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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Game Day (3/3/15) Edition

Kansas previews, Women close out season against KSU tonight, football notes, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.


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 Eye of the Hawk Select Ale, in preparation for tonight's opponent.

What You May Have Missed:

WVU Closes Out Regular Season at K-State - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball closes out Big 12 regular-season play on Tuesday.

WVU women control their own fate - Exponent Telegram
A win won’t guarantee the 17-12 Mountaineers a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but a loss would probably guarantee they won’t get a spot, depending upon how long they can last in the Big 12 Tournament.

WVU Baseball Weekly Update (3/2) - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team went 1-3 last weekend.

Lyons Tabs Sunahara to Lead Volleyball - WVU Athletics
Sunahara is two-time Big East Coach of the Year with ties to USA Volleyball

Three Gymnasts Nationally Ranked - WVU Athletics
Three WVU gymnasts are ranked in this week's GymInfo Poll.

Wearing the Jersey: Kaja Mrgole - WVU Athletics
Hailing from Slovenia, sophomore tennis standout Kaja Mrgole took an interesting road to Morgantown. Watch her story on this week's Wearing the Jersey

Spurgeon Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Another ranked foe awaits as No. 20 WVU visits No. 8 Kansas - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers (22-7 10-6 Big 12) have given no indication whether guards Juwan Staten and Gary Browne will play.

Staten, Browne day to day, or so they say - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Two things to discuss before I fly to Kansas City.

WVU’s Staten, Browne doubtful tonight vs. Kansas - Charleston Gazette
With seniors Juwan Staten and Gary Browne unlikely to play tonight, West Virginia’s ball-handling duties against Kansas will likely be handled by freshmen Jevon Carter (2) and Daxter Miles Jr. (4).

What’s at stake for WVU? Hard to say - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while on the road

Uncertainty plagues lineups as Kansas hosts WVU seeking outright title - WV MetroNews
A preview and final-score prediction for Tuesday night's game in Lawrence, where Cliff Alexander, Juwan Staten and Gary Browne might be sidelined.

WVU needing magic without Staten, Browne - Times West Virginian
It’s a shame it had to come down to this — West Virginia going into its final two games of the regular season and probably without its two senior guards, Juwan Staten and Gary Browne, who have meant so much to the program over the years.

WVU trying to keep title hopes alive at KU - Beckley Register-Herald
With one week left in the regular season, the West Virginia University basketball team still hasn’t been mathematically eliminated from the Big 12 title race. But trailing first-place Kansas by two games with two games remaining, the No. 20 Mountaineers (22-7, 10-6 Big 12) are going to need some help.

Mountaineers to battle Kansas - Exponent Telegram
Status for Staten, Browne still not certain

No. 20 WVU Looks to Upset No. 9 KU Again -
Tonight in Lawrence at Allen Fieldhouse the two teams, No. 20 West Virginia and No. 9 Kansas meet again.

Huggs: Browne, Staten remain 'day-to-day' - BGN
As West Virginia continues its preparations for tomorrow's showdown against Kansas, it has had to do so while remaining uncertain about the status of two of its starting guards.

Staten & Browne are day-to-day -
West Virginia travels to Allen Fieldhouse to take on Kansas and could be without Staten and Browne again.

Mountaineers and Jayhawks meet-up tonight in Lawrence - WVUPros
No. 20 West Virginia will look to take the season series from the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks tonight at the historic Allen Fieldhouse.

Basketball Notebook - WVU Athletics
With a week remaining in the regular season it’s time to begin considering the major Big 12 Conference award winners for 2015.

Huggins Details Injury Situation, Talks "Saving" for Postseason - EerSports
"You prepare all year to play during the season," he said. "It doesn’t make any sense to me (to ‘save’ them)."

Noreen endures injuries through WVU hoops career - Dominion Post
Kevin Noreen is often told he should have changed his major at WVU from sports management to athletic training.

Who can take over the the month of March? - ESPN
Juwan Staten, West Virginia

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
20 in both polls

Bracketology - ESPN
6 Midwest

NCAA tournament bracket watch -
5 South


Big 12 coaching carousel recap - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
New GA hire Michael Burchett will help Holgorsen coach the QBs.


Could West Virginia Head Back to Itawamba? - EerSports
The Mountaineers are heading back to the prominent JUCO, though, and have extended an offer to a third defensive lineman - defensvie tackle Ladarius Gallion.

Beckley’s Osborne breaks down WVU preferred walk-on opportunity - WV MetroNews
Woodrow Wilson quarterback Brent Osborne talks about accepting a preferred walk-on spot with WVU.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's the latest on the recruiting trail

Pro News:

Colt Pat McAfee surprises Zionsville students with life lesson - 13 WTHR Indianapolis
Students at Zionsville West Middle School got a surprise Monday morning before breakfast and the ISTEP exam.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Suspensions not expected after Baylor, Texas players tangle - Sporting News

Bears Stumble in Austin 61-59 - Our Daily Bears

Hilton Magic: A Comeback For the Ages - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Perry Ellis is making a push -- quietly, of course -- to be named Big 12 Player of the Year - FOX Sports

Bruce Weber keeps K-State's focus on Texas game - Topeka Capital Journal

The Final Score 77-70 | Three Takeaways As Oklahoma Drops Into Tie For Second Place In Big XII - Crimson And Cream Machine

Plot thickening for slumping Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas wins on Isaiah Taylor floater in OT - Burnt Orange Nation

Potential Big 12 Tournament Opponents for TCU - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs discusses his coaching philosophies - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(20) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (9) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Phog on ESPN2/3

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas St Wildcats - ESPN
NCAA Women's Basketball, 8 pm tonight from the Octagon

Video of Interest:

WVU Women's Basketball Coach Mike Carey talks about the team's upcoming game against Kansas State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the March model of the month. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elise Natalie.