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Mountaineer Morning Links: Gonzaga Hangover (12/11/13) Edition

Coverage of the Gonzaga loss, football notes, WVU Pros hoops update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Dec. 11 - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris and Bob Huggins share their thoughts on WVU’s 80-76 loss to Gonzaga.

WRNL Does Morgantown - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Good times were had

HERTZEL COLUMN: Defense needs to be WVU’s No. 1 priority - Times West Virginian
When Dana Holgorsen took over as West Virginia’s football coach, he came carrying the credentials of an offensive innovator and with an unbroken history of offensive success, the assumption being that it would carry over from Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State to WVU.

Sims, Spain, Clarke, O'Toole on AP All-Big 12 Team - WVU Athletics
Four make sportswriters all-Big 12 second team.

Women's Soccer No. 12 in Coaches' Poll - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team is ranked No. 12 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire College Rankings for the 2013 season.

Gonzaga Hangover:

No. 20 Gonzaga beats West Virginia 80-76 - ESPN
Recap, statistics, photos, etc

Late Surge Lifts Gonzaga - WVU Athletics
Second half cold spell dooms West Virginia.

Mountaineers fall short vs. No. 20 Gonzaga - Charleston Daily Mail
On the festive kind of night the Coliseum hasn't seen too often lately, West Virginia had a 13-year home winning streak against ranked non-conference teams come to an end Tuesday while suffering 14th straight loss to a ranked opponent.

Gonzaga rallies past WVU - Charleston Gazette
No matter what West Virginia threw at No. 20 Gonzaga Tuesday night, the Zags had an answer.

It seemed different in Morgantown, but wasn’t - Charleston Gazette
In the end, though, the only thing that was different was the margin of Gonzaga's victory. It was not 23. It was not 35. It was four, 80-76.

Not Enough To Beat The Zags - BGN
West Virginia gave No. 20 Gonzaga all it could handle on Monday night, but it wasn’t enough to pull the upset.

Gonzaga overcomes deficit to defeat WVU 80-76 -
After dropping the previous two meetings against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in an embarrassing fashion, the West Virginia Mountaineers arrived at the WVU Coliseum Tuesday night ready to play against the 16-ranked foe.

Zags finish strong to defeat West Virginia 80-76 - WV MetroNews
Up by 10 in the second half, the Mountaineers unraveled late and missed their chance at an upset.

Huggins after late-game lapses: ‘We’re so close to being pretty good’ - WV MetroNews
After WVU led for nearly 16 minutes of the second half against No. 20 Gonzaga, Huggins saw ample reason for optimism.

Staten on Gonzaga’s rally: ‘We just broke down on defense’ - WV MetroNews
Disappointed point guard says he thought this was the game in which WVU could break through.

Covered up in the second half, Harris felt he ‘wasn’t an option’ - WV MetroNews
WVU's guard lit up Gonzaga for 18 points in the opening half before the defense tried to choke him out.

Gonzaga avoids upset at WVU - Times West Virginian
For most of Tuesday night’s battle at the Coliseum, West Virginia did a number on Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos, and because of that and some dazzling first-half shooting by Eron Harris and second-half heroics of Terry Henderson, the Mountaineers seemed on their way to an upset of the nation’s No. 20 team.

No. 20 Gonzaga Beats W. Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The Bulldogs held West Virginia (6-4) to one field goal over a 7-minute stretch late in the game.

WVU Loses Heartbreaker to Gonzaga - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers lost a heartbreaker at home on Tuesday night to No. 15 Gonzaga, 80-76.

BGN Video: Gonzaga Postgame - BGN
A dejected Eron Harris and equally deflated Kevin Noreen dissect West Virginia's latest collapse - an 80-76 loss to No. 20 Gonzaga in which the Mountaineers led by 10 in the second half and eight with as many minutes left.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Noreen, Staten & Harris

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Gonzaga - BGN
Images from West Virginia's game with the 20th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga vs West Virginia Game Recap: Zags Top Mountaineers 80-76 in Morgantown - Mid-Major Madness
Gonzaga and West Virginia, two teams that had never met prior to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, played for the third time in as many seasons. Gonzaga was looking to move to 3-0 all time against West Virginia, and they did.

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia final score: Kevin Pangos scores 18 as Bulldogs comeback, 80-76 -
The Mountaineers almost had the upset in Morgantown if it wasn't for Kevin Pangos.


Gibson key in wooing Henry to WVU - Charleston Gazette
"You can tell when you're talking with someone and look them in the eyes, you know if they're lying," said Henry when recalling why he chose WVU after in-home visits with both programs last week. "And Coach Gibson was straight up with us."

Dravon Henry to play defense for West Virginia Mountaineers football - ESPN
Read below to see how the four-star athlete fits in at WVU

Pro News:

WVUPros on the hardwood update: 12/10/13 - ProsReport
Here is an update on how your favorite WVUPros are faring on the basketball courts around the world with some new additions to the list, including Marcus Goree, Dee Proby and Chris Moss.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Now We're Here - Baylor 2013 Season Recap Video - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State men, women sitting atop college basketball world - Des Moines Register

Gator Bait: KU basketball chomped, 67-61, by No. 19 Florida - Lawrence Journal World

Trudging Right Along: K-State 64, South Dakota 62 - Bring On The Cats

OU Basketball's Je'lon Hornbeak Out 4-6 Weeks With Another Foot Injury - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Fewer than 1,500 tickets remain in Cotton Bowl allotment - Oklahoman

Mack Brown "set to resign", per ESPN - Barking Carnival

Top five strangest moments in the 2013 TCU football season - TCU 360

Texas Tech, Arizona State Holiday Bowl abundant with story lines - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Videos of Interest:

Highlights from West Virginia's 80-76 loss to Gonzaga

Comments from men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins, after the Mountaineers narrow defeat to Gonzaga

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a collection of lovely ladies who strutted their stuff on CBS last night. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of the VS Angels.