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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (3/4/14) Edition

Women have a chance for Big 12 title at Senior night tonight, hoops & football notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Mar. 4 - WV MetroNews
Averee Fields takes us through the game-winning basket against Baylor and Dana Holgorsen gives fans an update on spring ball.

Gee Named WVU's 24th President - WVU Athletics
E. Gordon Gee was named West Virginia University’s permanent president today (March 3) – the third time he’s been asked to lead the state’s land-grant, flagship research University.

Weekly Baseball Notebook - WVU Athletics
Check out this week's baseball notebook.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Squires comes from swimming background - Times West Virginian
Tim Squires won a pair of Big 12 championships.

Star Wars and Baseball Combine in One Glorious GIF | Extra Mustard -
These gifs are too good not to share

News of Note:

Women's Hoops

No. 7 WVU Enters Home Finale - WVU Athletics
There are five seniors on this year’s team: Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell, Brooke Hampton, Jess Harlee and Taylor Palmer, who will be recognized in their final home game. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m., for the pregame senior recognition.

Head Coach Mike Carey - YouTube
West Virginia coach Mike Carey previews Tuesday night's West Virginia-Kansas game at the WVU Coliseum.

Carey puts WVU on letdown alert as senior night commences - WV MetroNews
Five veterans will be honored Tuesday night as the Mountaineers target a Big 12 championship.

No. 7 Mountaineers Set for Emotional Senior Night - WVillustrated
WVU says farewell to five seniors who have helped lay the foundation for what the Mountaineers have accomplished this season and what is still left to achieve.

No. 7 WVU ends regular season tonight - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Women’s team looking at No. 2 seed in NCAA

No. 7 West Virginia set to take on Kansas Jayhawks with Big 12 title hopes in reach - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 7 West Virginia women’s basketball team will close out its regular season schedule at home tonight against the Kansas Jayhawks at 7.

A Big One for the WVU Women - WVU Athletics
Win at Baylor ranks No. 1 on my list.

Mike Casazza: Big win just the latest for Carey's crew - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think this one is probably our biggest win," he said. "It's the most important one as far as having an opportunity to win the Big 12 conference."

WVU Earns Highest Ranking of Season - WVU Athletics
Following a 71-69 win over then-No. 6 ranked Baylor, the West Virginia women’s basketball team earns its highest ranking this season at No. 7 in today’s Associated Press Poll.

Mountaineers women jump to No. 7 in AP poll, project as No. 2 NCAA seed - WV MetroNews
After beating Baylor 71-69, West Virginia moves within one spot of its highest-ever AP ranking.

Carey, WVU Seniors Prepare for Season Finale - WVillustrated
Mountaineers talk about senior night against Kansas with a chance to clinch the Big 12 regular season crown.

WVU women ready for Big 12 championship - Times West Virginian
What was accomplished Sunday afternoon in Waco, Tex., with the most improbable finish off a season filled with improbable finishes really started a couple of years back for the West Virginia women’s basketball team that tries to close out a Big 12 championship season with a victory over Kansas on Senior Night.

Big 12 WBB Enters Final Regular Season Games - Big 12 Conference
Big 12 women's basketball concludes its regular season on Tuesday before heading into the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship.

Bracketology - Women's College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN
#2, Stanford Region

Furfari: WVU women’s team is best in program history - Register-Herald
Regardless of what happens in tonight’s regular-season finale against Kansas and then in postseason play, the 2013-14 West Virginia University women’s basketball team should be proclaimed as the greatest in the 40-year history of this program.


Huggs: Making Shots Key Down the Stretch - BGN
West Virginia has been a much different basketball team this season when it has been able to shoot the ball well.

Last three games big for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A pair of victories would lock up the No. 6 seed and give WVU a bye in the first round - something it did not enjoy a year ago when the Mountaineers were a 'one-and-done' entrant in postseason play.

Huggy Quotebook: March 3rd - EerSports
Bob Huggins talked with the national media on Monday morning and although his time was brief, he touched on a handful of hot topics.

Backing out: Kansas plans to rest injured Embiid, WVU catches break - WV MetroNews
Bill Self says 7-footer won's play against Texas Tech on Wednesday or at West Virginia on Saturday.

Adrian steps up when called upon - Times West Virginian
A year in, and with their season on life support but not yet dead, West Virginia is getting help from a place it hadn’t planned to turn to for big help this season – Nathan Adrian.

Bracketology: Kansas finally cracks the top line -
Things aren't quite so rosy for 16-13 West Virginia, which sits ahead of both Baylor and OSU in the standings, but looks to be pretty far away from the bubble at the moment. However, wrapping up a season sweep of Oklahoma and topping Kansas in Morgantown might put the Mountaineers right back in the thick of things heading into Championship Week.

College basketball: WVU, Big 12 teams have plenty on the line in final week - Charleston Daily Mail
The only certainties about the Big 12 are that Kansas will finish in first place and TCU will be last.


WVU football: Bradley to make $1M over next two seasons - Charleston Daily Mail
The deal features a clause that sets dates to terminate Bradley's contract if coach Dana Holgorsen resigns. In the event the head coach "voluntarily terminates his employment,"

Bradley slated to earn $600,000 during first season at West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Newly hired defensive assistant signs two-year deal worth $1 million.

Big 12 football spring battles: West Virginia Mountaineers RBs - ESPN
West Virginia is losing a probable NFL draft pick in running back Charles Sims. Yet the Mountaineers might not see much of a drop-off with a talented group ready to battle for carries in the backfield.

2 more sessions before break - Register-Herald
Dana Holgorsen promised West Virginia University football fans they’d be proud of the product they see on the field during four open practice sessions this spring.

WVU conducts first spring practice - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Millard atop the depth chart at quaterback

Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Jones, Ebanks should be in NBA - WVU Pros
When Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks left WVU, they were two of the most well-known faces to ever don the ole blue and gold. Now, both players are streaking through the NBA Development League.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s NCAA hopes hinge on home court - Waco Tribune

Don’t take the edge away from Ejim - Cyclone Fanatic

Joel Embiid to Miss Final Two Games of Regular Season - Rock Chalk Talk

OSU 77, KSU 61: Too many mistakes - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma has a genuine gem in Lon Kruger - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Marcus Smart, a Liar? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Longhorn Network to be on DISH - Barking Carnival

Fast, fast, fast: The three best words to describe the new TCU offense - Dallas Morning News

Tech spring football series: Awe, Eguavoen get their chance to replace leading tackler - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Kansas Jayhawks vs. (7) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Senior Night, 7 pm tonight from the Coliseum

(16) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

WVU's Jeff Culhane spoke with Head Coach Mike Carey about the team's huge win over Baylor in Waco and what they must do to beat Kansas on senior night.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another Brazilian bombshell. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Herika Noronha.