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Mountaineer Morning Links: William & Mary Hangover (12/30/13) Edition

Coverage of W&M win in Charleston, Women win 11th straight, Dillon cleared for practice, WVU Pros update, Bowl action tonight, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 30 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor hosts this edition of Gold and Blue Now as we hear from Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten following WVU’s eighth win of the 2013-2014 season.

Gibson: Dillon cleared to return for offseason workouts - WV MetroNews
Sophomore safety missed WVU's final two games after being hospitalized following loss to Texas.

Sporting News selects college football's most iconic players - Sporting News
Somewhat of a surprise here, but not really

Mountaineers Win 11th Consecutive - WVU Athletics
89-56 victory over Elon at the WVU Coliseum

William & Mary Hangover:

West Virginia beats William & Mary 82-45 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Mountaineers Win in Charleston - WVU Athletics
WVU improves to 8-5 on the season.

Mountaineers cruise past William & Mary at Civic Center - Charleston Daily Mail
Re-energized from the rest, the WVU defense held William & Mary to 14 of 55 shooting (25.5 percent) and 6 of 25 on 3-pointers (24.0 percent).

Staten's dunk unravels Tribe - Charleston Gazette
In the grand scheme of things, it was but two points.

WVU blasts William & Mary, 82-45 - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's slow start at the Civic Center today mattered little.

Mountaineers take care of William & Mary, 82-45 - Times West Virginian
It wasn’t exactly the start of what would be a surprisingly overwhelming performance by West Virginia in the Mountaineers final non-conference encounter of the season, but it was the spark that made certain this wasn’t going to be Gonzaga all over again.

Tribe No Trouble For WVU - BGN
West Virginia ended its non-conference season on a bright note after playing perhaps its best game of the year, a 82-45 victory over William & Mary at the Charleston Civic Center.

WVU finishes non-conference play with 82-45 win -
An excellent first half from West Virginia, sparked by an extended 21-5 run, helped the Mountaineers take down William and Mary with ease Sunday afternoon in Charleston.

Mountaineers Dominate Tribe - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers closed out non-conference play on Sunday afternoon in Charleston against the Tribe. From start to finish, it was all WVU, as the Mountaineers won in dominating fashion, 82-45.

’Eers Top W&M - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Terry Henderson and West Virginia are ready to see what the Big 12 portion of the schedule has in store for the Mountaineers.

Big men battered but Mountaineers coast in nonconference finale - WV MetroNews
During a sore week, Devin Williams had a bus-induced bad back and Brandon Watkins lost two front teeth.

Adrian escapes curse of Civic Center - Charleston Gazette
The Civic Center had not been kind to West Virginia University forward Nathan Adrian.

Adrian Breaks Nose, Sinks Shots - WVillustrated
Freshman forward has face restructured before going off for 16 points in WVU's win over William and Mary.

Huggins applauds Noreen’s defense in blowout - WV MetroNews
Coach likes how junior forward disrupted William & Mary's Princeton-style offense.

Photo Gallery I: William & Mary - BGN
Our first looks at West Virginia's 82-45 win over William & Mary

Henderson after season-high 19 points: ‘I was due for a big game’ - WV MetroNews
Sophomore guard takes aggressive approach as Mountaineers rip William & Mary.

Staten nets first double-double since his days at Dayton - WV MetroNews
Point guard posts 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as West Virginia crushes William & Mary.

Adrian bloodied but finds the stroke from 3-point range - WV MetroNews
Freshman scores 14 points in 4:33 stretch of the second half as WVU routs William & Mary.

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

News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN- Huggins’ players’ toughness key to future success - Times West Virginian
If Bob Huggins appreciates anything in his players, it is toughness.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Watkins is earning his playing time - Times West Virginian
When it occurred, it was one of those nice little stories that pops up every so often during the course of a season.

Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Roller coaster rookie season will help Geno - Pros Report
Step inside the Coal Burning Stove. Every week, I’ll be bringing you an opinionated column concerning our WVU Pros in sports. Enjoy!

Around the League (and Beyond):

New Baylor Football Video: Regular Season Highlights - Our Daily Bears

Bye Bye Bluford - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU's next foe, Toledo, still undefeated - Lawrence Journal World

Four Days to Hitchhike from Saginaw: K-State 31, Michigan 14 - Bring On The Cats

Allstate Sugar Bowl | Can The Oklahoma Sooners Find & Exploit The Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Weaknesses? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Why Michael Sam and the Missouri defensive front presents a big challenge for OSU - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas-Oregon Bowl Want To - Which Football Team Wants To Be There? - Barking Carnival

Statesman: Mack Brown wants bigger buyout package from Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

Fields’ return helps TCU men hold off Texas Southern - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Critical Matchups | Arizona St. Sun Devils and Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Bowl Games

(10) Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
Alamo Bowl, 6:45 pm tonight from the Alamodome on ESPN/3

(14) Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
Holiday Bowl, 10:15 pm tonight from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on ESPN/3

Big 12 Hoops

Robert Morris Colonials vs. (7) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on ESPNU/3

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. (11) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on FSSW+.

Toledo Rockets vs. (16) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Phog on ESPN3

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' postgame remarks following West Virginia's win over William & Mary in Charleston.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Argentinian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Zaira Nara.