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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/4/13) Edition

Hoops notes, Tavon's draft stock after the Combine, varsity sports notes, Big 10 targeting Big 12 member?, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Monday, March 4 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks about the Mountaineers loss to Kansas, Mike Carey wants another shot at Baylor and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey says that WVU’s crowd on Saturday night needs to show up more often.

No. 16 Gymnastics Takes Second - WVU Athletics
The No. 16-ranked WVU gymnastics team finished second with a 196.375 in its home quad-meet.

Women Finish 2nd, Men 3rd at Big 12 Swim Champs - WVU Athletics
The WVU swimming team used two first-place finishes on Saturday.

Burnett Named Big 12 Most Outstanding Swimmer - WVU Athletics
Rachael Burnett earned her third most outstanding swimmer award.

Late-Inning Rally Falls Short - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team fell to FAU on Sunday.

WVU out to prove it can swing in Big 12 baseball - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Last year, in its final season in the Big East, WVU finished 23-32 overall and 9-18 in league play while batting .264 with a 6.04 ERA.

FURFARI COLUMN: Solheim still here in W.Va. - Times West Virginian
He’s married to wife Kristie and they are living in Fairmont, where she grew up. Brent graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Area Roundup:Furfari will hold signing - Martinsburg Journal
Furfari will be in town Monday to meet with his loyal followers during a book signing event at United Bank at 24 District Way at Edwin Miller Blvd.

News of Note:

Easy Baskets Once Again Kill Mountaineers - WVillustrated
West Virginia gave up a total of 30 points on dunks or lay-ups to Kansas on Saturday.

Mountaineers will take time, but will adapt - Daily Athenaeum
Though the outcomes of the games shouldn’t have been surprising, it’s another lesson in humility for Mountaineer fans who expected West Virginia to find success easily during the transition year to the Big 12 Conference.

WVU Freshmen Stand Out in Lost Season - WVillustrated
Harris and Henderson have come along quicker than Huggins expected, provide hope for future.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Cloud hangs over WVU basketball - Times West Virginian
there wasn’t much time to mourn the death of this season in Kansas on Saturday afternoon, for on Saturday evening this area put its best foot forward and welcomed Brittney Griner and the national champion Baylor Bears to town as no other women’s team ever has been welcomed

After lighting up the NFL Combine, Tavon Austin's draft stock is on the Rise - WVU Pros
He came, he saw, he performed, he conquered. Tavon Austin outshined all other skill position players at the NFL Combine.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Kansas loss shows importance of experience - Charleston Gazette

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big Ten in expansion mode again - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Kansas.

Rodney McGruder’s three lifts Kansas State past Baylor in wild finish - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Solidifies Themselves As Fourth In Conference With 86-69 Win Over Iowa St. - Crimson And Cream Machine

Elijah Johnson flexing his muscle at right time for KU - Lawrence Journal World

Texas Loses to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, 78-65 - Burnt Orange Nation

Post Game Thoughts | TCU 63, Texas Tech 72 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (6) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Phog Allen on ESPNU

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Erwin Special Events Center on ESPN & ESPN3

Video of Interest:

The 2012 season was fantastic for the West Virginia University Women's Soccer team. They won their second conference championship in a row, the Big 12 championship in their first season in the conference, and made their 13th NCAA appearance in a row.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian smoke show. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nikee Sawyer.