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Coverage of last night's heartbreaker from all over, football notes, varsity news, recruiting updates, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Rifle No. 1 Before NCAA Championship - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team ranks No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll before they defend its back-to-back and nation-best 16th national title at the NCAA Championships, March 13-14, at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range and Patty Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mountaineers Suffer Loss at K-State - WVU Athletics
59-55 on Tuesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

Different Coaching Tie Leads Sunahara To WVU - BGN
Professional connections are often the links that allow a coach to get a job at a new location. While that was a big factor in Reed Sunahara's hiring as West Virginia's volleyball coach, the tie itself was a bit unusual, as his initial reference didn't come from the volleyball world.

Seven Mountaineers Earn Dr. Gerald Lage Award - WVU Athletics
Those honored include Alexandra Basil (rowing), Ali Connelly (women’s soccer), Averee Fields (women’s basketball), David Palley (men’s swimming and diving), Haily VandePoel (women’s swimming and diving), Kelly Williams (cross country) and Jenelle Zee (women’s swimming and diving).

West Virginia sees promise in young pitching staff - Daily Athenaeum
With the departure of 18 players after the 2014 season, a rebuilding project is underway in Morgantown – and it’s centered around a brand new pitching staff

West Virginia prepares for Big 12 Championships - Daily Athenaeum
With the regular season officially in the books, the West Virginia University wrestling team will travel to Ames, Iowa Saturday for the Big 12 Championships.

Kyanko shoots for his home state of West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
Senior rifle shooter Thomas Kyanko brings something to the West Virginia rifle team that no other member does. He brings his deep Mountaineer roots from the small town of Wellsburg in the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

News of Note:

Bracketology: Boise State, Davidson and Tulsa jump into the field - SBNation.com
5 South

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
19 West Virginia

NCAA tournament bracket watch - FOX Sports
6 Midwest

2015 Conference Tournament Central - Blogging the Bracket
I will be updating this table with scores and updated matchups throughout the Championship Fortnight.

Parity aplenty in Big 12 - Exponent Telegram
I believe a question can be asked here about whether or not we are mistaking parity for power.

Football

Seider family stays strong in face of cancer - Charleston Daily Mail
No amount of Xs and Os could prepare JaJuan Seider the assistant football coach for what he’d hear as JaJuan Seider the parent.

Trickett named QB coach at East Mississippi - Charleston Gazette
Former WVU quarterback Clint Trickett has taken the position of quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi.

Kansas Hangover:

Kansas rallies to beat West Virginia in OT and win Big 12 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Mountaineers Fall in OT - WVU Athletics

No. 9 Kansas beats WVU in OT, wins another Big 12 title - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU takes Kansas to OT before falling 76-69 - Charleston Gazette

WVU falls to Kansas in OT - Exponent Telegram

West Virginia Falls In Overtime to Kansas - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia blows lead late in loss to Kansas - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
includes photo gallery

Mountaineers made Kansas sweat for this coronation - WV MetroNews
includes photo gallery

WVU coach Bob Huggins: We deserved to win the game - Lawrence Journal World

Daxter Miles laments the vanishing lead: ‘I thought we had this one’ - WV MetroNews

Inexperience proves costly in waning moments against Kansas - Daily Athenaeum

No. 20 West Virginia falls to No. 9 Kansas, 76-69, in overtime thriller - Daily Athenaeum

No. 9 Kansas claims 11th straight Big 12 title with overtime win over WVU - Sporting News

Kansas vs. West Virginia final score: Jayhawks overcome 18-point deficit to win - SBNation.com

WVU Men's Basketball: Mountaineers choke late in Lawerence - WVUPros

Tale of Two Games: WVU vs Kansas - BGN

WVU falls to KU in overtime - BGN

No. 9 KU Comes Back to Beat No. 20 WVU in OT - WVSports.com

WVU Blows Late Lead, Drops to Kansas in OT - EerSports

Huggins: Dumb Decisions, Missed FTs and Bad Calls Cost WVU - EerSports

WVU Loses Heartbreaker to Kansas in Overtime - WVillustrated

Kansas Somehow Beats West Virginia, 76-69 - Rock Chalk Talk

POSTGAME VIDEO: WVU Coach Huggins and Players React to Tough Los - WVillustrated
Huggs, Holton & Miles

Recruiting:

WVU Offers Randy Moss' Son - EerSports
West Virginia has offered Victory Christian School (NC) DE/TE Thaddeus Moss this morning.

Four-Star WR Names Top Four - EerSports
Clairton (PA) wide receiver Aaron Mathews has named a top four this morning of Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia - in no order.

WVU recruiting: Filling the lull with updates on Gallion, Moss - Charleston Gazette
For what is typically one of the slowest months of the year in recruiting, this March is already full of big news on the recruiting trail.

Pro News:

On the Hardwood Report: a trio of games in France from three WVUPros - WVUPros
This week’s WVUPros on the Hardwood Report features a trio of French games featuring three member of the Big East Championship team as well as updates from Israel, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Shootaround: March Madness Is Coming - Our Daily Bears

Hilton Magic: The Second Half - Wide Right & Natty Lite

No asterisk necessary: Jayhawks come back to win Big 12 outright - Lawrence Journal World

Losses against strong teams mattered too for K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

Iowa State Cyclones 77 - Oklahoma Sooners 70 | Beyond The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

Nothing has come easy for Michael Cobbins at OSU - Oklahoman

How Texas' Ball Screen Defense Beat Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation

Inaugural Frogs O' War Bracketology! - Frogs O' War

Final game as Red Raiders at USA bittersweet for Adams, Lammert - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

A special trio of women's basketball seniors bid farewell to the WVU Coliseum on March 1st. Here we pay tribute to Averee, Crystal and Linda.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Brit. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Demi Rose.