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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa State Hangover (2/10/14) Edition

Coverage of the Riot Ball victory (including recaps, videos, photos, etc), varsity sports updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Feb. 11 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Remi Dibo share their reaction to defeating No. 11 Iowa State plus we hear from Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim who was held in check by the Mountaineers scoring only 6 points following a Big 12 record 48-point performance on Saturday.

Mountaineers Climb Rankings - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Kansas State, 84-44, on Saturday, to climb to No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press Poll.

WVU exceeding expectations in 2013-14 - Daily Athenaeum
It’s hard not to sit back and marvel at what the West Virginia women’s basketball team has done this season.

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

Men’s Soccer Adds Eight For 2014 - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University men’s soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2014 season.

Furfari: Is Patterson’s departure another setback for Mountaineer football? - Register-Herald
With spring practice starting in just a few weeks, it obviously adds to Dana Holgorsen’s problems in preparing his football team for the 2014 campaign. It’s generally considered a very crucial situation for his fourth year as a head coach, all at the Mountaineers helm.

Riot Ball Hangover:

West Virginia hands No. 11 Iowa State its worst loss of season - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Mountaineers Storm Cyclones - WVU Athletics
Dibo's 20 boosts WVU to a 25-point win over Iowa State.

WVU smashes No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77 - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia came up with one of its most impressive performances since the team's 2010 Final Four season Monday night at the Coliseum.

WVU  bullies No. 11 Iowa State - Times West Virginian
Iowa State’s star, Melvin Ejim, rode into West Virginia’s Coliseum on the wave of a Big 12 record-setting 48-point performance against TCU on Saturday afternoon, and when he sank the game’s first shot, you could almost feel everyone on the Cyclone bench thinking, “Here we go again!”

WVU Drops 100 on No. 11 Iowa State - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
It was tough to tell what Remi Dibo enjoyed more: being the centerpiece of West Virginia's 3-point show against No. 11 Iowa State, or clamping down on Big 12 scoring leader Melvin Ejim.

GAME RECAP: WVU Crushes Iowa State 102-77 in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Remi Dibo scored a season high 20 points and Juwan Staten was just short of a triple double with 19 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds to help West Virginia dominate the Iowa State Cyclones

Complete team effort lifts WVU past Iowa State - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s basketball team never took their foot off the gas pedal against No. 11 Iowa State Monday evening inside the Coliseum.

Mountaineers refuse to lighten up in shelling Cyclones - WV MetroNews
WVU shoots 60 percent in a runaway second half marred only by the ejection of Eron Harris for a flagrant foul. (includes highlights)

WVU Blows Out No. 11 Cyclones - BGN
West Virginia is in need of resume builders if it wants to make the NCAA tournament. It got a giant one on Monday night against No. 11 Iowa State.

WVU Gets Defensive in Win - BGN
West Virginia scored 100 points and beat a team on the cusp of breaking into the top 10 by 25 points.

'Eers Blow Away No. 11 Cyclones - EerSports
West Virginia came out firing and never let up, blowing out No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77, and seriously helping their NCAA Tournament resume.

Mountaineers blow away Cyclones 102-77 -
It was obvious after the opening tip that the West Virginia Mountaineers were entering Monday's tilt against the No. 11 Iowa State Cyclones with an unbelievable fire.

Juwan Staten wrecks Georges Niang's ankles -
If Niang's ankles aren't hurt, his pride has to be.

Recap: Cyclones Dominated In Morgantown - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Well, that was a good old fashioned butt kicking. Coming off three straight wins, Iowa State rolled into Morgantown with some confidence in tow, only to have a hot-shooting West Virginia team lay a beatdown on the Cyclones as the Mountaineers rolled to a 102-77 victory.

Huggins: 3-point denial was key to upsetting Iowa State - WV MetroNews
"This was the best, by far, we’ve been," Huggins said after the Mountaineers whacked No. 11 Iowa State 102-77.

Chuck McGill: WVU more able than Kane on this night - Charleston Daily Mail
But Monday night belonged to the Mountaineers, not the 24-year-old senior who made his return to the state he called home for four years.

WVU has a lot to celebrate - Charleston Gazette
The plan for this column was to center on DeAndre Kane.

Postgame Quotebook: Iowa State - EerSports
Juwan Staten, Remi Dibo, Eron Harris, Terry Henderson and Kevin Noreen talk with the media after the big win over 11th-ranked Iowa State.

BGN Postgame Video: Player Reactions - BGN
Browne, Harris, Henderson & Adrian

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

Iowa State: Postgame Player Reaction - YouTube
West Virginia players react following their 25-point victory over 11th-ranked Iowa State Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Noreen: WVU hoops resurgence ‘fun to be a part of’ - WV MetroNews
West Virginia players gleefully climb into the student section after stunning No. 11 Iowa State 102-77.

Browne calls upset of Cyclones ‘a great win for the state’ - WV MetroNews
Junior guard says it may have been the most complete victory he has experienced at West Virginia.

▶ Fred Hoiberg: Iowa State Post-game - YouTube

PHOTOS: WVU Gets 102-77 Win over Iowa State - WVillustrated
Browse photos of the Mountaineers' 102-77 win over Iowa State at the WVU Coliseum.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Iowa State - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 102-77 win over Iowa State

PHOTOS: Mountaineers blow away Cyclones - WV MetroNews
A gallery of images from West Virginia's runaway victory.

▶ Country Roads - WVU vs. Iowa State Basketball - YouTube
Singing Country Roads in a mob scene of students and the basketball team after beating #11 Iowa State 102-77.


The 2014 All-Big 12 recruit team: Oklahoma's late surge nearly catches Texas -
Putting together the All-Big 12 recruit team, where the Oklahoma Sooners used a strong January/February push to unseat the Texas Longhorns.

Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Gyorko poised to lead Padres - WVU Pros
Last season Jedd Gyorko was merely a rookie.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 Baylor Baseball Preview: To All Our Fallen Homies - Our Daily Bears

Kansas Loses to Kansas State in Overtime, 85-82 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State 85, KU 82 (OT) - Bring On The Cats

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Baseball Preview - Crimson And Cream Machine

Travis Ford Walks Into A Bar - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Inside the Numbers, What happened against Kansas State - Burnt Orange Nation

Singing also a talent for TCU two-sport standout - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Tech Hoops | 2-game Win Streak and Thoughts on the Marcus Smart Incident - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (19) Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Erwin SEC on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

Highlights from West Virginia's 102-77 victory over 11th-ranked Iowa State Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Bob Huggins' post-game press conference after the Mountaineers defeated No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77, at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ashley Salazar.