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Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Game Day (1/28/14) Edition

Baylor previews, varsity updates, baseball notes, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Jan. 28 - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris talks about the loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday while Juwan Staten looks ahead to the matchup against the Baylor Bears.

Top 25 players in the Big 12 - ESPN
No. 13: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU baseball season brings high expectations - Times West Virginian
You might remember how Randy Mazey took this town by storm last year, taking over the baseball team as it moved into the Big 12 and turning it into a championship contender against all odds.

Bussie’s play in 2013-14 gives WVU new life - Daily Athenaeum
The road to recovery has not been easy for the center of the West Virginia women’s basketball team. After missing her entire junior year due to an ACL injury she suffered in the preseason, Asya Bussie is finally returning to her old form.

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

News of Note:

Mountaineers to Face Baylor - WVU Athletics
Bears, Mountaineers seeking a Big 12 victory.

Bob Huggins Big 12 Teleconference - WVU Athletics
Huggs offers his thoughts on Tuesday night's Baylor game.

Huggins Talks Officiating, Baylor - EerSports
Earlier Monday, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins spoke with the national media about a variety of topics concerning his team. The biggest of which has been the lack of defense in Big12 play.

Mountaineers could have hands full with Baylor's Heslip - Charleston Daily Mail
In a bottom-line view, West Virginia did a fine job against Oklahoma State's Phil Forte on Saturday. The Big 12's leading 3-point shooter had made half of his 106 attempts coming in and walked out having made just one in the 81-75 win. But there's a bigger picture for the Mountaineers and their defense entering today's ESPN2-televised 7 p.m. game against Baylor.

Mountaineers out of sync - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia faces Baylor tonight

Huggins: ‘We’re going to be very good’ - Register-Herald
“We compete,” he said. “People want to say, ‘Well, it’s just like last year.’ It’s not like last year. These guys play like crazy. We’re young, and we’re going to be very good.”

Returning to Waco, WVU finds Bears in freefall - WV MetroNews
The struggling Mountaineers have been more competitive in Big 12 play than Baylor, which only three weeks ago rose to No. 7 in the country.

Getting Defensive - BGN
For the early portion of conference play, the majority of the West Virginia basketball team's struggles have come on the defensive end of the floor.

Preview: WVU vs Baylor - BGN
What to make of Baylor? The Bears seemed to be stocked for another NCAA run and a spot in the Top 25, but have lost four games in a row, starting with an upset defeat at Texas Tech.

WVU heads to Waco Tuesday to face Baylor following near upset over Oklahoma State - Daily Athenaeum
Two struggling members of the Big 12 Conference will meet in Waco, Texas, tonight for a critical matchup that could jump-start a run as the conference slate reaches its midpoint. West Virginia will conclude its mini tour of the state of Texas when the Mountaineers travel to take on the Baylor Bears.

WVU travels to Baylor in hopes of keeping season alive - Times West Virginian
Baylor carries a 13-6 record into the game with just one Big 12 Conference victory in six league outings, while Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers are 11-9 on the year and 3-4 in league play.

Big 12 Battle -
West Virginia (11-9, 3-4) will travel to Baylor (13-6, 1-5) for a game that will be critical for both clubs in the Big 12 Conference standings.

WVU Hopes to Avoid Second OSU Hangover - WVillustrated
Juwan Staten says his team will come out focused, ready to play when the Mountaineers face Baylor Tuesday night.

Betting guide to WVU and Super Bowl - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while stipulating first that I am not - repeat NOT - a betting man.

Austin’s astonishing revelation continues to inspire - WV MetroNews
After divulging that he has played for years with a prosthetic right eye, Baylor's 7-footer simply wants to help his team win again.

Life in the Big 12 isn’t easy - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
If you are a fan of West Virginia University basketball, then this past weekend's results couldn't have been enjoyable for you to endure.


Signing Day Misses -
Signing day is always a spectacle both for the good and the bad. Over the years, West Virginia has had its fair share of ups and downs on the unofficial national recruiting holiday and today we take a look at recent signing day misses for the Mountaineers and how those prospects have translated at their respective schools.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Junior Day: The Players Love Baylor - Our Daily Bears

ISU basketball: Doubters of Thomas should re-examine stinging criticism - Des Moines Register

KU's Lucas stays prepared despite lack of minutes - Topeka Capital Journal

K-State basketball fighting through grind of Big 12 season - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Make It 10-Straight At Home Against Oklahoma St. Cowboys With 88-76 Victory - Crimson And Cream Machine

BEDLAM BASKETBALL RECAP: OU 88, Oklahoma State 76 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Inside the Numbers, How Texas Beat Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation

Just seven scholarship players left as TCU learns Karviar Shepherd needs surgery - Dallas Morning News

Red Raider Gridiron | Fortenberry and Paul Seek Medical Redshirts - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPN2/3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Bramlage on MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc shows us around the newly renovated facility.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known for her work in SI and for being Mrs. John Legend. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Chrissy Teigen.