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Mountaineer Morning Links: Capital Classic Gameday (12/5/12) Edition

Capital Classic previews, TV info, women victorious, Pinstripe Bowl & player features, WVUPros on KJ, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Deniz Kilicli talks about Marshall along with the Thundering Herd Head Coach Tom Herrion, Kevin Jones makes it to the Cleveland Cavaliers Roster and the Pinstripe Bowl tells us why they chose Syracuse over Pitt.

Mountaineers Top Marshall at Capital Classic - WVU Athletics
player of the game Bria Holmes used a game-leading 15 points to lift the West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 64-48 victory over Marshall

Video: WVU vs Marshall Women's Postgame - BGN
Coach Carey, Chrystal Leary & Bria Holmes

WVU Women's Basketball Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Ayana Dunning & Bria Holmes

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Marshall Women - BGN

Rifle Back at No. 1 - WVU Athletics
Following a three-week stay at No. 2, the West Virginia University rifle team has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in today’s Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Sixteen former West Virginia University football players are currently on NFL rosters.

Can Kevin Jones Be Dennis Rodman 2.0? - WVU Pros
Kevin Jones shares similar on-court traits as Hall of Fame player Dennis Rodman. We tell you in what ways, and Jones tells you what he thinks of the comparison.

News of Note:

Capital Classic

WVU, Marshall Square Off Wednesday Night - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers battle the Herd in Charleston Wednesday night.

State's Rights On the Line - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Though his team lost three of its first five games, Bob Huggins still commands a winning sense of humor.

WVU’s new names still backed by same winner - Charleston Daily Mail
Let's not forget, the guy's won over 700 games

Marshall, Mountaineer men face off in Charleston - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The game will be televised by WVNS, Channel 59.

WVU faces Herd tonight - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
West Virginia leads the all-time series with 29 wins to 11 for Marshall.

WVU looks for victory in battle on the boards - Herald Dispatch
Eleven of the last 14 meetings between the state rivals were decided by less than 10 points.

Game might get ugly, but here's a call - Charleston Gazette
Out of 345 NCAA Division I teams, Marshall is No. 268 in scoring defense through Sunday's games, allowing 71.6 points per game, while West Virginia is No. 201, allowing 67.4.

WVU Men's Basketball: Marshall Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia will look to get back to .500 Wednesday night when it goes to Charleston to play Marshall in the Capital Classic.

A twist on WVU-Herd - Charleston Gazette
Schedule adjustment adds sense of urgency for Mountaineers

Intrastate showdown will be just second for Kilicli - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's senior forward from Turkey has played Marshall just once before

Mild weather, walk-ups should help to fill arena - Charleston Daily Mail
A combination of factors could have slowed sales early.


Big Apple Battle - WVU Athletics
Two longtime Eastern adversaries to battle in NYC.

Players share the wealth with bowl gifts - SportsBusiness Daily
SportsBusiness Journal’s seventh annual analysis of the gift packages provided to participants in postseason college football games

Austin best former WVU coach Nehlen has seen in years - Register-Herald
If he’s not a first-team All-America selection, then something is wrong, because he’s a special player.

Big 12 Game Balls: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Woods quietly posting impressive career at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
anyone that’s watched the Naples, Fla. native this season and throughout his career can confirm that Woods has developed into a very solid and reliable player.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Report: Art Briles signs extension to remain Head Coach at Baylor University - Our Daily Bears

Desperate Nation Demands ISU-Tulsa Rematch - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Offense - Rock Chalk Talk

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 14) - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma announces it has sold out entire Cotton Bowl ticket allotment - Oklahoman

Heart of Dallas Bowl 2013: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State: Early Preview and a Cocktail - Cowboys Ride For Free

Malcolm Brown denies transfer rumors - Burnt Orange Nation

First Look: Michigan State Spartans - Frogs O' War

Source: Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown to Kentucky - Viva The Matadors

Notre Dame-Alabama BCS title game tops annual bowl rankings - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the CCC Arena on WBOY (Clarksburg), WOWK (Charleston), WVNS (Beckley), WTRF (Wheeling), WTAP-DT3 (Parkersburg), WJAL (Chambersburg, Pa.), ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.

South Florida Bulls vs. (23) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba Arena on ESPNU

Video of Interest:

The Mountaineers beat Marshall 64-48 Tuesday in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, held at the Charleston Civic Center. True freshman Bria Holmes led the team with 15 points, and sophomore Crystal Leary recorded the first double-double of her career.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Doutzen Kroes.