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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Game Day (1/22/14) Edition

Texas Tech previews galore for both men & women tonight, recruiting update, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Jan. 22 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Devin Williams share their thoughts on tonight’s matchup against Texas Tech at the WVU Coliseum.

Mountaineers Begin Two-Game Road Swing - WVU Athletics
The No. 18 WVU women's basketball team travels to Texas for two games.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Basketball Coach, Mike Carey, and his player, Asya Bussie, prior to their game at Texas Tech.

Brandt: 5 under-the-radar prospects at the Senior Bowl -
Charles Sims is one of them

News of Note:

Mountaineers, Red Raiders to Battle Wednesday - WVU Athletics
WVU looks to snap three-game league skid.

Mountaineers hope to avoid fourth consecutive loss - Charleston Daily Mail
These Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3 Big 12) look to prevent another four-game streak in tonight's 8 p.m. game against Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3) inside the Coliseum.

Tech's Smith Adds to Coliseum Lore - WVU Athletics
Smith is eighth men's coach with NCAA title to coach at Coliseum.

Texas Tech comes in on a roll - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers host Red Raiders, who have won two in a row

Huggins on Williams: ‘We’re expecting and demanding a lot from a first-year guy’ - WV MetroNews
Though freshman stands fifth in Big 12 rebounding, West Virginia needs more from its only interior scoring threat.

Huggins Talks Bounce Back, Williams - EerSports
Bob Huggins spoke with the local media today and talked about his team bouncing back, Devin Williams and the Mountaineers' situation down low.

Williams, Eers Ready to Brawl - EerSports
Freshman forward Devin Williams says he and his teammates are ready to step up to the challenge and play tougher against Texas Tech tonight.

WVU hopes to get well against last team it beat - WV MetroNews
Losers of three in a row, the Mountaineers host Texas Tech aiming for a season sweep.

Furfari: WVU looks to get back on track - Martinsburg Journal
Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3 Big 12) visits the Coliseum for a conference rematch at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.

Texas Tech Travels to Morgantown - BGN
Texas Tech travels to Morgantown to take on West Virginia 7 p.m. Wednesday looking for it first three-game Big 12 winning streak in over three years. The Red Raiders are also looking to avenge an 89-86 overtime loss to the Mountaineers earlier this season.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers | Game Preview - Viva The Matadors
The Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

WVU seeks to reverse course vs. Texas Tech - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A lot has changed since West Virginia's basketball team left Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 6 with an 89-86 overtime win over Texas Tech in hand.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU takes on Texas Tech at Home - WVillustrated
Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3 in conference play) travels to Morgantown on Wednesday, to take on the Mountaineers.

Preview: WVU vs Texas Tech - BGN
Texas Tech has clearly improved since dropping an overtime home decision to WVU two weeks ago.

BGN Video: WVU Prepares for Tech - BGN
It was just two weeks ago when WVU was able to hold off Texas Tech in overtime in Lubbock and come away with its second Big 12 win.

The Daily Athenaeum Online: Sports
8 different previews for both the men and women taking on Texas Tech tonight


WVU staff busy in home stretch of recruiting - Charleston Gazette
Of course, Mountaineer fans saw just how lively a "dead period" can be, with West Virginia picking up two 2015 commitments, hiring a new assistant coach and causing an uproar in the south Florida recruiting scene.

Pro News:

A look at WVUPros among the 2014 NFL crop of free-agents - Pros Report
With only two teams remaining in the NFL, we will take a look at those Mountaineers who were on rosters this past season who enter this offseason in search of a new contract.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Recruiting: All-American talent reinforces Baylor receiving corps - Waco Tribune

CFTV: Iowa State players are focused on bouncing back - Cyclone Fanatic

Four in a row: Kansas pulls off rare feat vs. ranked foes - Lawrence Journal World

Texas 67, K-State 64: Missed opportunity - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma basketball: The story behind James Fraschilla's trick shot videos - Oklahoman

Mike Gundy might not mind so much that Joe Wickline has left for Texas - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Q&A with Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach Vance Bedford - Texas Longhorns Athletics

TCU Set for Battle against No. 25 Oklahoma - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

VIDEO | Texas Tech Football | Let's Get It - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(18) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Lady Raiders - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena in Lubbock

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on the Big 12 Network (MASN is the only one I can confirm at the moment) & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (25) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Lloyd Noble Center on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

After an overtime victory against Texas Tech earlier this season, the Mountaineers are looking to sweep the Red Raiders when they meet at the WVU Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 8pm.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native New Yorker. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sigal Cohen (this is the only video I could find, the gallery is much better).