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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (2/26/13) Edition

Hoops notes, previewing tonight's women's game vs. KState, more on Tavon at the Combine, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Tuesday, Feb. 26 - WV MetroNews
Mike Florio of is impressed with Tavon Austin at the NFL Combine. Women’s coach Mike Carey talks matchups against Kansas State. And Bob Huggins on the men’s side is stressing taking care of the ball.

Lady Mountaineers set to host Kansas St. - Times West Virginian
In the first meeting of the year between the teams in Manhattan, Kan., WVU won easily, 66-52.

West Virginia set to tangle with Wildcats - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will welcome Kansas State to the Coliseum tonight for a rematch of its Jan. 12 contest.

Caldwell leading WVU women in scoring - Register-Herald
“I couldn’t be happier the way things have gone so far,” Caldwell said. “We’ve all worked hard all year and must continue to work hard with the Big 12 Tournament just ahead.”

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Ayana Dunning & Taylor Palmer

Rice Takes Big 12 Weekly Honor - WVU Athletics
Jacob Rice was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Kyanko Qualifies for NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
Sophomore Thomas Kyanko individually qualified for the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships.

Gymnastics Up to No. 16 Nationally - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team is up nine spots to No. 16 in today's GymInfo Poll.

The Extra Tenth: Makenzie Bristol - WVU Athletics
Junior gymnast Makenzie Bristol is featured in this week's The Extra Tenth.

Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Sophomore class has put Mountaineers in a slump - Charleston Daily Mail
"We can't run a set because I have guys who have been here - and this is year two - and don't know what they're doing"

Why Does WVU Shoot So Poorly? - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers are among the worst in the country in most shooting categories.

Huggins: Correcting mistakes -
"Our turnovers have been at the worst time, in the worst ways," Huggins said. "You can't have live ball turnovers; they result in baskets for the other team."

Mountaineers ‘embarrassed,’ disappointed in performance this season - Daily Athenaeum
And the frustrations don’t end at Huggins. The players aren’t taking things too well either

HERTZEL COLUMN: Humphrey is used to losing - Times West Virginian
This year was supposed to be his escape, his move into a winning situation after suffering the pain of defeat at not one but two previous schools.

The Big 12's best individual game of 2012 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
No. 1: West Virginia WR/RB/PR/KR Tavon Austin vs. Oklahoma

2013 NFL Mock Draft: We have a new No. 1 pick -
#3 & #25

NFL Scouting Combine: WVU's Tavon Austin could fill many roles - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia's Tavon Austin might be the most talented player at the NFL Scouting Combine, a multipurpose threat who can run the ball, catch the ball and return kicks with great productivity.

Combine opens National Football League door for WVU’s Austin - Daily Athenaeum
Anywhere Austin ends up, he’ll probably be sent to return kicks and punts in addition to his offensive responsibilities, so that is a given.

Catching up on Big 12 and NFL combine - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Two Big 12 receivers were the biggest head-turners on Sunday

Maybe NFL talent isn't the answer for WVU - Charleston Gazette
The other two WVU teams that had three players taken in the first two rounds weren't especially memorable, either.

Football Notebook - WVU Athletics
Speed kills and these guys had it.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 to review last minute of Kansas-Iowa State game, coordinator of officials says - ESPN

Kansas @ Iowa State Recap: A Not So Magical Finish - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Texas Tech's upset bid unravels quickly as Nino Williams rescues first-place K-State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Baylor confirms 2013 home game against the Wofford Terriers - Our Daily Bears

OU Football | 2013 Spring Preview Series | Quarterback - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys survive great unknown - Oklahoman

Mack Brown and Texas Longhorns football are creatures of habit - Barking Carnival

Monday Morning Manager: February 25th, 2013 - Frogs O' War

What's On Tap:

WVU to Face Kansas State Tuesday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will face Kansas State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This makes me laugh until it hurts

Miss Throwdown:

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