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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thanksgiving/VMI Roundup (11/27/14) Edition

Coverage of VMI win (recaps, videos, photos), ISU Previews, player features, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

No. 21 WVU Routs Evansville, 83-39 - WVU Athletics
No. 21 WVU women's basketball rolled to an 83-39 win over Evansville.

Volleyball Falls at Kansas - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers dropped a 3-0 Big 12 contest to Kansas on Wednesday.

FURFARI: Mark Catlett played basketball for Mountaineers in the 1970s - Times West Virginian
Mark Catlett, who now resides in Winchester, Virginia, played basketball at West Virginia University from 1970-71 through 1974.

VMI Hangover:

No. 21 West Virginia beats VMI 103-72 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Mountaineers Roll in Charleston - WVU Athletics (autoplay audio)
West Virginia registers easy 31-point win Wednesday night.

No. 21 Mountaineers set records in blowout of VMI - Charleston Daily Mail
In 106 seasons and 2,696 games of West Virginia University men’s basketball, never had an opponent turned the ball over 36 times in a single game.

WVU sets school turnover record, pounds VMI 103-72 - Charleston Gazette
On Wednesday, a road-weary Mountaineers team shook off some early jet lag and showed even bigger things to the Capitol City.

Staten leads WVU program out of fog - Charleston Gazette
Huggins now has a 746-302 record. And he has his program seriously out of the fog.

Huggins: Keydets’ uptempo style was good exposure for West Virginia - WV MetroNews
“Coach got on us pretty good and our senior leaders got on the team as well,” said point guard Juwan Staten.

Freshman’s fantastic night fuels 103-72 runaway over VMI - WV MetroNews
Jevon Carter made 11 straight shots, scored 28 points and grabbed five steals—all in 17 minutes—as West Virginia coasted.

Staten & Carter: WVU had to fight letdown after Puerto Rico - WV MetroNews
Listen to the guards who combined for 45 points in the Mountaineers' 103-72 win over VMI.

Carter, WVU cruise past VMI - BGN
West Virginia used its relentless defensive effort and a breakout performance from freshman guard Jevon Carter to run away with a 103-72 victory against VMI Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

WVU beats VMI -
No. 21 West Virginia (6-0) forced a school record 36 turnovers and was fueled by a 28-point career night from Jevon Carter in a 103 to 72 win over VMI inside the Charleston Civic Center.

Carter Goes Off, Mountaineers Win Big - EerSports
Freshman guard Jevon Carter had a career night, scoring 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead West Virginia to a blowout victory over VMI

Basketball: #21 Mountaineers Blowout Keydets - WVUPros
Mountaineers forced VMI into a school record 36 turnovers, the most in a single game since 1969 en route to 103-72 victory.

WVU Beats VMI in Charleston - WVillustrated
On Wednesday night the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-0) defeated the Virginia Military Institute Keydets (2-3) in Charleston, WV by a score of 103-72.

BGN Video: Huggins talks WVU's win over VMI - BGN
It was another big win for the No. 21 West Virginia basketball team, as the Mountaineers cruised to a record-breaking 103-72 win against VMI.

BGN Video: Holton, Carter help lead WVU - BGN
West Virginia was able to use its balanced attack to wear down VMI and run away with a 103-72 victory Wednesday in Charleston.

WATCH: WVU Basketball Postgame Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Miles, Carter & Staten

Photo gallery: West Virginia 103, VMI 72 - WV MetroNews
The No. 21-ranked Mountaineers aim to remain unbeaten as they face the Keydets in Charleston.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs VMI - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 103-72 men's basketball win over VMI. The victory pushed WVU to 6-0 on the season.

News of Note:

It's WVU-Iowa State on Rivalry Week - WVU Athletics
WVU to battle Iowa State on Saturday in Ames.

Trickett misses practice, but no decision on starting QB - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett did not practice Tuesday. His coach expects the senior will practice Wednesday, but that’s not guaranteed and a decision about who will start Saturday will have to wait.

Holgorsen Has Big Decision: Does Tricket or Howard Start at QB? - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads wasn’t sure who Skyler Howard was before West Virginia’s game against Kansas State.

WVU in a giving mood this year - Charleston Gazette
It’s about turnovers, if you haven’t figured it out already.

Mountaineers in a runaway at ISU? Don't count on it - Register Herald
A 7-5 season. Many West Virginia football fans believe it’s a foregone conclusion. Despite a three-game losing streak and head coach Dana Holgorsen’s 4-10 career record in November, most seem sure that the Mountaineers, 6-5 with one game to play, will enter the bowl season with seven wins under their belt and a winning record guaranteed.

Holgorsen says White, Alford need more touches - Exponent Telegram
“We need to get them the ball,” Holgorsen said.

Gibby a Nominee For Nation's Top Assistant - EerSports
The Rotary Club of Little Rock is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award

Cohen & Clint - Martinsburg Journal
Young fan, WVU QB share toughness on, off field

Garrison thankful today and every other day - Exponent Telegram
He knows what he’s been blessed with and how close he came to losing it all, just about a decade ago.

Tonkery reflects on journey from Bridgeport to Morgantown - Exponent Telegram
He began his career as a safety before moving to linebacker and excelling in the Mountaineers’ 3-3-5 defense as one of the team’s most consistent defensive players.

2015 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings: Another great group headlined by Kevin White -
Five wide receivers were taken in the first round of this year's draft and that number could be reached again next year.


Hill Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Darius Hill.

Sunshine State Recruiting Aces - EerSports
Running Backs - JaJuan Seider, West Virginia

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Texas Tech Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

2014 Game XI: Iowa State vs West Virginia Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Ready for Sunflower Showdown with No. 11 K-State -

K-State fades quietly into Hawaiian sunset, loses to Pitt 70-47 - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooners Advance In Battle 4 Atlantis With 75-65 Win Over UCLA - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU runs past Tulsa in Las Vegas tournament - Tulsa World

Texas seeking upset of TCU, but don't call them spoilers - Burnt Orange Nation

Kyan Anderson, Frogs Defeat Radford 74-50 - Frogs O' War

With Baylor looming, Tech's secondary in flux - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 14 - ESPN

Mandel's Mailbag: FSU's red flags, Brian Kelly's Notre Dame future, Georgia, more - FOX Sports

Week 14 Walkthrough: Underdog rivals have nothign to lose vs. College Football Playoff hopefuls -
You might want to skip this one. Consider yourself warned.

What's On Tap:

(5) TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from DKR on FS1. Frogs are giving 6.5.

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi sits down with Coach Dana Holgorsen to preview Saturday's regular season finale against Iowa State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model/actress who rose to fame in the Blurred Lines video and was recently featured in the film Gone Girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emily Ratajkowski.