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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (3/11/14) Edition

Women come up short in Big 12 title game, men prepare for Big 12 tournament, football notes, more on the latest football commitment, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, March 11 - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey shares his thoughts on WVU’s 74-71 loss to Baylor in the Big 12 tournament championship game. We also hear from’s Wendell Barnhouse as he breaks down the men’s basketball conference tournament set to get underway on Wednesday from Kansas City.

No. 1 Rifle Visiting the White House! - WVU Athletics
"This is a great honor," says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond.

Silva, Keane Open Camp with FC Kansas City - WVU Athletics
Two former West Virginia University women’s soccer student-athletes opened preseason training camp with FC Kansas City today.

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

Women's Hoops:

Baylor held off West Virginia 74-71 to capture the Big 12 title - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc

Mountaineers Fall in Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers fall to No. 7 Baylor in the Big 12 Championship round.

Sims scores when it matters to foil WVU’s Big 12 title hopes - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers, unable to hold a lead in the final minute, fall 74-71 in the tournament championship.

Postgame video: Carey and players react to Baylor loss - WV MetroNews
The ending wasn't what Mike Carey wanted, but a loss to Baylor in the Big 12 championship shouldn't damage his team's NCAA seeding.

Oh So Close - BGN
West Virginia and Baylor waged an epic battle for the Big 12 title, but in the end a pair of late WVU missed chances and a controversial foul call left the Mountaineers on the short end of a 74-71 score.

WVU loses close battle to Baylor, 74-71 - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s dream of a Big 12 Tournament championship did not come true, but it wasn’t because they didn’t play like champions.

WVU women fall to Baylor in Big 12 title game - Register-Herald
“We normally have executed well going down the stretch. Today we just had a couple shots, missed them, and then defensively is where I was really disappointed. We didn’t execute and get some stops.”

2014 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament: Baylor Wins Big 12 Championship! - Swish Appeal
"I told the players," Carey said. "Remember how this feels. Because next time going down the stretch, we've got to execute."

WVU Earns Highest Ranking in Program History - WVU Athletics
No. 5 this week.

News of Note:


Third date with Texas looms for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The 9:30 p.m. game at the Sprint Center will be televised by the Big 12 Network.

Stumble at start haunting WVU - Charleston Gazette
"I told them that when it happened,'' Huggins said. "But there's not a lot you can do about it now.''

Huggins: Two Wins and In - EerSports
"Honestly, I don’t know. I think if we won two, I think we’d be in great shape. I think if we can win the first one, that’d be pretty good."

Mountaineers Ready for Big 12 Tournament - BGN
When West Virginia takes the floor against Texas Thursday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, it will still have some work left to do in solidifying its resume for the NCAA tournament.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s fate lies in Big 12 record - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team finds itself in really a strange situation, looking at its move from the Big East to the Big 12 as being the reason it will make the NCAA Tournament this year or the reason it will miss the NCAAs.

Can reinvigorated Williams counter all that Texas beef? - WV MetroNews
The Longhorns' frontline had its way sweeping WVU in the regular season. Will tourney time be different?

Devin Williams Finds Rhythm in Kansas Win - WVillustrated
Freshman forward gains confidence from his teammates following performance against Jayhawks.

Furfari: WVU men’s quality of performance was most impressive in upset win - Register-Herald
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s thrill-filled 92-86 upset of nationally No. 8-ranked Kansas here last Saturday has to be one of the school’s all-time greatest triumphs.


Is West Virginia returning to the 3-3-5 defense? An investigation - All 'Eers | PPG
This cosmic 3-3-5 question arose in Morgantown last week when West Virginia’s initial spring depth chart revealed that K.J. Dillon, who Dana Holgorsen had always touted as a safety, was slotted at Spur linebacker.

Lure of big game alters NCAA football - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia and Alabama will be well-compensated when they open the 2014 football season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at a neutral site, Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

WVU's Alford in a Better Place - WVU Athletics
Alford now settled at outside receiver.

West Virginia Mountaineers ready to prove Big 12 mettle - ESPN
In its first month in the Big 12, West Virginia charged into the league with the vigor its musket-toting mascot would toward a black bear.


Miami commitment continues pursuit of big defensive backs - WV MetroNews
Sheldrick Redwine, a 6-foot-2 cornerback, becomes 10th commitment for West Virginia's 2015 class.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Announces Complete Sellout of 2014 Football Season Tickets - Our Daily Bears

Notebook: Naz calls his shot, Iowa State handles the 'foul or defend' situation - Iowa State Daily

KU coach Bill Self: Joel Embiid's injury more 'significant' than back strain - Kansas City Star

Failure to preserve homecourt streak stings K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

Media Gets It Right : Oklahoma's Lon Kruger Named Big Twelve Coach Of The Year - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball coach Travis Ford needs to polish up on the details - Oklahoman

Texas beginning study to consider south end zone renovations - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Battles Baylor Wednesday in Kansas City - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Tech men's basketball to face Oklahoma State in Big 12 Championships - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Baseball Travels For Single Game at UNLV - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will play UNLV on Tuesday.

Video of Interest:

Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins discusses their quarterfinal round matchup against No. 3 seed Texas, on Thursday at 9:30 pm ET.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Because SCIENCE:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Colombian bombshell. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Catalina Otalvaro.