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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Hangover (1/14/14) Edition

Coverage of the Texas loss, Huggs post-game presser, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Jan. 14 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins, Juwan Staten, and Eron Harris all reflect on Monday night’s 80-69 loss to Texas in this edition of Gold and Blue Now.

Mountaineers set for start of spring season this weekend - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 3 West Virginia University rifle team is returning for their spring season after a long break.

Hampton’s confident play earns extra minutes, larger role - Daily Athenaeum
Brooke Hampton, senior guard for the West Virginia women’s basketball team, knows this is her last go around in a WVU jersey, and so far, she has taken the opportunity and proved to be one of head coach Mike Carey’s best bench players.

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

Henderson Nominated for Geico Play of the Year - WVU Athletics
Fan voting determines the winner.

Furfari: WVU-OSU was a wonderful masterpiece! - Register-Herald
Mickey seems to love the close losses in hoops

Texas Hangover:

Texas knocks off West Virginia 80-69 - ESPN
Recap, statistics, video, etc

Longhorns Too Much for WVU - WVU Athletics
Texas out-rebounds WVU by 19 on Monday night.

WVU basketball: Texas too tough for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Longhorns hand West Virginia worst loss of season, 80-69

Mess with Texas? Not on this night - Charleston Gazette
It all added up to a Texas-sized whipping, courtesy of the visiting Longhorns. The final score of 80-69 was not indicative of the rout, which, at 6:22 of the second half, reached 21 points.

WVU gored by Longhorns - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers fall apart in dispiriting 80-69 loss

Longhorn Letdown - BGN
The worst thing West Virginia could’ve done after losing a close game to then-No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday was come out and failing to beat Texas at home on Monday.

WVU shows fatigue in 80-69 loss to Texas -
After coming to within a point of defeating the 11-ranked team in the country, the Mountaineers struggled to find any momentum whatsoever at the Coliseum, falling to a hot Texas Longhorns squad 80-69.

Large and lethal Longhorns pour it on, send WVU to 4th straight Coliseum loss - WV MetroNews
Texas comes alive on the glass to pound West Virginia 80-69 at the Coliseum.

Shots Won’t Fall for Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''We just didn't make any shots. You don't make shots, you put your head down. You make shots, you play harder. (Texas) made shots. We didn't make any shots.''

Texas tops WVU 80-69 - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia’s test to put a tough, three-point home loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State behind them on short rest was answered with a sluggish, uninspired performance Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Mountaineers fall to Texas at home - Times West Virginian
This one wasn’t a heartbreaker for West Virginia. A season breaker? Maybe, but not a heartbreaker.

GAME RECAP: WVU vs. Texas - WVillustrated
The West Virginia Mountaineers dropped their second straight game Monday night at the WVU Coliseum. The Texas Longhorns beat the Mountaineers 80-69.

Huggins consoled by fact WVU ‘tried to get back in the game’ - WV MetroNews
“They didn’t quit. That in itself is a start,” Huggins said.

Staten’s 23-point, 5-assist night not enough to keep Mountaineers close - WV MetroNews
Point guard was lone bright spot in Mountaineers' 80-69 loss to Texas.

Refrain of slumping Harris: ‘I missed shot after shot after shot after shot’ - WV MetroNews
Held to single-digits scoring for only the second time this season, Eron Harris has inarguably stumbled into that most dreaded of territories: The shooting slump.

Early foul trouble hurts Harris, WVU in loss - Daily Athenaeum
The momentum of last night’s showdown between Texas and West Virginia completely shifted when Mountaineer guard Eron Harris left the game in the first half with foul trouble.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Predictions sometimes can go the other way - Times West Virginian
“Prediction: Big nite for Eron Harris vs. Texas. If I'm wrong, don't bother letting me know. I'll be well aware of it.”

WVU-Texas: Postgame Quotebook - EerSports
Juwan Staten, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris talk with the media after West Virginia's loss to Texas.

West Virginia Postgame Player Reaction - YouTube
Player reaction following West Virginia's 80-69 loss to Texas on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.

BGN Video: Texas Postgame - BGN
Harris, Staten & Henderson

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

Photos: WVU can’t keep pace with Horns - WV MetroNews
View the gallery from West Virginia's 80-69 loss to Texas on Monday night at the Coliseum.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Texas - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's loss to Texas in Big 12 basketball action

WVU-Texas Photo Gallery - EerSports
EerSports photographer Craig Gunter shares some photos from last night's West Virginia-Texas game.

Rick Barnes- Postgame press conference at West Virginia - YouTube

News of Note:

Trickett reportedly set for surgery on AC joint; source projects 2-month rehab - WV MetroNews
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett was scheduled Monday to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder’s AC joint, a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time than surgery to mend his partially torn labrum.

Good, bad news out of WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The news coming out of Morgantown these days is, at best, a mixed bag of both good and bad news.

WVU right to keep coaching staff - Daily Athenaeum
Early December through the end of January marks a time in college football that places athletic directors, coaches, players and fanbases in limbo. It’s a time of decision and indecision.

WVU’s Clarke set to play in East-West Shrine Game - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia football program endured its toughest season in 11 years this fall, which meant its seniors didn’t get a final chance to showcase themselves to NFL scouts in a bowl game setting.

Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Tavon Austin’s rookie season showed glimpses of his capabilities - Pros Report
When the St. Louis Rams finally figured out how to use Tavon Austin, it was too late. Despite limited touches, his rookie season showed glimmers of hope for the West Virginia wide receiver.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Ballpark to receive part of Floyd Casey Stadium scoreboard - Waco Tribune

Defeated and Deflated - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Moves to 3-0 in Big XII with Win Over Iowa State: Wiggins, Tharpe, and Embiid Dominate - Rock Chalk Talk

Another year, another ugly baby - Bring On The Cats

OU's Jordan Woodard making history - Oklahoman

Marcus Smart is the Cowboys' ultimate difference maker - Oklahoman

Shawn Watson joins Texas Longhorns staff, OC still unnamed - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU men have improved this year, but injuries make it tough to tell - Dallas-Fort Worth Sport Star Telegram

Hey Jakeem, You Didn't Get The Memo - Viva The Matadors

The Florida State process: How Jimbo Fisher combined the best of Bobby Bowden and Nick Saban to build a new champion in Tallahassee -

What's On Tap:

(25) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Bramlage on ESPN2/3

Videos of Interest:

Highlights from Monday night's 80-69 loss to Texas at the WVU Coliseum.

Comments from men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins, following the Mountaineers 80-69 loss to the Texas Longhorns at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues this new pipeline of South African beauties. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jenna Pietersen.