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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/13/14) Edition

Hoops notes, women take on OU tonight, baseball previews, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 13 - WV MetroNews
Terry Henderson discusses the upcoming matchup against Texas and Randy Mazey talks about his team’s season opener slated for Friday.

Unsatisfied WVU women visit Oklahoma - Times West Virginian
"The biggest thing is you never want to be satisfied," coach Mike Carey said as his team prepared to head to Norman, Okla., for a rematch with a Sooner team it had beaten, 77-63, at home earlier in the season.

No. 13 WVU takes on OU Thursday - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 13 West Virginia women’s basketball team seeks its fourth straight win tonight against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball Playbook - WVU Athletics
This week's Women's Basketball Playbook, with Jeff Culhane and Coach Mike Carey, previewing Thursday night's game at Oklahoma.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Video Interviews - WVillustrated
WVU Women's Coach, Mike Carey, and his players talk before their upcoming game at Oklahoma.

WVU baseball preps for opener against Louisville, return to the outdoors - WV MetroNews
Stuck indoors since October, the Mountaineers are eager for three-day tourney in Charleston, S.C.

North To The Future - BGN
West Virginia leftfielder Jacob Rice’s seasons seem flipped in the traditional manner of thinking.

BGN Video: Baseball Ready for First Trip - BGN
WVU heads to Charleston, S.C., this weekend to take on No. 8 Louisville, Delaware and The Citadel to kick off the 2014 season.

Baseball Preview: Infielders - WVU Athletics
The second of a four-part preview series.

Baseball Preview: Outfielders - WVU Athletics
The third of a four-part preview series.

Musgrave-led WVU to rely on pitching - Daily Athenaeum
It’s a common belief in baseball that pitching beats hitting. For West Virginia, the results from the mound could dictate one of the most anticipated seasons in program history.

WVU players set for dinner - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
18th annual Steak and Burger Dinner tonight

McPherson recalls recruitment of Blaney - Register-Herald
Gary McPherson, longtime top assistant to former West Virginia men’s head basketball coach Gale Catlett, recently recalled his somewhat dramatic recruitment of the great Dale Blaney at Hartford, Ohio, in the early 1980s.

News of Note:

Jay Mohr Sports: Bob Huggins - Fox Sports Radio
West Virginia HC Bob Huggins stops by Jay Mohr Sports to talk about how his Mountaineers are fairing in the Big 12 this year

Mike Casazza: This is the team Huggins wanted - Charleston Daily Mail
"We hadn't been able to do that in a long time," junior Kevin Noreen said. "It was a culmination of the hard work in practice that we've gone through. It was a good feeling to celebrate after a win like that."

Huggins was right all along - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins probably isn't in a position yet to scream, "I told you so,'' but in light of recent developments, don't you have to believe the urge is becoming stronger?

How WVU keeps the arrow upright - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Monday night was something different: "How we played is how we’ve been trying to play forever," Harristotle said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins, WVU need to finish strong to make NCAA tourney - Times West Virginian
It was that great philosopher Leroy "Satchel" Paige who once proclaimed, "Don’t look back; something might be gaining on you."

Is WVU an NCAA Tournament team? - Register-Herald
The question I’ve heard the most this week— other than when is this nasty weather finally going to end — is what West Virginia needs to do to make the NCAA basketball tournament.

WVU back to relevant program - Daily Athenaeum
Following Monday night’s 102-77 blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State, the West Virginia men’s basketball program may finally be relevant again.

WVU Uses "Organized Chaos" on Defense - WVillustrated
Mountaineers detail their recent defensive success by admitting even they don't know what they're doing.

WVU-Texas game only on Longhorn Network - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's men's basketball game at Texas this Saturday won't be televised in the Mountain State, according to Mountaineer athletic director Oliver Luck.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor annihilates TCU 91-58 in Fort Worth - Our Daily Bears

Football: ISU coach Douglas accepts job at Pitt - Ames Tribune

A look at Kansas basketball and their statistical profile - Rock Chalk Talk

Floor burn appropriate in this instance for K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

A Disappearing Act | The Texas Tech Red Raiders Hold Off The Oklahoma Sooners 68-60 In Norman - Crimson And Cream Machine

Travis Ford shoves aside Smart talk - Oklahoman

Barnes: Heel to Hero -

2014 TCU Baseball Preview: The Bats - Frogs O' War

Point guards fuel Red Raiders' improvement - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

NCAA could change football targeting, hurry-up offense rules -
If approved, the 15-yard penalty would be removed on overturned targeting calls and a five-yard penalty would be assessed to teams who snapped the ball too quickly.

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers to Face Sooners Thursday - WVU Athletics
The No. 13/16 West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Norman, Okla., for a 7 p.m. ET, tip with the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Video of Interest:

In this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, the Coach and Tony talk about this weekend's visit to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate of the Month (October 2011). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Amanda Cerny.