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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (3/21/14) Edition

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Major facilities upgrades on tap, pro day previews, hoops notes, baseball travels to NC, varsity news, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Honorary Mountaineer smiles until the very end - Times West Virginian
More on this shortly

WVU to RFP Outbound Ticket Sales - WVU Athletics
"This isn’t replacing what we’re currently doing from the sports marketing or ticket office end. It’s to supplement what we’re doing," he explained.

Dance Card: West Virginia, Big XII at-large - Swish Appeal
An experienced team that made some noise in the Big 12 this season.

Baseball Enters Final Non-Conference Weekend - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team travels to UNC Wilmington.

Johnston, Vizcarrondo Advance at NCAAs - WVU Athletics
Senior Colin Johnston (141) and sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) of the West Virginia University wrestling team advanced to session III with wins in session II's consolation bracket, tonight.

Watch the WVUSportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
Features on the national champion WVU rifle team and a preview of the Big 12 women's gymnastics championship at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday at 4 pm, with Amanda Mazey.

Furfari: Phillips scored first basket in Coliseum - Martinsburg Journal
Levi Phillips, born and raised in Charleston, was an outstanding basketball player at West Virginia University in the early 1970s.

News of Note:

WVU basketball: Team needs to make Staten-like leaps to improve - Charleston Daily Mail
Seemingly every question about how much better West Virginia might be next season and how much farther they can go in a postseason - and in which tournament - revolves around Juwan Staten.

Staten mum on NBA question - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Juwan Staten is considering making himself available for the NBA draft.

Make-or-break seasons: Kansas Jayhawks & West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
The seat could be warm for a pair of Big 12 coaches.

WVU sports: Athletic department has master plan for $106 million in upgrades - Charleston Daily Mail
Members of West Virginia University's Board of Governors will meet next week to discuss authorizing the financing of a major capital improvement project for its athletic facilities, according to university documents.

WVU plans major renovations of football stadium, other sports facilities - Charleston Gazette
Many of the projects are already known, and in some cases planning or construction has begun.

West Virginia facility improvements move closer to reality - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The linchpin of the plan is an $85 million bond package, about $75 million of which would be earmarked for athletic facilities improvements.

WVU proposes $106M in upgrades - Times West Virginian
Those who asked what West Virginia University’s athletic department was going to do with the increased revenues it would receive from jumping to the Big 12 and selling its Tier 3 rights to IMG Sports now have an answer.

Pro News:

WVU Pro Day Preview - WVU Pros
WVU's Pro Day is a chance for Mountaineer seniors to audition for NFL scouts and for past players to take another shot at the NFL. Noel Devine could be one.

Noel Devine Will Work Out at WVU Pro Day - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer running back is looking for a second chance to show NFL scouts that he still has what it takes to play in the league.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Floor general Chery spearheads Bears’ charge - Waco Tribune

Let's Talk NC Central (And More) - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU’s Andrew Wiggins makes throwing down lob passes look easy - Kansas City Star

Kansas State's Weber: Next game, big game - Bradenton Herald

North Dakota State Bison Send Oklahoma Sooners Packing Early 80-75 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Breaking down the matchups for OSU-Gonzaga - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas vs Arizona State Final Score: Longhorns Win 87-85 On Buzzer Beater - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU hopes to turn up bats against Texas Tech as Big 12 play begins - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Building a Monster: Tubby's Magic with Recruiting - Viva The Matadors

Mail Bonding: In playoff era, Big 12 needs title game — and will get it - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

(15) Albany Great Danes vs. (2) West Virginia Mountaineers - NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - ESPN
3 pm Sunday from Baton Rouge on ESPN/ESPN3

Big 12 in the NCAA Tournament (full schedule post coming soon this morning)

(11) Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. (6) Baylor Bears - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
12:40 pm today from San Antonio on truTV

(15) Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. (2) Kansas Jayhawks - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
4:10 pm today from St. Louis on TBS

(9) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (8) Gonzaga Bulldogs - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
4:40 pm today from San Diego on TNT

(9) Kansas State Wildcats vs. (8) Kentucky Wildcats - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
9:40 pm tonight from St. Louis on CBS

(14) North Carolina Central Eagles vs. (3) Iowa State Cyclones - NCAA Tournament Game - Preview - ESPN
9:50 pm tonight from San Antonio on TNT

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Texas native. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Erin Skye.