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Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Roundup (3/13/15) Edition

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Coverage of the Baylor loss, more on Staten & Browne, football notes, recruiting updates (including a new hoops commitment), pro news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Rifle to Shoot for 2015 NCAA Title - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team will shoot for its third straight NCAA title.

No. 1 WVU enters NCAA Championships - Daily Athenaeum
The NCAA Rifle Championships begin today in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range and Patty Center. West Virginia will head into the two-day competition ranked first in the nation.

Baseball Opens Big 12 Play at No. 16 Texas - WVU Athletics
Freshman right-hander Conner Dotson will get his first career start on Friday night at No. 16 Texas.

West Virginia opens Big 12 play on road at Texas - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University baseball team’s season will kick into high gear this weekend when the Mountaineers head to Austin, Texas, for a three-game series with one of college baseball’s traditional powerhouses, the Texas Longhorns.

Gym Blog: The Seniors Reflect - WVU Athletics
WVU's three gymnastics seniors reflect on their careers.

News of Note:

2015 Football Season Tickets Now on Sale - WVU Athletics
New season ticket orders can be made by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum.

Coaches Expecting More From Shell This Season - EerSports
Last season, West Virginia ran the ball more than 43 times a game, the most for a Mountaineer squad since Pat White and Noel Devine were roaming the sidelines.

Big 12 roundtable: Discussing the running backs - ESPN
Who can knock Samaje Perine from his perch?

Gibson planning 'minor tweaks' for WVU defense - Beckley Register-Herald
West Virginia is preparing to open up spring football practices Sunday, and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson can’t wait to get to work.

Big 12 could get rid of TWO TRUE CHAMPIONS thing - SBNation.com
A year after co-champions TCU and Baylor both missed the playoff, the Big 12 could join every other power conference in having just one champ.

Baylor Hangover:

No. 16 Baylor beats No. 18 WVU 80-70 in Big 12 tourney - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, videos, etc

West Virginia Falls in Big 12 Quarterfinals - WVU Athletics

WVU bows out in quarterfinals of Big 12 hoops tournament - Charleston Daily Mail

Baylor pulls away, ousts WVU in Big 12 tourney - Charleston Gazette

Late-game lapses KO the Mountaineers in KC - WV MetroNews
recap & photos

Baylor ousts WVU from Big 12 tourney - Exponent Telegram

Mountaineers Fall To Baylor, 80-70 - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Turnovers, Lack Of Clutch Play Beat WVU - BGN

WVU Fumbles Away Opportunity, Falls to Baylor - EerSports

No. 16 Baylor Eliminates No. 18 WVU - WVSports.com

West Virginia loses to Baylor for third time, bounced from Big 12 Championship in Quarterfinals - Daily Athenaeum

WVU’s Staten vows to return for NCAA tournament - Charleston Daily Mail

Injured Staten still has lots to offer - Charleston Gazette

Keeping Staten, Browne out was right move by Huggins - Exponent Telegram

Huggins says injured guards ‘could have played’ vs. Baylor - WV MetroNews

Absence of Staten, Browne hurts WVU - Daily Athenaeum

Huggins: Staten, Browne Plan to Play in NCAA Tournament - WVillustrated

WVU knows it still has plenty to play for - BGN

After fouling out, Williams says officials ‘did the best they can’ - WV MetroNews

Mountaineers fall to Baylor 80-70 - WVUPros

WVU Falls to Baylor 80-70 in Big 12 Quarterfinal Round - WVillustrated

Huggins: WVU Didn't Finish Against Baylor - BGN

WVU Player Reaction: Backcourt Play - BGN
Carter, Miles & Staten

WATCH: Huggins, Players Address Media After Loss to Baylor - WVillustrated
Huggs, Staten, Browne, Miles & D. Williams

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Baylor - BGN

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Battles Baylor in Kansas City - WVillustrated

NCAA tournament bracket watch - FOX Sports
#4 South

Recruiting:

Mountaineers land commitment from junior college guard - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia was not at a total loss Thursday. Following a quarterfinal round exit from the Big 12 tournament, high-scoring junior college guard Teyvon Myers committed to the Mountaineers for the 2015 recruiting class.

Myers Discusses WVU Commitment - EerSports
After a visit to West Virginia this past weekend, Williston State College (ND) shooting guard Teyvon Myers admitted that the Mountaineers were high on his list, but was not quite ready to commit.

WVU Offers WPIAL DT - EerSports
West Virginia has offered Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA) defensive tackle Rashad Wheeler, the 2016 prospect says.

Georges lands first offer - EerSports
Linebacker Donovan Georges (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) picked up an offer from West Virginia.

Pro News:

Packers tender OT Don Barclay at low level - CBSSports.com
The Packers tendered restricted free agent offensive tackle Don Barclay at the lowest level, $1.542 million, reports ESPN.com.

J.T. Thomas' big game vs. Giants may have been a reason they signed him - Newsday
"I actually had a chance to force a turnover and score a touchdown against the Giants last year and it was really cool," Thomas said.

Jedd Gyorko ready to make impact in 2015 - UTSanDiego.com
The San Diego Padres will be looking for Jedd Gyorko to become an impact player in 2015.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Hard-fought Big 12 battles carry over into Big 12 tournament - ESPN

No. 16 Baylor beats No. 18 WVU 80-70 in Big 12 tourney - Waco Tribune

Morris' Last Second Shot Buries Texas - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Defeats TCU 64-59 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State’s problems are exposed in season-ending loss to TCU - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners 64 - Oklahoma State Cowboys 49 | Beyond The Box Score In The Big 12 Tournament - Crimson And Cream Machine

After A Bad 2nd Half, Oklahoma State Falls In Bedlam Once Again - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas hands Iowa State the game down the stretch; loses on a buzzer-beater - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Fights Hard, Falls Short vs. Kansas, 64-59 - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Men's Hoops: That's a wrap folks! - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament

(4) Baylor Bears vs. (1) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Sprint Center on ESPN2/3

(3) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (2) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
Approximately 9:30 pm tonight from the Sprint Center on ESPN2/3

Championship Game
Saturday at 6 pm on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Big 12 Tournament report Post-Baylor March 12th

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is BADASS

Miss Throwdown:

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