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Mountaineer Morning Links: LSU Game Day (12/4/14) Edition

LSU previews, Women's hoops wins again, varsity notes, football recruiting updates, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Tiger Beer, in preparation for tonight's opponent.


What You May Have Missed:

WVU Downs Fairleigh Dickinson in Win - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s basketball team cruised to an 80-52 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Salvation Army Toy Drive Set for Saturday - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball holds its Salvation Army Toy Drive on Saturday.

Izzo-Brown, Trio of Athletes Win All-Region Honors - WVU Athletics
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-Region honors, as announced by the organization

Letter to the Editor: Kansas State fans: Thank you students, fans for Morgantown experience - Daily Athenaeum
Open letter to E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University’ The Dominion Post and The Daily Athenaeum

FURFARI: Ex-WVU cager earned national acclaim as early neurology leader - Times West Virginian
Ralph “Pug” Heinz, an all-state center from South Charleston, came to West Virginia University to play basketball in the late 1940s.

News of Note:

WVU, LSU in SEC/Big 12 Challenge - WVU Athletics
Up and down, athletic game expected Thursday night.

Game Day Central - WVU Athletics
Game 8: No. 21 West Virginia (7-0) vs. LSU (4-2)

No. 16 Mountaineers host LSU - Charleston Daily Mail
The plaudits and the pundits say the Mountaineers are that good, and they’ll have to be that to defeat the Tigers (5-2).

Up and down Tigers visit WVU - Charleston Gazette
The LSU team that West Virginia faces tonight at the Coliseum has been alternately impressive and not so much so through the first seven games of the season.

3-point scouting report: LSU Tigers bring the Challenge to Morgantown - WV MetroNews
It's the SEC vs. the Big 12 at the WVU Coliseum. Read Allan Taylor's prediction for Thursday night's Mountaineers game.

Reliance on depth not uncommon to Huggins - Exponent Telegram
“Our whole thing is hopefully we have 12 better guys than you have,” Huggins said.

In spite of different styles, Huggins a Maravich fan - Exponent Telegram
Amazingly, when LSU walks on the Coliseum court for today’s 7 p.m. game, it will mark the first time he ever has faced the Bayou Tigers.

WVU welcomes LSU to Coliseum tonight at 7 p.m. - Register Herald
To this point, everything has gone as planned for the No. 16 West Virginia basketball team.

Undefeated No. 16 West Virginia takes on LSU tonight at the WVU Coliseum - Daily Athenaeum
Bob Huggins’ squad is off to one of its best starts in recent memory, but will face a tough LSU (5-2) team tonight.

Mountaineers continue in right direction - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia Mountaineers are on fire.

Preview: WVU vs LSU - BGN
West Virginia gets an SEC test in the form of LSU, which comes to Morgantown looking for the national attention that the Mountaineers have begun to earn.

The more the merrier for WVU - Charleston Gazette
There are all kinds of factors one can point to when trying to figure out just what has made West Virginia’s basketball team so good so far this season.

Huggins Previews LSU - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins previews Thursday night's matchup with LSU and talks about his team's three-point shooting and health.

LSU Preview: Bob Huggins Breakdown - BGN
Here, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins dissects the Tigers' offense, and discusses the Mountaineers' depth and pressure, and how imperative it will be on Thursday.

Staten, Team Prepped for SEC/Big 12 Challenge - EerSports
Juwan Staten previews WVU's matchup with LSU on Thursday night.

Tougher foes await, but early returns suggest WVU capable of special season - WV MetroNews
Point guard Juwan Staten says the Mountaineers are deep and gritty—and better than their No. 16 ranking.

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Dec. 4 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten previews his teams matchup against LSU tonight.

BillyDee Williams Cleared to Return for WVU - WVillustrated
Junior forward gets the green light after eye injury kept him from playing first seven games for the Mountaineers.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Paige, Williams & Staten

WVU Versus LSU: Player Perspective - BGN
Williams, Staten & Paige

WVSports.com TV: Basketball Interviews - WVSports.com
Huggs & Paige

Fields and Staten Named Good Works Nominees - WVU Athletics
This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.

Football

Howard: An added asset to WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Coming off the bench and being at the center of attention can be a hard enough time under the simplest of circumstances.

Recruiting:

A Third QB For WVU's Class? - Scout
Jacquez Adams is committed to West Virginia as an athlete, but the Franklin quarterback is looking to make his mark at the same spot in Morgantown.

Football Class Rankings - ESPN
23 West Virginia

Lake Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of TJ Lake.

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Truck Bryant and Devin Ebanks join new teams - WVUPros
Last week among professional Mountaineers in basketball, we had two sign with teams and one win a Player of the Week award in his league. Here is the rundown.

Bailey finally showing he can produce - WVUPros
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has shown that he knows how to use at least one of the West Virginia receivers on his squad as Stedman Bailey is finally

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 predictions: Week 15 - FOX Sports

Baylor vs. K-State: Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

Rhoads appreciative of Pollard's support, expects rebound in 2015 - Cyclone Fanatic

Baseless Football Coaching Rumors Thread - Rock Chalk Talk

Forcing Baylor turnovers could be the key for Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN

Could the Sooners resort to more Bedlam tricks? - Oklahoman (autoplay)

The Curious Case of Coach Gundy and the Press - Cowboys Ride For Free

Hoops Preview: Texas Longhorns at Kentucky Wildcats - Barking Carnival

TCU AD Del Conte says it ‘never crossed our mind’ to hire outside PR - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five Thoughts on Texas Tech's 46-44 Win Over Auburn - Viva The Matadors

#DearAndy: Is the playoff selection committee ignoring head-to-head? - Staples - SI.com

Mandel's Mailbag: Baylor's playoff resume doesn't compare to TCU's (yet) & more - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

LSU Tigers vs. (16) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ESPN2/3.

(18) Arkansas Razorbacks vs. (20) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Hilton on ESPN2/3.

Video of Interest:

Pack the WVU Coliseum as the Mountaineers host LSU this Thursday at 7:00 pm. Tickets available by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or by clicking WVUGAME.com

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African beauty best known for her work in SI (Bonus gallery). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natasha Barnard.