Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (3/12/14) Edition

Big 12 tournament primers, spring football reports, varsity news, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue: Wednesday, March 12 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten take a closer look at their second round matchup against Texas in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Carey transforms WVU women into national contender - Times West Virginian
This column was supposed to come the day after West Virginia University had beaten Baylor in the final of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships, the day after the Mountaineers had performed one more last-minute miracle and enjoyed a second moment of cutting down the nets with a championship trophy theirs.

WVU women come up short - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Notebook

Baseball Falls at UNLV in Final Innings - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team snapped a six game win streak.

Self-Inflicted - BGN
For most of Tuesday's non-conference match-up against UNLV, West Virginia either played mistake-free baseball or was able to work itself out of jams caused by them.

Once in a Lifetime Experience - WVU Athletics
For the first time in school history, a West Virginia University athletic team visited the White House in celebration of NCAA Champions Day.

West Virginia's Jonathan Kimble enjoying his final days as 'The Mountaineer' mascot - Oklahoman
"I’ve got about a month left, so I’m making the most of it," Kimble said Monday


News of Note:

Hoops

2013-14 conference tournament preview: Big 12 men's basketball - ESPN
Team with the most to gain: What if West Virginia makes a run?

West Virginia glad to have Henderson back - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia isn't sure when Terry Henderson will be able to do what the sophomore guard was doing before missing four games with an illness, but the Mountaineers were sure glad to have him back in Saturday's win against Kansas.

New questions arise for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"How many games can we win like this? How consistent can we be? That's the question," guard Eron Harris said.

Big 12 battle begins - Charleston Gazette
Special weekend looms in conference tournament

How can WVU turn it around vs. Texas? - Charleston Gazette
It's striking, really, how similar West Virginia's two losses to Texas were this year. Similarly horrendous, that is.

The blind optimist’s guide to a WVU championship in Kansas City - WV MetroNews
Here's one theory as to how the Mountaineers could win the Big 12 tournament this weekend.

Brutal Big 12 Tourney Appears Wide Open - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
West Virginia takes on Texas on Thursday night

Sizing up WVU’s chances - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
There is no such thing as a good loss.

Staten, Harris USBWA All-District - WVU Athletics
District II encompasses Division I players from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Predicting the Big 12 Tournament - FOX Sports on MSN
West Virginia over Texas.

Football

Big Poppa Spain - EerSports
While most players point to family or small children as the reason to head off to the professional leagues before they are ready, Spain went in the other direction, thinking more long-term.

Big 12 spring football 2014: Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, more - Zac Ellis - SI.com
Big 12 spring football 2014 primer

WVU-Alabama game to bring in $3.2M - Times West Virginian
"There’s only, say, a three-year lag time with the Alabama game whereas when I was trying to book Penn State or Virginia Tech back on the schedule, it was a 10-year lag time by the time they had availability for a home-and-home," Luck told the paper.


Recruiting:

Win over Kansas a boost for Huggins' recruiting - Charleston Gazette
The wild and excitable coeds were not the only ones pleased with the performance that day, though, as coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers also played host to multiple recruiting visitors, each of whom enjoyed the show.


Pro News:

Mundy signs two-year deal with Bears - WVU Pros
Mundy filled in for the Giants last season, making 77 tackles, one sack and an interception.

Coal Burning Stove: The time for Lankster is now - WVU Pros
There’s no time like the present. And for New York Jets’ cornerback Ellis Lankster, that statement could not be any more true.


Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 Big 12 Conference Tournament Preview - AthlonSports.com

Baylor men aim to climb NCAA ladder - Waco Tribune

An Early Look at 2014-15 Cyclone Hoops - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Joel Embiid injury: Kansas star out for Big 12 Tournament - SBNation.com

K-State’s Foster admittedly tired heading into postseason - Wichita Eagle

Look For Sooners Basketball Lineup To Get Beefy Next Season - Crimson And Cream Machine

But But But...The Buyout! - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns Head Coach Rick Barnes to return next season, says AD Steve Patterson - Barking Carnival

Spring Scouting Report: Secondary - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Hoops | Planning for the Future - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Big 12 Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
7 pm tonight on the Big 12 Network (including MASN) & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
approximately 9:30 pm tonight on the Big 12 Network (including MASN) & ESPN3


Videos of Interest:

A behind-the-scenes look at this year's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships being played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. West Virginia will face Texas Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Hump Day Video of the Week:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous ring girl from Florida. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nicole Mejia.


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