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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Hangover (3/14/14) Edition

Coverage of loss to Texas, rifle shoots for NCAA title this weekend, baseball wins, varsity notes, football features, Big 12 tournament coverage and league roundup, plus more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, March 14 - WV MetroNews
WVU head coach Bob Huggins discusses his teams loss to Texas plus he gives his take on WVU’s NCAA Tournament hopes.

No. 1 Rifle Set to Defend NCAA Title - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 WVU rifle team shoots for its 16th NCAA title this weekend.

Baseball Wins Game One at Cal State Northridge - WVU Athletics
Seven different WVU baseball players had a hit in a 5-4 victory in the series opener on Thursday afternoon at Cal State Northridge.

'Changed' Carey visits girls tourney - Charleston Gazette
"Everybody is upset that we don't have West Virginia girls [on the roster]. I'd love to have West Virginia girls. We've offered a lot of them. But they need to be able to play on our level. I hope the younger girls see what we're doing."

Watch the WVUSportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
An inside look at Mountaineer sports and story time with Athletic Director Oliver Luck in this week's edition of the WVUSportsBuzz with Amanda Mazey.

Ex-Mountaineer Gansey enjoying front-office gig - Charleston Gazette
Mike Gansey stood inside a tunnel leading from the Sprint Center floor Thursday afternoon and smiled about how hectic his life tends to be this time of year.

Furfari: Allara cherishes time at WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Dr. Dave Allara, a native of Iaeger in McDowell County was a three-year letterman on the West Virginia University men's basketball teams from 1977 to 1979.

Big 12 Tournament | Texas Hangover:

Texas romps past West Virginia 66-49 in Big 12s - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Mountaineers Fall in Big 12 Quarterfinals - WVU Athletics
Texas too much for WVU Thursday night in Kansas City.

Texas routs Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The end came early for West Virginia on Thursday. Not just early in the Big 12 tournament, but early in the game.

Ice-cold WVU blown out by Longhorns - Charleston Gazette
Texas wins 66-49

Doomed from the start, Mountaineers at a loss to explain blowout - WV MetroNews
West Virginia hoped to make noise at the Big 12 tournament, but instead succumbed quickly and quietly.

Long Texas defense zones in on Staten, shooters - WV MetroNews
The 92 points West Virginia scored on Kansas led to some deep-dive film study at Texas, where Javan Felix and his teammates took the warning seriously.

Texas-Size Whoopin’ For WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Staten, Harris combine for 2-for-16 shooting

Texas stampedes Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Longhorns bull way past WVU, 66-49

WVU saves worst for last in 66-49 loss to Longhorns - Times West Virginian
In a game the Mountaineers had to win to have any chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, the Mountaineers played so badly that their membership in the NCAA is liable to be questioned, losing to Texas, 66-49, to be eliminated from the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Texas Dominates WVU In Big 12 Tourney - BGN
West Virginia’s very, very slim chances at an NCAA tournament bid were quickly crushed by Texas in the second round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

WVU Blindsided by Poor Showing in KC - BGN
A silence came over the West Virginia locker room following the Mountaineers’ 66-49 loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship.

Texas Eliminates WVU in Rout -
The blowout began just moments after the game tipped off.

WVU Embarrassed, Staten Hurt - EerSports
In one of the more embarrassing games in school history, West Virginia shot 6-of-33 in the first half and fell behind by as many as thirty, eventually losing to Texas, 66-49.

GAME RECAP: WVU Falls to Texas - WVillustrated
West Virginia took a beating as Texas cruised to a victory Thursday night.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Noreen, official presser (with Huggs, Henderson & Watkins), Harris, Staten & Henderson

Photo Gallery I: WVU Texas - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's Big 12 Championship quarterfinal match-up with Texas

News of Note:

WVU linebacker bounces back bigger, stronger - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
K.J. Dillon can only marvel at how his best game in a West Virginia uniform spiraled into a three-day stay in the intensive care unit for severe dehydration.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Worley forced to grow up fast for WVU " WVU Sports " The Times West Virginian
The roster says Daryl Worley is a sophomore. Talk to him and you’d swear he was a senior.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Tournament Notebook - WVU Athletics
Some notes from the afternoon session

Baylor holds off Oklahoma 78-73 to advance in Big 12 Tournament - Our Daily Bears

Big 12 Tournament Recap: Iowa State Survives Kansas State [91-85, ed] - Wide Right & Natty Lite

FINAL: Kansas 77, Oklahoma State 70 (OT) - Lawrence Journal World

Iowa State hands K-State quick Big 12 Tournament exit - Wichita Eagle

Third Times A Charm For The Baylor Bears, Advance to Semis With 78-73 Win Over The Oklahoma Sooners - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball: Kansas takes down Cowboys in overtime - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Big 12 Tournament: Texas Cruises Past West Virginia, 66-49 - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU baseball hosts Dartmouth for weekend - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tech's Morales overcoming injuries (video) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Tournament Semi-Finals from the Sprint Center in Kansas City

(16) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (10) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight on ESPNU/3

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
Approximately 9:30 pm tonight on ESPNU/3

Big 12 Tournament Finals

9 pm ET Saturday on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Rifle head coach Jon Hammond previews this weekend's NCAA Championships, where the Mountaineers will shoot for a nation's-best 16th title, and recaps the team's recent visit to the White House as part of NCAA Champions Day.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely British lass. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Keeley Hazell.