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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa St. Hangover (2/27/14) Edition

Coverage of ISU loss, Women win again, football notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 27 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten comment on the Mountaineers’ 83-66 loss to No. 15 Iowa State in this edition of Gold and Blue Now.

Holmes, No. 10 WVU Top Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes paved the way to a 69-37 WVU victory over TTU.

After ripping Red Raiders, WVU women turn sights to Baylor - WV MetroNews
Bria Holmes scored 28 in a 69-37 win over Texas Tech that seemed more like a warmup for Sunday's showdown.

Video: Carey sees teaching points for streaking Mountaineers - WV MetroNews
Coach saw room for improvement in 69-37 win over Texas Tech.

Buchanan, Canada Head to Cyprus Cup - WVU Athletics
WVU freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan will compete with Team Canada again.

Boyd’s stealing ability promising for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
In the modern era of baseball, many fans have become enamored with towering home runs, highscoring games and power-hitting corner infielders.

News of Note:

Noreen, Browne Earn Big 12 Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
For the second year in a row, junior Kevin Noreen has been named to the first team while Gary Browne has been tabbed a second-team selection.

Campus Connection [Notebook, ed.] - WVU Athletics
Bob Huggins is playing the toughest schedules in school history.

Furfari: Holgorsen’s idea good, but not original for WVU - Register-Herald
With spring football practice starting on Sunday, March 2, Holgorsen reportedly has decided to open four of the permitted 15 practice sessions completely to the public, as well as recognized reporters.

Dawson says QB decision not his to make - Register-Herald
Depending on how one chooses to view it, West Virginia either had three quarterbacks last fall or zero.

QB competition open as spring football approaches - Daily Athenaeum
In spring 2013, the West Virginia football team had something that it hadn’t since before the Pat White era in Morgantown – a true-blue starting quarterback competition.

Big 12 college football pre-spring breakdown: Defensive backs - ESPN
5. West Virginia

Timing right for Cogdell -
Things happened quickly between new West Virginia defensive line coach Damon Cogdell and his alma mater, so quickly in fact that he still hasn't had the opportunity to clean out his office at Miramar High School.

Riot Ball Hangover:

No. 15 Iowa State beats West Virginia 83-66 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Iowa State Outlasts Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers fall to 15-13, 7-8.

Iowa State gets revenge, beats West Virginia 83-66 - Charleston Daily Mail
Iowa State denied West Virginia its comeback and the Cyclones secured their payback.

Cyclones have an answer for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Iowa State reverses earlier lopsided loss, wins 83-66

WVU drops third straight - Times West Virginian
Iowa State was out for revenge and got it, handing West Virginia University a devastating third straight loss since the Mountaineers had pounded the Cyclones by 25 points at home two weeks ago.

HERTZEL COLUMN: NIT this season might be blessing for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
Normally, with as crucial a game as was Wednesday night’s Iowa State matchup with West Virginia University in Ames, one would write an obituary for the Mountaineers after an 83-66 defeat, for their NCAA tournament hopes became smaller than the rim looked to Gary Browne during the game.

NIT could be good for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Often times in life (and especially sports), we tend to get ahead of ourselves. We dial into the present rather than looking in either direction. Perhaps a lot of us have trapped the Mountaineer men’s basketball team into being what WVU fans want them to be – a contender.

From ‘last 4 in’ the NCAAs to last 4 in the Big 12 tourney? - WV MetroNews
Three-game slide has seen West Virginia's flaws repeatedly exploited.

Thrashed - BGN
West Virginia entered with expectations; Iowa State left making an impression.

WVU Must Improve Defensive Effort - BGN
Under head coach Bob Huggins, West Virginia used to take pride in its defensive effort.

Niang, Long & ISU too much for WVU -
Georges Niang scored 24 points to help Iowa State (22-5, 10-5) defeat West Virginia (15-13, 7-8) 83-66 at the Hilton Coliseum Wednesday Night.

Poor Defense, Shooting Doom WVU - EerSports
The Mountaineers trailed for the majority of the game, falling behind after leading 9-4, then allowing the Cyclones to go on a 24-5 run.

Postgame: Huggins talks technical, Henderson and defensive lapses - WV MetroNews
It became merely a minor factor in the outcome of Iowa State’s 83-66 victory, but anytime Bob Huggins talks about technicals, the ears perk up.

Staten wonders why defensive execution still lacking - WV MetroNews
After 28 games, point guard says defensive consistency

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Harris, Staten & Dibo

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Iowa State - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 83-66 loss to Iowa State in Big 12 basketball action

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's winning streak ends in 74-69 loss to Texas - Our Daily Bears

The Recap: Cyclones Get Revenge - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Jayhawks won't celebrate Big 12 title just yet - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s Will Spradling hits a scoring milestone - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners' Cam Clark, Tyler Neal to be honored Saturday - Oklahoman

OSU basketball notebook: Marcus Smart about the numbers, not the number - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns 74, Baylor Bears 69: Post-Mortem - Barking Carnival

It Was Supposed to be You - Frogs O' War

Developing center depth a Tech spring priority - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

Videos of Interest:

Highlights from the No. 10 Mountaineers 69-37 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeForest discusses what he hopes to accomplish with his group of specialists heading into the spring football practice season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Argentinian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rocio Guirao Diaz (trust me, the gallery is better than the video).