron Harris said.

1.47% - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Well, now I’m researching 10-win teams from power conferences that haven’t made the NCAA Tournament. You’re damn right we’re about to go there…

Jerry Palm predicts WVU needs at least 19 wins for at-large bid - WV MetroNews
With six regular-season games remaining and at least one game guaranteed in the Big 12 tournament, West Virginia (15-10, 7-5 Big 12) owns an RPI of 66.

From trouble to bubble in a month, Mountaineers climbing RPI ladder - WV MetroNews
When it comes to an NCAA at-large berth, West Virginia is still on the outside looking in. But how far outside? Allan Taylor explains.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Adversity has bonded WVU into a family - Times West Virginian
It started in the aftermath of a disaster for Terry Henderson. He’d gone off down a dizzying rabbit hole in Kansas and found his entire world had gone off kilter. He was a basketball player who could not play basketball.

Risen from the ashes - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers back in NCAA tourney picture

West Virginia clicking on all cylinders, hitting stride despite facing adversity - Daily Athenaeum
Not even West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins could hold back a grin as he watched his team storm the student section at the Coliseum Monday night following a 102-77 win over No. 11 Iowa State.

Furfari: Carey, Huggins have Mountaineer teams on hot rolls - Register-Herald
Coach Mike Carey’s nationally No. 13-ranked West Virginia women’s basketball team could be the best he’s had in 13 years at the helm.


Recruiting:

The Class of 2009 Reviewed - WVSports.com
Out of the 25 players that signed with West Virginia in the class of 2009, only 11 of those players finished their four-year playing career with the program.


Pro News:

Charles Sims top running back at Senior Bowl, Phil Savage says - NFL.com
West Virginia's Charles Sims was rated the top running back at the Senior Bowl, according to executive director Phil Savage, who believes Sims will make an impact in the NFL as a rookie next season.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The State of Baylor Sports Right Now ... In GIFs! - Our Daily Bears

Hoiberg says his team was beaten from start to finish - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

Kansas falls to Kansas State: 5 Observations - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State’s Spradling comes up big in rivalry game - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma basketball: Wednesday's game features top tier coaching matchup between OU's Lon Kruger, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith - Oklahoman

A Form Letter About Travis Ford To Mike Holder - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns 87, Oklahoma St. Cowboys 68: Post-Mortem - Barking Carnival

Jon Lewis Leaves Team - Frogs O' War

Greatness is in the details: An interview with ST Coach Chiaverini - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the DMC on ESPNU/3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Lloyd Noble Center on MASN & ESPN3


Video of Interest:

Sophomore guard Terry Henderson has established himself as a lethal scoring threat for the Mountaineers this season. This edition of Wearing the Jersey finds out who Terry modeled his game after and how he has elevated his game this season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Hump Day Video of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another beautiful Israeli named Bar. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bar Paly.


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