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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas State Game Day (1/27/15) Edition

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Kansas State previews, varsity notes, football recruiting notes, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bria Holmes’ shooting woes continue, Mountaineers 2-5 in Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
In the world of women’s college basketball, there are few offensive weapons as deadly as West Virginia junior guard Bria Holmes.

Goldberg Named VSR Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Wearing the Jersey: Mike Morales - WVU Athletics
Senior wrestler Mike Morales continues to pursue lofty goals this year at WVU.

WVU club ice hockey team finds itself back in Top 25 - Daily Athenaeum
A 5-4 win over Mercyhurst University clinched the No. 24 Mountaineers a College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) Conference playoff spot.

News of Note:

WVU Back on the Road Tuesday Night - WVU Athletics
WVU looks to build off of Saturday's win against TCU.

WVU takes ‘giant step’ against 2-3, readies for K-State - Charleston Daily Mail
TCU played a 2-3 for most of the 45 minutes against WVU and it was effective enough to keep the Horned Frogs in the game and give them the lead, but the Mountaineers were much better against it in the second half and overtime, and those improvements helped them prevail.

K-State looks to skirt press vs. WVU - Charleston Gazette
"You’re going to turn it over,’’ Weber said, "Everybody turns it over against them.’’

West Virginia aims to speed up slow-and-steady K-State - WV MetroNews
The Wildcats, once 7-7 and left for dead, now sit only a half-game out of first in the Big 12.

Preview: WVU vs Kansas State - BGN
West Virginia faces a resurgent Kansas State team that finds itself near the top of the Big 12 standings prior to Tuesday's contest.

WVU looking for road win at Kansas State - Register Herald
Winning conference basketball games in the Big 12 is no easy task. Coming out on top in league road games is even tougher.

WVU at Kansas State after bounce-back win over TCU - Register Herald
It was absolutely wonderful to see the West Virginia University men’s basketball team beat TCU 86-85 last Saturday in overtime.

Healthy Staten key for WVU - BGN
As West Virginia was getting into Big 12 Conference play, it was having to do so with its most important player - senior point guard Juwan Staten - playing through illness and trying to bounce back from it.

Huggins Says Staten is Healthy - WVSports.com
"He's (Staten) healthy, I think that's the biggest thing. He played through some stuff at Texas Tech and lost some weight," said Huggins on the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference.

Staten Healthy Just in Time For More Tough Conference Play - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins discusses the health of point guard Juwan Staten and the Mountaineers' tough conference schedule ahead of them.

WVU's Holton: South Beaching It - BGN
Jonathan Holton has threatened a more permanent emergence during multiple games this season. But the junior hasn’t been able to string multiple high-end performances together since West Virginia hit the Big 12 portion of the schedule.

No. 17 Mountaineers playing in Kansas tonight against the K-State Wildcats, following big win - Daily Athenaeum
After a thrilling win over TCU last Saturday, No. 17 West Virginia will now shift its focus to Kansas State, another conference opponent.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Men to Take On Kansas State - WVillustrated
No. 18 West Virginia (16-3, 4-2) looks to build off a big overtime win against TCU as they visit a tough Kansas State team (12-8, 5-2) that has won five of their last six games its played.

Referees best off to let 'em play - Exponent Telegram
That having been said, what passed for officiating Saturday in the Coliseum was disgraceful — and we’re not necessarily speaking as a fan would.

Addition by subtraction for Mountaineer backcourt - Exponent Telegram
Miles, Carter allow WVU to not feel loss of transfers

Bracketology - ESPN
5 Midwest

Bracket Watch - SI.com
5 West

Recruiting:

Can West Virginia finish strong enough for a top-25 recruiting class? - WV MetroNews
See where the Mountaineers stand with top targets as national signing day nears.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Signing day is less than 10 days away. The second-to-last official visit weekend is in the books. Here's where the Big 12 recruiting classes stand entering the final stretch

Pro News:

Mazzulla, Calhoun Guide Fairmont State with an Eye on WVU - WVillustrated
With strong connections to Morgantown and the Mountaineers, Jerrod Calhoun and Joe Mazzulla are building a successful Falcons program down the road.

WVUPros Ladies on the Hardwood Report: Campbell and Bussie have big games overseas - WVUPros
This week’s WVUPros Ladies on the Hardwood Report features updates from Natalie Burton, Korinne Campbell, Olayinka Sanni and Asya Bussie, all of whom played games professionally this past week around the globe.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Monday Shootaround: Let the Good Times Roll - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State vs Texas Recap: Cyclones Hold on Late [89-86, ed.] - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Basketball Midseason Grades - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State uses defense to stand in second in Big 12 - Topeka Capital Journal

Jordan Woodard says Sooners know what they have to do - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Inside The Mind Of Mike Gundy - Cowboys Ride For Free

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns @ Iowa State Cyclones - Barking Carnival

TCU looks ‘much different’ to Kansas these days - Star Telegram

Changes to Red Raiders' offense paying off - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Punt, Pass & Pork: 2014 season lessons, 2015 expectations - Staples - SI.com

What's On Tap:

(17) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas St Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Octogon on ESPN2/3

(20) Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on ESPNN/3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a fitness model from Orlando and a Miss Hooters 2013 Swimsuit Pageant Finalist. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Janet Layug.