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Mountaineer Morning Links: TCU Pre-Game (1/3/14) Edition

TCU previews, Huggs presser, women beat Kansas, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Jan. 3 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins shares his thoughts on Saturday’s matchup against TCU. We also hear from Horned Frogs beat writer Alex Apple as he gives breakdowns WVU’s upcoming opponent.

Offensive Boards Help WVU to First Big 12 Win - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team used a 16-0 run and 23 offensive boards down the final stretch to record its first Big 12 Conference win at Kansas, 65-55, Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Mountaineers women rally past Kansas in Big 12 opener - WV MetroNews
WVU uses late 16-0 run to down Jayhawks 65-55.

Women's Soccer Honored for Ethics, Sportsmanship - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers finished 2013 without a red card en route to their two Big 12 Conference titles.

Mountaineers Work With SteppingStones' Athletes - WVU Athletics
"It’s for a great organization. We love doing it and our players love doing it," coach Mike Carey said.

Inside the Numbers Big 12 Hoops Preview: Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia - Burnt Orange Nation
In the second part of a three part series, we look at Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.

Texas Tech Television Change - WVU Athletics
The men’s basketball game at Texas Tech on Monday, Jan. 6 has been moved to the Big 12 Network and ESPN3

News of Note:

WVU could be facing tougher Big 12 this season - Charleston Daily Mail
OK, so the Big East-to-Big 12 move was obviously going to be a significant upgrade in football competition for West Virginia University, but who'd a thought the Mountaineers would be playing in the RPI's No. 1 basketball league?

WVU's early schedule not without its benefits - Charleston Gazette
OK, so they were pretty much the eight they were supposed to win. But along the way they did manage some other things.

TCU coach has left positive impact in his wake - Charleston Daily Mail
Trent Johnson's four seasons as Stanford's coach included 80 wins, three NCAA Tournaments, one Sweet Sixteen and a lot of time spent talking to Bill Walsh.

Texas road trip begins Conference play -
West Virginia will leave behind the non-conference portion of the schedule this weekend when the Mountaineers (8-5) dive head first into Big 12 Conference play with back-to-back road games in the state of Texas.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Eron Harris top scorer in loaded Big 12 - Times West Virginian
The Big 12, as you may have read recently from those who would have you believe it is the second-toughest basketball league in the country, conceding that only the NBA is a step or two ahead of it, is loaded with talent.

Do-everything Staten crucial to WVU’s hopes as Big 12 play opens - WV MetroNews
Averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds, Staten may be league's No. 2 point guard behind Marcus Smart.

FURFARI COLUMN: WVU men upbeat for Big 12 weekend trip - Times West Virginian
The Mountaineers (8-5) seemed to perform better against the Tribe (6-5) than they did in even two or three of those contests against tougher opponents that they could or should have beaten.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Staten, Harris & Adrian

Pro News:

NBA Development League: NBA Development League: The Prospect Watch -
NO. 1 Devin Ebanks

WVUPros in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs - Pros Report
All four games in the Wild Card round starting on Saturday will have a WVUPro on the field. Here’s a preview.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Not the party Baylor expected - Waco Tribune

The Conference Grind Begins - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Big patience: Transfer Hunter Mickelson using year to learn - Lawrence Journal World

K-State forces itself back into Big 12 conversation - Topeka Capital Journal

Sugar Bowl Turns Into A Knightmare On Bourbon Street For Bama | Sooners Win 45-31 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys say motivation won't be an issue vs. Missouri - Oklahoman

Texas coaching search: Red McCombs' candidate and Jim Mora interest - Burnt Orange Nation

The Amric Fields Effect - Frogs O' War

How Dire is the Depth at Defensive Tackle? | Postseason Position Review - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:


West Virginia Mountaineers vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on MSG, MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

Savannah State Tigers vs. (9) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on MASN2 & FSN affiliates

(13) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from United Spirit Arena on MSG, MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

(6) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Bramlage Coliseum on ESPNU/3

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from Erwin Events Center on LHN

Cotton Bowl

(13) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (8) Missouri Tigers - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from Jerry World on FOX. Pokes are giving 1.5.

Video of Interest:

A preview of Big 12 action from head coach Bob Huggins, as the Mountaineers take on TCU

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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