Mountaineer Morning Links: NIT/Georgetown Game Day (3/18/14) Edition

Georgetown previews, more on women getting 2 seed, baseball & varsity news, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, March 18 - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey shares his thoughts on getting a No. 2 seed in the Louisville Region plus we hear the latest about the Georgetown Hoyas from Gene Wang of the Washington Post.

WVU Sports Podcast: Randy Mazey - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
West Virginia has four games on tap this week.

WVU-Marshall Battle Tuesday in Charleston - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia baseball team is set to travel to Charleston on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

College baseball: WVU, Marshall play at Power Park on Tuesday - Charleston Daily Mail
A decision on whether to play or postpone the game because of field conditions will come this morning. First pitch is tentatively set for 4 p.m.

Sloanhoffer, Deal Score National Rankings - WVU Athletics
Two WVU gymnasts are nationally ranked in this week's GymInfo Poll.

WATCH: WVU Rifle Video Interviews - WVillustrated
WVU Rifle Coach Jon Hammond brought home the hardware from the Mountaineers' 16th national championship.

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


Women's Hoops:

Mountaineers Going Dancing Again - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball enters the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed, Sunday.

Women’s Basketball NCAA Ticket Information - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineer Ticket Office will have tickets available for NCAAs.

WVU basketball: West Virgnia women not happy with NCAA draw - Charleston Daily Mail
"I know I have a chip on my shoulder and my players have a chip on their shoulders," coach Mike Carey said. "It's amazing. You're the No. 2 seed and you're the underdog. That's amazing to me."

Mountaineers draw No. 2 seed in women's tournament, face Albany on Sunday - Charleston Gazette
Once again, though, West Virginia's path is not an easy one geographically.

No. 2 Seed WVU Hungry to Prove Itself - BGN
The West Virginia women's basketball team sat in the atrium of its practice facility anxiously awaiting its NCAA tournament fate.

Baton Rouge-bound with a No. 2 seed - WV MetroNews
No West Virginia's women has been seeded higher, and none has carried such a large chip.

WVU women motivated for NCAA Tourney - Times West Virginian
Sometimes getting what you wish for isn’t all you thought it would be, and so it was with West Virginia’s women’s basketball team.

WVU Gets No. 2 Seed, Tough Draw - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
If WVU wins, it will face the winner of LSU and Georgia Tech. It could be a virtual home game for LSU.

No. 2 seed WVU women set to face Albany in 1st round - Register-Herald
Mike Carey has made NCAA Tournament appearances a tradition since taking over the women’s basketball program at West Virginia University in 2002.

Mountaineers Remain in Top 10 - WVU Athletics
After falling to Baylor, 74-71, in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship game Monday, the West Virginia women’s basketball team dropped to No. 7 in the final Associated Press Poll of the season.

NCAA Women's bracket 2014: South Carolina lands final No. 1 seed - SBNation.com
UConn, Notre Dame, Tennessee and South Carolina grabbed the four No. 1 seeds on Monday night.


News of Note:

Hoops

WVU basketball: Mountaineers open NIT tonight at Georgetown - Charleston Daily Mail
"There's no swelling," Huggins said, "but other than that, I don't know."

WVU takes on Hoyas tonight in bandbox - Charleston Gazette
"I have absolutely no idea,'' Huggins said Monday. "I would imagine it will be wild.''

How can WVU make the most of NIT bid? - Charleston Gazette
"With this group we're trying to play as many games as we can possibly play and play as long as we can possibly play. Because I think it does nothing but help us for the following year.

WVU Looks to Start NIT Run Tuesday - BGN
The goal is quite simple for the West Virginia basketball team as it gets ready to hit the road to take on Georgetown Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Finding their motivation: Who’s hungrier as WVU-Georgetown opens NIT? - WV MetroNews
The motivation meter has been in full motion during the 24 hours since West Virginia and Georgetown learned of their NIT encounter.

Huggins: We Want to Win - EerSports
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins talks about the National Invitation Tournament and the status of star point guard Juwan Staten.

WVU should take advantage of opportunity in NIT - Daily Athenaeum
When one goes to college, tries something different or even gets a new job, the adviser, supervisor or manager will say "this opportunity is what you make of it."

Mountaineers set to make NIT run - Times West Virginian
West Virginia looks to take a step forward by taking a step backward tonight as the Mountaineers travel to Washington, D.C., to face old Big East rival Georgetown in the opening round of the NIT.

Preview: WVU vs Georgetown - BGN
West Virginia adds its chapter to "Requiem For the Big East" as the Mountaineers travel to the nation's capital to face Georgetown.

Juwan Staten, West Virginia Plays Georgetown Tonight in NIT 1st Round - WVU Pros
Split by conference realignment two years ago, West Virginia (17-15, 9-9 Big 12) faces off with longtime foe Georgetown (17-14, 8-10 Big East) from the original Big East Conference in the first round of this year’s NIT tournament.

’Eers to face Hoyas in first round of the NIT - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"We're happy to be able to continue to play in the postseason," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Insider Q+A: Georgetown - EerSports
EerSports catches up with Michael Bohlin of our Georgetown site, Hoya247, to ask him five questions leading into Tuesday night's game against the Hoyas.

Furfari: WVU must rebound - Martinsburg Journal
West Virginia University's struggling men's basketball team has an opportunity to keep playing by beating old rival Georgetown on the road at 7 p.m. today in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

JT3 doesn’t like NIT matchup - Register-Herald
I wouldn’t have been more surprised reading the comments of Georgetown coach John Thompson III Monday morning on tonight’s matchup with West Virginia in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament if he had revealed that he was giving up his coaching gig and turning it over to Nick Saban.

ESPN assigns Dakich as color analyst for NIT game at Georgetown - WV MetroNews
He spent eight days as WVU's coach, challenged the integrity of the school's president, and loves firing back at fans on Twitter.

Better times on the horizon for Mountaineer men’s basketball team - Daily Athenaeum
2010 must seem like a distant memory for the West Virginia men’s basketball team.

Football

Football Holds Open Practices - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football team will hold two off-campus open practices prior to the Gold-Blue Game presented by Kroger on April 12. The practices are open to the general public free of charge.

On the spot: West Virginia Mountaineers RB Dreamius Smith - ESPN
When Smith first committed to West Virginia, it looked as if he had a clear path to playing time in Morgantown.

Wolf's Huddle: Spring My Favorite Time - WVU Athletics
Dale Wolfley offers his periodic thoughts on Mountaineer football.


Pro News:

Avon Cobourne hired as RB coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders - WVU Pros
Jamie Nye reported the move early Sunday morning. He adds that, "if you’re going to teach a bunch of new RBs how to pass protect in the CFL, Cobourne is a solid choice."


Around the League (and Beyond):

NCAA Tournament 2014 | "The Green Light" - Baylor March Madness Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

NC Central an interesting matchup for ISU - Ames Tribune

ESPN's Sport Science on Andrew Wiggins - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State, Kentucky players will have a little reunion - Kansas City Star

OU basketball: NCAA assignments make it a tough destination choice for Woodards' parents - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU basketball: Gonzaga will offer a 'big' challenge for Cowboys' Kamari Murphy - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Remember Chapel Hill - Barking Carnival

Freshman from Southlake Carroll pitches TCU to sweep of Dartmouth - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Where's the best fit? Red Raiders have time to decide ideal spot for lineman Le'Raven Clark - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

WVU, Herd baseball teams square off today at APP - Charleston Gazette
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

(5) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (4) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
NIT First Round, 7 pm tonight from McDonough Gymnasium on ESPN/ESPN3


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