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Esa Ahmad Continues To Adjust As West Virginia Wraps Non-Conference Play

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Much-hyped freshman Esa Ahmad keeps finding himself in West Virginia’s starting lineup, but his effectiveness and playing time are dwindling.

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News Of Note

Basketball:

Ahmad continues to adjust as WVU wraps non-conference play | The Exponent Telegram
We’ve all been there as the new guy or gal on the job. You feel strange, lost. You don’t know your co-workers, don’t know the system, don’t know what rubs the boss wrong. It doesn’t matter the profession.

It’s been a bumpy acclimation for West Virginia’s top recruit | WV MetroNews
Much-hyped freshman Esa Ahmad keeps finding himself in West Virginia’s starting lineup, but his effectiveness and playing time are dwindling.

Huggins wants WVU to cut down on turnovers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Even at 9-1 and ranked No. 20, there are still things West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins wants before Christmas.

Mountaineers with one final task before Christmas break | Beckley Register-Herald
The No. 20 Mountaineers (9-1) play the first of two nonconference games remaining before the start of Big 12 play when Eastern Kentucky visits the WVU Coliseum tonight for a 7 p.m. contest on ESPNU.

Fourth Quarter Run Propels WVU Past JMU | WVU Athletics
A 12-0 run in the fourth quarter propelled the West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a 69-62 victory over James Madison in the Florida Sunshine Classic at Warden Arena on the campus of Rollins College.

4th-quarter charge leads Mountaineers over JMU in tourney | WV MetroNews
Bria Holmes led an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter and the West Virginia women overtook James Madison 69-62 to win their opener at the Sunshine Classic on Sunday.

Late run propels WVU past JMU | The Exponent Telegram
A 12-0 run in the fourth quarter propelled the West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 69-62 victory over James Madison in the Florida Sunshine Classic at Warden Arena on the campus of Rollins College.

West Virginia Athletics:

Utley Named NSCAA Scholar All-America | WVU Athletics
Senior Kailey Utley of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America Third Team today.

Around The League

Around The NCAA:

BYU made a game of the Las Vegas Holy War despite the worst opening imaginable | SBNation
Bronco Mendenhall's BYU goodbye started as poorly as possible, and Kenneth Dixon's LA Tech goodbye couldn't have been sweeter. Here's what to know from bowl season's opening Saturday.

Robert Nkemdiche suspended for Sugar Bowl, will declare for NFL Draft | Red Cup Rebellion
Big Bob's Ole Miss career appears to be done amid rumors that he'll declare for the draft.

The Solid Verbal: Are QB transfers really good for everyone? | SBNation
Both bowl and QB transfer season are underway!

Will Grier will transfer from Florida | Alligator Army
Florida's star quarterback is on his way out.

NC A&T wins the HBCU title in the Celebration Bowl, an awesome idea and a great game | SBNation
Now that was fun.

Kentucky basketball has some very real problems | SBNation
The 'Cats are 9-2 after losing to Ohio State, but there's reason to believe they aren't the national title contender they were supposed to be.

St. John's is off to a nightmare start in Chris Mullin's first season | SBNation
There are brighter days ahead for St. John's, but they may not be coming anytime soon.

Ohio State vs. Kentucky 2015 final score: 3 things to know from OSU's 74-67 win | Land-Grant Holy Land
The Buckeyes gave Kentucky everything they had and came away with one for the ages.

Utah upsets No. 7 Duke in overtime at Madison Square Garden | SBNation
The unranked Utes earned a big win in New York on Saturday.

Recruiting

Mountaineers in mix for big-time linebacker | Charleston Gazette-Mail
With the departures of Nick Kwiatkoski, Jared Barber, and Shaq Petteway to graduation this offseason, West Virginia is looking for immediate help at the linebacker position for 2016.

What's On Tap

Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs (20) West Virginia Mountaineers
Tonight at 7:00PM on ESPNU from Morgantown.

Mountaineers, Colonels Meet Monday Night | WVU Athletics
West Virginia’s final pre-Christmas game will take place on Monday night at the WVU Coliseum when the 20th-ranked Mountaineers take on Eastern Kentucky in a 7 p.m. game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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