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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Pre-Game (1/16/15) Edition

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Texas previews, football notes (including Gee on playing MU and the Bosch transfer), varsity notes, WVUPros on Pat McAfee's honor, Big 12 roundup, weekend hoops guide & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU looks for first conference win against No. 21 OSU - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will travel to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend to take on the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

Women's Basketball Playbook: OSU - WVU Athletics
Jeff Culhane and coach Mike Carey breakdown this weekend's matchup as the Mountaineers look to rebound against No. 21/20 Oklahoma State.

Holmes Finds a Home in Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Bria Holmes has fit in perfectly for WVU women's basketball.

Gym Blog: Doggette Ready to Go Home - WVU Athletics
WVU sophomore gymnast Brooklyn Doggette returns to Ohio Saturday.

WVU to host senior night vs. TCU - Daily Athenaeum
With Big 12 Championships fast approaching, the West Virginia University swimming and diving team will get a look at conference competition with a dual meet against TCU tonight at 7 p.m. at the WVU Natatorium.

FURFARI COLUMN: Tony Robertson still ranks seventh all-time at WVU in scoring - Times West Virginian
Tony Robertson, who turned 59 on Jan. 1, was an outstanding basketball player for West Virginia University in 1975-76 and 1976-77.

News of Note:

No. 20 Texas’ size will challenge WVU frontcourt - Charleston Daily Mail
"It ate me alive watching those three losses," Macon said.

Texas presents a big change of pace for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Saturday night the No. 16 Mountaineers (15-2, 3-1 Big 12) play at rested No. 20 Texas (12-4, 1-2). The 6:15 p.m. game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin will be televised by ESPN and is the Longhorns’ first game in a week.

An all hands on deck approach to passing - Exponent Telegram
In the aftermath of last weekend’s heartbreaking two-point home loss to Iowa State, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins’ greatest criticism of his team centered around the lack of passing in his offense.

No. 16 West Virginia to face No. 20 Longhorns in Austin, Texas, Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Despite losing two in a row, the Longhorns will present a “big” challenge for the Mountaineers. Texas boasts height and strength, something West Virginia is lacking in comparison.

Can Juwan Staten win the John Wooden Award for college basketball's POY? - WVUPros
Senior guard Juwan Staten, entering his third and final season in Morgantown, seems ready to finish his career with a bang for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Nathan Adrian Snaps Shooting Slump, Strong in WVU Win - WVillustrated
On Tuesday night, Adrian checked in less than three minutes into the game and about 50 seconds later, he squared up and knocked down a three.

Football

Gee says WVU-Marshall football series ‘makes sense’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think that would be fine," Gee said of a return of the WVU-Marshall football series. "When I was at Ohio State we had in-state rivalries, and I think that is very healthy."

WVU’s Gee helped set OSU title in motion - Charleston Gazette
See, Gee hired coach Urban Meyer.

Shrine Game: Pauline's Day 3 Risers - PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Mark Glowinski/OL/West Virginia

Recruiting:

Former Michigan 4-star OL Bosch enrolls at West Virginia - WV MetroNews
The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder showed promise as a true freshman in 2013 before taking a leave of absence after the 2014 opener.

Bosch Enrolls At WVU - BGN
Bosch's eligibility picture remains unclear.

Kyle Bosch Statement on West Virginia, Michigan - EerSports
The one-time four-star prospect issued a statement to 247Sports Director of Recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, discussing his choice of WVU.

Pro News:

Feel Good Friday: McAfee earns off- the-field honors - WVUPros
McAfee was honored by the Colts this season with their Man of the Year award. This award is given based on off-the-field work in the community.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor football’s KD Cannon and Taylor Young named freshmen All-Americans - Waco Tribune

At 21, ESPN's Jay Williams knew Fred Hoiberg would be "amazing" coach - Cyclone Fanatic

New offensive coordinator bringing Air Raid offense to KU - Lawrence Journal World

Iwundu, Edwards helping K-State find offensive rhythmn - Topeka Capital Journal

Like most offensive coordinators, Lincoln Riley sometimes criticized for playcalling - Oklahoman

This season, Travis Ford is not losing sleep over an uncertain future - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball: West Virginia Preview - Burnt Orange Nation

Trevone Boykin is the Tyler Rose Award Winner - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders tackle to return for senior season - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(16) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (20) Texas Longhorns - ESPN
6:15 pm Saturday from the Erwin Center on ESPN/ESPN3.

(22) Baylor Bears vs. Kansas St Wildcats - ESPN
3 pm Saturday from Bramlage on ESPNU/3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from United Arena on ESPNN/3

(24) Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. (18) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Noble Center on ESPN2/3

(9) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (11) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from Hilton on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for January 15th, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Hawaiian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Keke Lindgard (trust me, the gallery is much better than the video).