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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Roundup (2/25/15) Edition

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Coverage of Texas win from all over (plus the Make a Wish kid), football & recruiting news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Make-A-Wish kid Nick, becomes honorary Mountaineer basketball player - WVUPros
The members of Make-A-Wish asked Nick if he could do anything or be anyone, who or what would it be? His response was "I want to be a Mountaineer."

‘Little Nick’ gives West Virginia a lift - WV MetroNews
Make-A-Wish participant Nicholas Wince becomes honorary Mountaineer for win over Texas.

Wince's dream realized with WVU hoops - Exponent Telegram
Nick Wince wore a 1,000-kilowatt smile, the kind you wear when your greatest wish has been granted.

Mountaineers Win For Nicholas Wince - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Nicholas Wince didn't pull down a single rebound, block a single shot or record a single steal in No. 20 West Virginia's victory against Texas Tuesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Photo Gallery: Mountaineers Sign Secret Weapon Feb. 24, 2015 - WVU Athletics

PHOTOS: 5-year-old Nicholas signs with WVU basketball - WVillustrated

Holmes Tallies 24 in Loss at TCU - WVU Athletics
Junior guard Bria Holmes paced West Virginia University women’s basketball with 24 points in the Mountaineers’ 73-63 loss at TCU on Tuesday evening inside the University Recreation Center.

Michael Garcia named WVU's Mountaineer Mascot again for 2015-16 - WVU Today
West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot Michael Garcia will keep the buckskins, coonskin cap and rifle for another year.

Texas Hangover:

No. 20 West Virginia beats Texas 71-64 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, videos, etc

WVU's Bigs Come Up Big - WVU Athletics

West Virginia men beat Texas - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU attacks Longhorns, shakes off series slump - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU turns the tables on Texas, 71-64 - Charleston Gazette

‘Hack-a-Dev’ fails, UT trees fall - Charleston Gazette

WVU defeats Texas to gain momentum - Times West Virginian

WVU beats Texas, 71-64 - Exponent Telegram

No. 20 WVU beats Texas - Beckley Register-Herald

Mountaineers find their inside game to beat Longhorns - WV MetroNews

WVU gets monkey off its back with win over UT - BGN

Mountaineers master Longhorns 71-64 - WVSports.com

WVU Turns Over, Zones Out Longhorns - EerSports

WVU Men's Basketball: Mountaineers roll past Longhorns - WVUPros

WVU Gets Win Over Texas 71-64 - WVillustrated

Mountaineers Draw Payback on Struggling Longhorns - WVillustrated

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns at West Virginia Mountaineers - Barking Carnival
Click on this if only for the Thunderdome twitter exchange at the top

Williams, Carter break down WVU win - BGN

WVSports.com TV: Basketball Interviews - WVSports.com
Huggs, D. Williams, Holton & Carter

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Coach Huggins Says Solid Passing Led to Win Over Texas - WVillustrated
Huggs, D. Williams, Carter & Holton

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Feb. 25 - WV MetroNews

Barnes makes no excuses for Holmes’ elbow, UT’s lack of execution - WV MetroNews

Photo gallery: Longhorns visit Morgantown - WV MetroNews

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Texas - BGN

News of Note:

Bracketology: The Ducks crack the field - SBNation.com
5 Midwest

March Madness bracket - FOX Sports
6 East

Field of 68: Big Ten leads the way with eight teams - Sporting News
No. 6 seeds: Arkansas, West Virginia, Providence, SMU (AAC)

Wearing the Jersey: Jonathan Holton - WVU Athletics
Rebounding and energy, those two things epitomize junior forward Jonathan Holton's game. Watch his story on this week's Wearing the Jersey,

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
20 West Virginia

Football

Off Awesome Combine, Kevin White Becomes Viable Option For Jets - CBS New York
Wide Receiver Wowed Everyone In Indianapolis, Could Help Determine Harvin's Fate

Kevin White Mock Draft Updates - Post-Combine - EerSports
a look at the latest draft projections for West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White after his dominant performance in the NFL Combine.

WVU's White pockets $100,000 for 40-yard dash time - Beckley Register-Herald: National Sports
WVU wide receiver Kevin White banked a cool $100,000 from Adidas on Monday for his time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Kevin White, Tyler Lockett sparkle at NFL combine - ESPN
Overshadowed, again: Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia.

Garrison ‘knew before the bowl game’ he would leave WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
"It’s something I’ve been thinking about since basically my sophomore year, but I always told myself to fight through it. Things never really went how I thought they would, and through time I started to think it was time for me to make my own decisions and do what’s best for me."

Looking back at Dustin Garrison's best game as a Mountaineer - WVUPros
In celebration of his West Virginia career, we take a look back at Garrison’s best game in the Old Gold and Blue, the October 2011 game against the Bowling Green in which he ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns

Recruiting:

With Galloway back, Mountaineers making inroads in NC recruiting - Charleston Gazette
When browsing through the states in which West Virginia has extended the most offers for 2016, the usual suspects sit atop the list.

WVU Offers Carolina Teammates - EerSports
This afternoon, West Virginia offered Terry Sanford (NC) teammates Mark Gilbert and Isaiah Stallings, each reported over Twitter.

Tar Heels in good shape for Florida DT - 247Sports/CarolinaBlue
During an on-site interview, McCrary said that the Tar Heels and Mountaineers are the two that stand out the most.

'I honestly might be in tears' - Beckley Register-Herald
Woodrow's Osborne thrilled about chance to play for WVU

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor recruit tweets pic of new grey uniform - Our Daily Bears

ICYMI: Dustin Hogue is ISU's most accurate 3-point shooter - Cyclone Fanatic

The Statistical And Visual Case For Playing Cliff Alexander More Minutes - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State coach Bruce Weber needed this victory over KU - Kansas City Star

Big 12 spring battle spotlight: Oklahoma Sooners DTs - ESPN

Media report: Oklahoma State receiver Ra'Shaad Samples to transfer - Oklahoman

Texas Falls Short At West Virginia, 71-64 - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Set For Texas Tech Wednesday Night - GOFROGS.COM

Tech spring questions: What's the proper balance to suit Red Raiders' passing game, DeAndre Washington workload? - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the WGAC on FSN affiliates.

(19) Baylor Bears vs. (12) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Hilt on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

Presser courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Brit. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Helen Flanagan.