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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa State Gameday (1/1/12) Edition

Riot Bowl Ball previews, football recruiting, women win again, Big 12 roundup & more


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Monocacy Riot Rye Pale Ale, in preparation of tonight's Riot Bowl Ball.

What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Defeat TCU - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team defeated TCU, 58-50, Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Akilah Bethel & Ayana Dunning

Former NFL cornerback takes on challenge with Mountaineers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He will be tasked with improving a group of cornerbacks that struggled against the prolific passing offenses of the Big 12 Conference this past season.

Rifle Resumes Season Ranked No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers’ (9-0, 4-0 GARC) ranking is based on their team average of 4716.0. Team averages are derived from a squad’s top three scores shot at three different venues.

MAC Social Media Challenge - WVU Athletics
Each fan that likes, follows or connects with a MAC social media account by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, will be entered into a random drawing to win prizes from the MAC account followed.

"Total Mountaineer Family" - BGN
Returning players and coaches spanned eight decades, with the highlight being the honoring of former West Virginia player, head coach and director of athletics Fred Schaus.

Pro Basketball Update - WVU Athletics
Three former West Virginia men’s basketball players are playing in either the NBA or the NBA’s Developmental League.

2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen & Early Entries - College Football News
Is it the right or wrong move?

Video: Geno Smith Is Worthy Of The #1 Pick - Arrowhead Addict
So the question then becomes is there one QB in this class that is clearly the best of the group?

News of Note:

WVU hopes shooting carries over at Iowa State - Charleston Gazette
"We really, on the perimeter, play three sophomores and two freshmen. I think we get better all the time. I think the more experience they get the better we get.''

Mountaineers, Cyclones try to get most out of transfers - Charleston Daily Mail
It's possible that when Iowa State and West Virginia play tonight, the two best players on each team were the two best practice players last year.

Transfer balance: Cyclones have it - WV MetroNews
There could be as many as seven D-I transfers on the court Wednesday when Iowa State hosts WVU. The Cyclones are clearly getting the best return so far.

WVU desperate for a win tonight at Iowa State - Register-Herald
With a few different bounces, the West Virginia University basketball team could be 3-0 in Big 12 play

Mountaineers to visit Iowa State today - Inter-Mountain
"You play 18 league games and we've lost two at home," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

5 keys: WVU at Iowa State - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor scouts tonight's Big 12 game in Ames, where the Mountaineers are trying to stay above .500.

Men's Basketball Notebook - WVU Athletics
West Virginia faces a different challenge at Iowa State Wednesday night.

West Virginia set to take on Iowa State - Daily Athenaeum
Fresh off a 1-point loss to No. 16 Kansas State during the weekend, the West Virginia men’s basketball team will head to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State tonight.

Transfer from Dayton in dog house - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Notebook

West Virginia plays at Iowa State tonight - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The Cyclones are coming off a 20-point home win over Texas on Saturday night while WVU's last outing was a heartbreaking 65-64 home loss to Kansas State that same day.

HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA in need of changes - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook


Coach: WVU gets a ‘hidden gem’ - WV MetroNews
The head coach of West Virginia's most recent commit was a guest on the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline.

WVU football recruiting: Holgorsen tries to replace Geno Smith, boost defense -
Bevy of halfbacks and linebackers for Mountaineers in 2013.

WVU Recruiting Class Approaches Home Stretch - WVillustrated
The WVU football recruiting class currently stands at 22 commitments as of Tuesday, January 15th.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Trend Tracking: Keys To Cyclone Success - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Baylor Football 2013 Resolutions - Our Daily Bears

A (Semi) Statistical Recap of the Dancing GIF - Rock Chalk Talk

Southwell playing big minutes - Manhattan Mercury

Oklahoma football: What to make of alums’ criticism - Oklahoman

Cowboys still among Big 12 favorites despite uncertainty in Stillwater - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Inside the Numbers, Week 10 - Burnt Orange Nation

Report: Curtis Luper Will Be Announced As New RB Coach at TCU - Frogs O' War

National Writers Opine on Grading the Kliff Kingsbury Hire - Viva The Matadors

National Signing Day 2013 basics: Your college football recruiting primer -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Hilton Coliseum on ESPN2/3

(16) Kansas State Wildcats vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on ESPNU

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's win over the TCU Horned Frogs on January 15 at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favorites around here. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bar Refaeli.