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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma St. Pre-Game (1/24/14) Edition

Hoops notes, big improvement projects on tap, commit flips to Kentucky, baseball interviews, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Jan. 24 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten talks about WVU’s defense needing to improve and Terry Henderson looks ahead to the tough Big 12 schedule ahead for the Mountaineers.

Mazey, McBroom Preview Baseball Season - BGN
Something has to give for West Virginia's baseball team. The Mountaineers, with three surefire starters and an offseason roster boost, are set with as much depth as talent as any time in recent memory. But head coach Randy Mazey has challenged his team with the most difficult schedule in its major conference history.

WATCH: WVU Baseball Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with WVU Baseball Coach, Randy Mazey, and his players prior to the Mountaineers' 2014 season.

No. 18 West Virginia looks to top Texas on road - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will look to extend its four-game winning streak Saturday, taking on the Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m.

Furfari: Carey has WVU women in top form - Martinsburg Journal
Mike Carey, the veteran head coach of the nationally No.18-ranked West Virginia University women's basketball team, has seemingly put that program into a peak pitch.

No. 3 Rifle Set for Road Trip - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (7-0, 5-0 GARC) will shoot at Murray State’s Winthrow Invitational on Friday, Jan. 24, and at No. 11-ranked Memphis, a Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe, on Saturday, Jan. 25.

WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
This week's WVUsportsBuzz takes an inside look at WVU gymnastics and WVU women's track while previewing this weekend's Mountaineer sports action

Big 12 games of the year: No. 3 - ESPN
No. 3: Nov. 9, Texas 47, West Virginia 40 (OT)

FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. McKown recalls bizarre NCAA rules of the 1950s - Times West Virginian
Dr. Charles McKown, now the veteran vice president for health sciences at Marshall University, was an outstanding baseball outfielder at West Virginia University in the 1950s.

News of Note:

WVU set for over $50 million in improvements - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has many projects on his desk.

Henderson takes hot hand on two-game road trip - Charleston Daily Mail
"When you're a guy like Terry, sometimes being a great guy in sports is not a good thing," the Mountaineers coach said. "You put too many things on yourself. You think too much. You care too much. The guys who are really great scorers, they'll miss 10 in a row and think they're going to make the next 10. And they probably will.

Henderson’s breakout performance shows promise for the future - Times West Virginian
They have waited for the moment for a year and a half, for Terry Henderson to fulfill his potential. That moment came Wednesday night in the Coliseum

West Virginia travels to Stillwater for toughest road test to date, faces No. 11 Cowboys - Daily Athenaeum
It was the game that got away. West Virginia was 18 seconds away from upsetting the No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys on their home floor Jan. 11.

Confidence running high for WVU after win - Daily Athenaeum
“At some points I think we would (lack confidence),” said sophomore guard Terry Henderson. “Especially when we would get down and we’d be playing from behind. We tried to respond and had a great game.”

Herd's Hoskins, WVU's Sims showcase skills at Senior Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
Perception is the enemy of many a football prospect coming into the Senior Bowl, which is why Marshall University tight end Gator Hoskins and West Virginia University running back Charles Sims are intent on doing something about it this week.


Mammoth tackle Krok flips commitment from WVU to Kentucky - WV MetroNews
The 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Niles, Ohio, had been committed to West Virginia since June.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor holds "Topping Off" ceremony for McLane Stadium - Our Daily Bears

Updating the Media Guide - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Bill Self enthused by Frank Mason’s defense vs. Bears - Lawrence Journal World

Tournament Thursday: Searching for road wins - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Football | Shutting Down The Rumor Mill On Blake Bell's Future - Crimson And Cream Machine

Newcomer alert: Wrapping up how Oklahoma State's first-year players performed in debut season - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Basketball Report 7.3: Inside the Longhorns Surprise Season - Burnt Orange Nation

Shooting struggles prevent TCU men’s basketball from keeping up in Big 12 - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

What Beau Carpenter's dismissal means for Texas Tech offensive line - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

TCU Students Demand Higher Quality Toilet Paper - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (11) Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba on ESPN2/3

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
WBB, 4 pm Saturday from the Erwin SEC

Texas Longhorns vs. (24) Baylor Bears - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from the Ferrell Center on MASN & ESPN3

(22) Kansas State Wildcats vs. (16) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
1:45 pm Saturday from Hilton on MASN2a, Altitude & ESPN3

(25) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from United Spirit Arena on MSG+, MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from the DMC on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

In this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, the coach and Tony discuss this weekend's rematch with Oklahoma State as well as the mid-week victory over Texas Tech.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favorites around here. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of the enchanting Bar Refaeli.