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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma State Pre-Game (1/25/13) Edition

Tier 3 questions answered, draft notes, hoops notes, OSU previews, Big 12 roundup, viewing guide & 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 Cowboy's Beer, in preparation for tomorrow's opponent.

What You May Have Missed:

Tier 3 FAQs - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
I’ve also been warned that there’s a good amount of misinformation out there for your consumption. I’ll field and answer your Tier 3 questions in the comments, as can.

MAC discusses Coliseum seating changes - WV MetroNews
The MAC announced the change in December. Wednesday was the first of three open houses designed to receive feedback and explain the situation to fans.

WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
This week's WVUsportsBuzz, with Amanda Mazey, is on site at the WVU Coliseum, previewing this weekend's Mountaineer sports action, including wrestling's Big 12 debut on Saturday against Iowa State.

WVU defense could be much better in 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
Last season, the West Virginia football team’s defense was historically bad, plain and simple.

How high can Geno Smith go in the 2013 NFL Draft? - WVU Pros
We take a look at where Geno Smith could go in the 2013 NFL Draft if he is not selected by Kansas City with the #1 pick.

2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 - NFL - Don Banks -
#4, Eagles

Discover Calls SEC Fans Most Loyal in College Football - Fox Business
#3...guess they didn't see MPS after the KSU game

News of Note:

West Virginia travels to Oklahoma State with hopes of second-straight victory - Daily Athenaeum
WVU is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since it beat Oakland, Radford and Eastern Kentucky in December.

WVU Men's Basketball: Oklahoma State Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers will look for a second consecutive win when they travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday

Huggins still looking for team to go extra mile - Times West Virginian
"We don’t have aggressive people by nature. We have just a whole bunch of laid-back, nice guys," he said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Wins, losses heavy weight in athletics - Times West Virginian
But what does that really mean, winning and losing, and how does it affect the competitors?

Attitude, not Talent, Problem with Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
"It's been a struggle to ingrain how hard you have to compete," Huggins said. "When you're the (318th)-worst shooting team in America, you have to play hard."

Harris Starting To Get Comfortable In WVU Offense - WVillustrated
Harris has scored in double figures in each of the last three games

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles

Around the League (and Beyond):

With NBA scouts in the house, Baylor's Cory Jefferson helps his stock - Waco Tribune

Tech loss a setback, not a death knell, for ISU - Ames Tribune

Anrio Adams Brings Another Dancing Jayhawk Moment - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State reviews missed opportunities against KU - Topeka Capital Journal

Sooners to face toughest test of hoops season with Kansas dead ahead - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU would have been better off with the old Gallagher-Iba Arena - Oklahoman

Mondays’ loss to OU doubly painful; Holmes to miss 3-6 weeks - Austin All American Statesman

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Texas Tech Red Raider Basketball Weekly Trending - Viva The Matadors

Realignment looming? Big 12 ADs to discuss expansion -
According to sources in the Big 12, there would be wide interest in Florida State if FSU became serious about joining the Big 12.

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
1 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba Arena on ESPNU

(24) Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball 7 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

(11) Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
1:45 pm Saturday from Hilton Coliseum on RSN alternate and ESPN Fullcourt

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on YES, RSN alternate and ESPN Fullcourt

Oklahoma Sooners vs. (3) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Allen Fieldhouse on ESPN/ESPN3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from Erwin Special Events Center on the LongHor.....who are we kidding? Nobody has access to that, even in Texas

Videos of Interest:

On this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, Tony and the coach look ahead to WVU's visit to Stillwater and Oklahoma State this weekend.

It's not Dougity Dog, but still well done...

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Soon...but not soon enough:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a SI Swimsuit model and former cover girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Irina Shayk.