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Mountaineer Morning Links: Big 12 Tournament-Texas Game Day (3/13/14) Edition

Big 12 tournament: UT previews & results from last night; football reports, rifle shoots for NCAA title this weekend, wrestlers compete in NCAAs, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, March 13 - WV MetroNews
WVU assistant coach Eric Martin gives an in-depth look at the matchup against Texas tonight while we also hear from Brian Davis from the Austin-American Statesman to discuss the Longhorns play the last couple weeks.

Setting Sights - WVU Athletics
Junior Thomas Kyanko hopes to help WVU to its nation-best 16th NCAA title this weekend.

Baseball Takes on Cal State Northridge - WVU Athletics
On Thursday and Friday the teams will play at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s finale begins at 4 p.m.

Five to Compete at NCAA Wrestling Championships - WVU Athletics
"I feel very good about this year and the direction of the program," says coach Craig Turnbull.

News of Note:


Mike Casazza: West Virginia more focused this season - Charleston Daily Mail
"We gave them a choice to go to the movies," WVU coach Bob Huggins said. "It may have had something to do with the selection of movies, but we gave them a choice and they wanted to watch games."

Terry Henderson and the "random illness" - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
While Henderson wouldn’t admit it — and not that anyone needed such confirmation — Bob Huggins said his third-leading scorer is not 100 percent as far as weight, stamina and rhythm, and that he’ll have a hard time getting it back right now.

Mountaineers hoping healthy Henderson can cure ills vs. Texas - Charleston Gazette
Terry Henderson isn't much for talking about what kept him out of four straight West Virginia basketball games and was at least a contributing factor in a late-season swoon by the Mountaineers.

Henderson Returns with Eyes on the Prize for WVU - WVillustrated
Sophomore guard may not be 100 percent, but he intends to do all he can to help the Mountaineers make a tournament run.

United Bank Playbook: Texas Preview - WVU Athletics
Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs preview West Virginia's matchup with Texas in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

WVU Ready for Quarterfinal Matchup - BGN
West Virginia took the floor for its 40 minutes of practice Wednesday morning to prepare for Thursday's matchup against Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Mountaineers aiming for longer stay in Kansas City this year - WV MetroNews
After being one-and-done'd by Texas Tech last year, West Virginia seeks a deeper run at the Big 12 tournament.

Frosh Williams Still Learning How to Play - WVU Athletics
Freshman forward Devin Williams is coming off three consecutive double-double performances, including a 22-point, 13-rebound game against eighth-ranked Kansas last Saturday in Morgantown.

Williams' play will be vital against Texas - Charleston Daily Mail
"He's stepped up and we've been waiting for him to play like this the whole season," WVU guard Eron Harris said.

Mountaineers need Williams to deliver against Texas' bigs - Charleston Gazette
The reason Texas is such a difficult matchup for West Virginia is that inside the Longhorns have 6-9, 285-pound Cameron Ridley, backed up by 6-10, 250-pound Prince Ibeh. Connor Lammert, at 6-9 and 235 pounds, also causes WVU problems.

WVU faces unwelcome opponent to kick off Big 12 tournament - Times West Virginian
If West Virginia University’s players and coaches could have voted on the one team they didn’t want to meet in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it would have been the University of Texas, but as fate would have it the Mountaineers take the floor facing none other than the Longhorns of Austin.

Mountaineers take on Texas at Big 12 Tourney - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Longhorns swept season series with WVU

WVU set for quarterfinal matchup with Texas - Daily Athenaeum
Needing a deep run in this week’s Big 12 Tournament in order to ensure a berth in the NCAA tournament, West Virginia is set to kick off its postseason with the quarterfinal game against the Texas Longhorns Thursday night.

BGN Video: Huggins Press Conference - BGN
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has always told his team what it needs to do in order to make the NCAA tournament.

BGN Video: Tournament Prep - BGN
In its first game of the Big 12 championship on Thursday, West Virginia will take on one of the two conference teams it has yet to beat this season.

Huggins, WVU Players Talk Big 12 Tournament - WVillustrated
Huggs, Henderson, Williams, Staten & Harris

Sights and Sounds: WVU Practice at Big 12 Tournament - WVillustrated
Take a look at some of the action as the Mountaineers took the court in Kansas City to prepare for Texas.

Photo Gallery: Big 12 Practice Day - BGN
West Virginia was the first team on the floor for Wednesday's shootaround in preparation for its game in the Big 12 Championship on Thursday.


Worley: Simpler is Better - EerSports
Sophomore Daryl Worley will finally be kept at one spot - and one side of the field - this season, and he feels that will help him grow into a dominant defensive back.

The Worley Story -
As a true freshman in 2013, Daryl Worley played every position in the secondary and even lined up at linebacker occasionally for West Virginia.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Buie, Mendenhall the latest RBs to shun the spotlight - Times West Virginian
This past August, Andrew Buie, a talented West Virginia University running back who had been the team’s leading rusher the previous season, left the team and returned home, saying he needed to take the season off. TV: Lucas, Shorts & Smallwood talk Spring Ball -
Lucas, Shorts & Smallwood

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears leap Frogs, advance to date with Sooners, 76-68 - Waco Tribune

Let's Talk Big 12 Tournament - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Prep coach: Embiid had back pain last year, too - Lawrence Journal World

Transfers and youth mean good things for Kansas State basketball - Bring On The Cats

Big 12 basketball: Despite detours, everything has worked out fine for Ryan Spangler - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Big 12 tournament: Cowboys manhandle Texas Tech, Kansas is next - Oklahoman (autoplay)

A Fool's Errand: You're Right About Rick - Barking Carnival

TCU falls to Baylor 76-68 to end with 19-game skid - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Oklahoma State defeats Texas Tech 80-62 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
Approximately 9:30 pm tonight on the Big 12 Network (including MASN) & ESPN3

Kansas State Wildcats vs. (16) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
12:30 pm today on ESPN2/3

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (10) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
Approximately 3 pm today on ESPN2/3

Baylor Bears vs. (17) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
7 pm tonight on the Big 12 Network (including MASN) & ESPN3

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Miss Throwdown:

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