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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/6/12) Edition

OSU Previews, Hoops exhibition tonight, Women's Soccer NCAA's, Big 12 Roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU Senior Center Deniz Kilicli is excited to finally play a game. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have their own problems on offense.

WVU basketball starting lineup still a work in progress - Charleston Gazette
A day before his team was to make its public debut with an exhibition game against Glenville State, Bob Huggins still wasn't ready to commit to a starting five.

Huggins hopes exhibition provides answers for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Bob Huggins has been molding his fifth basketball team at West Virginia since practice began Oct. 13.

Exhibition Mission All About Roleplay - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins says Tuesday's basketball exhibition against Glenville State is about "defining roles" — a crucial step preceding next week's regular-season opener at No. 21 Gonzaga.

Staten ready to fill void for WVU - Times West Virginian
Even though he’s been at West Virginia for more than a year now, the new point guard who will serve as the nerve center of the Mountaineers isn’t yet very well known, having sat out last season after transferring from Dayton, where he led the Atlantic 10 in assists as a freshman.

Video: Basketball Interviews 11/5 - BGN
Huggs & Turk

Remember The Miners Announces Release of Huggins’ Horrible Hankie - WVillustrated
The hankies are available for immediate purchase online at the Remember The Miners store and will be available at Little General Stores starting November 5th.

Bowl projections-Alabama-Oregon BCS title game, Louisiana Tech hopes - Stewart Mandel -

Women's Soccer Draws Princeton - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 regular-season champion West Virginia women’s soccer team will start its quest for the 2012 NCAA College Cup against Princeton in the opening round of 2012 NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Renzi Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
VSR: 11/5/2012

News of Note:

West Virginia will be familiar with the Cowboys - Oklahoman
Several former OSU coaches are running the show at West Virginia — and they have a good idea what the Cowboys can and can't do.

The scheme looks familiar - Charleston Gazette
Oklahoma State flourishing under Holgorsen's plan of attack

Time Together Helped Mold Holgorsen, Gundy - WVillustrated
A successful season in Stillwater sets up this week's reunion as WVU travels to Oklahoma State.

Defenses taking deep ball away from Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU's offense has mostly vanished in this three-game losing streak. The players have come to realize defenses are doing the same things to stop the Mountaineers.

5-3 mark not that shocking for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Tumble from Top 25 could be biggest ever for WVU - Register-Herald
Meantime, the Mountaineers continue to work hard in an all-out effort to get better and end their disastrous three-game losing streak.

Simple Diagnosis - BGN

WVU's blame game includes everyone - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
It's difficult to blame the offense for "only" scoring 38 points (31, if you exclude Tavon Austin's 76-yard punt return for a touchdown) when "improved" play by the defense still gave TCU 39 points. This following a defensive boot camp during the team's recent bye week featuring a return to basics.

Offense failed to pick up defense in loss to TCU - Daily Athenaeum
For as much heat as the West Virginia defense has taken over the past few weeks following bad performances against Texas Tech and Kansas State, Saturday’s loss was a major step forward for the unit.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Home Not So Cozy for Big 12 Teams - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Baylor's defense shows life in victory - Waco Tribune

QUARTERBACK JEOPARDY - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football Report Card: Baylor - Rock Chalk Talk

Chapman Named Walter Camp Player of the Week - Kansas State Official Athletic Site

Bob Stoops Weekly Press Conference - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football notebook: No update on Wes Lunt, quarterback situation - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Longhorns defense steps up with huge game after week of harsh criticism - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Monday Morning Quarterback: November 5th, 2012 - Frogs O' War

Loss to Texas tarnishes seniors' careers, limits outlook - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Bohls: Nine things and one crazy prediction - Austin All American Statesman
Said one Big 12 high-level administrator to me, "Louisville is really pushing us hard to join, but I don’t see the Big 12 wanting to expand."

On The Mark: Week 11 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball to Battle Glenville State - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team will play its only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Glenville State at the WVU Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. United Bank is providing a special $10 ticket. (includes video interview with Huggs)

Oklahoma Game to Air on Fox - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has announced that the Nov. 17 Big 12 Conference football contest between West Virginia and Oklahoma at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., will be televised on Fox at 7 p.m., EST.

Video of Interest:

It has taken receiver J.D. Woods a little bit of time, but the senior from Naples, Fla is finally making his mark on the West Virginia football program. And he is doing it with energy and enthusiasm.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model who was named recently given a new title based on her, um, assets. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melissa Debling and to find out her new title..