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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (2/19/14) Edition

Hoops & football notes, women take on OSU tonight in an important matchup, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Feb. 19 - WV MetroNews
In this edition of Gold and Blue Now, point guard Juwan Staten talks about a few areas where WVU needs to improve plus we hear from WVU head baseball coach Randy Mazey who gives his take on the start to the 2014 season.

Rifle Enters Postseason at No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team is No. 1 for the fourth straight week.

Rifle Has 16th Title In Sights - BGN
West Virginia’s rifle team is No. 1 and a favorite to repeat as NCAA champions heading into this weekend’s qualifiers – and the rich have gotten richer down the stretch.

Big 12 pre-spring position look: Quarterbacks - ESPN

Holgorsen right to promote Gibson - Daily Athenaeum
Gibson’s greatest asset to the Mountaineers is continuity. The Van, W.Va., native is likely to retain the 3-4 scheme Patterson installed to help ease the transition.

2013 Big 12 Football Season Review - Big 12 Conference
Big 12 offenses averaged over 30 points and 400 yards a game for the fourth-consecutive season in 2013, and sixth year out of the last seven.

How the NCAA's hurry-up offense proposal would've changed 5 big 2013 games -
We looked at five very different 2013 games involving fast offenses to see how the NCAA's 10-second rule idea would've changed things. Also, why college football's television popularity means the rule doesn't stand a chance of passing.

News of Note:

WVU basketball: Baylor's Jefferson offers glimpse of future - Charleston Daily Mail
For the time being, it's convenient to say things would be different for West Virginia if Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton were eligible to play.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins ranked among sexiest in NCAA basketball - Times West Virginian
Today there is hope for me and all those like me. Why, you ask? Because today West Virginia University’s Bob Huggins officially ranks as one of the 100 Top Sexiest in College Basketball. Who says so?

Rowe: WVU Women Have the Right Stuff - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers have all of the ingredients on this year's team.

No Respect - BGN
A head-to-head loss. A worse total and conference record. And yet a higher ranking and a greater projected seed. For Mike Carey's No. 13 West Virginia women's basketball team, it's time to put up or shut up against No. 12 Oklahoma State.

WVU women host Oklahoma St. for ‘biggest game of the year’ - Times West Virginian
Coaches normally, in the course of a long regular season such as there is in college basketball, try not to put too much emphasis on any one game.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Basketball Coach Mike Carey and his players as they get ready to take on No. 12 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the WVU Coliseum


W.Va.'s bare cupboard will fill a football void in 2015 - Herald-Dispatch
Here’s an early look at 10 West Virginians who could be legitimate prospects.

Pro News:

Always a Mountaineer: Jonnie West Finds Success in Scouting - WVillustrated
Now with Golden State, the former WVU guard says his job isn't work at all, it's what he loves to do.

Larry Ford signs with the Pittsburgh Power - WVU Pros
He finished last season as a member of the Orlando Predators of the AFL.

Around the League (and Beyond):

"The Turnaround" - Baylor Men's Basketball Deserves a Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

The Recap: Cyclones Roll Over Texas [85-76, ed.] - Wide Right & Natty Lite

New territory: Andrew Wiggins' first game-winner lifts Jayhawks - Lawrence Journal World

Wild situation prevented K-State from fouling at Baylor - Topeka Capital Journal

Two extra days of rest could help OU keep its edge during final season stretch - Norman Transcript

OSU basketball notebook: Freshman Leyton Hammonds might have had breakout moment - Oklahoman (autoplay)

A Fool's Errand: Jonathan Holmes makes 'The Leap' - Barking Carnival

LaDarius Brown Arrested For Marijuana Possession - Frogs O' War

Hoops Game Analysis | Texas Tech Red Raiders 63 - Kansas Jayhawks 64 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

No. 13 WVU to Take on No. 12 OSU - WVU Athletics
7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the WVU Coliseum

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Bramlage on ESPNU/3

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Miss Throwdown:

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