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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Pre-Game (3/7/14) Edition

Women to compete in Big 12 tournament, men wrap up regular season against Kansas, spring practice reports with the players, Rifle shoots for national championship, baseball in action, Big 12 roundup, weekend hoops guide & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, March 7 - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey discusses his Big 12 Coach of the Year award. We also hear from Kansas play-by-play announcer Bob Davis who provides the latest on the Jayhawks mindset heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against WVU. The episode wraps up with Paul Millard who says he is looking to be more mobile in 2014 for the Mountaineers.

WVU can achieve more in 2013-14 season - Daily Athenaeum
When the West Virginia women’s basketball team opened practice in preparation for the 2013-14 season, five seniors and a talented group of underclassmen had a goal to make history.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with WVU Coach Mike Carey and his players as they get ready to end the 2014 regular season.

Furfari: Women’s finale was all-time Coliseum great - Register-Herald
If you weren’t among the thrilled, extremely vocal 5,502 fans at the WVU Coliseum last Tuesday night, you missed one of the most memorable sports events in that 44-year-old arena’s history.

No. 1 West Virginia looks to defend national championship - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 1 West Virginia University rifle team looks to defend their reigning national champion title as they compete this weekend at the NCAA National Championship in Murray, Ky.

Mountaineers travel to take on Sacramento State, UC Riverside - Daily Athenaeum
Coming off a three-game sweep that included wins over Duke, Coastal Carolina and James Madison in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the West Virginia baseball team will travel to the West Coast to take on Sacramento and UC Riverside this weekend.

Gymnastics Set for National Champions - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team travels to No. 2 Florida Friday.

Thursday Notebook - WVU Athletics
Team travel, Mike Carey, Juwan Staten and spring football practice.

Watch The WVUSportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
This week's inside look at Mountaineer sports.

News of Note:


Win against Kansas would go a long way - Charleston Daily Mail
If the West Virginia University men's basketball team hopes to earn a bye in next week's Big 12 tournament or receive consideration for the NCAA tournament or NIT field, a win this Saturday against No. 8 Kansas is a necessity.

West Virginia takes on No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks in final home game of regular season - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s basketball team wraps up its regular season schedule this weekend at home against the No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks at noon.

Contract provision back in focus - Charleston Daily Mail
Huggins set to earn $25K if West Virginia defeats Kansas

Embiid’s injury gives WVU chance - Daily Athenaeum
With Kansas’ 7-foot center Joel Embiid injured, West Virginia has a better opportunity at a major upset Saturday afternoon.

WVU’s one dimension and kudos to NCAA - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins just wants WVU  to compete - Times West Virginian
In the end, with Bob Huggins, they count victories and losses, and he has always been one to pile up the victories while keeping the losses to a minimum, at least until the last two seasons at West Virginia University.

Staten Shows How Special He Is Again - BGN
There's a certain feeling you get sometimes when watching a player when you can sense you're getting to witness something special.

Spring Football

Shell quietly runs new objective at West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It has been 11 months since Rushel Shell left Pitt's spring camp and seven months since he transferred across the Backyard Brawl battlefront to West Virginia, but Shell has yet to speak publicly on either event.

Buie’s sabatical from football led to self-evaluation - WV MetroNews
Running back who left team days before the 2013 opener says he spent fall with family

Buie "Back and Ready to Work" - EerSports
Running back Andrew Buie talks about his sabbatical and how it helped him to mature both on and off the field.

Buie Back, Ready to Work - BGN
Andrew Buie knew it was inevitable when he made the decision to leave West Virginia before the 2013 season with the intentions of returning for spring practice.

Andrew Buie Speaks with Media After Sitting Out Past Year - WVillustrated
WVU junior running back returns to Morgantown as a more mature person, he told the media on Thursday.

Millard jokes about losing weight and ‘running for touchdowns’ - WV MetroNews
Senior quarterback, an easy sack target last year, sees himself surrounded by mobile peers.

Millard Previews QB Battle, WRs - EerSports
Senior quarterback Paul Millard talks about this spring's quarterback battle and the development of his wide receivers.

No longer pressing to be the next Tavon, Alford proves dynamic at new spot - WV MetroNews
After being a bust in the slot, Alford busted loose upon shifting to outside receiver.

Receivers Rejuvenated for 2014 - EerSports
Mario Alford, Kevin White and Daikiel Shorts talk about their offseason work and what they are looking forward to in 2014.

WVU hopes it’s found another receiving duo - Register-Herald
At West Virginia, wide receivers often come in pairs.

WATCH: WVU Football Players Talk Spring Ball - WVillustrated
Worley, Smallwood, Alford, Banks, Rose, Brown, Smith & Bruce TV: WVU Players Speak to Media -
Buie, Smith, Rose & Worley

BGN Video: Player Interviews - BGN
Orlosky, Dillon & Millard

Mountaineer Football Player Media Interviews - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer players met with the media tonight.

Around the League (and Beyond):

New Baylor Adidas NCAA Tournament Uniform Discussion Thread - Our Daily Bears

Melvin Ejim: Iowa State's Favorite Canadian - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Adidas Unveils New Kansas Jerseys for March - Rock Chalk Talk

Tournament Thursday: Leadership questions - Bring On The Cats

OU men's basketball: Je'lon Hornbeak keeps up surge - Oklahoman

Brown waiting for best dunk at Oklahoma State - Stillwater NewsPress

Men’s Basketball preview: at Texas Tech [March 8, 2014] - Texas Longhorns Athletics

Jordan Moore Moves To Wide Receiver - Frogs O' War

Known quantity: Tech running backs benefit from little turnover since last season - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Big 12 providing some of nation’s best individual talent - Daily Athenaeum
Each night in the Big 12 Conference, different players steal the headlines. What some consider the toughest league in America has plenty of good players. A total of 14 different players have been named Conference Player of the Week.

What's On Tap:

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship - Big 12 Conference
6 pm Saturday from Oklahoma City - WVU gets the winner of today's TCU/TT game

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPN/ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from Bramlage on MSG, MASN2 (alternate), Altitude (alternate) & ESPN3

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (16) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Hilton on ESPN/ESPN3

(23) Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from DMC on MSG+, MASN2 (alternate), Altitude (alternate) & ESPN3

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from United Spirit Arena on ESPNews

Videos of Interest:

In this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, Tony and the coach talk about this weekend's game with Kansas... Juwan Staten's performance against Oklahoma and his chances of making the first team All- Big 12.

Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson spoke to the media and discussed the quarterback race, and wide receiver contribution.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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