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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma State Pre-Game (2/20/15) Edition

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Hoops notes & OSU preview, probation, football & NFL combine notes, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide.

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What You May Have Missed:

Iowa State visits Morgantown to take on struggling WVU - Daily Athenaeum
With time running out to turn things around, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team will try to start a season-saving run when they take on the Iowa State Cyclones at noon Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

Fields Learned Courage, Strength from Survivors - WVU Athletics
Senior Averee Fields learned courage from friends who battled cancer.

Five Mountaineers Named Academic All-Big 12 - WVU Athletics
Averee Fields, Bria Holmes and Bre McDonald were all first team honorees, while Crystal Leary and Linda Stepney earned second team recognition.

Baseball Travels to Georgia Southern - WVU Athletics
BJ Myers will get the nod on Friday evening after starting his first career game in the 2015 season opener at Clemson.

Wrestling Prepped for Final Duals - WVU Athletics
WVU will host Edinboro and travel to Pitt to close out the regular season.

Women's Soccer Spring Slate Announced - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team will compete in five matches throughout the spring

Prediger finds her way back to the top after hardships - Daily Athenaeum
Originally from Petersaurach, Germany, transitioning into the lifestyle of a college athlete at West Virginia University hasn’t always been easy for senior rifle standout, Maren Prediger.

List released for inaugural Jerry West award - 247Sports
Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball.

WVU club team heads to CHMA Championship Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University Division 1 Club Hockey team will head to Harmarville, Pa., this weekend to compete in the College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) Championship Tournament.

News of Note:

The day after - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
It also happened while WVU was on probation, and I can’t think of a worse look for a compliance department.

Random look at WVU's probation - Exponent Telegram
A few very random thoughts about the two-year probation which was set upon West Virginia University’s athletic department on Wednesday for 350 or so recruiting violations, most of them minor in nature.

Why is the NCAA so bad? Here's a perfect example - Sporting News
It hires West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck in December to be No. 2 in charge behind beleaguered president Mark Emmert. Two months later, the NCAA places West Virginia University on two years probation for violations that occurred from 2010 to 2013 in 14 of its 18 sports.

Hoops

WVU’s Carter watches and learns from Staten - Charleston Daily Mail
"I knew that if I wanted to be good at the next level, I needed to learn from somebody, a player like him who I could listen to and do everything he tells me to do."

2nd-half woes plaguing Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
As West Virginia’s basketball team heads into the final five games of the regular season and beyond, there is a rather interesting statistical dynamic at play.

No. 23 West Virginia travels to Stillwater to take on No. 22 Oklahoma State - Daily Athenaeum
No. 23 West Virginia will play its third consecutive game against a ranked opponent when it travels to Stillwater, Okla. to face No. 22 Oklahoma State.

Campus Connection: Comparing Hoop Teams - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer sports news and notes.

Analysis: WVU-Kansas - BGN
There were multiple aspects of play in West Virginia’s victory over No. 8 Kansas that ranged from surprising to strategic as the Mountaineers at least partially soothed what ails.

Bracketology - ESPN
7 Midwest

Power Rankings - SI.com
20. West Virginia

Football

Tom Bradley exit brewing? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Should this happen, it’s a neat conclusion for Bradley and for WVU. No messes, no hard feelings.

Big 12 pre-spring position rankings: Special teams - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
3. West Virginia

Ultimate ESPN 300: Tavon Austin, Robert Griffin III, Earl Thomas - ESPN
Tavon Austin, receiver, West Virginia

White’s 40 time could decide draft fate - Charleston Daily Mail
It’ll be over in the time it takes a person to dial a phone number or take a swig of soda, but the tenths of seconds could mean millions to Kevin White.

Mario Alford and Kevin White’s NFL Combine measurements - WVUPros
On Thursday, the running backs, quarterbacks and receivers had their measurements taken at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

White, Alford interview with NFL at this week's Combine - WVillustrated
WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway discusses what his top two players can accomplish this week in Indianapolis.

Recruiting:

McMechen's Vucelik Ready To Be A Mountaineer - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Matt Vucelik thought if he wanted to attend West Virginia University, he would have to give up his dream of playing college football.

Pro News:

FURFARI: White loved every second of football career - Times West Virginian
Pat White, who’s now playing football in Canada, was a fourth-round baseball draft pick coming out of an Alabama high school to play quarterback for West Virginia University.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Football's 2015 Season Opener at SMU Moved to Friday - BaylorBears.com

We Like Stats, Stats Are Fun - Wide Right & Natty Lite

If Kansas Jayhawks net No. 1 seed, they can thank their schedule -- the toughest in Big 12 history - FOX Sports

K-State played like it would rather read Norm MacDonald's tweets than listen to Weber -- and it ain't funny anymore - FOX Sports

Report: Diron Reynolds is New DL Coach - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Travis Ford keeps post-game comments focused - Oklahoman

Texas vs. Iowa State Preview - Burnt Orange Nation

Inside the Numbers: TCU Streaks Past Kansas State - Frogs O' War

A look at Texas Tech’s key position battles this spring - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

(23) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (22) Oklahoma St Cowboys - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba on ESPNN/3

(17) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Shopping Cart on ESPNN/3

Kansas St Wildcats vs. (20) Baylor Bears - ESPN
1 pm Saturday from the Anchorman Center on ESPNU/3

(14) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Erwin Center on ESPN2/3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (8) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Phog on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for Feb. 20, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Californians try West Virginia delicacies...sadly no ramps

Miss Throwdown:

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