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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/2/15) Edition

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Basketball news, women rally for win, weekend varsity results, recruiting news, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU Rallies to Beat No. 24 Texas in OT - WVU Athletics
WVU came from behind to secure a win over No. 24 Texas

Special send-off - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia’s women’s basketball team, facing sure defeat on Senior Day, rallied from 14 points down over the final 7:17 and defeated No. 24 Texas, 76-69, in overtime

WVU drops three of four in Myrtle Beach - Daily Athenaeum
WVU dropped a pair in a doubleheader with Kent State and the tournament host Coastal Carolina Friday, topping Ball State Saturday and falling to No. 25 Illinois Sunday.

Rifle Wins Sixth Straight GARC Title! - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team won its sixth straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships title with a 4709 aggregate score

Gymnastics Sweeps Competition at Pitt - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team swept the competition at Pitt tonight.

News of Note:

Health of Staten, Browne key for WVU the rest of the way - Charleston Daily Mail
There are two ways to digest what happened to West Virginia on Saturday in Waco, Texas, and the situation that it created entering the final week of the regular season.

Good news - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
there is relief in the WVU hotel today that Gary Browne didn’t break his left ankle early in Saturday’s loss.

WVU freshmen asked to do far more on the fly - Charleston Gazette
The notion that West Virginia’s performance against Baylor Saturday was a preview of next season just doesn’t seem fair.

Carter Finds Room for Improvement in First WVU Start - WVillustrated
Thrust into the point guard position, the Mountaineer freshman was forced to learn on the fly in a loss to Baylor.

Injuries have Mountaineers hurting as the season closes - Times West Virginian
It is fair to say that West Virginia will be limping into the closing days of the 2014-15 Big 12 basketball season.

FURFARI: WVU's top two guards' status unsure after Baylor loss heading to ranked Kansas - Times West Virginian
The 20th-ranked West Virginia University men’s basketball team was unexpectedly hampered by unforseen misfortune in Saturday’s 78-66 setback at the hands of the Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas.

On pace for single-season school mark, West Virginia needs to curb fouls - WV MetroNews
Yet even as the Mountaineers approach a school record for fouls committed in a season, Huggins isn’t faulting the refs.

Big 12 Power Rankings: March 2-7 - FOX Sports
4. West Virginia 22-7, 10-6. Last week: 4.

Recruiting:

NC State, West Virginia stand out to 2016 recruit Jachai Polite - SBNation.com
He's hearing from some Florida schools, as well.

Hammond Talks Ohio State, Florida, Summer Visits And More - 247Sports/Bucknuts
"Definitely Alabama, Notre Dame, I’ve been to Tennessee, but I definitely want to see West Virginia too," he said.

Pro News:

VIDEO: Herm Edwards says that J.T. Thomas should get paid - WVUPros
ESPN’s Herm Edwards says that free-agent to be, J.T. Thomas deserves a big contract.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Achieves Stability, Record-Setting Revenue - Viva The Matadors
Just a few short years after four schools bolted for other conferences, the Big 12 has regained their stability and is producing both on the field and in the balance sheet.

PG Chery inspired by ex-Bear Carter to come to Baylor - Waco Tribune

Notebook: Final play goes wrong for Cyclones - Ames Tribune

Potential violation forces Cliff Alexander out of lineup - Lawrence Journal World

In NCAA Tournament chase, K-State falls short because of its imperfect record - Sporting News

Oklahoma Sooners 67 - TCU Horned Frogs 60 | Beyond The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Basketball Bracketology - Cowboys Ride For Free

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks - Barking Carnival

Frogs Can't Bring the Heat; Fall in Norman - Frogs O' War

Watch Devaugntah Williams hit game-winning shot - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(19) Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Erwin Center on ESPNU/3

(16) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (12) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Hilt on ESPN/ESPN3

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Miss Throwdown:

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