Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (3/20/14) Edition

Women's hoops preps for NCAA, baseball takes down #12 UNC, men's hoops season recaps, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, March 20 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins discusses the decision-making process for Juwan Staten as he considers entering the 2014 NBA Draft. We also hear from John Hammond, coach of the WVU rifle national championship team.

Caldwell, seniors to keep historic season going, will take on Great Danes in Baton Rouge - Daily Athenaeum
For the 2-seed West Virginia women’s basketball team, the road to the Final Four is riddled with challenges. In order to battle their way out of the Louisville bracket, the Mountaineers have to take down 2013’s runner-up Louisville as well as top-seeded Tennessee.

Furfari: Treatment of WVU women seems unfair - Register-Herald
I don’t know.

Means’ Complete Game Leads WVU Over No. 12 UNC - WVU Athletics
Junior left-hander John Means faced the minimum and no-hit No. 12 North Carolina through five innings en route to a complete game 5-1 win on Wednesday evening at Boshamer Stadium.

Masterful Means - BGN
West Virginia played nearly perfect baseball in defeating nationally-ranked North Carolina 5-1 on Wednesday evening at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

A Beautiful Day to Build a Ballpark - WVU Athletics
New ballpark to be located in the University Town Centre.

Sloanhoffer Scores All-Big 12 Honor - WVU Athletics
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer has owned the Big 12's top all-around ranking each of the last four weeks.

Throwback Thursday: 1981 Peach Bowl Victory - WVU Pros
The Mountaineers came into the game as a huge underdog to the heavily favored Florida Gators. However, we all know the boys in the Gold n’ Blue relish the role as underdogs.


News of Note:

Mike Casazza: This WVU team reached its ceiling - Charleston Daily Mail
In the end, WVU did about as well is it could given the makeup of the roster and the players' individual and collective limitations.

Huggins: Mountaineers could've played harder - Charleston Gazette
"I don't think it was everyone, but I certainly think we had some guys who could have played a whole lot harder.''

Huggins: ‘We’ve got to fall in love with basketball’ - Times West Virginian
It’s over, mercifully, and to understand it you have to look at West Virginia University’s season past through 3-D glasses – determination, defense and defeat.

Huggins not happy with ‘average’ " College Sports " The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia
There were some moments this season when West Virginia’s basketball team looked as good as any squad in the nation.

Season Over, Staten Faces Draft Decision - WVillustrated
Bob Huggins spoke about the next step for his point guard following his junior season with WVU.

Huggins to advise Staten on college, NBA future - Daily Athenaeum
With a year of eligibility left, the general assumption surrounding the situation is Staten will likely return to Morgantown for another season under the tutelage of head coach Bob Huggins.

Four questions that will make or break West Virginia’s offseason - WV MetroNews
After an unfulfilling 17-16 campaign, the Mountaineers face matters of the draft and defensive demons.


Pro News:

VIDEO: Chris Neild catching passes from Pat White? Awesome - WVU Pros
We came across this video from Chris Neild's Instagram profile on Tuesday. In it, we see a nimble Neild running a cone drill before breaking off into a curl

HERTZEL COLUMN: Darris Nichols has respect for Beilein - Times West Virginian
When Wofford basketball coach Mike Young learned his Terriers had been awarded a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament and drew No. 2 seed Michigan, he did not have to think very long which of his assistant coaches he would assign the scout.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Brady Heslip's Shot: The Moment 2014 Turned Around for Baylor MBB - Our Daily Bears

NCAA Tournament 2014: Fred Hoiberg makes good at Iowa State - SBNation.com

Rece Davis talks March Madness, Embiid, the Jayhawks and more - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State's unlikely turning point - Bring On The Cats

Lon Kruger knows how tough it is to win in the NCAA Tournament - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Phil Forte serves as Cowboys' X-Factor - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Talking Arizona State with House of Sparky - Barking Carnival

TCU football notes: Trevone Boykin remains No. 1 QB, offensive line improved - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Hoops | Season Awards - Viva The Matadors

#DearAndy: NCAA lawsuits, Michigan coaching and True Detective - Video - SI.com (autoplay)
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples answers your questions about everything college football and anything else on your mind. This week, he dives into the NCAA lawsuits and what coaching duo would make the best pair for the next True Detective.


What's On Tap:

Big 12 teams in the NCAA Tournament

(12) North Dakota State Bison vs. (5) Oklahoma Sooners - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
7:27 pm tonight from Spokane Arena on truTV

(10) Arizona State Sun Devils vs. (7) Texas Longhorns - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
9:40 pm tonight from the Bradley Center on CBS


Video of Interest:

Coach Randy Mazey, John Means and Justin Fox share postgame thoughts after the Mountaineers defeated No. 12 North Carolina on Wednesday evening.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous South African. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nicole Meyer.


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