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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma Hangover (3/6/14) Edition

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Coverage of the loss to Oklahoma, spring practice notes, women's Big 12 tournament this weekend, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, March 6 - WV MetroNews
Huggins shares his thoughts on Eron Harris’ disappointing game. Devin Williams, also is featured on this episode discussing what the postgame message to the team was after the 72-62 loss to the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners.

Carey works his way up, brings WVU back to relevance - Daily Athenaeum
When West Virginia women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey arrived at WVU 13 years ago, the program was not in good shape.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Lady Mountaineers will always remember their senior season - Times West Virginian
Taylor Palmer was following a much-traveled path when she packed up her gym shoes four years ago and left Mount Vernon, N.Y., for Morgantown to play basketball.

WVU starting rotation strong early in 2014 season - Daily Athenaeum
So far, so good for the Mountaineer baseball starting rotation in 2014. The staff of Harrison Musgrave, Sean Carley and John Means have been exceptional in the team’s first three weekends of the season.

Women turn focus to Big 12 tournament - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU (27-3, 16-2 Big 12) will be the No. 2 seed in the weekend's Big 12 Tournament, which is not unprecedented. Carey's 2010 team was the No. 2 seed and played into the final of the Big East Tournament.

Women's Soccer Raises Funds for BPBCF - WVU Athletics
$8,584 in donations for Morgantown’s Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Foundation

Furfari: Ex-WVU star loves coaching at Fairmont State - Register-Herald
Joe Mazzulla, a native of the Providence, R.I., area, now is in his first year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Fairmont State University

Oklahoma Hangover:

Clark leads No. 23 Oklahoma past West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc

Oklahoma Downs West Virginia - WVU Athletics
West Virginia splits the season series with the Sooners.

Sooners sink West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail
Buddy Hield did almost nothing right for the first 30 minutes against West Virginia on Wednesday night, but for four decisive minutes, he could do no wrong.

Sooners shoot past WVU, 72-62 - Charleston Gazette
Not only did Oklahoma put the clamps on West Virginia's perimeter offense, the Sooners also let loose with their own bombs-away attack, using well-place 3-pointers to earn a 72-62 win over the Mountaineers at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma Too Much for West Virginia Men - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
WVU suffers 10-point loss against Sooners

Oklahoma pulls away from WVU, 72-62 - Times West Virginian
Reality hit West Virginia University in the gut Wednesday as No. 23 Oklahoma showed the Mountaineers almost every reason why they are not an NCAA Tournament team this year, pulling away in the second half to a 72-62 victory in Norman.

Staten Not Enough To Beat Sooners - BGN
Despite Juwan Staten’s best efforts, West Virginia couldn’t pull the upset of No. 23 Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

WVU falls to No. 23 Oklahoma 72-62 -
In one of the most inconsistent offensive struggles of the season, the West Virginia Mountaineers failed to gain any traction Wednesday night in Norman, falling to the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners 72-62.

Sooners Pull Away From WVU - EerSports
What little bit of hope West Virginia had for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament is gone, as the Mountaineers fell to Oklahoma Thursday night, 72-62.

GAME RECAP: WVU Falls to Oklahoma - WVillustrated
West Virginia came up short against Oklahoma, losing 72-62.

Knockout in Norman shows West Virginia has reached its ceiling - WV MetroNews
Unable to answer Oklahoma's second-half surge, WVU was a team out of options.

Huggins’ postgame reaction after WVU falls below .500 in Big 12 - WV MetroNews
Following West Virginia's 72-62 loss at Oklahoma, coach Bob Huggins addressed the media.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Browne, Staten & Williams

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Oklahoma - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's Big 12 basketball game against Oklahoma

News of Note:

Spring primer: West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
West Virginia opened spring ball last weekend, looking to bounce back from a disappointing season. Here’s what to look for from the Mountaineers

WVU still indoors for spring workouts - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Drills, position battles highlight day two of camp

Gibson, Bradley good hires for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
With the two working together, I’m eager to see the results the duo produces, both on the field and the recruiting trail.

WVU Sports Podcast: Tom Bradley - WVU Athletics
Our Jeff Culhane sits down with Associate Head Coach Tom Bradley, the newest member of the Mountaineer football staff, in our weekly WVU Sports Podcast.

Bradley to give everyone a chance - Times West Virginian
A day after snubbing the local media by not talking to them on an evening set aside for interviews with assistant coaches, West Virginia University’s latest defensive savior Tom Bradley found 14 minutes to talk to IMG Sports, which possesses the rights to West Virginia sports.

Seider "Eager" to Coach Buie - EerSports
"He’s going to pick up right from where he left off (in 2012)," said Seider. "He’s eager. He’s been away from football, and having football away from him for a year, especially a kid who was highly-rated and had success early, now you sense the hunger, the excitement to get back out there."

Worley could be vital asset to 2014 WVU team - Daily Athenaeum
In the 2013 season as a true freshman, Daryl Worley played every position in the West Virginia secondary and even stepped up at linebacker occasionally.


Notes: Changes in the East - Scout
Alterations were made in's rankings, and we take a look at how things changed in the East.

Pro News:

Lawsuit challenges NCAA rules capping the value of athletic scholarships -
The suit by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston names, the NCAA, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten as defendants.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cory Jefferson becomes a force for Baylor in 5th year - Waco Tribune

DeAndre Kane breaks out at Iowa State after long, dangerous journey - FOX Sports on MSN

Tour Allen Fieldhouse and the Player Facilities With Justin Wesley and Campus Insiders - Rock Chalk Talk

KSU Notebook: Two fouls and a first-half seat should not be hard and fast - Topeka Capital Journal

Cameron Clark Leads Oklahoma Sooners In 82-72 Win Over West Virginia Mountaineers - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball notebook: Cowboys moving up in bracketology watch - Oklahoman

Texas Basketball Outpaces TCU 66-54 In Home Finale - Burnt Orange Nation

Solving The Attendance Problem - Frogs O' War

Hoops Game Analysis | Texas Tech Red Raiders 57 - Kansas Jayhawks 82 - Viva The Matadors

NCAA rules committee tables controversial 10-second proposal - Stewart Mandel -

College football’s 10-second debate will return, with agendas on both sides - WV MetroNews

What's On Tap:

Kansas Game Sold Out - WVU Athletics
Noon game to be televised nationally on ESPN.

Video of Interest:

Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson discusses his relationship with Senior Associate Head coach Tom Bradley, and the assignments for defensive coaches this year.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the Bikini Team Model of the Month for March. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jacqueline Suzanne.