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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Game Day (1/13/14) Edition

Texas previews, women top Texas in OT, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Jan. 13 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten walks us through his final shot of the game against Oklahoma State and Terry Henderson talks about the team learning from these tough losses.

Mountaineers Top Longhorns in Overtime - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team closed out a 56-49 overtime decision over Texas, Sunday afternoon, at the WVU Coliseum.

Cold-shooting WVU women scrap to defeat Texas in overtime - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers fight back at end of regulation before downing Longhorns 56-49.

Caldwell after win over Horns: ‘We did what we had to do’ - WV MetroNews
WVU women pull off late comeback to win game in overtime.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews of WVU Coach Mike Carey and his players following the Mountaineers' win over Texas in overtime.

Mountaineers Open Season with a Win - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University gymnastics team scored 193.7 and finished in third place in its 2014 season opener tonight at No. 21 Kentucky, with No. 15 Penn State and Ball State, at Memorial Coliseum, in front of 5,839 fans.

Tonkery Wins First Curtis Jones, Jr. Award - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that junior linebacker Wes Tonkery has been selected as the first recipient of the Curtis Jones, Jr., Award, named in honor of the late Curtis Jones, Jr., an associate athletic director for academic support at WVU, who died suddenly in September.

Clarke One of Four to Play in Post Season All-Star Games -
Fortunately for Will Clarke, Pat Eger, Curtis Feigt and Charles Sims, they have been each been granted an opportunity to participate in a post-season all-star game.

The National: History Achieved - Bring On The Cats
For forty years, college football has been fractured into multiple levels of competition. Something happened this year that's never happened before.

Furfari: WVU made a Big 12 mistake - Martinsburg Journal
If you're interested in my reasoning and thinking, please read on. If not, don't waste your time.

News of Note:

Harris Frustrated After Struggles vs. OSU - BGN
For much of this season, Eron Harris has been outstanding for West Virginia as the consistent scorer on the perimeter that this team has been searching for the last few seasons.

Mountaineers not quite there, but close - Charleston Daily Mail
The easy thing to do following Saturday's loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State would be to point out West Virginia has lost 15 straight games to ranked teams and still hasn't beaten a team above the Mountaineers in the Big 12 standings.

WVU tries to get over hump against quality foes - Charleston Daily Mail
The one-point loss - WVU's six losses this season have all come by single digits at an average of 4.8 points - is not a failure, however.

Mountaineers eager to cleanse 'bad taste' - Charleston Gazette
After disappointing loss to Oklahoma State, WVU welcomes quick turnaround

Preview: WVU vs Texas - BGN
Texas and West Virginia have been on similar arcs over the past two seasons, and the meeting tonight will show which one has made the most progress in rebuilding their program.

WVU looking to get on track against Texas - Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s basketball coach Bob Huggins had just suffered another difficult defeat, losing 73-72 to No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday night, and was trying to put the feeling into words.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU to host Texas Longhorns - WVillustrated
Tip-off is set for 7p.m. Monday night at the Coliseum, right here in Morgantown. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Mountaineers welcome Texas - Register-Herald
Bob Huggins and his players looked like a group of kindergarten students who were told Santa Claus had been grounded due to mechanical issues on his sleigh after the 73-72 loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State.

With Texas on tap, West Virginia seeks bounce-back effort - WV MetroNews
Two days after another disappointing near-upset, the Mountaineers face a dangerous Longhorns team at the Coliseum.

WVU looks to rebound against Texas - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will be forced to take the court just 48 hours after suffering one of the toughest losses of the season when the Mountaineers host Texas tonight. WVU was defeated by No. 11 Oklahoma State 73-72 at the Coliseum Saturday evening.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers still need to ripen before they win big games - Times West Virginian
The turnaround was a quick one, from Saturday to Monday.

Viola: WVU Is In Search of A Big Victory - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''Everybody has seen it,'' Eron Harris said. ''We can beat these teams. We almost beat Wisconsin, we almost beat Purdue. Every big game we have, we almost win.''

Deep Big 12 could pose problem for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Most Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, which is used to rank sports teams based upon a team’s wins and losses and its strength of schedule, have the Big 12 Conference No. 1 nationally.


WVU lands top-250 commitment McFadden for 2015 - WV MetroNews
Another South Florida standout says he's bound for Morgantown as Kendrell McFadden spurns FSU, Miami and Alabama.

McFadden To WVU - BGN
West Virginia has received a verbal commitment from four-star safety Kendrell McFadden

Pro News:

Gyorko lighter, relaxed entering sophomore MLB season - WV MetroNews
Padres second baseman based 23 homers and committed only four errors as a rookie.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Final 2013-2014 Baylor Offensive Stats, Rankings, and Records - Our Daily Bears

Undefeated No More - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Selden embraces 'new season' with Big 12 play - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State falls flat on defense in loss to KU - Wichita Eagle

OU football: Sooners should be stout in 2014, but there are a few question marks - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: Offensive line coach Joe Wickline confirms he's headed to Texas - Oklahoman

Shawn Watson introduced as Longhorn QB coach, OC yet to be named - Barking Carnival

TCU’s role model should be Baylor - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tech unanimously rejects Mayfield appeal - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ESPNU/3

(18) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (9) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Hilton on ESPN/3

Video of Interest:

Highlights from the WVU women's basketball overtime victory against the Texas Longhorns.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Brace yourselves:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the Bikini Team Model of the Month. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ingrid Leon.