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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/29/15) Edition

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Football recruiting news (including a big flip yesterday), hoops features, women drop another to Texas Tech, WVUPros news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia Falls at Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s basketball encountered a tough second half start and fell 73-57 to Texas Tech on Wednesday evening at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Rifle No. 1 Before Road Trip - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team continues to rank No. 1 in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) poll.

News of Note:

Aggressive defense helps, hinders WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers prevailed both in spite of and because of themselves.

For WVU basketball, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder - Charleston Gazette
It’s a torturous exercise watching this West Virginia basketball team play.

Mountaineers follow script to beat Wildcats - Exponent Telegram
It’s starting to become a script that is sounding all too familiar as the West Virginia basketball team continues through this season.

Huggins' team has embraced grit of state - Exponent Telegram
The question is why these guys have been able to accomplish what they have without the traditional skills that create basketball success.

WVU playing with a different attitude - Daily Athenaeum
More importantly, the difference between this team and those of the last couple years is the way they respond to head coach Bob Huggins.

No. 17 Mountaineers developing some momentum - Daily Athenaeum
Following its win in the unfriendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum against Kansas State Tuesday, it isn’t ridiculous to say the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers are on an upswing at the moment.

Huggins: 2014-15 Mountaineers ‘Have Embraced West Virginia’ - WVillustrated
WVU head coach Bob Huggins attributed his team's 17-3 overall record to embracing the core values that make the state of West Virginia what it is today.

Big 12 reprimands TCU’s Johnson for confronting refs after loss to WVU - WV MetroNews
After Wednesday’s reprimand, Johnson said he regretted becoming combative after the loss.

Recruiting:

Wilson Commits to WVU - EerSports
Wilson was part of a large group of visitors this past weekend in Morgantown, choosing to check out West Virginia and the opportunity to play wide receiver in Dana Holgorsen's offense - he was recruited as a defensive back by Georgia, who later told him he could be an "athlete," if he wanted.

Wilson Flips To WVU - BGN
West Virginia received their 22nd commitment in the class of 2015 when Coral Gables (Fla.) wide receiver Shaquery Wilson pledged to the Mountaineers.

Exclusive video: Shaquery Wilson at Rivals Camp - WVSports.com
Watch new WVU commitment Shaquery Wilson perform at the Miami Rivals camp. His clips start at the 1:06 mark

Mountaineers flip long-time Georgia commit Wilson with chance to play WR - WV MetroNews
Three-star prospect Shaquery Wilson had been pledged to the Bulldogs since June.

Miramar Florida Wide Receiver Kahlil Lewis Has Made His Choice - Down The Drive
Kahlil Lewis has been committed to West Virginia since last January but that has not stopped him from looking around at Louisville and Cincinnati. Those three schools are his finalists for his decision which will be announced on national signing day.

WVU looking ahead to signing day 2015 - Daily Athenaeum
With just under a week until National Signing Day on Feb. 4, the West Virginia football coaching staff looks to secure signatures from its 17 commits and few remaining targets.

WVU Football Signing Day Coverage on WVUsports.com - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will reveal its newest class of Mountaineers on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and WVUsports.com once again will be inside the Milan Puskar Center to provide live exclusive coverage.

Pro News:

Pat White Promoting New Sports Drink in the Mountain State - WDTV.COM
Former WVU quarterback Pat White is back in the Mountain State to promote a new sports drink. It's called Rehydrate.

Padres counting on Jedd Gyorko in 2015 - WVUPros
Third-year second baseman Jedd Gyorko will once again play a pivotal role in the Padres plans for this season and the future after getting a 5-year, $35 million deal last April.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Position that needs improvement: Baylor - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

enCYCLONEpedia: Controllable shooting defense - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas squeaks by TCU in Ft Worth, 64-61 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State basketball: Not quite there - Bring On The Cats

The Final Score Oklahoma - 81, Texas Tech - 36 | Three Takeaways From A Blowout Win - Crimson And Cream Machine

ROUNDTABLE: Could Tyreek Hill Return To Oklahoma State? - Cowboys Ride For Free

The Legacy of Rick Barnes - Barking Carnival

Frogs vs. Jayhawks Final Score: TCU Drops Close Game, 64-61 - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech loses to No. 24 Oklahoma by more than 40 points - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

This week's show highlights the defending National Champion Rifle team as they head for a showdown at Alaska-Fairbanks, and the WVU Tennis Team as they near the end of non-conference play.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known for her warm up dance before a hurdle race. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Michelle Jenneke.