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What You May Have Missed:

Baseball Radio Schedule Announced - WVU Athletics
The full radio schedule for the 2015 West Virginia University baseball season has been announced.

Holmes and Fields Honored by Big 12 - WVU Athletics
Junior Bria Holmes garnered All-Big 12 First Team accolades on Thursday.

WVU senior class recognized for success - Daily Athenaeum
Over the past four years, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team has been one of the most successful programs at the University, largely because of its senior class, which has been one of the most successful in program history.

Varsity golf has arrived at West Virginia University - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University men’s golf team will take the course for the first time as a varsity team in 34 years.

News of Note:

Men's Hoop Blog: Tough One in Lawrence - WVU Athletics
WVU unable to close the deal at Kansas on Tuesday night.

WVU trending up despite loss at Kansas - Charleston Daily Mail
What we can deduce after 85 Big 12 games this season, with 29 of them featuring a pair of ranked teams, is that the conference makes no sense. That, and West Virginia is the perfect team for this conference this season.

‘We deserved to win the game’ - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
You found Bob Huggins Tuesday night to be as you might expect the WVU coach to be following a game his team led by — which is better … or worse? — 18 points in the first half, 14 at halftime and eight with two minutes left in regulation.

Miscues, missed FTs proved costly vs. Kansas - Charleston Gazette
On Tuesday night in Lawrence, Kan., effort managed to get West Virginia to the precipice of a stunning upset over No. 9 Kansas. But effort just wasn’t enough.

Free throw struggles continue to haunt No. 20 WVU - Daily Athenaeum
"The truth is they (Kansas) shot 43 free throws and we shoot 28, we’re not going to win," said head coach Bob Huggins.

WVU earned respect in defeat - Charleston Gazette
And perhaps that’s the lesson best taken from Tuesday night’s 76-69 loss in Lawrence: This is a pretty good basketball team no matter who is on the floor. It just has to continue to grow.

Saturday’s game finds Cowboys on the NCAA cut line - WV MetroNews
West Virginia has a bid locked up, but Oklahoma State finds itself near the bubble.

Learning experience in Lawrence - Exponent Telegram
Coaches like to say nothing good ever comes out of a loss.

What could have been; what could be for the Mountaineers - Beckley Register-Herald
Bob Huggins won’t receive a check for $25,000 for another win over Kansas, and five years from now Tuesday night’s thriller between the Mountaineers and Jayhawks will be just another loss in the record books.

Missed free throws, turnovers haunt WVU - Times West Virginian
Missing its senior leaders Juwan Staten and Gary Browne down the stretch, West Virginia University squandered an 18-point led and lost a gut-wrenching 76-69 decision to the Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks in overtime.

What We Learned vs. KU: Young ‘Eers Will Be Just Fine - WVillustrated
It may be marked up as a loss, but Tuesday's performance by a young WVU squad on the road at Kansas will be remembered for a variety of reasons.

Kevin Noreen Wraps Up WVU Career with Senior Day - WVillustrated
After five years in the program, Mr. Minnesota says goodbye to Mountaineer Nation Saturday with one last walk down the carpet at the Coliseum.

Ref Has Short Fuse, T's Up Watkins For.... Nothing? - EerSports
Replays showed, however, that Watkins said nothing. That didn't stop the ref from jumping into Watkins' face and giving him a technical.

Monumental year for WVU hoops - Daily Athenaeum
In fact, there aren’t many bad things you can say about the season the Mountaineers have given their fans, or the job head coach Bob Huggins has done to turn a struggling program around.

Best states for college hoops - Sporting News
18 West Virginia

Bracketology - ESPN
5 South (trending up)

Football

West Virginia to kick off 2015 season with first spring practice Sunday - Daily Athenaeum
After an encouraging 7-6 record last season, including a 5-4 mark in Big 12 Conference play, the West Virginia football team officially begins its 2015 season Sunday with the start of spring practice.

Spring preview: Key Big 12 position battles - ESPN
West Virginia: Quarterback
Skyler Howard vs. William Crest vs. Paul Millard

Big 12 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings - AthlonSports.com
7. West Virginia

Giants draft prospect spotlight: West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White - NJ.com
For a kid who did nothing but grind his way to being a potential top 10 pick, confidence drips off of Kevin White like a bead of sweat.

Kevin White: Talking trash to Richard Sherman will be amazing - FOX Sports
Kevin White may be the top WR selected in this year’s NFL Draft. And he’s already looking forward to talking trash to one NFL superstar.

#SeiderStrong - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Seider’s son is battling cancer, and 14-year-old Jaden has a #SeiderStrong army in his corner thanks to the family’s presence on Twitter and Instagram.

Recruiting:

Two New Offers out to Receivers - EerSports
West Virginia has extended two more offers this afternoon, both to coveted wide receivers.

WVU Extends First QB Offer for 2017 - EerSports
Davis Mills. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder has been hearing from the likes of Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and more, but this was also the first offer for him.

Pro News:

WVU’s Gyorko to be the center of Padres renaissance - WVUPros
After the San Diego organization brought in several big-name free agents this winter, a new sense of optimism surrounds this once proud franchise.

Colts punter Pat McAfee recruiting Ndamukong Suh, Andre Johnson with some bold claims about Indianapolis - ESPN
We're not sure McAfee's claims about Indianapolis are actually true.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Is Baylor-Texas becoming the new Texas-Texas A&M? - Our Daily Bears

The Big 12 player of the year just might live in Ames - Des Moines Register

Kansas Takes 11 All By Itself With Win Over West Virginia - Rock Chalk Talk

Opinions differ on Kansas State’s NCAA Tournament chances - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma basketball notebook: OU loss jumbles its place in Big 12 - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State Ends Losing Streak, Beats TCU - Cowboys Ride For Free

Kirk Bohls: Baylor should replace TCU/Texas Tech as Thanksgiving opponent - Burnt Orange Nation

Frozen out- OSU 82, TCU 70 - Frogs O' War

It's (Spring) Football Time In Texas - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Phillips 66 Big 12 WBB Championship Pairings - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers are a No. 7 seed for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship set for March 6-9.

Video of Interest:

This week's show features a women's basketball interview with best friends and seniors Linda Stepney and Crystal Leary. Gymnast Melissa Idell is also featured as she discusses the team's home meet this weekend against Penn State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another gorgeous Brazilian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Cindy Mello.