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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (11/18/13) Edition

More on the Kansas loss, Hoops tops Duquesne, Women's soccer advances in NCAAs, weekend varsity action, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Nov. 18 - WV MetroNews
Garret Cullen recaps the weekend for the Mountaineers’ as we hear from Bob Huggins, Devin Williams and Shannon Dawson.

Bussie Helps WVU to Victory Over Cougars - WVU Athletics
Senior Asya Bussie used a game-leading 25 points to pave the way to a 88-66 West Virginia University women’s basketball victory.

No. 7 Women's Soccer Advances - WVU Athletics
West Virginia advances to the round of 32 for the first time since 2010.

Men’s Soccer Falls at No. 8 Akron - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer ended its season falling at Akron on Friday.

No. 3 Rifle Earns Sixth Straight Win - WVU Athletics
defeating No. 13 Navy, 4678-4627

Volleyball Sweeps TCU - WVU Athletics
The WVU volleyball team swept TCU on Saturday afternoon.

Duquesne Hangover:

Mountaineers Down The Dukes - WVU Athletics
West Virginia improves to 2-1 win a 13-point win at the Coliseum.

Harris, Staten lead West Virginia past Duquesne - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's good to get this good win," sophomore guard Eron Harris said. "Not just a little bitty win, but a good win."

WVU avoids letdown vs. Duquesne - Charleston Gazette
Yes, the Mountaineers did struggle with the Dukes at times, but behind record scoring performances by Eron Harris and Juwan Staten, they pulled away in the final minutes for a 96-83 win

Harris, Staten break out vs. Duquesne - WV MetroNews
West Virginia duo combines for 61 points in 96-83 victory Sunday at the Coliseum.

WVU Downs Dukes - BGN
The tandem of Eron Harris and Juwan Staten was enough for West Virginia to defeat Duquesne 96-83 on Sunday.

Mountaineers Defeat Duquesne - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers bounced back from a tough loss on the road to Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon by getting a 96-83 home victory over Duquesne.

Mountaineers outlast Dukes, 96-83 - Times West Virginian
A year ago, in the most forgettable season of Bob Huggins’ most memorable career, Duquesne defeated West Virginia, 60-56.

Harris, Staten On Target for WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Eron Harris and Juwan Staten are beginning to make it a habit of setting career highs every time they take the floor.

Harris scores 33 in WVU win over Duquesne - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Harris, who made 6 of 8 3-point shots, had 33 points. Staten, who made 14 of 19 free throws, scored 28.

Staten making his points early in the season - WV MetroNews
WVU's point guard has twice established career highs for scoring in the first three games.

WATCH: West Virginia Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Henderson, Staten, Williams & Harris

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Duquesne - BGN
Our photographic review of West Virginia's 96-83 win over Duquesne

News of Note:

Missing bowl 'an all-time low' for Holgorsen - Charleston Daily Mail
"When you come in someone else's house and you're not ready to play, they're going to take it from you," WVU nose guard Shaq Rowell said.

Run defense fails Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"We did everything right," Rowell said, "but give up those 300 rushing yards."

Holgorsen: 'We're not where we need to be' - Charleston Gazette
"This program's not equipped right now to handle the wear and tear of the Big 12,'' Holgorsen said. "You look at how many freshmen were out there - and I'm not blaming anything on injuries; that's just part of the game. But you've got to be able to have depth. In the Big 12, you've got to be able to handle a lot of snaps and you've got to be able to handle injuries. And right now we're not where we need to be.''

Mountaineers now at ‘all-time low’ - Times West Virginian
The real world in which West Virginia football now exists is not a pleasant place to be.

WVU, Holgorsen Hit "All-Time Low" with Loss - WVillustrated
Head coach says Mountaineers aren't equipped to play each week in the Big 12 after failing to reach bowl game for first time since 2001.

Holgorsen may not be the answer for Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

WVU football headed in the wrong direction - Register-Herald
How bad was West Virginia’s 31-19 loss to Kansas Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.? Perhaps nobody said it better than WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen in his postgame press conference when he labeled the loss as an "all-time low."

Kansas runners grind up West Virginia's bowl aspirations - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The defeat erased any hopes West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) had of earning bowl eligibility.

Monday morning stock report: Sellfoff on WVU’s bowl hopes - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor evaluates West Virginia's embarrassing loss in Lawrence, Kan., where Charlie Weis is smiling and a goal post is missing in the north end zone.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week 12 In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Baylor Ranked #4 in Latest BCS Rankings - Our Daily Bears

Second-half Sooner surge dooms Cyclones - Ames Tribune

KU football notebook: Celebration returns to Memorial Stadium - Lawrence Journal World

Evans provides key play for K-State defense - Topeka Capital Journal

Did OU Offense Find An Identity Against Iowa State Or Start A QB Controversy? Both? Neither? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys in good spirits heading into huge matchup vs. Baylor - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Why Texas got exposed against Oklahoma State - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU notes: In Frogs’ bizarre year, equipment failure reigns supreme - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Tech-Baylor notebook - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Final: Week 12 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

The Top Whatever: Florida State takes Alabama's parking spot -

Why USC should not hire Ed Orgeron as its head coach - CollegeFootballTalk
WVU fans take heed (and not just because #3)

What's On Tap:

WVU women's soccer team plays at Va. Tech Friday - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Hokies (17-4-2), who received one of the tourney’s top seeds, will take on fourth-seeded West Virginia (16-3-3) at 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson Field on the Virginia Tech campus.

Videos of Interest:

Highlights from West Virginia's 96-83 victory over Duquesne Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

Comments from head coach Bob Huggins, following the Mountaineers victory over Duquesne

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate of the Month. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nikki Leigh.

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