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West Virginia Motivated For Tonight's Clash With Marshall

Bob Huggins won’t call the Marshall-West Virginia game a rivalry. The West Virginia coach has stood by that approach over the years. But he did admit Wednesday that the annual Capital Classic is more than just a regular game on the schedule.

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News Of Note

Basketball:

WVU, Herd motivated for tonight's clash | Beckley Register-Herald
Bob Huggins won’t call the Marshall-West Virginia game a rivalry. The West Virginia coach, who has been a part of Cincinnati- Xavier, Pitt-West Virginia and Kansas-Kansas State, has stood by that approach over the years. But he did admit Wednesday that the annual Capital Classic is more than just a regular game on the schedule.

Mountaineers favored by 21 entering Thursday’s Capital Classic | WV MetroNews
Last year’s Capital Classic was remembered more for Dan D’Antoni’s postgame comments (and Bob Huggins’ acerbic retorts) than the final score.

Capital Classic: Could 3s be key in annual WVU-Marshall meeting? | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The annual Capital Classic at the Charleston Civic Center has rarely been the platform to showcase 3-point shooting. But the game’s participants, No. 20 West Virginia (8-1) and Marshall (3-6), bring a little long-range momentum into tonight’s game

WVU, Marshall set to renew rivalry | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia will show up tonight at the Charleston Civic Center, unafraid to renew what has become a contentious series with downstate rival Marshall and its coach Dan D’Antoni.

WVU Rolls to Sixth Straight Win | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team knocked off Longwood, 74-43, for its sixth consecutive victory on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women bounce Longwood 74-43 for 6th straight victory | WV MetroNews
Bria Holmes scored 19 points, Teana Muldrow chipped in 14 and West Virginia crushed Longwood 74-43 in women’s basketball action Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women roll to sixth straight win | The Exponent Telegram
Sophomore Teana Muldrow celebrated her 20th birthday by scoring 14 points and hauling in seven rebounds as the West Virginia women’s basketball team knocked off Longwood, 74-43, for its sixth consecutive victory on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Top 10 offensive performances in the Big 12 Conference in 2015 | ESPN
There were a ton of great offensive performances in the Big 12 during the 2015 season, so here's a list of the best 10 of those.

Productive running game is key to a Big 12 title | ESPN
A look back at the past five years reveals that the Big 12 champion often has a strong running game.

Kansas State undecided on a starting quarterback | ESPN
Wildcats coach Bill Snyder will have to decide between QBs Joe Hubener and Kody Cook when K-State takes on Arkansas on Jan. 2.

QB Mayfield leads 7 Sooners on AP All-Big 12 first team | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Baker Mayfield has gone from two-time walk-on to the unanimous pick as the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the year.

Around The NCAA:

Oasis in the Desert | SBNation
A degree, a standout college career, and an NFL roster spot don't matter when you get in trouble with the law.

Kevin Sumlin's A&M offense has rapidly declined since Manziel left. Is 2016 his last chance? | SBNation
The Aggies head coach has put together plenty of good offenses in his career, but now finds himself in desperate need of one next year.

The Georgia State-SJSU Cure Bowl is the ultimate 'too many bowls' bowl. It should be fun! | SBNation
Yes, a Cure Bowl battle between 6-6 Georgia State and 5-7 San Jose State in a stadium that is likely mostly empty is a sign that there are too many bowl games. But GSU games are pretty damn fun, and SJSU is young and improved.

With Kyler Murray contemplating transfer, Texas A&M quarterback situation is dire | SBNation
If Murray leaves, the Aggies are in a lot of trouble at quarterback.

Recruiting

Mountaineers come up empty at start of JUCO signing period | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson announced he would be returning for 2016, it was a great day to be a Mountaineer, as one might say. Outside of that news, though, Wednesday was a day many West Virginia fans would like to forget.

What's On Tap

(20) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
West Virginia is making the 2 ½-hour trek down Interstate 79 to Charleston for a second time this year to face Marshall in the 2015 Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic Thursday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

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