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Mountaineer Morning Links: EKU Post-Game (12/31/12) Edition

Coverage of the EKU win (I've never seen Huggs so despondent after a win), more Pinstripe fallout, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

2012 In Photos - WVU Athletics
With 2012 drawing to an end, what better time to take a look back on an incredible year for West Virginia women’s soccer.

Mountaineers Sneak Away With Win - WVU Athletics
WVU pulls out a 72-67 win over Appalachian State.

EKU Hangover:

West Virginia 74, E. Kentucky 67 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Staten, Browne Lead WVU - WVU Athletics
WVU pulled out a 74-67 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky.

Mountaineers survive Eastern Kentucky scare - Charleston Daily Mail
It was a win that West Virginia men's basketball Coach Bob Huggins didn't seem to enjoy.

Mountaineers outlast Eastern Kentucky - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia squanders big lead, hangs on for 74-67 win

At Wits' End - BGN
For one half, Bob Huggins thought this West Virginia team actually resembled one that he would coach.

Back on track - Times West Virginian
Staten, Browne lead WVU past Eastern Kentucky

WVU men hold off Eastern Kentucky - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers win, 74-67

WVU gets to the line, picks up third straight win - WV MetroNews
Recap & photos

Game Recap: WVU vs. Eastern Kentucky - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers took care of the Colonels in the Coliseum on Sunday.

WVU Ready for Conference Play - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Browne leads way against E. Kentucky

Video: Eastern Kentucky Postgame - BGN
Huggs, Turk, Murray & Staten

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Rutledge, Turk, Murray, Huggs & Staten

PHOTO GALLERY: Mountaineers Get Win Over Eastern Kentucky - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs EKU - BGN

News of Note:

Bowl was perfect storm for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers' various shortcomings exposed in lopsided loss to Syracuse

Patterson takes responsibility for loss - Charleston Daily Mail
"Apparently I didn't do a good job getting the guys to understand how important it was to stop them," Patterson said.

Mountaineers didn’t earn pinstripes in loss to Orange - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
It was WVU’s third straight loss to Syracuse, and the Mountaineers lost six of eight after a 5-0 start to finish 7-6.

Bad plays make difference in WVU season - Charleston Daily Mail
Given how widespread the problems were and how understandable the end result was, it might be unfair to whittle down West Virginia's 7-6 season to a handful of plays.

Handful of plays not enough for WVU - Times West Virginian
“I give Syracuse credit. They did a better job of controlling the line of scrimmage, and they did a better job of running downhill.”

Mountaineers offense due for a major retooling - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
the Mountaineers lose an unprecedented level of talent when Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey -- the team's big three -- move on to the NFL.

WVU offseason filled with questions - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia‘s football team has a lot of work to do.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2012 Game XIII: Iowa State vs Tulsa Liberty Bowl Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview - Cowboys Ride For Free

2013 Cotton Bowl | OU Football | Media Day - Crimson And Cream Machine

Texas wins wild 31-27 comeback over Oregon State - Burnt Orange Nation

Postgame Analysis: MSU 17, TCU 16- Losing the important half. - Frogs O' War

Grades | Minnesota Golden Gophers 31, Texas Tech Red Raiders 34 - Viva The Matadors

At 73, Bill Snyder still leader of young men - ESPN

12.30.2012 Daily Bears Report: Basketball Season Cometh - Our Daily Bears

Kansas Defeats American 89-57 - Rock Chalk Talk

What's On Tap:

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane - Preview - ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 3:30 pm today on ESPN/WatchESPN. Clones are giving 1.5.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Noon Tuesday on ESPNU/WatchESPN. Pokes are giving 17.

Videos of Interest:

Bob Huggins shares his thoughts after WVU's victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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