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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Game Day (2/16/15) Edition

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Baseball takes series from Clemson, Hoops vs Kansas tonight, football notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Mendocino Brewing Company's Black Hawk Stout, in preparation for tonight's opponent.


What You May Have Missed:

Donato deals, bats deliver as WVU wins series at Clemson - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers won 6-1 to take two of three from the 24t-ranked Tigers.

WVU Takes Down Tigers Again - BGN
A combination of solid pitching, timely hitting and key defensive plays led West Virginia to a 6-1 win over 24th-ranked Clemson of the ACC on Sunday. The result gave the Mountaineers a 2-1 series win over the Tigers.

Proposed change of college baseball season would benefit northern schools - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia coach Randy Mazey is pushing for the NCAA to make baseball a summer sport.

WVU Falls at No. 3 Baylor - WVU Athletics
West Virginia women’s basketball was unable to find a rhythm in a 79-51 loss to No. 3-ranked Baylor on Sunday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.

Wrestling Comes from Behind to Top Ohio - WVU Athletics
Cory Stainbrook earned a major decision at 133 to give WVU the 19-16 win.

More ACC Live Look-Ins To Come From ESPN? - Wide Right & Natty Lite
For those not in the live viewing audience for Saturday's game between Iowa State and West Virginia in Hilton Coliseum, chances are you were subjected to missing live game action as ESPN2 opted to show the ending of the tilt between Wake Forest and #2 Virginia, which the Cavaliers ended up winning.

Big XII Officiating Becomes Laughing Stock Of College Basketball - Crimson And Cream Machine
There have been murmurs of the terrible, and I mean terrible, Big XII Officiating crew. On Saturday night, the ignorance and incompetency of said officials reared its ugly head.

FURFARI COLUMN: Ryczaj enjoyed playing, coaching as Mountaineer - Times West Virginian
Bill Ryczaj, who turned 70 in January, was a fine basketball player on West Virginia University’s teams in 1963-64, 1964-65 and 1965-66.

News of Note:

West Virginia men reeling ahead of visit from Kansas - Charleston Daily Mail
Kansas is inside the Coliseum for Monday’s game on ESPN at 9 p.m.

Struggling Mountaineers aim for big upset on Big Monday - WV MetroNews
As 10-time defending Big 12 champion Kansas visits Morgantown tonight, here's a preview and prediction.

Struggling WVU hosts No. 8 Kansas tonight - Beckley Register-Herald
TCU would be good. Texas Tech would be better.

WVU looks to turn things around - Exponent Telegram
Tonight’s game tips at 9 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.

No. 8 Kansas in town for game against No. 21 WVU - Daily Athenaeum
No. 21 West Virginia will be tested tonight as the Mountaineers host No. 8 Kansas.

Preview: WVU vs Kansas - BGN
West Virginia has to slow Kansas' 3-point efficiency and match up with its rangy big guards and forwards in order to spring an upset on Big Monday.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Takes on No. 8 Kansas for ESPN's "Big Monday" - WVillustrated
The eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (21-4, 10-2) roll into Morgantown trying to avoid back-to-back losses to the Mountaineers at the WV Coliseum.

Tough competition exposing Mountaineers’ lack of experience - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins is not about to argue that the level of competition West Virginia is facing at the end of the season is having a significant influence on the Mountaineers’ performance. And it’s not a good influence.

Huggins: WVU’s Recent Struggles Attributed to Youth, Not Press Defense - WVillustrated
WVU men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins continues to have faith in his team following its third double digit loss in four games.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Feb. 16-21 - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia 19-6, 7-5. LW: 5

Football

Big 12's under-the-radar players to watch - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Cornerback Rasul Douglas, West Virginia

Ranking 2015 Big 12 nonconference schedules - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
5. WEST VIRGINIA: Georgia Southern (9-3), *Liberty (9-5), Maryland (7-6)

Big 12 spring practice dates - ESPN
West Virginia Spring practice begins: March 15 Spring game: April 25

Big 12 pre-spring position rankings: DL - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
7. West Virginia

TCU narrow favorites over Baylor to win 2015 Big 12 football title - SBNation.com
West Virginia +1300

Mayock: Kevin White a top-10 lock with fast 40 at NFL combine - NFL.com
"Kevin White is my No. 1 wide receiver," Mayock said. "He has strong hands and is a physical runner after the catch. The only question is his long speed, and there is a huge difference between him running 4.58 and 4.48. If he runs 4.5 or better, I think he's a lock top-10 pick."

2015 college football wedding planner: Big 12 edition - Sporting News
We’re here to help. If you’re planning a wedding in Big 12 country this fall, here are the best (and worst) weekends for your big event.

Recruiting:

WVU-bound Harler ready for all the attention - Charleston Gazette
Harler became the first commitment to WVU’s Class of 2016 when he accepted the Mountaineers’ offer on Aug. 3.

Pro News:

Rams OC Cignetti plans to get Tavon Austin more involved - CBSSports.com
Cignetti served as the team's quarterbacks coach before being promoted to the coordinator role

Around the League (and Beyond):

ISU shows much needed defensive domination - Ames Tribune

Notebook: Streak ends for Frank Mason III - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Nino Williams: 'We live and die by Marcus' - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma 56 - Kansas State 59 | Beyond The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball notebook: Cowboys share the blame in loss - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas Longhorns - Barking Carnival

Inside the Numbers: TCU Beats No. 21 Oklahoma State - Frogs O' War

What's On Tap:

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (21) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight on ESPN/ESPN3 from the Lyons Den. WVU is GIVING 1!?!?!?

Stripe The Coliseum Set For Kansas Game, Monday, February 16 - The Smoking Musket
Be sure to dress appropriately for tonight's game. More importantly...just be there.

Limited Coliseum Parking Monday - WVU Athletics
Parking will be limited at the WVU Coliseum on weekday games.

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Miss Throwdown:

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